With business increasing over the past four years from province-wide visitors, the owners of an eco lodge in East Kempt have decided to stay open year-round.
Trout Point Lodge in East Kempt.
“We’re hoping we can make a go of it. If we don’t go ahead and do it, we’ll never know that it was possible,” said Charles Leary.
Some of the groups and companies hosted at Trout Point Lodge recently were SunLife Financial, The Sierra Club, 14-Wing Greenwood, Canadian Armed Forces and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
Activities available this fall and winter include kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, soaks in the riverside hot tub, in-room massages, and stints in the cedar barrel sauna.
“For those blustery days, wine tastings and cooking classes will be on offer,” said Leary.
Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000 next to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The facility has received many accolades since opening.
USA Today called the Lodge one of the 10 best eco lodges in the world. It is also a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has 520 luxury hotels in at least 70 countries.
The property was recently awarded a five-star rating in the inn category from Canada Select, the national accommodation rating agency.
The lodge’s new Chez la Tousquet dining room opened this past summer.
Cooking school programs are offered at the lodge and this September chef/proprietors Vaughn Perret and Leary participated in the panel on Acadian/Cajun cuisine at the Canadian Chefs’ Congress in Grand Pre.
Trout Point is offering specials in conjunction with their year-round opening. Click here for their website.