Monday, July 22, 2019

Construction of new clubhouse underway at Georges River Boat Club in Cape Breton

new clubhouse construction cape breton

Imagine sitting on a deck on a warm, sunny summer day relaxing with family and friends having a barbecue and watching boats travel up and down the Bras d’Or Lake without a worry in the world.

Can you picture it?
The image will soon become a reality for members of the Georges River Boat Club. That’s because construction of a new clubhouse is underway in the Georges River community.
“We’re excited,” said Donald Jessome, commodore of the Georges River Boat Club. “We wanted to have the facilities here so boaters don’t have to drive to Baddeck because there is nothing down this end of the lake except for the Georges River Boat Club.”

Work recently began on the new 24×24 wood-frame clubhouse. It will include a bathroom and shower facility as well as a kitchen and living room, along with a front deck where family and friends will have an option to have barbecues. It will also be used as a meeting place for the club itself.

The push for a clubhouse started about four years ago.
“Someone had mentioned we should have a clubhouse set up here and because we were at the mercy of other clubs, like the Northern Yacht Club, who allowed us to meet there during the winter months free of charge,” said Jessome. “Georges River fire hall also allowed us to meet there, which was closer for our members.”
The Georges River Boat Club, located on Long Island Road, was established in the mid-1950s and was originally known as the Bras d’Or Power Boat Club. The club was inactive for sometime and in 1990 it was revived and a new wharf was built.
Under a new executive in 2004, the club was reorganized with the help of a grant from the province. A slipway was paved to the shore and a new road was constructed, stretching along 620 feet of waterfront property.

Since the new executive took over, the club has made some important additions to the property.

There is a new boardwalk, a new wharf and recently a new sewer pump house.
“The next evolution of growth for the club was putting a clubhouse in,” said Jessome. “We did an engineering study back in 2005 when we received money from the government and although it’s been more than 10 years, a clubhouse was part of the plans.”
The club, which has more than 60 members, received funding for the clubhouse through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency ($64,000) and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality ($10,000). The project is expected to cost about $105,000.

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