Ron Joyce, co-founder of the Tim Hortons and founder of Fox Harb’r Resort is walking to his car for the short drive over to the Fox Harb’r hanger where his jet is parked. A group of resort guests are nearby having lunch. Joyce thanks them for visiting his resort. One of them says, “I saw your Fox Harb’r jet over there on the runway, wow, it’s really nice.”
Without pause, Joyce replies, “It’s a lot nicer on the inside.”
A few minutes later, Sidney Crosby, three-time Stanley Cup champion arrives in the Fox Harb’r pro shop for his tee time. At this point, it’s an unofficial Canadian legends gathering, and a Wayne Gretzky sighting is a logical conclusion. However, Gretzky isn’t around – he was at Fox Harb’r Resort four days before.
About 90 minutes north of Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fox Harb’r Resort sits on the Northumberland Strait, which connects with the North Atlantic Ocean – Prince Edward Island is visible on clear days. The sky reinvents itself daily, brilliant combinations of blue and white stretch across the horizons. Plants look healthy and scattered wildflowers seem like they’re smiling. Air, land, and sea – it’s all beautiful and feels fresh.
People visit Fox Harb’r Resort for various reasons: golf, sporting clays, horseback riding, the spa and hiking trails are popular. Some like a little of everything, “This is the third time me and my friends have been here, we love it. We play golf, we shoot guns and we hit the spa. Where else can you do all of that?” says Robbie Sabato, Toronto.
Summertime golf in Nova Scotia, Canada is one of life’s great treasures. Quality golf courses are all over Canada and Fox Harb’r’s is one of the best. The fairways are plush, the bent grass greens are smooth and views are beautiful from start to finish. The golf course is good at details; its bridges, flowers, streams, ponds and native grasses are stylish. The Resort’s oceanfront property is used nicely by Golf Course Designer Graham Cooke, the back nine looks out over the ocean on every hole.
There are two restaurants: The Willard (casual) and The Cape Cliff Dining Room (fine dining). The Cape Cliff is Atlantic Canada’s first sustainable seafood restaurant and is certified by Ocean Wise™, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program that educates consumers about sustainable seafood. Shane Robilliard, Fox Harb’r Executive Chef serves rainbow trout that he catches in a nearby pond and the vegetables grown in Fox Harb’r’s own greenhouses. Those greenhouses are operated by the resort’s horticulturist, Michael Steward — fresh and local is paramount at the resort. A quality menu is expected at high-end restaurants — The Willard’s menu is equally smart. The menu is casual, yet creative — a few items to try are the PEI Mussels and Fries and the Classic Nova Scotia Lobster Roll.
There are four lodging options: studio suites, executive suites, townhomes and homes. All are equally comfortable and offer five-star thread count. Stay and play packages start at around $380 per person, per night and include breakfast – worth every penny.
Of course, we’ll always remember the balcony view overlooking the golf course and ocean with Prince Edward Island in the distance. We’ll remember the lobster for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, most destinations are remembered by the people that shape an experience. We were picked up from the airport by Jean Marc, he knew a lot about the area and had plenty of good stories. Fox Harb’r Resort isn’t open in the winter so it’s a moot point, but we asked Jean Marc about winter temps, “Oh it’s not bad, it only gets down to about 20 below Celsius and I rarely use the block heater on my car.”
Fox Harb’r Resort is open is open May through October, no block heater needed.
Getting There: fly to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Fox Harb’r Resort offers shuttle transfer to and from the Resort
Popular Activities: golf, sport shooting, hiking, fishing, spa, sea kayaking, horseback riding, wellness, evening campfires, weddings, meetings, culinary events and visit the Jost Vineyards
Resort Features: 18-hole Championship Golf Course, nine-hole Executive Golf Course, Golf Academy, landing strip, fitness center, indoor pool, Dol-άs Spa, Willard Room (casual restaurant and bar), Cape Cliff Dining Room (formal restaurant), The Sporting Lodge and shooting range, vineyard, fish ponds and pheasant fields and real estate