About Us“This is a dream,” says JP Brosseau as he shows off The Old Courthouse Inn that he and partner Kelly Belanger recently purchased. “I wake up every day and can’t believe this is my business and new home.”
JP was born and raised in Powell River. He had been living in Cold Lake, Alberta with Kelly for the last four years and came to Powell River at the end of July for a visit. “Kelly picked up The Georgia Straight and saw an ad in there that said The Old Courthouse Inn was for sale.” Meanwhile, JP was busy making dates and trying to visit all his friends. “Kelly pointed to the ad and I said we’re having coffee there tomorrow. Lilia and Ian are friends of mine.”
Kelly has always loved antiques and heritage homes. “Ever since he was a little boy he’s wanted to own a Tudor style house,” says JP. “He always had the idea of owning a B & B someday. We had planned to open one in Mexico in a few years and I was supposed to be going there in September for six months to see if I could handle the heat and humidity.”
JP and Kelly came for coffee at The Old Courthouse Inn and Lilia Cardoso Gould gave them a tour.
Located in a National Historic District in the Historic Townsite, The Old Courthouse Inn once housed the courts, jail, police station and all other provincial government services. In 1997, the Old Courthouse was purchased by Ian Gould and Lilia Cardoso Gould. They did a huge amount of work restoring this beautiful building, keeping in mind the integrity of the structure and respecting the history of the building while updating to modern standards of comfort and convenience.
“We added six bathrooms, painted the building inside and out and did a complete reno. We replaced all the furniture over time,” says Lilia, who visited antique auctions and estate sales where she purchased antiques and collectables for the building.