Chelsea and Wakefield, a historic destination
For a relatively young region, the Outaouais has a rich history! A fair number of sites and buildings beat witness to a past that still leaves its mark on the region today. Whether you're visiting a former prime minister's estate in the heart of Gatineau Park or an old house that will take you back when the first settlers came to the Wakefield area or even a luxury getaway in an old mill, the history fan in you will be served!
In Chelsea, grab a good cup of coffee, pet a few kitties, and head for the Mackenzie-King Estate, where the PM of the same name spent countless hours contempalting nature. Fairbairn House Heritage Centre will take you through an exhibition about the Wakefield area's early years, right by historic Gendron Bridge, emblem of the village. End your day at the Wakefield Mill, the first mill of the area transformed into a luxurious hotel, and let the rich Outaouais heritage soak in.
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Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1J3
Located in the heart of Old Chelsea and close to Gatineau Park, the Siberian Cat Café offers local quality products, Monsooned Coffee from Iles de la Madeleine, amazing tea and... CATS. Whether you’re meeting the animals at the Cat Salon, discoveringthe bistro area or the amazing covered patio, you're more than welcome to discover the world's first hypoallergenic Cat Café!
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R5
Immerse yourself in the pastoral atmosphere of the last century by visiting this estate covering 230 hectares and located in Gatineau Park. For almost 50 years, it was the summer home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada. Visitors can stroll along paths, visit the restored cottages, amble through the gardens and admire the ruins or stop for lunch at the Moorside Tearoom. Interpretation guides, audiovisual presentations and interpretation panels present a picture of Canada at that time.
Wakefield (Québec) J0X 3G0
Fairbairn House Heritage Centre showcases the history of the Gatineau River Valley. Built in 1861, the William Fairbairn family home has been transformed into a meeting place and heritage centre for visitors and residents. The Heritage Centre is located in Hendrick Park with its outdoor stage and walking trails, a stone’s throw from Wakefield’s famous Gendron covered bridge.
La Pêche (Québec) J0X3G0
Imagine a place so serene, yet so conveniently close to Canada's capital. First built in 1838, the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is now a charming, four-star country boutique hotel surrounded by the splendid Gatineau Park and the picturesque village of Wakefield. It offers 42 unique guest rooms, a dining room specializing in fine cuisine québécoise, The Heron Room Bistro restaurant, a full-treatment spa with outdoor massage tent, two outdoor hot tubs and swimming pool, five meeting/banquet rooms, as well as a cozy fireplace lounge.