History of Mountain Gap Inn
History of Digby
There is something special about Mountain Gap Inn.
Established in 1915 by a traveling salesman by the name of Ernest Alama Thornton.
Thornton who at the time originally worked for Fraser Thornton Ltd., of Cookshire, Quebec purchased the property and set up shop selling Cod Liver Oil and over twenty other medicinal products, such as ointments, to the neighbouring communities. An interesting fact about Thornton was that he was the only individual in the village in his 20-30’s who could afford to pay income taxes.
Quite the entrepreneur, Mr. Thornton would greet passengers from the Saint John, New Brunswick Ferry in the nearby town of Digby, NS and whisk them away via limousine to Mountain Gap Inn.
Mountain Gap Inn’s original lodging is now the building in which the restaurant resides. The Bluff buildings and the Cottages overlooking the Annapolis Basin have been around almost as long as the original building. During the 1960’s the poolside units were added to the property and later in the 1970’s the Westwoods motel units were added. After a 40 year private ownership, the resort was bought by yet another family, remaining the only privately owned property of its type in Nova Scotia. Mountain Gap Inn currently has 99 rooms on the property situated on approximately 40 acres of land.