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Day Tripping in Wakefield

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A July 2006 trip to Wakefield by girlfromals

Cafe Pot Au Feu Photo, Wakefield, Quebec More Photos
Quote: The Great Blackout of 2003 had a silver lining. My guests and I discovered this wonderful gem north of Ottawa.

Day Tripping in Wakefield

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Overview

Wakefield Mill Photo, Wakefield, Quebec
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Looking for a way to spend our time during my unexpected days off during the Blackout of 2003, I suggested to my sister and now brother-in-law that we head up to the Wakefield Mill. What we expected to be a short trip out of the city turned into a delightful afternoon in a quaint town situated in one of the picturesque valleys in the Gatineau Hills.Situated on the bank of the wide and slow-flowing Gatineau River, Wakefield is a charming town which will take you back in time at least 100 years. The original buildings and character of the town and surrounding hills have changed little since this area was settled by Scots, Brits, and Irish immigrants in the early 19th century. Wakefield's valley ...Read More

Cafe Pot Au Feu

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Restaurant | "Café Pot-Au- Feu"

Cafe Pot Au Feu Photo, Wakefield, Quebec
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Thinking of what to do on a hot muggy Ottawa weekend a work colleague and I decided to head out to Wakefield for Saturday brunch. He promptly made reservations at Café Pot-Au- Feu located in the old Wakefield train station. On our drive up we were caught in a thunderstorm accompanied by a torrential downpour. We drove around Wakefield for about half an hour before heading to the restaurant. My friend told me reservations were required for the patio tables because of the restaurant's popularity. When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly young woman who took us to our reserved table. There were only 3 other tables occupied at the time so there really was no need for a reser...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2006

Cafe Pot Au Feu
794 River Road
Wakefield, Quebec
(819) 459-2080

Wakefield Mill

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Restaurant | "Le Moulin Wakefield Mill"

Wakefield Mill Photo, Wakefield, Quebec
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With the power out all across Ottawa we looked in our tourist brochures to see if there were something interesting to visit on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. We decided to make the 30 minute drive into the Gatineau Hills to the Wakefield Mill, built in 1838. We were under the impression from the tourist information we had that the Mill could be toured. Little did we know that in 2001 it had been converted into a hotel. We were slightly disappointed and it was made even worse by the fact that the road up to the hotel was difficult to locate. This has been rectified with the placement of a bright blue provincial highway sign indicating where to turn....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2006

Wakefield Mill
60 Mill Road
Wakefield, Quebec
(819) 459-1838

MacLaren Cemetery

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Attraction

MacLaren Cemetery Photo, Wakefield, Quebec
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Most cemeteries are not tourist destinations, especially tiny cemeteries in small towns. But if you take a trip to Wakefield, I highly recommend you visit the small MacLaren Cemetery. Buried here is the late Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, perhaps the greatest statesman this country has every produced. Prime Minister Pearson, after whom Toronto's airport is named, defined Canada's role internationally, a role which continues today. In the middle of the Suez Crisis with no apparent way out, Prime Minister Pearson suggested an international peacekeeping force, averting war and allowing the forces in the area at the time to withdraw their troops without losing face. For hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2006

MacLaren Cemetery

Wakefield, Quebec

Wakefield Confectionery

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Attraction

Wakefield Confectionery Photo, Wakefield, Quebec
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When we saw the sign announcing ‘chocolat,' we quickly pulled in to the parking lot. The Wakefield Confectionery is a charming little store located in a historic house along the main road through Wakefield. This store was opened in 2003 and is operated by a young couple who used to work in the kitchen at the Wakefield Mill Hotel restaurant, this place is a treasure of home- made delights. The store is quite small, mostly one large room with a small room off to the back. When you walk in, look up at the ceiling. This store still has the old tin ceiling but it is painted red and is gilded with gold....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2006

Wakefield Confectionery
817 River Road
Wakefield, Quebec J0X 3G0
(819) 459-1177

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