Landscaper buys Wigamog Inn
|By Matthew Desrosiers - Editor | April 2, 2015|
The Wigamog Inn has been sold, and renovations on the property could begin as early as this summer.
Gary Bouwmeister, owner of Bouwmeister Landscaping, has purchased the property. It has been vacant for the past few years.
“I’ve been looking for investments and planning on retiring up there on Kennisis Lake, and I brought my business up north five years ago in landscaping,” Bouwmeister said. “I heard about this, had some visions on it, and when it came up that day I put an offer in.”
The sale closes on May 14. Bouwmeister said he has a bunch of ideas for the property, but he can’t elaborate on those until he knows what can and can’t work. He did confirm there will be renovations on the property, but could not say if it would re-open as a resort later on.
Bouwmeister has personal ties to the Highlands.
“My goal is to eventually live up in Haliburton,” he said. “I want to be part of it. I love the town and have been going to Haliburton since I was a kid. I just love it.”
He once celebrated a special milestone at the Wigamog, as well.
“We used to go there, and Willow Beach across the road. I spent my 10th wedding anniversary, we stayed at the Wigamog.”
Bouwmeister joked that this July will be the couple’s 20th anniversary, so this year he decided to just buy the resort.
“It’s a funny story,” he said. “We were here 10 years ago, not thinking, even as a kid, we would have a dream of buying something like this.”
If he decides to re-open the Wigamog as a resort, Bouwmeister said he would need to hire the right people to make it work, like any business.
“We’re looking to move forward,” he said. “We’ll be glad to share everything once we’ve [know] everything we’re going to be doing.”
According to a listing for the property, the lot size is 41.20 acres and includes a variety of rental units, two in-ground pools, two playgrounds, tennis courts, fitness trails, and The Moose Bar & Grill restaurant.
MATTHEW DESROSIERS is the editor of The Highlander.