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Ron Joyce’s vision of a luxury resort and residential community on the shores of the Northumberland Strait continues to develop. The co-founder of Tim Hortons and owner of Jetport Inc. created the 1,150-acre Fox Harb’r Resort in the late 90s as a tribute to his hometown of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. With the help of locals, he took the site and created an 18-hole championship golf course with an airport runway, rental accommodations, private residences and many resort amenities. His vision has translated into a boost for the local economy and tourism.

“Ron had two motivators on why he wanted to build Fox Harb’r,” says Kevin Toth, President of Fox Harb’r Resort. “Fox Harb’r is the largest employer on the North Shore and so he wanted to contribute to the local economy and well-being of the people of Nova Scotia. Second, he wanted a place where he could come home and enjoy spending time with friends and family.”


Launching this month is the next phase of Fox Harb’r which will see the addition of 12 luxury homes built along the hillside overlooking the marina and lighthouse. These homes were designed to make the most of the unobstructed views and North Shore sunsets with wide open layouts, large windows and generous outdoor space.


With layouts ranging from 1,810-square-foot two bedrooms with a den to 2,455-square-foot four bedrooms, the homes boast plenty of space for families or couples looking for resort-style living.

“The homes in Marina Landing have a smaller footprint than those we have previously built and sold here, because we were often asked for choices in these sizes,” says Eric Lum, Real Estate Sales Manager at Fox Harb’r. “They are still very generous in square footage, because our owners enjoy the carefree resort lifestyle here, and love to entertain. These new homes will be more manageable for those who travel, because they can simply lock the door and leave worry free.”


Designed by Halifax-based DSRA Architecture, the exterior designs feature sleek, angular wedge-like villas clad in natural stone and woods in warm tones. The high and low forms create visual interest in the landscape yet collectively form a cohesive family. The form is also carved away in some spots creating shelter and openness for outdoor living areas and private gardens.

“Fox Harb’r was looking for a more modern and appealing look to a wider demographic and new development that would strengthen a sense of community,” says Peter Connell, Managing Director of DSRA Architecture. “Our design approach was driven exclusively by the rustic, wind-swept shores of northern Nova Scotia which offer unmatched natural beauty, set against the powerful elements of the Northumberland Strait.”


Prospective homebuyers will be able to select from two interior concepts curated by renowned interior design firm The Design Agency. The “Tailored + Fresh” approach is all about tailored details and an approachable ambience. Using natural warm toned woods, beadboard and local stone, the space pays tribute to the coastal environment. “Polished + Atmospheric” features a bold collection of contrasting materials, light and dark woods, dark soapstone countertops and brass detailing to create a dramatic and luxurious atmosphere.

“We envisioned Fox Harb’r with thoughtful selections of materials that speak to its surroundings,” says Matt Davis, Principal and Founding Partner at The Design Agency. “Both designs demonstrate a comfortable and homey residential experience, celebrating the cultures of Nova Scotia.”


Living on a resort has its benefits and Fox Harb’r doesn’t disappoint with its superb list of membership privileges. Residents will have full playing privileges and access to all resort amenities and activities, including fly fishing, clay shooting, kayaking, tennis, mountain biking and horseback riding.


There’s also the full service Dol-’As Spa just steps from the Clubhouse where members can indulge in a therapeutic massage, a selection of facials or a relaxing dip in the olympic-sized swimming pool, mineral pool or hot tub.


The resort also has two popular restaurants within the property, including the Cape Cliff Dining Room — Atlantic Canada’s first Ocean Wise restaurant. Created by the Vancouver Aquarium to educate and empower consumers about sustainable seafood, the program works directly with restaurants and suppliers to ensure they have the latest information on sustainable seafood and to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions.


Headed by Chef Shane Robilliard the culinary team at Cape Cliff have put together a seafood menu sourcing the freshest sustainable ingredients including vegetables from Fox Harb’r’s very own greenhouse.

“People know Fox Harb’r for its award-winning championship golf course, spa, luxurious accommodations, sport shooting and sumptuous dining, and our efforts to add horseback riding and kayaking to the amenity mix make this community even more fun for guests and residents,” says Toth. “Marina Landing is perfect for those seeking single-level resort living in a 5-Star environment.”


Owners at Marina Landing also receive membership in Pacific Links International allowing them special opportunities for golf experiences in courses around the world. In addition, during the first three years of ownership, residents are entitled to a complimentary one-week stay in a one-bedroom, ocean-view suite at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands, a prestigious private Caribbean destination.

To learn more about Marina Landing and Fox Harb’r, contact Eric Lum at 902 412 4812 or email

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