A Visit to the Village of Wakefield

Published on September 30 2021 - Updated on July 20 2022

Located only 20minutes from GatineauOttawa, the picturesque village of Wakefield is sure to charm you with its many cafés, boutiques, art galleries, bakeries and restaurants! Founded in 1830 by Irish immigrants, Wakefield is known for its culture, vibrant artistic community and rich history. Discover this authentic village—youre going to love it!

Fairbairn House Heritage Centre

Just steps away from Wakefield’s famous covered bridge, the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre invites you to learn about the history of Wakefield village. 

With the mobile app, take a self-guided walking tour of 18 historic sites in and around the village. Start your tour in front of Fairbairn House or at any of the stops along the way—you don’t need to follow the route exactly. In fact, if your mobile device is location-enabled, you’ll get an alert when you pass one of the points of interest on the tour! 

This is an original way to discover or rediscover the village of Wakefield with your family, friends or partner. 


45 Wakefield Heights Rd., La Pêche (Quebec)

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The walking tour app is called Historic Wakefield historique. It’s available for Android or Apple devices, or from the Fairbairn House website.

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Wakefield covered bridge

The Wakefield covered bridge is a definite must-see. It has great heritage and historical value to Wakefield residents. When the bridge was destroyed by fire in 1984, the people of the community banded together to rebuild it. The bridge is a true symbol for the village. 

Take the opportunity to see it up close and walk across it with your family or your significant other. Remember, covered bridges are also known as “kissing bridges”! 


45 Wakefield Heights Rd., La Pêche (Quebec)

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“What fair wind brings you here?” The northern wind. That’s what Khewa is all about! As you stroll through the heart of the village, this Indigenous art gallery and boutique will relax you and give you a real sense of well-being. 

Inside the shop, you’ll be greeted by its friendly owner, Nathalie Coutou. In addition to a variety of handicrafts and exclusive works from Indigenous, Métis and Inuit artists, you’ll find clothing, fashion accessories, art and décor. It’s hard to leave this adorable boutique empty-handed!


737 Riverside Rd., Wakefield (Quebec)

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Wakefield Confectionery

If you have a sweet tooth, the Wakefield Confectionery is the place for you! As soon as you step through the door, you’ll be captivated by the enticing aroma of cocoa and sugar in perfect harmony. 

Fudge, chocolates, candies—everything is there to satisfy your sudden sugar cravings. The best part is that all the products are made on site with love by Marc and Sylvie, the shop owners. Take advantage of your visit to the Wakefield Confectionery to treat your loved ones or stock up on sweets to enjoy during your stay in the village.


817 Riverside Rd., Wakefield (Quebec)

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Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa

Located on the outskirts of the village, the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa welcomes you for a unique and tranquil stay in Gatineau Park. Sleep peacefully to the sound of the Gatineau River in this former flour mill built in 1838, now transformed into a luxury hotel! 

On site, a full-service spa offering thermal experiences, massages and body treatments provides a relaxing paradise with its peaceful and intimate atmosphere. Ideal for couples! 

Top it all off with a gourmet meal at the hotel’s Muse Restaurant. Fine French and Quebec-inspired cuisine combine to offer you a top-quality culinary experience, enhanced by the wine and food pairings suggested by the knowledgeable and dedicated staff.


60 Mill Rd., La Pêche (Quebec)

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More restaurants to discover

Time to eat? Try these restaurants! 

For an eclectic restaurant experience, Café Le Hibou is the place. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find just the right dish! On the menu: butter chicken poutine, a sushi bowl, a Ribeye Steak, and more traditional dishes such as burgers and nachos. And the location is simply beautiful. 

For pub grub with a twist, the Nikosi Bistro Pub serves classic meals with an Indigenous flair. Owner Wapokunie Riel-Lachapelle, who is of Métis descent, has sought to incorporate and preserve her culinary heritage in the dishes she serves at Bistro Nikosi. With options including a blueberry bannock grilled cheese and duck poutine, the bistro’s extravagant menu will introduce you to a world of flavours!

Expéditions Wakefield

For an outdoor adventure in the heart of Wakefield village, Expéditions Wakefield has the gear for you! Whether you’re interested in renting a canoe, kayak or paddleboard during the summer season, or snowshoes, cross-country skis or fat bike in the winter, look no further for your next outdoor excursion.


721 Riverside Rd., Wakefield (Quebec)

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Once youve been there, youll feel the call of Wakefield year after year. Youll definitely want to go back from time to time to soak up the peace and authenticity of this picturesque village. For more great adventures in the Outaouais region that combine history and culture, take the Chemins deau tourist route.

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