Wedged between the Gatineau river to the east and Gatineau Park to the west, our village is full of arts and culture and surrounded by kilometres of wilderness ideal for hiking, biking, and skiing. Our local community of less than 1000 residents—many of them artisans and musicians—puts on an amazing array of festivals and performances throughout the year, from Dragonfest and the TaDa Fringe Festival, to Wakefest and the Artists in their Environment Tour. Locally-owned restaurants and a farmer's market offer guests a taste of the region's riches.
Ever since we first saw this little brown house in the winter of 2017, we knew it could become a special place. With help from family and friends—and an ancient, sweet snapping turtle that visited us for weeks on end along the riverbank—we transformed it into an inviting home with a meaningful name. La tortue means turtle, and its slow, leisurely pace reflects the calm nature and community of village life in Wakefield.
Our vision for the house's accommodations and downstairs shop is to capture Wakefield's unique charm and encourage visitors to take a piece of this place—and the memories you enjoy here—with you.
Whether you stay a few days in our upstairs apartment for four, gather a group of eight in our park chalet a few minutes' walk away, or simply shop our locally-made goods and Scandinavian designs online, we hope La Tortue de Wakefield will always take you back to life's most memorable pleasures.