Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Mill And The River

The La Peche River flows out of Gatineau Park and down to join the Gatineau River a short distance from this spot. The village of Wakefield is at that confluence, founded in 1830 by a mix of immigrants from the British isles. Still largely Anglophone in a province that is Francophone, Wakefield is a place that has a laid back reputation, home to artists and creative souls. It's one of the special places in this area. We came up this way after leaving the church in my last post.


Just upstream is the Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa. First erected as the Maclaren Mill in 1838 and expanded upon from there, it has been in more recent years fully restored and turned into a country inn, still overlooking the rushing waters of the river. The inn maintains the old mill and a couple of nearby buildings as their operations at this site.


Here we have a view from the car going over the bridge. We were heading to a nearby spot, which I'll show you tomorrow.


Coming back, we stopped to take more shots of the mill and the river.

37 comments:

  1. A very photogenic spot. I'm always intrigued by these old mills, probably because they have been so historically important to a particular area. Just love that old stone showing in the final photo!

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  2. So thankful it has been fully restored. Lovely.

    Janis
    GDP

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  3. ...oh yes, another gorgeous spot along the tour, thanks!

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  4. Hello, I love the photos of the mill and river. Great tour! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  5. Lovely old buildings. Still looks a bit nippy there!

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  6. @Lowell: it's quite picturesque!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janis: it's been well done.

    @Tom: you're welcome!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Pat: that day started out with a misty kind of rain, but by afternoon it was clearing up and mild.

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  7. love the red chair ... looks like a great seating area. that is right on the edge. u might fall? ( ;

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  8. Lovely photos Old mills are magical places.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this place. Its architecture is interesting, too. :-)

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  10. Wonderful location near that wild looking river.

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  11. Looks wonderful! I like your photos with the red chairs and the red umbrella as a contrast with the colours around the building, also the photo three down with the rainbow colours in the sun's rays:)

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  12. Looks like a beautiful area with the river and trees around.

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  13. That's pretty cool to be in a building right over a rushing river. They built very substantial buildings that would last so long.

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  14. A beautiful spot for a photo study.

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  15. @Beth: if you look closely, there's a fence.

    @Maywyn: they are indeed.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Jan: it's a great spot, and the inn owners have done well in refurbishing everything.

    @Rosie: thank you!

    @Marleen: it is.

    @Red: they made them to last!

    @Norma: it certainly is.

    @Marie: I agree.

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  16. I love all that churning water next to the mill.

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  17. Great old buildings, love old mills !

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  18. The village of Wakefield sounds like just my cup of tea William, beautiful shots here ✨

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  19. I feel sure you can hear the rushing water all night. Pretty place.

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  20. Awesome fieldstone and brick. So Atlantic

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  21. The old mill is beautiful. Nice to know it is being used.

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  22. I love the red chairs, just sitting there boldly being red!

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  23. Looks like such a pretty place!

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  24. Such a lovely spot.
    I do like old mill houses and I do like those red chairs too!

    All the best Jan

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  25. @Sharon: so do I.

    @Karl: this one's a beauty.

    @Grace: it is quite a village to spend time in.

    @Janey: it would be relaxing.

    @Cloudia: they built it solid back in the day.

    @Jeanie: it's a good use for it too.

    @Sandi: that's a fine spot for them.

    @RedPat: it is!

    @Jenny: indeed.

    @Jan: thank you!

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  26. What a beautiful setting for a country inn, a place I would love to stay at, especially it being an old mill and right on the river. Those red seats are calling out to me :)

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  27. What a scenic area. Would love to visit there are at least sit a while in those lovely red chairs. Thx for your well wishes for the cat. Have a good evening.

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  28. Lovely and idyllic ~ neat shots!

    Happy Mid Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  29. Fascinating. So many of the old mills are gone.

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  30. This is my kind of place and it is so photogenic.

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  31. Looks like a great place to visit. I would love to take a rest in one of those red chairs.

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  32. Wait, am I seeing snow on the ground in some of these shots?? What a beautiful building to make into an inn!

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  33. Looks like an interesting place.

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  34. Lovely photos of the mill and the river.

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