With its rich history and heritage, the Outaouais region is home to some impressive architectural gems, and proudly celebrates its storied past. At historic sites such as the Mackenzie King Estate, the Symmes Inn Museum in Gatineau and the Manoir Papineau in Montebello, visitors can immerse themselves in the region's history and relive the exploits and achievements of bygone days. Follow the Outaouais adventure through the stories of residents, legendary figures, politicians and local heroes who shaped our history and passed down a remarkable legacy. With myriad examples of heritage both tangible (buildings and artifacts) and intangible (stories and legends), the Outaouais region is a history buff's dream!
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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.