News Release Archive

Visitors to The Pines in 1995 can thank the glorious summer of
1994 for their comfortable surroundings this year. 

Last year's excellent season at Digby's classic resort hotel has
enabled the implementation of Phase Two of a major renovation
plan. A variety of improvements will prepare The Pines for what
is anticipated to be an equally successful 1995. 

Following the refurbishment of the resort's nine deluxe cottages
five years ago, the 20 standard cottages will now be renovated
under the supervision of new maintenance engineer, Danny LeBlanc.
The units will be fully re-painted inside and all beds will be
replaced. New televisions and new draperies will also be added. 

Bathrooms will be refurbished and cottages will receive in-room
coffee service. Finally, furniture and upholstery will be
improved and repaired and the one-bedroom cottage will be totally

Improvements will also be evident at the golf course. The pro
shop and the ladies' locker room will be re-carpeted, and the
latter will receive new vanities, lights and upgraded furniture.
Cosmetic improvements, including lighting, are slated for the
main lounge and foyer.

Improvements are also planned for the men's washroom, including
new showers, and next year all entrances to the clubhouse will be
upgraded. On the course, a new canteen, built near holes seven
and 11, will serve light food and refreshments and provide
washroom facilities.

Further alterations are intended for areas of the main hotel,
including the new lobby bar, the main lobby and the dining room.
The latter will add more casual bistro-style food and beverage to
its service. Outside, walking trails and the children's
playground are to be upgraded and plans include a new liner and
filtering system for the swimming pool. 

Pines Manager Maurice Thiebaut, said the $200,000-plus
improvements are a necessary step to maintain the hotel's 
international reputation. "We have to become more competitive if
we are to remain a flagship resort and keep up the standards
people have come to expect," he said. 

He added the hotel and golf course benefit the local area by
attracting visitors and so the renovations also indirectly
benefit the region. 

"Our ambition is not just what is good for The Pines, but for
Digby and the surrounding area," said Economic Renewal Minister
Ross Bragg.

The 1995 season at The Pines has been extended, and it will run
from May 25 to Oct. 20.

Contact: Joe Cottreau, 902-424-3970
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