With the COVID-19 pandemic, travel hasn’t really been an option. Though there are bigger concerns right now, this was actually something REALLY disappointing to me. So when our province in Canada lifted the confinement restrictions and allowed for CAREFUL but ACCEPTABLE outdoor venturing, my partner (Gray) and I decided to take this opportunity to get out and explore! As much as it’d be great to visit a different country, there are still so many local and close places that are just as epic to explore!
Wakefield, Quebec is a cute little village full of character and adorable shops, surrounded by a lushes forest and a beautiful waterfront view of the Gatineau River. It’s a really popular tourist attraction around here! So for ANYONE who doesn’t speak French and is nervous no one will understand them … you can relax. Gray knows a little French and I know pretty much nothing (learning though), and we have had no issues during our visits to Wakefield.
The best thing about Wakefield? There’s ALWAYS something to do! During the warmer months (and even into fall), there’s a canoe and kayak rental store RIGHT near the docks so you can get a close encounter with the river and the forest scenery. They have the CUTEST Christmas Market during the winter, full of cute shops and yummy treats! But you really don’t NEED to have a specific reason or event as a reason to go. Gray and I went with no real plan in mind, and we had an amazing time! The colours alone were gorgeous, with that early fall glow yet still the vibrant greens from summer. At first, we simply walked around and enjoyed the serene vibes. But we found the CUTEST STORE EVER called Boutique Jamboree! The immense candle and mug selection was my favourite — they also have a lot of Canadian made products, which I appreciated even more.
Food was next on our list, and I CANNOT BEGIN TO RECOMMEND THIS PLACE ENOUGH! Nikosi Bistro & Pub’s seriously TO DIE FOR! The woodsy décor on the terrace and inside’s so cozy; we were lucky enough to have a table outside that faced the Gatineau River. I’m not a big drinker, so I have little knowledge of alcohol. But when I told the waitress the taste I was looking for, she brought out a glass of wine and it was EXACTLY what I was asking for — SORCERY! Gray can safely say that the beer was fantastic. And the food … oh my gosh, the food. I have SO MANY intolerances and I don’t eat most meat, yet I was still able to find food that tasted FANTASTIC! Gray and I both had burgers (mine vegetarian and his a maple bacon meat burger) … we literally made those “mmmmmm” sounds out loud without meaning to! In combination with the impeccable service and COVID friendly atmosphere, it was such a great time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
After dinner, we obviously needed dessert. We found this cute bakery close by, Pipolinka. Again … there were so many options! They have classic, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, so Gray and I were able to get our own desserts at ease.
To end the day, we continued walking along the river and found some cute docks. OBVIOUSLY, we had to take some photos … we’ve been trying to get better at that. Looking out across the river, looking at the beautiful water and the colourful autumn leaves … it was simply the perfect way to end our adventure.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my adventures in Wakefield, Quebec! Have you ever been to Wakefield? Do you enjoy visiting small towns? What are some things you like to do when exploring a new place?