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Wakefield, Quebec

Wakefield is one of Quebec’s best kept secrets.  Surrounded by spectacular nature and situated along the Gatineau River, Wakefield is less than a 30 minute drive to Ottawa, Canada’s National Capital and a city of over one million people.  The city will feel a million miles away as you explore Wakefield’s funky shops, fantastic restaurants and outdoor activities.

Fast Facts

  • Wakefield is home to about one thousand people.
  • Wakefield is one of the most bilingual communities in Canada.
  • Wakefield is an arts, music and theatre hotspot.

Getting Down to Business

Wakefield is a full-service town with all the amenities one would expect in a larger community.

There is a spirit of independence and self-sufficiency in Wakefield which is perfect for entrepreneurs and self-starters.  Key sectors include the creative industries, tourism products and services and health and wellness.  The natural setting and relaxed, friendly environment inspires creative thought and action.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Residents of Wakefield boast that, per capita, the town has a larger arts scene than the large cultural centres of the world. In addition to highly creative local population of musicians and artists, Wakefield has two live music bars, a theatre company, several art galleries.  It is not unusual to have over half a dozen concerts every week in the community.

Annual festivals include the Dragonfest, the Piggyback Fringe Festival, Wakefest, the Artists in their Environment Tour, and the Harvest Festival.

Recreation and Outdoors

Wakefield is a gateway to the federal government-managed Gatineau Park, offering hundreds of kilometres of wilderness trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and cycling.  Many of these trails lead to beaches on pristine lakes or along the Gatineau River – perfect for swimming, canoeing or kayaking on a hot summer day.

Getting to Wakefield, Quebec