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 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 1R5
A precious Canadian legacy in Gatineau Park. This 231-hectare country estate once belonged to Canada’s 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians. Go back in time with a visit to the faithfully restored cottages (which are now museums), historic ruins, lush gardens, and the popular Mackenzie King Tearoom. The Estate in Bloom: August 3 to 5, 2019. Labour Day at the Estate: August 31 to September 2, 2019. Gatineau Park is managed and protected by the National Capital Commission.
Wakefield (Québec) J0X 3G0
Fairbairn House Heritage Centre showcases the history of the Gatineau River Valley. Built in 1861, the William Fairbairn family homestead now features a tourist office, exhibitions on local heritage, guided tours, a heritage log cabin, heritage barn, outdoor stage and access to walking trails. The Heritage Centre is located a stone’s throw from Wakefield’s famous red covered bridge.
La Pêche (Québec) J0X 3G0
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 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.