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A Stay at the Moulin Wakefield Inn in Wakefield, Quebec

One of the highlights from our recent 10 day winter trip to Algonquin Park and Quebec was a three night stay at the Moulin Wakefield Inn in Wakefield, Quebec.

My only regret was that I wasn’t there for longer.

What was the appeal?

"A view of the Wakefield Inn from the hot tub"

A view of the Wakefield Inn from the hot tub

For starters the staff is some of the friendliest, most welcoming and helpful that I have ever encountered. The front desk staff eagerly discussed some of the local ski trails and wait staff were always attentive – even apologetic as there was one very large group who took over the bulk of the inn when we were there.

The ambiance of the Moulin Wakefield Inn itself was warm and inviting. Located in Gatineau Park, beside a stream and surrounded by trees, the inn left me feeling far removed from civilization yet it’s only 25 minutes from Ottawa. Of course there is something about being near water – even if it’s a semi-frozen stream that I also find appealing on so many levels; the beautiful scene was soothing and the sound of gurgling water meditative.

"A view to the stream from one of the dining rooms"

A view to the stream from one of the dining rooms

The Wakefield Inn is housed in a former mill (moulin is French for mill) that has been tastefully renovated. It features 40 guest rooms – the bulk of which are in the original building. A second building that’s just a short walk away features 13 contemporary guest rooms. There’s also an onsite spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a lounge filled with comfortable seating, a fireplace and timbered beams in addition to two restaurants.

"Looking at the Wakefield Mill from the bridge"

Looking at the back side of the Wakefield Mill from the bridge

In our bedroom I loved the old wooden floors and the pine furniture. Although our bedroom wasn’t large, it was very comfortable. There was plenty of room for hanging and storing clothes and the views were terrific. Some people might take issue with the size of the bathroom as it’s not very big – and nor is there much room for toiletry bags – but it was fine, just not opulent in any way, shape or form.

"Our bedroom - with a view to the water"

Our bedroom – with a view to the stream

"A small desk for working - and a delicious sample of iced cider"

A small desk for working – and a delicious sample of iced cider

A real bonus for us visiting in winter was the hot tub. Located just a stone’s throw away from the stream, it was a treat to soak away all the aches and pains from a day of cross country skiing.

"John and I always had the hot tub to ourselves"

John and I always had the hot tub to ourselves

The Food at the Moulin Wakefield Inn

On the first night of our stay we ate in the restaurant. The presentation was sublime as you’ll see in the photos – and the food was just as tasty. Food is mostly French and Quebecois style with a big focus on local.

"The amuse bouche - a fantastic salmon tartar concoction"

The amuse bouche – a fantastic salmon tartar concoction

"Salad wrapped in nori"

Hydroponic salad on nori roll, lemon confit and lavender dressing, almond crumble

"Risotto of wild rice with Manchebello cheese and lemongrass, beet caramel, roasted vegetables with in-house honey"

Risotto of wild rice with Manchebello cheese and lemongrass,
beet caramel, roasted vegetables with in-house honey

" Spiced dark chocolate spring roll, served with white chocolate and raspberry sauce, mango sorbet."

Spiced dark chocolate spring roll, served with white chocolate and raspberry sauce, mango sorbet

Breakfast was included with the room and although I don’t have photos of the buffet spread, rest assured it was very, very good. There was always lots of fresh fruit and yogurt, hot and cold cereals, eggs, bacon, sausages and their very own honey made by bees on the property. If that wasn’t enough there was a menu to order from but I didn’t feel the need.

The Wakefield Inn is also extremely well situated for access to the 200 kilometers of trails that are located in Gatineau Park. Just across the road one could in theory strap on some skis and do at least 50 kilometers right from the hotel.

"Skiing on one of the delightful trails accessed from the inn"

Skiing on one of the delightful trails accessed from the inn

The charming town of Wakefield is just a minute away and Old Chelsea, another delightful town is 15 minutes away.

I’d absolutely recommend a stay at the Moulin Wakefield Inn. Granted I was given a discount thanks to Outaouais Tourism, but that doesn’t change my mind about the inn. You too will feel transported to another time with a stay in this inn.

Leigh McAdam


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Join the discussion 35 Comments

  • John says:

    I am suffering from “post moulin wakefield let down blues.” It was a wonderful winterlude and we ate like royalty. The ambiance was so welcoming and after spending all day out playing in the snow it was something we really looked forward to. It was wonderful to celebrate winter and then get wrapped in the warmth of the “moulin”. Would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Arti says:

    I am glad you enjoyed your stay there, Leigh. The place gives the feel of timelessness, very quaint and just perfect for a relaxing holiday. Great review, would love to stay there someday!

    PS: Hey Leigh. I am hosting a giveaway on my blog, do check it out. It’s open to International bloggers.

  • I loved hotels and inns that are made from old, repurposed buildings. The setting here looks very special and oh that food!

  • Jackie Smith says:

    This is definitely our ‘kind of place’! Loved the photos and narrative, felt like I was right there with you. And the food shots made my mouth water. Isn’t it fun to go to a place and have the outdoor hot tub all to yourselves?

    • @Jackie There was a large gang that were part of a convention so they were always in meetings. It worked in our favour and John and I both felt like we enjoyed great service and he hot tub to ourselves was a real bonus.

  • noelmorata says:

    Ah, yum…what a wonderful retreat, i love how old places can be revitalized and used so well in the environment…jealous!

    • @Noel I’m in total agreement. These places have a charm that can’t be replicated with new building. This inn had parts of the old mill incorporated into walls so you really got a sense of its’ past life.

  • I didn’t realize that the inn was so close to Gatineau Park – what a perfect location! We took the Chelsea-Wakefield steam train several years ago (not sure it’s still operating) and I wanted to spend more time in both towns!

  • Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it says:

    I love to cross country ski and this is such a beautiful area. The food is so appealing, that I’d need to take advantage of that hot tub too. So the Moulin Rouge was a mill, now I know.

  • budget jan says:

    Friendly helpful staff is my No. 1 requirement when choosing a place to stay. Reading reviews reveals these traits. How lovely that the food is local and so beautifully presented. Bonus! Looking out at the snow scene would be sublime too.

    • @Jan I do not like to be met by scowling staff ever. And I want attention to be prompt. Genuinely friendly is a real bonus. The inn has such an awesome location – and I can only guess at how pretty it would be when the trees leaf out.

  • Johanna says:

    This looks like an awesome place to stay Leigh. I loved the views, and the fact you can ski straight from the door. The food looks really inventive, and the rooms appear really cosy – just right after the cold outside.

  • Mike says:

    LOL that is a funny pic of John in the hot tub! Argh, those dishes look and sound amazing. I jammed my finger trying to grab that roll through the computer screen, Leigh! I’ve done hard core camping w/o any amneties years ago. So the Wakefield Inn is right up my alley since I’ve earned that right after working for 30 years ha, ha! :)

  • Hi Leigh, I would totally stay at this inn. I love places that have been converted from something historic into something modern and interesting. Ahh, those food are certainly invittinng. Sign me up!

  • This looks perfect for you Leigh. With all the snow outside I’m sure you were in heaven just being able to step outside and ski. Coming back to the hot tub and fabulous food, an added bonus.

  • Marcia says:

    I was thinking the bed looked a bit small but I agree, it doesn’t detract from the incredible views or the ambience of the hotel. Great find, Leigh, and being so close to Ottawa, I bet the prices are better as well.

  • Nancie says:

    Hi Leigh! What a fab spot! I love the look of your room. I probably wouldn’t want to leave, except to go to the hot tub. I’d love to try that salmon thingy :) Looks out of this world delicious! Thanks for linking up this week.

  • I can just about taste that marvelous food. The Moulin Wakefield looks perfect — checked off all the boxes that are important to me, anyway. Fun pic of John in the hot tub — must have been nice to have it all to yourselves.

  • Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com says:

    Oh, I want to visit here now. Even though all the snow has gotten “old” here…and I am kind of ready for spring, this location looks exciting!

    • @Betsy I think so many Canadians – well really anyone who has put with snow for months on end – is ready for spring. My husband & I were pleasantly surprised though at just how much fun you can have on a winter holiday in Canada. And a stay at the Wakefield Inn certainly made the holiday all that much more pleasant.

  • Ohh, I stayed here too when I visited Outaouais! I was in LOVE! The waterfall was stunning, and the hospitality just couldn’t be beat!

  • Gwenn Panny says:

    I must say. That place looks cozy.

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