Four-storey hotel on the rise on Montague waterfront

Steve Sharratt
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As walkers enjoy a brisk stroll along the Confederation Trail, excavators above carve out the foundation for a new hotel for Montague. The Riverhouse Inn will rise along the banks of the Montague River next to the town’s waterfront marina.

MONTAGUE — The ground was broken here this week to build a new hotel in eastern P.E.I.’s largest town.

“I think it will be a great addition to the town and we certainly need it,’’ said Robert Jay, a long-time tourism operator who runs Lanes Cottages with his wife.

The town of Montague officially approved the application for the new $2.3 million project on Monday night and welcomed the commercial venture addition to the community. It will be constructed at the Lanes Cottages site next to the federal Addiction Research Centre and overlooking the Confederation Trail and Montague River.

The new 30-room, four-storey building will be called the Riverhouse Inn and include a 100-seat multi-media room featuring convention-like facilities. It will also feature turrets and plenty of huge windows to take advantage of the southern exposure and natural lighting. All rooms will overlook the Montague River and marina.

Jay said the new hotel will operate year round and rely on strong area tourism during the seasonal months and sporting tournaments and business sessions during the off season.

Participants in large winter tournaments hosted at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre arena and curling club have to seek the bulk of lodging requirements in Charlottetown. The new hotel is expected to rectify that lack of accommodation space.

“Even though there will not be a restaurant, there will be a sun room breakfast area for our guests on the property and the banquet/conference space has a full kitchen to meet any caterers dream,” said Jay. “There are good restaurants in the area other than fast food and I do not want to take anything away from them, especially if they stay open all year.”

The developer spent two years assembling the project with design teams and private investors. It’s expected to open in June.

Organizations: Addiction Research Centre, Riverhouse Inn, Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre

Geographic location: Montague, Montague River, Eastern P.E.I. Charlottetown

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  • montague resident
    December 17, 2012 - 15:56

    Couple of questions: Is there government money involved? We need to stop having the taxpayer involved in economic development in PEI. Use a bank like everyone else has to in this country. Secondly, is it minimum code wood framed construction or are they using more durable concrete and steel? If I was a hotel guest, I'd be much more assured of my safety being in a concrete and steel building that is fire proof (not to mention less possibility of rot & insects).

  • tom paine
    December 17, 2012 - 07:54

    wish them all the best of luck... any government money involved? Tax breaks? Thought there wasn't with the Holman, but, alas, there was. Regardless, I hope they succeed.