White Point, Nova Scotia (February 1, 2018)
urrounded by a standing room only crowd of family, friends and White Pointers, White Point Beach Resort kicked off their year-long 90th Anniversary celebrations at their Open House on Sunday January 28th. In addition to revealing their line-up of events and a Keepsake Booklet, the historic year-round Resort announced plans for significant renovations to the oceanside Nova Scotia property.
Following a Smudging Ceremony by Acadia First Nation Members, Kinsey Francis and her father Andrew Francis, White Point’s owners Robert and Alicia Risley expressed their sincere appreciation to the community and guests for their ongoing support and collaboration, announcing that over the coming months they will undertake the most significant renovation program in the history of White Point.
“We’re incredibly proud of White Point and what we have achieved together” says Robert Risley who will have been the owner of the property for 30 years. “As we celebrate our 90th Anniversary, we’re excited to announce that we’re building on our success as a year-round event and vacation destination. Our list of renovations to be completed this year are extensive and significant, all meant enhance guest experience and expand our capacity to invite and welcome guests to Nova Scotia with a focus on winter months.”
Risley says amongst the list for 2018 is the expansion of guestrooms within the Main Lodge to include a new two bedroom barrier-free suite along with a refresh of the oceanfront cottages. Cottage renovations include new flooring, light fixtures, propane fireplaces, updated electronics, bathrooms and area rugs. In response to demand, work on a new lakeside outdoor wedding and event venue at Lakeside Lodge has already begun.
Additionally, guest parking is to be expanded and golfers will be rewarded with more spectacular view planes to the ocean and beach from several holes. While the Risleys declined to offer an exact figure for the investments, it is significant and incremental to the more than $300,000 invested last year.
Building on the renovation announcement, Joanne Veinotte, White Point’s General Manager revealed several new and unique events planned in honour of their anniversary. Known for its unique programming, Veinotte says this year gets even more interesting, especially in winter.
“Our oceanfront location gives us the opportunity to invite guests to have an intimate and unique experience with the ocean, and this year, we’re pushing the envelope a little further” says Veinotte. Referring to a list of the Resort’s 90th Anniversary events, Veinotte notes they are offering everything from winter surfing lessons, events in honour of every Full Moon, to celebrating the region’s winter lobster season. The property has been active in the creation of the ‘South Shore Lobster Crawl’ taking place in February and with the introduction of their new package, The Great Canadian Lobster Fishing Feast Adventure – a first in Nova Scotia – that will take guests lobster fishing, in season.
And their festivities don’t stop there. As a champion for local artists, Sea’Spired, Veinotte explains, is an outdoor sculpture show that will see works by more than a dozen Nova Scotia artists showcased throughout the property in celebration of the ocean. Scheduled to be open in May for World Gardening Day, it will remain in place until the fall.
Homecoming Weekend in April will see the launch of a new book, White Point Then & Now, produced by Nimbus Publishing, featuring photos by Len Wagg. In September, 90 couples are invited to gather at the Resort for a vow renewal weekend of festivities. The Anniversary theme is also being woven into the food and beverage menus, offering a unique Taste of Nova Scotia menu item each month.
Concluding her remarks with the unveiling of the 90th Anniversary Keepsake booklet produced in conjunction with Saltscapes Magazine, Veinotte says the piece is a celebration of White Pointers. “This 16 page showcase of White Point is a celebration of you our community, our partners and guests and the magic we enjoy together. This Keepsake will be placed in our guestrooms, proudly shared with colleagues and appreciated by more than a half million Saltscapes Magazine readers as an insert within the February/March issue.”
Speaking on behalf of the Region of Queens Municipality, Deputy Mayor Susan MacLeod expressed gratitude to the Risleys for their commitment to Queens County and the White Point Team. As the largest private sector employer in the area, she acknowledged the impact that the resort has on the community. Growing from a seasonal operation to a year-round one, White Point now employs 200 at the height of operations. Asking the crowd in attendance how many had worked at White Point in the past, she was surprised by the large number of people who raised their hands.
Opening in 1928 and operating year-round for the past 30 years, White Point Beach Resort is one of Nova Scotia’s most popular and impactful destinations. Paying homage to its Bostonian founder, Philip Hooper Moore, and his vision to share White Point with the world, the Risleys and their team at White Point have lovingly nurtured this iconic property, welcoming more than 50,000 overnight guests to her white sandy, surf capped shores.
For a complete list of upcoming 90th Anniversary related events and programs, visit www.whitepoint.com.
Donna Hatt, White Point’s Marketing Manger
at the beach: 902.354.2711 ext 369
on the road: 902.521.7319