In the raftsmen's footsteps
In the dictionnary, the term "raftsmen" should be followed by "see Vallée-de-la-Gatineau". The importance of the lumber industry on the region,s history is still felt decades after the last logs were floated down the Gatineau River. In Maniwaki, you can admire a real boat that use to pull logs on the river, there's a park dedicated to the men who risk their lives at at very dangerous job and one of the city's biggest hotels is named after the "draveurs". But the city has also developed another expertise: fighting forest fires. An interpretation centre is even dedicated to the cause.
Start your day at the Forest Fire Prevention History Interpretation Center and witness how the fight against forest fires evolved through the ages and how the SOPFEU still combats them today through an interactive exhibition. Then, stroll down the streets of Maniwaki along the Désert River to visit the Pythonga Tugboat Thematic Park and Draveur Park to let local history soak in. End the day at the Auberge du Draveur around a good meal.
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Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 2R8
The Forest Fire Prevention History Interpretation Center, located at Château Logue, pays tribute to those who have dedicated their talent and energy to forest protection. One of two exhibition halls is dedicated to the major forest fires in the province of Quebec and describes the superhuman efforts and ingenuity of the workers to protect the forest. The 24-metre lookout tower is open to the public.
Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 1Z8
As a special tribute to log drivers and to ensure that they will live on in our memory, the city of Maniwaki created the Parc du Draveur and the Centre d’interprétation de la drave in its downtown area. It features an imposing steel statue of a log driver and interpretation panels that testify to the gratitude of residents towards those who contributed to the region’s development.
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Conveniently located in the heart of Maniwaki, the Auberge du Draveur offers a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy the fitness room and spa facilities (spas, saunas and pool). Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or for a home away from home, enjoy the area's multiple outdoor activities. They offer a variety of packages (relaxation, fitness and fun, etc.) to meet your individual needs. Should you be traveling on business or planning your next gathering, the conference rooms are at your disposal.