SPECTACLE LAKE – Built in the 1940’s, Spectacle Lake Lodge is about to launch a new chapter in its long history. The lodge is a four-season place of escape that allows visitors to experience the beauty of nature as seen from the lakeshore and the surrounding trails. Situated 17 km from Barry’s Bay and 38 km from Algonquin Park, the lodge has been a favourite destination for many families and couples wanting a weekend getaway from the city. It is also a regular dining destination for local residents wanting to warm up with a tasty hot lunch or supper.
The original owners were the Scott’s, but Sharon Mahussier and her late husband, Maurice, bought the establishment on January 16, 1989. This year, on January 14, Spectacle Lake Lodge will once again change hands, when Tommie and Brandon McLaren assume the reigns. The brothers will head up a family team of five, all with experience in the hospitality industry.
The Mahussiers’ long-term dedication to the success of Spectacle Lake Lodge was built on the couple’s prior professional experience. In answer to a question about the work they did before becoming lodge owners, Sharon Mahussier said, “Maurice was Corporate Chef for Nestle Foods and I sold Real Estate with Remax in Aurora.” This combination of experience gave the couple the culinary, people and business skills required to run such a demanding enterprise.
Sharon is placing the lodge in good hands with people who are already experienced in the hospitality industry. She said, “The new owners are the McLaren family from the Harcourt area, who will continue to own and operate Pine Grove Point.”
Both Sharon and Tommie McLaren confirmed that the existing staff will remain.
McLaren also was adamant that the plan is not to make drastic changes to the property, but rather to continue to build on the already strong foundation built by the Mahussiers. Having the staff remain will help to ensure continuity of quality and service.
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