Our History

 

Hôtel Shediac is built on the storied site of a grand 19th century hotel: Weldon House. With the arrival of train service from Moncton to Shediac in 1857, the tourist industry started to take shape and the small coastal town soon needed top-notch accommodations for its visitors. Of the numerous hotels built around this time, Weldon House, built in 1860 by William E. Weldon, was the most prominent.

During the gay nineties – right before and after 1900 – Shediac was already a popular resort town and the biggest and splashiest affairs were held in the Weldon House, with guests arriving from Moncton by train and P.E.I. by ferry. Over the years, it welcomed heads of state such as Sir John MacDonald, diplomats, members of the royalty, including Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and numerous celebrities such as Bob Hope and Betty Grable.

The hotel was sold by the Weldon family in the 1920s and became The Shediac.  In the 1930s, the Depression took its toll and the hotel was bought and sold several times until it became Hotel Shediac in early 1980s. The well-loved landmark was finally demolished a decade ago.

The new Hôtel Shediac is a proud testament to the glory days of Shediac. We have named one of our meetings spaces the Weldon Room in honour of the man who built the original hotel where Hôtel Shediac now stands and helped create our town’s resort heritage.