Wakefield is a village on the western shore of the Gatineau River, at the confluence of the La Peche River in the Ouatouais region of Quebec. It was founded in 1830 by Irish, Scottish and English immigrants. It is about a 30 minute drive from Ottawa.
Wakefield’s primary industry is tourism. It is also known for having the highest bungee jump in the Americas at 200 feet.
The village has developed a reputation for a somewhat bohemian (or hippee) lifestyle and boasts a number of small cafes, pubs and galleries. Many artists live in the surrounding mountains and valleys. We were charmed by Wakefield in an instant.
Many of the buildings are painted up in bright, cheery colors which adds to the town’s bohemian charm.
Kaffe 1870 is a popular place for live music in Wakefield, and it is a fantastic gathering spot for tourists and members of the community.
Lunch at Kaffe 1870 – they serve a delicious mushroom soup and many yummy sandwiches.
Taking a moment out of a busy day to read the paper.
The Black Sheep (or the Auberge Mouton Noir) is another popular spot and a venue for live music in Wakefield.
Jamboree is one of the stores that caters to tourists. It is loaded with all sorts of great home decorations and knick-knacks. I spotted many things that I wanted, but we can’t really find room for anymore stuff in the van.
Like in any Canadian town, when the snow piles up, the shovels come out!
Anyone can fill their water bottles for free at the spring. We tried the water, and it was so clean and fresh-tasting!
Le Moulin or the Wakefield Mill Inn is a country inn that is surrounded by scenic Gatineau Park. Back in 1838, William Fairbairn began construction of the stone mill for the purpose of milling local grains into flour for the farm families of the Gatineau and LaPeche River valleys. He later sold the mill to James McLaren who expanded the operations to include a sawmill, woolen mill and a general store.
In order to get to see the McLaren cemetery and to see Lester B. Pearson’s burial site. He was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968, and interestingly enough, he introduced the Maple Leaf flag to Canada.
Flag Of The Day: At Lester B. Pearson’s Gravesite