A little over 100km on the road from Ottawa to Montreal is the township of Montebello, on the shores of the Ottawa River. Apart from many restaurants and art galleries, the town is best known for the Chateau Montebello, now part of the Fairmont chain. The chateau is supposedly the largest log structure ever built -- I don't know if that is true, but it is very large and exceptionally pretty given its location on the river. We had an excellent lunch in the main dining room and explored the grounds as well as the adjacent Manoir Papineau.
|The chateau from the river .. showing only about one third of the building.|
|The main lobby. It is three stories high with wood paneling, log walls and timber supports. Very impressive.|
|The Papineau Mansion|