The building in Ingonish Beach that had housed one of the oldest RCMP detachments in Nova Scotia will be torn down and the land returned to Parks Canada later this year.

RCMP moved into a new building in nearby Ingonish late last year. An RCMP spokeswoman, Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, said the old police station had reached the end of its useful life.

"The building no longer met our operational police requirements so we proceeded with construction of the new detachment," she said.

RCMP began policing in the area in 1937. The Ingonish Beach building is from 1955.

The land is owned by Parks Canada, which operates Cape Breton Highlands National Park. A Parks Canada spokesman said it wants the building torn down so the property can be used for road access to a nearby beach.

Local resident Greg Barron told CBC he was upset the former detachment will be demolished when it could be put to use in other ways.

However, Clarke said it's out of the RCMP's hands.  

"The building is on Parks Canada land. They have requested the land be returned to its original state," she said.

Old Ingonish Beach RCMP detachment

RCMP say the building had reached the end of its useful life. (Submitted by RCMP)