Nancy Guichon and Blake Aucoin
The CNTA Annual Awards provide an opportunity for our industry to recognize the tourism leaders in Northern Nova Scotia.
“We’re absolutely thrilled about it” says Guichon and Aucoin agreed saying being new to the business, it was a boost to their confidence that they were heading in the right direction with the business.
Aucoin, a firefighter in Ottawa, has deep Maritime roots in Cape Breton and knew someday he would return to the ocean. Guichon, a native of the Yukon, has come to love the Maritimes as well with the exposure over the years. Right now she is the full time hotelier since Aucoin still lives and works part time in Ottawa, travelling down twice a month.
Nancy and Blake had spent a couple of years of looking across the country for the ideal property for a pre-retirement business. A year and a half ago Shangri-la was the last property they saw after touring 10 or 12 places around the Maritimes and they had nearly passed up looking at the area due to time restraints.
They decided to take a few minutes to visit Burncoat Head Park which is adjacent to the cottages and both say when they reached the bottom of the stairs and saw the beach they said it was love at first sight and both smiling knew they had found their spot. “It touched our soul,” explained Guichon,”It was just amazing.”
Guichon says her favorite moment is seeing the tension in visitors melt away as the peace and quiet of the site settles on them. She says at times they seem stressed as they sign in, but when she checks on them shortly after, the stress is gone.
Guichon and Aucoin often hear visitors- especially locals- say they had no idea this place was so close to home and will come back often to enjoy the comfort of the cottages and tranquility of the spot. “To us this is our little piece of paradise, that’s how we feel about it, we love it so much,” says Aucoin.