Historic Baddeck, N.S., Resort Reduced to Rubble and Ashes
A raging fire has destroyed the main lodge of the historic Inverary Resort in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
A post on the Facebook page of the Inn reports that all guests and employees are safe. It also expresses gratitude for the fire departments of Baddeck, Middle River, Sydney Mines, North Sydney, Whycocomagh, and Big Bras d’Or that cooperated to put out the fire.
Fire Chief Darren MacAulay told CBC that it looks like the fire originated in the kitchen, but details are still being investigated.
In an interview with Global News, owner Matthew MacAulay said that the inn can still operate without the main lodge. They will remain open even though they lost the restaurant, the pub, the office, and the front desk of the resort.
He said the inn is a family business, and they don’t intend to “roll over that easily.”
According to the inn’s website, the main lodge was built in the late 1800s by a rich businessman.
It was acquired by another family and became an inn after World War II. It was named Inverary to pay tribute to the Scottish heritage of the new owners.
Since then, every new building constructed on the property received a Scottish name, a tradition kept by the family currently owning the business.
A local resident told CBC that the building was important for the small community. A lot of loyal customers came every year to the resort. “I mean this is going to hurt a lot of people.”, she said.