On a beautiful, and hot, summer's day we visited Wakefield and Chelsea, in the hills north of Gatineau and on the outskirts of the very large Gatineau Park. Wakefield is small but full of touristy boutiques, bakeries, restaurants and the like. We were brought to Wakefield by the excellent guide on local food outlets and restaurants we picked up at the tourist office in Gatineau. In particular, we were headed for La Confisiere, an artisinal producer of chocolate, fudge, chutneys and relishes. What a tremendous shop!
After wandering around Wakefield for a couple of hours we headed into the country to a local farm for organic vegetables and wild boar sausages! And then to lunch at L'Oree du Bois restaurant in Chelsea for a late lunch. This is a Provencal restaurant that has been in operation for more than 30 years. As is typical with this cuisine, the food came out 'family style.' There is a strong emphasis on seafood. Sauces are less heavy than Parisian food. What a revelation!!