Arc de Triomphe in a Canadian forest grove
Architectural ruins carefully sited by Mackenzie King at his country retreat known as Moorside in the Gatineau Hills (King was Canadian prime minister during World War II) reflect the romanticism of the forested setting. The Arc de Triomphe symbolized the spiritual renewal King felt after a 1936 election success. Another one nearby suggests a Greek temple on a hill, although all the ruins were in reality rescued from demolished buildings in Ottawa. After visiting Moorside, Les Fougères restaurant in Chelsea provides excellent cuisine: lunch and dinner menus feature Quebec-sourced ingredients.
By Andrew Frowd
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Chelsea, QC, Canada