Historically, Digby recognizes Lieut. Conway, but chiefly it was the Hon. Admiral Digby who became our town’s namesake and a benefactor of Trinity Anglican Church, designates a National Historic Site in 1994 which is staffed by a tour guide May through September.
Look further to the Admiral Digby Museum and Genealogy Centre should you desire to see more of our history and learn more about our ancestry.
Look across the street from the Admiral Digby Museum towards the Fisherman’s Wharf to see the largest inshore scallop fleet in the world! A beautiful sight to behold whether tied up or returning from fishing grounds. Here some 80-90 scallop boats tie up. With an average of 4 persons per boat that equals 320 persons employed in this industry.
Look further along the waterfront following the Admiral’s Walk where hand-carved interpretive panels grace the buildings adjacent to the War Memorial. These beautiful panels display the culture of our fishery.
Look again further along to view yachts and sailboats coming and going at the Marina. Here you can charter a “hands –on” deep sea fishing experience.
Look further west to Digby Neck, to Long and Brier Islands and experience a whale-watching excursion. Several years ago Captain Highliner was our guest. He’d “never been to sea Billy” so we chartered a boat. Henceforth, Captain Highliner could then say, “he’d been to sea Billy.”
Here in this Hebridean landscape one must venture further for an amazing close-up view of our Balancing Rock. Recall this is Joshua Slocum land, he who dared sail single-handed around the world.
Look, try our 18-hole championship golf course where celebrated golfers play and enjoy the Digby Pines, formerly the Canadian Pacific Railway Hotel – one of the few remaining.
Look west and visit the Memorial Site for Digby’s own Maud Lewis. Folk artist Maud who brought recognition to Digby.
Look further west traveling on the Longest Mainstreet in the World to experience the Acadian culture.
In the Switzerland of Nova Scotia tour a winery, drink in the art of local artisans, particularly noted artist Robbie Buckland Nicks.
Look again to experience a visit at the Bear River First Nations Cultural Centre.
Do we need or want a smoke-stack to invade our progressively eco-friendly atmosphere only to offer a product on the global marketplace?
First let us look at the whole picture …look at Nova Scotia, check out the Chronicle Herald of Jan 11, “Export picture glum.” Look at Canada – Ann Janega, vice-president of the N.S. division of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, says, “97% of Nova Scotia companies don’t export and that about that about the same percent of business across Canada don’t export.”
The Canada-Europe trade agreement gives N.S. a “terrific platform” to increase it’s exports to a huge market. Janega said, “The agreement includes reductions of tariffs on Canadian products that would especially benefit N.S. seafood exporters,” stating “Seafood is a big opportunity.”
Announced in October, the agreement will cut steep European tariffs of 8-20% on imported Canadian lobster, snow crab and shrimp. Bring on that casserole!
What then can our community produce for the global market?
Turbine installations? Tidal power? Fall 2013, Dr. Richard Karsten, Acadia University is working with colleagues and partners to find potential sites for underwater turbines in the restless waters of Digby.
Existing revenues come from fishing ( deep sea and aquaculture ) agriculture ( winery ) tourism ( experiences and attractions ) and mink farming. Rather than shipping all raw-products to European countries, a considerable number can become “value-added” industries. ie: purchase a canvas, add value by painting a picture, using fish skins to create hand bags, wallets and shoes, use processed mink fur to trim jackets, white fish, lobster and scallops can become a seafood casserole – “from the grocer to the oven-ready.”
At the risk of disturbing some, there are too many seals eating our fish – these seals could become mitts, hats, slippers and jackets.
Look again – we have festivals, ( Scallop Days, Lobster Bash .) Why not value-add and have a Maud Lewis Celebration? Local playwright Hal Theriault’s Maud plays certainly attest that a greater community celebration behooves the humble little lady who lived in deep poverty but expressed outwardly in her art the beauty hidden in her soul. Maud who brought recognition not only to Digby, but to Nova Scotia and across Canada, often referred to world-wide as Canada’s Granma Moses.
To complete the whole picture, what is needed? Doctors.
In my opinion, today’s doctors expect a medical centre with a computerized system whereby they have access to all patient’s records available on computer whereby each and every patient can be seen and treated by any of the participating doctors in the medical centre. This is a plus for the doctors and a plus for the patient.
So, look! Look at the whole picture.
Maxine Connell, Smith’s Cove