Wakefield is one of many villages of the Municipality La Pêche, Quebec on the western shore of the Gatineau River, at the confluence of the La Pêche River in the Outaouais region of Quebec. The village, named after the town of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, is now the southern edge of the municipality of La Pêche, and was founded in 1830 by Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants. It is approximately thirty minutes from Gatineau and Ottawa, Ontario driving north on Autoroute 5 and Route 105 at Route 366.
The village's primary industry is tourism. The main attractions, in addition to a picturesque setting, are the covered bridge spanning the Gatineau River, the Maclaren Mill built in 1838 and named after an early family in the region, now restored and operated as the Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa and the Black Sheep Inn or Auberge Mouton Noir. The village also provides an access point to Gatineau Park at Lac Philippe.
Recreational activities in and around the village include horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, golf, canoeing, and kayaking. It is also known for having the highest bungee jump in the Americas at 61 metres (200 ft).
Since 2011 the village has hosted the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run. The Marathon of Health along with the Wakefield community have created this running event to raise money for organizations that promote healthy and active lifestyles through sports.
The village has developed a reputation for a somewhat bohemian lifestyle and boasts a number of small cafes, pubs and galleries. Many young families live in the area, enjoying the lifestyle, services and resources of the area. Many artists live in the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Public buildings include the Wakefield Memorial Hospital, an elementary school, the MRC des Collines Police Station, the Wakefield La Pêche Community Center, the Daycare Center Éveil de la nature, the Wakefield Retirement Home and a Municipal library. A weekly regional newspaper, The Low Down to Hull and Back News (a play on the Gatineau River communities from Low downstream to Hull) is also published in the village.
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- Wakefield Quebec Tourism*
- Wakefield Quebec Community Website
- Wakefield Quebec Website
- Municipality of La Pêche
- Wakefield Ensemble
- Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train
- Google map of the Wakefield area
- Wakefield International Film Festival - WIFF
- Wakefield Piggyback Fringe Festival
- Wakefield Covered Bridge Run
- Grey Owl, IMDb