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May 2015

Digby Pines Joins The Ascend Hotel Collection

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Choice Hotels Canada is pleased to announce the newest member of its Ascend Hotel Collection, Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa. The property, located in Digby, Nova Scotia, is the third Ascend to open in the province and 11th nationwide.

Located on the western coast overlooking the Bay of Fundy, the Signature Resorts of Nova Scotia property is the perfect escape for travellers looking for a secluded getaway. With a rich history dating back to 1929, the property is comprised of a main lodge which includes 85 guestrooms and 31 independent cottages ranging from one to three-bedroom accommodations.

“This new alliance with Choice Hotel’s Ascend Collection is a great way for us to reach a growing audience of travellers who appreciate the distinct characteristics only found in independent hotels,” says Rene LeBlanc, general manager of Digby Pines. “With summer upon us, we look forward to sharing our property with guests who will enjoy the magnificent scenery and local attractions, including our golf course.”

The hotel’s resort amenities include a classic 18-hole Stanley Thompson golf course and an onsite Aveda spa, offering guests a full range of treatments. Nearby whale watching excursions lead the list of family friendly vacation highlights.

“We are proud to welcome Digby Pines as the newest member of our prestigious Ascend Hotel Collection,” says Tim Oldfield, managing director of Choice Hotels Canada. “The hotel offers a unique and authentically local experience reflected in its scenic surroundings and delicious dining options.”

Digby Pines features two restaurants – Churchill’s Restaurant and Lounge and the 19th Hole Clubhouse & Eatery – serving classic dishes with a modern twist as well as local fare including freshly caught seafood and the area’s world renowned Digby scallops. Additional amenities include an outdoor heated pool, complimentary bicycle lending, a fitness centre and banquet and conference rooms for groups up to 250.

The property is conveniently located close to area attractions like Fort Anne, Port Royal and the Bear River and Annapolis Highlands Wineries. Visitors will find Digby Pines easily accessible by car from Halifax and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and via ferry from Portland Maine and Saint John New Brunswick.

Reservations at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa can be made by calling 800.4CHOICE or by visiting

2015 Food, Beverage and Entertainment Schedule

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
This Friday, we’re excited to open our doors for another season. Take a look at our food, beverage and entertainment schedule for 2015!

2015 Brunch dates: 11:30 – 2 ($27.95) reservation recommended

  • June 7
  • June 21 – Fathers Day
  • July 19th
  • Aug 16th
  • Sept 13th & 27
  • Oct 11th Thanksgiving

– Sunday Night Buffet Dinners will begin on June 14th for the season 6 – 9pm ($23.95) reservation recommended

– Prime Rib Dinner nights will begin on June 10th 3 course dinner 6 – 9pm ($26.95) reservation recommended

– 19th Hole Club House and Eatery will open May 15th @11:00 – 7pm daily (Pines Golf Course All Welcome)Rain or Shine

Entertainment will start on the weekend of July 3 & 4 (8 -11pm, Friday & Saturday Nights)

Summer schedule:

  • July 3 & 4 Left of Centre Duo (Lloyd Haight and daughter Nicole)
  • July 10 & 11 Jon Duggan
  • July 17 & 18 Paul Marshall
  • July 24 & 25 Jon Duggan
  • July 31/ Aug 1 Left of Centre Duo (Lloyd Haight and daughter Nicole)
  • Aug 7 & 8 Left of Centre Duo (Lloyd Haight and daughter Nicole)
  • Aug 14 & 15 Jon Duggan
  • Aug 21 & 22 Paul Marshall
  • Aug 28 & 29 Jon Duggan
  • Sept 4 & 5 Paul Marshall (Wharf Rat Rally)
  • Oct 9 & 10 Left of Centre Duo (Lloyd Haight and daughter Nicole)

This year we will be promoting in the community our Saturday Night Entertainment as date and dance night. Bring back the days your parents went out on Saturday nights to dance.

Stay tuned for more information and details!

Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada 2015

  • Best Places To Work

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa’s management company, New Castle Hotels and Resorts, was once again recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada!

Best Places to Work

Companies from across the Atlantic Provinces entered the two-part survey as part of Progress Magazine’s process to determine the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada. The survey evaluated workplace policies, practices, and demographics, as well as employee experiences.

For more information, visit

Limited Time Anniversary Golf Special

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Happy Birthday to the Town of Digby!

This season, celebrate the 125th Town of Digby anniversary with this limited time golf exclusive. But hurry, you only have until May 30th to lock in these savings.

This golf anniversary package includes:

  • 1 round of golf
  • 50% off any additional rounds played during stay
  • Shared cart rental
  • Full breakfast buffet
  • Overnight accommodations

$125 per person plus tax*

* Only valid for the months of May and June. Based on double occupancy. Rates per person. Not applicable to previously booked reservations, groups of 8 or more. Based on availability.

Welcoming Chef Jamie MacAulay

Monday, May 4th, 2015
This season, we’re excited to welcome the passionate and talented Chef Jamie MacAulay to our Kitchen Team!

Here’s a little about our new chef:

Jamie began his career early on washing dishes in local pubs and working as a line cook while attending high school and college for graphic design. After deciding to become a cook full time he moved to whistler BC and began training under chef Bernard Casavant CCC.

He continued a mentor-ship under Chef Bernard in Okanagan wine country as Sous Chef of the Senora Room at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. This presented an excellent opportunity to cook in a completely local atmosphere with talented chefs, working closely with passionate growers and farmers.

During the 2010 winter Olympics in British Columbia, Jamie was selected as the Catering Chef for the New York and Lake Placid Olympic athletes at their friendship center in the heart of Whistler Village

Jamie has worked in many facets of the hospitality industry, from consulting, to assistant chef Instructor at the Vancouver community college, to working as a chef in kitchens of the world renowned Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, to butcher at Market by Jean George, the award winning New York chef. Jamie has also been cooking locally as sous chef at the exceptional Fid Restro.

Most recently, Jamie has been the Chef instructor for the Learning Kitchen with FEED NOVA SCOTIA, providing a culinary skills work project, and servicing meals to shelters and kitchens in the metro area.

Welcome to the team, Jamie!