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Wakefield jaunt

March 12th, 2010

Just half an hour away from Ottawa is the sweet town of Wakefield, Québec. I’ve been to many a live show there at the Black Sheep Inn. The town is also known for, among other things, its steam train ride, the spa, and the fact that Canada’s 14th Prime Minister — Lester B. Pearson — is buried there. It also happens to be a beautiful spot, so John and I took a day trip there a couple of weeks ago.

Our first stop was at Chez Éric, one of many terrific restaurants in town. I had the burger, John had the mushroom risotto… and we both loved our meals — highly recommended (and very kid-friendly, for those with kiddos).

And then a walk around the area.

The melting ice on the water looked like fabric at some points, with puckers and ripples…
but the chunks above actually remind me of cake, with all the layers.

The lovely covered bridge.

And then John taking photos of said bridge. Anything for art!

In the summer, you can swim, canoe or kayak in the river. In the fall, the colours of the leaves light up the place. In the winter, you can x-country ski, snowshoe or do a dogsled run. And year-round, there are plenty of places to check out:

  • Catch a show and have some delicious eats at Kaffé 1870
  • Super tasty pizza at Cheezy Luigi’s (try the Magic Mushroom *drool*)
  • Try some tasty spatzle at The Alpengruss
  • And I keep hearing about a newish resto called Le Hiboux… it comes highly recommended by many

Ok, I realize this is sounding like a tourism post. Really though, I just enjoy the town a lot, and since it’s somewhere we tend to visit, I wanted to give it a little shout-out.

For anyone who’s been to Wakefield, have I missed any must-try restaurants or must-sees?

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  1. Danielle
    March 12th, 2010 at 10:23 | #1

    I highly recommend Le Hiboux for brunch. The only issue with going there is that you’ll be hooked and want to go back to try the menu items you missed the first time!

  2. March 12th, 2010 at 12:33 | #2

    we spent our first anniversary in Wakefield! It’s so nice there. Great post Em!

  3. March 12th, 2010 at 13:01 | #3

    We did the Steam Train tour. I remember there being a yummy bakery that everyone was lining up for when we made our stop.

  4. Samantula
    March 14th, 2010 at 11:16 | #4

    fun!! you two are so cute!

    I’ve been to wakefield a few times.. there is a fun horse-riding farm just outside of wakefield – called captiva farms. they do tours, an hour long, and you ride up a cliff to see a beautiful views of the countryside. its lovely!
    Also, wakefield is home to the highest bungee jump place in canada! its in the quarry (spelling?) and its terrifying.

  5. March 16th, 2010 at 22:43 | #5

    If you get the chance, try Soupcon – it’s owned by a former chef of the Manx in Ottawa. It’s our favourite stop before a night at the blacksheep.

  6. March 17th, 2010 at 07:14 | #6

    Also check out Pipolinka – a fantastic bakery. The Honey-Almond Crescents are fantastic (don’t know why I’m telling you because I hate it when they run out) and the breads delicious. Worth a trip by it’s self.

  7. March 17th, 2010 at 17:26 | #7

    I would suggest making one stop on the way to Wakefield and that’s at the Chelsea Smokehouse: http://www.chelseasmokehouse.com/home. Fabulous smoked fish and seafood! I see they now have a restaurant too…

  8. March 19th, 2010 at 08:13 | #8

    Ooooh, okay, I’m convinced: I must try Le Hiboux.

    Thanks for all the other recommendations, everyone! And yes, I’ve been to Pipolinka Bakery, I believe… they have a to-die-for pecan pie :P

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