COLLINES-DE-L’OUTAOUAIS – TIMELESS CHARM
Located north of Gatineau, the Collines-de-l’Outaouais territory has seen its share of communities come and go, but it was in the 1800s that nature lovers began to flock to its green, rolling hills. Among those early vacationers was William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s 10th prime minister, who bequeathed his estate in Gatineau Park to the people of Canada. Not far from the estate, explore the equally charming villages of Wakefield and Chelsea.
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Points of interest
La Pêche (Québec) J0X 3G0
At Eco-Odyssée in Wakefield, just 30 minutes from Gatineau–Ottawa, enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of the Outaouais. Venture into beaver habitat as you explore a water maze with more than 60 intersections spread out over 6 km. Choose your adventure and discover the beauty of the marshland environment from the comfort of your pedal boat.
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.
Luskville Falls flows over the Eardley Escarpment, a unique natural habitat in the western sector of Gatineau Park. Spring is the best time to visit the area, as melting snow transforms the waterfall into a raging torrent. The trail climbs for nearly 300 m up the Eardley Escarpment and leads to lookouts and a fire tower. Gatineau Park is managed and protected by the National Capital Commission.