Dining on Lake Huron

Enjoy a good meal and comfortable stay.

Updated: By Sandra Trainor

On the western edge of the quaint little village of Thessalon, Ontario, fronting the expansive and stunning Lake Huron is a business that has become a landmark on the North Shore. A little less than an hour east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario off Hwy 17, Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant was built in the 1950’s and is well known as a destination to rest and dine for travellers and locals alike.

(Photo credit: Greg Cull)

Today, the business is owned by Neville and Isha Ira-Gould, who with their two daughters bought the property in 2015. They have been in the process of refurbishing the forty-two guest rooms and have been giving the dining room new life by hosting not only everyday overnight guests, travellers and area diners, but also welcoming parties, weddings and other private functions. During peak season the business employs 10 – 12 people.


(Photo credit: Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant)

I had the opportunity to drop in to Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant on a Sunday afternoon just in time to catch Sunday Brunch. Isha and her daughter Jamie were there to greet me and talk about their business. Isha told me that they were looking for a complete lifestyle change when she and her husband Neville decided to buy the business. “We started looking in the Toronto area, but Northern Ontario drew us out of a crowded urban life. We knew we found the right place when we saw that we could live and work in the same beautiful place.” It’s fitting that the tag line for the Inn and Restaurant is “We’re beautiful by Nature”.

“Neville has more than 25 years experience in the hotel/hospitality industry and I am an accountant with a passion for cooking. With our experience and knowhow, we were confident that we could buy our own property and run it successfully.”

On the restaurant side, in the first year they brought in a family friend who is a professional chef and gave them some valuable advice around what works and doesn’t work in the food industry. During their first year, they set out asking their customers what they wanted to see on the menu. They started with specials and instituted their beliefs in what and how they wanted to serve their food. Home-cooked style, fresh food and all desserts made in-house.

(Photo credit: Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant)

Originally from Sri Lanka, they brought in East Indian flavours to some of the choices on the menu along Canadian/American favourites and with vegan and vegetarian options. They are also able to accommodate gluten free diets.

(Photo credit: Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant)

Sourcing locally is something they are working on doing more of and are open to options. Currently, they source their fresh fish from Dave Carlson commercial fishery in, Blind River, Ontario.

(Photo credit: Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant)

Also, Pino’s Get Fresh in Sault Ste. Marie is where many of the ingredients for the menu come from making Ontario grown and produced a priority.

The dining room is fully licensed with a wide variety of both domestic and imported beer, wine and spirits. The restaurant seats fifty-six, along with thirty-five in the screened in patio. There is also a conference room available.

(Photo credit: Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant)

I asked Isha how it’s been going so far, considering the big change in life style and coming to a brand-new community. She said that, “we have been well received in the community, people could not have been more wonderful and supportive of us. We really appreciate that kind of support.”

While part of the Inn is open year-round, during the winter, the dining room is open for dinner only and for Sunday Brunch. During the Summer months, all of the Inn is open and the restaurant is open seven days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See the website or the Facebook page for times.

“We have very high standards. We want our customers to have a good meal, a comfortable stay and know that we will treat them with respect.” Were Isha’s last few words in our interview. It was a pleasure meeting the Ira-Gould family and we’re looking forward to returning for some of that East Indian fare.

(Photo credit: Carolyn Beach Inn)

Due to COVID-19, Hours of operation and available services may have changed. Please contact them directly or visit their facebook page for details and updates.

Visit Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant

Neville and Isha Ira-Gould
1 Lakeside Dr.
Thessalon, ON
PH: (705) 842-3330
Facebook /Carolyn Beach Inn

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About Sandra Trainor

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Sandra is a Freelance Marketing Consultant. Sandra recently returned to her hometown and believes that food brings people together, no matter what their background and that food grown and produced close to us should be not only supported, but celebrated.

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