Monday, September 7, 2015

At the Wakefield Mill, Gatineau

 When John and I attended the wedding of his nephew James to Casey McLeod in the Gatineau Hills
 James' parents Tom and Kim put us up at the Wakefield Mill Inn in La Pêche, Québec.
The Wakefield Inn, the former Wakefield Grist Mill, is beautifully situated on a tributary to the Gatineau River, with a bridged dam, a lovely waterfall and lots of woodland and paths to discover.
Part of the Wakefield complex of guest rooms and conference rooms, is the old MacLaren House. The MacLaren family originally owned the grist mill.
When John and I and his brother-in-law Peter arrived the first day we headed down to the little village of La Pêche to dine at the Mouton Noir (Black Sheep) Tavern.
Happily John's older brother Ron and his wife, Betty, also arrived and joined us for dinner, jokes and toasts.
At the Mill we easily settled into our room.
The view from our window was of the Gatineau  Forest looming above the main road parking spaces.
The next morning we wandered down the grounds that follow the mill stream.
Pairs of Muskoka chairs offer quiet spaces of contemplation.
This is the pair of chairs right beside the stream where we chose to chat
and read our books.
With a charming view of the stream.
On the morning after the wedding, the groom's parents joined us for a wonderful brunch with almost too many delicious offerings. Our delightful driver, John's brother-in-law, Peter Reynen, needed lots of grub to sustain him for our ride back to Toronto and then on to Kincardine for Peter.
Peter and his GPS guided us back through Ottawa to the #401 highway
and in a few hours Toronto appeared in the distance. What a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a beautiful spot for a wedding. Looks like a relaxing nature filled weekend.