Find the freshwater Wakefield spring off of (the road) Chemin de la Vallée. Four years later, after being joined by his 21-year old wife, Mary Pritchard, and their son James, he and his family set out on their onerous adventure. I n 1904, from ashes of it's predecessor, rose St. Andrew's United in Wakefield. There was no grist mill within sixty kilometres of the farming community in the new township. Former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson is buried in Maclaren Cemetery in Wakefield. The village has developed a reputation for a somewhat bohemian lifestyle and boasts a number of small cafes, pubs, and galleries. The Wakefield community [1] has a thriving arts scene that attracts aficionados seeking an eclectic experience. Wakefield is full of surprises and points of history. Hendrick Park has two nature trails starting from the Fairbairn House parking lot area. While each settler may have practiced a trade in his homeland, his priority here was to build a home and clear enough land to support family and what stock he could afford. David MacLaren had established himself first in Torbolton Township, Ontario. Grey Owl was partially filmed here in 1999.[2]. Many artists live in the surrounding mountains and valleys. Built in 1915, the covered pedestrian bridge was the first bridge built to connect the two shores of the Gatineau River. MacLaren & Co.” was advertising in The Packet and Weekly Commercial Gazette in Bytown (Feb. 1851) that he was “manufacturing Oatmeal and Flour of a superior quality… having spared no cost in putting the mill into the best working order by providing experienced workmen… Oatmeal on hand to exchange for oats…”. After they reached the wide sweep of the river where Joseph Irwin was established, Foster Moncrieff and George Hall climbed to the plateau above. Wakefield Quebec – Historical Sites One of the first villages to be established along the Gatineau River, Wakefield was founded in 1830 by mostly Irish immigrants and with the help of a few British and Scottish settlers. That same year, 1829, their second child Anne was born. The village's primary industry is tourism. This lake is twenty kilometres to the west in the Township of Masham. To learn more about the MacLaren family and how they influenced the growth of Wakefield village, read Wakefield Revisited, by Norma Geggie, available in local bookstores. William Fairbairn began to build a log cabin on the west bank of the Gatineau above Joseph Irwin’s property. La Pêche RiverThe Rivière La Pêche, referred to in an 1838 document as “the little River,” had great influence on the settlement of Masham and Wakefield. A weekly regional newspaper, The Low Down to Hull and Back News (a play on the Gatineau River communities from Low downstream to Hull), is also published in the village. The Fairbairn House Heritage Centre is one of oldest dwellings in the village. With his mason’s skills he found ready employment in the construction of locks on the Rideau Canal. The village's primary industry is tourism. The fact that Hull, Wakefield, and Masham all appear as place names in northern England, leads one to believe that the person of authority in Quebec responsible for the naming of new townships was influenced by Yorkshire or Humberside roots. Coordinates: 45°37′59″N 75°55′59″W / 45.633°N 75.933°W / 45.633; -75.933, This article is about the village in Canada. Also visit: A list of things to do in Wakefield and the Ottawa/Gatineau Region. Land to the north of it was considered wilderness or “badlands.”First PioneersJoseph Irwin had left his young wife and newborn son in Northern Ireland when he came to Canada about 1825, at the age of nineteen, to find work at Bytown. Rudiments of a TrackA copy of a survey map by Anthony Swalwell some time after 1834 shows no road supplying the several cabins scattered along the west bank of the Gatineau north of Hull Township. In 1838, Fairbairn asked permission to establish a mill on the “little river.”This site was on Range II of the adjoining Township of Masham. While nestled in Quebec, to this day Wakefield is a bilingual town, welcoming tourists in both french and english. There is no evidence to indicate that these names had familial connections. No matter how long your stay, Wakefield offers a warm welcome of local pubs, galleries, farmers’ markets, and boutiques – all steeped in rich history and with a touch of modern charm.