‘Nova Scotia’s renewable energy port’ is the theme of this year’s Digby Port Days being held next Wednesday and Thursday.

The theme was selected because as Nova Scotia’s closest full-service, deep water port for activities taking place in the Bay of Fundy, including tidal energy development, Digby is recognized as the ‘port of choice’ by the provincial government in support of such developments.

“The event will offer attendees the opportunity to learn and discuss how Digby is preparing itself to accommodate businesses, academics, developers, and promoters of this exciting new tidal technology, and other renewable energy initiatives,” said Ed Chisholm, harbour manager with the Digby Harbour Port Association.

Port Days is being hosted by the port association, with support from Digby Area Board of Trade.

A guest speaker symposium will be held at the Digby Pines Resort and Spa on Thursday morning. Presenters feature regional and international industry leaders, as well as Aaron Annable, Canada’s acting consul-general in Boston, Nova Scotia Energy Minister Andrew Younger, and West Nova MP Greg Kerr.

Other speakers will be from OpenHydro, Bay Ferries, Fundy Ocean Research Centre of Excellence (FORCE), and Fundy Tidal Inc.

“Prospects for the Port of Digby haven’t been this promising for at least a half a century, with the pending arrival of a new vessel for our Fundy ferry service, record berthage at the wharf, high fish and seafood landings, the growth in marine nutraceuticals exploration and our emergence as one of Atlantic Canada’s burgeoning renewable energy service centres,” said board of trade president Peter MacLellan.

The Thursday seminar is open to the public, but space is limited and potential attendees are advised to reserve a spot by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the words “Port Days” in the subject line, and indicate the name(s) of attendees by Sept. 6. A light breakfast will precede the symposium at 7:30 a.m.

On Thursday afternoon, attendees and guests are invited to participate in the board of trade’s annual Tartan Classic golf tournament at the Digby Pines Golf Club.

Profits from this year’s Tartan Classic will go to the Digby Ground Search and Rescue organization and interested participants should contact Jim Thurber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for team enrollment and tournament fees.