For four generations, the same family ran the Opinicon Resort on the Rideau Canal, about an hour and half south of Ottawa.

The resort boasts a hotel and 21 wooden cabins on about 6.5 hectares land bordering the water.

It was shut down in 2012, and to settle the family estate the Opinicon Resort has been put up for auction, with tenders opening at $500,000.

Included in the sale is everything on the property, from a slightly flat grand piano and antique signage, to a cast iron church bell that tolled across Lake Opinicon for decades, beckoning vacationing anglers back to the lodge for a hot lunch.

Gordon's Auctions will close bidding on Dec. 18.

The family hopes a buyer will bring The Opinicon back to its former glory, but they're realistic that it might be torn down and turned into lots.