From Dean Lisk – Special to The Toronto Star – “In this series Wheels takes a road trip to Quebec learning more about the people, culture and history of Ontario’s “eastern neighbour”. La Belle Province is “Ours’ to Discover” this winter and beyond.” Starting off on the first day – Take Highway #401 , then turn north onto Highway #416. Cross the Ottawa River from the Nation’s Capital to reach Gatineau. In the Afternoon – Head for the Canadian Museum of History which chronicles the story of what we now call CANADA. The lower level is dedicated to Indigenous culture – totem poles, and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii sculpture by Haida artist Bill Reid. The third and fourth floors take you to modern Canada – the formation of ‘New France’, ‘Expo 67’, The October Crisis, and Meech Lake Accord. Leaving Gatineau, drive north along Route #5 to WAKEFIELD.
In the Evening check into the Wakefield Mill and Spa with 40 guest rooms between its 1838 building. and a modern one. In the main dining room Jere’s your chance to enjoy traditional French and Québécois cuisine. In the Morning – breakfast at La Muse at Wakefield Mill. Then it’s going back to Gatineau, then east on Route #323, and then north to Parc Omega, home to 450 wild animals – bison, caribou and wolves – roaming 2,200 acres. It’s a safari park in Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Quebec. Afternoon – Follow Route #323 south to Montebello to enjoy wood-fired pizza at Restaurant Le Bistro Montebello. MONTREAL is only an hour-and-a-half drive from Montebello. Once you arrive there head straight for Place Ville Marie (photo below). It’s a large office and underground shopping complex in Downtown – the centre of it all in Montreal (Centre-ville), the busiest hub. Don’t miss theMusée d’art contemporain de Montréal It’s located on the Place des festivals in the Quartier des spectacles and it’s part of the Place des Arts complex. All-in-all Montreal is a fine city with lots to do.