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March 2015 Pacific Sands Acquisition

News Release

Pettinger Family Sells Tofino-based Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Pacific Sands marks second resort property purchase in area for Gordon Nelson Inc.

Tofino, BC – March 3, 2015 – The Victoria and Tofino based Pettinger family is proud to announce the sale of family-owned Pacific Sands Beach Resort after 42 years of operations. The magical beachfront resort on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, has been sold to Vancouver based company Gordon Nelson Inc. (Gordon Nelson) a family-run company lead by Jason Gordon and Chris Nelson along with partners Robert Brown, a social and green building developer and Shane Richards, the general manager of nearby Ocean Village Resort.

Building on the vision of their parents Bill and Joan
Pettinger, the Pettinger Family has overseen the development of this spectacular 40+ acre property from a modest five cottages and 12 unit motel in the early 1970’s into a beautiful 77 room resort located directly on breathtaking Cox Bay. “We are pleased to pass along the legacy of Pacific Sands Beach Resort to Gordon Nelson,” says Bill, Rick and Dave Pettinger. “Chris and Jason have an appreciation and passion for Tofino that brings a fresh commitment to Pacific Sands, and we are confident they will continue to serve the resort and community well in the future.”

“Situated on one of the best surf and storm watching beachfront properties in North America, purchasing a resort property like Pacific Sands Beach Resort is a rare opportunity,” said Chris Nelson, co-owner of Gordon Nelson, who grew up on Vancouver Island. “The Pettinger Family have been excellent stewards of this amazing piece of property and we look forward to continuing to build upon their legacy.”

“We love the natural beauty of Tofino, the ability to surf almost every day and the energetic, engaged community,” says Jason Gordon, of Gordon Nelson. “My wife and I have enjoyed bringing our children to Tofino for years. We would like to thank the scores of loyal Pacific Sands guests who have been returning every year to surf, body board, build sandcastles, fish, whale watch, take in local artists, and savour the great food. Tofino truly represents supernatural British Columbia at its best.”

All involved would like to thank Randy Holt of DTZ Victoria Real Estate Ltd., who represented the sellers in the transaction.

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort is one of British Columbia’s premier resorts, located on the world- class Cox bay in Tofino. Deluxe beachfront accommodations offer exceptional surf-in, surf-out amenities to visitors along with historic old growth forests and award winning dining in nearby Tofino. Ranging from 520 to 1,400 square feet, guests can choose from a wide range of suites and beach houses to suit a romantic, family or group getaway.

Gordon Nelson Inc. is an apartment building and investment company focused on delivering sustainable, modern rental apartments in Vancouver’s urban core.


Media Contacts:

Ryan Tessier
Public Relations Representative for Gordon Nelson Inc.

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