The Lowdown Online Wakefield Mill’s Eco River Lodge grand opening in Wakefield, Quebec
September 22, 2011
Nestled in the hill leading to the MacLaren Cemetery, with its all-glass front wall, contemporary design and a long checklist of green features, the new Eco River Lodge looks nothing like its physical neighbour, the historic Wakefield Mill.
But for Mill owners Bob Milling and Lynn Berthiaume, their $3 million Mill expansion is the “yin” to the “yang” in the hotel and spa.
“It had to be completely different from the Mill,” said Milling, during the new hotel’s official opening Sept. 18. More than 500 people crowded the Mill grounds to tour the 10,000-square-foot River Lodge.
“Anybody who’s anybody” was there, you might say, including local artists, business owners, MRC des Collines mayors, Gatineau MNA Stephanie Vallee and Pontiac MP Mathieu Ravignat, who also helped celebrate Mill’s 10-year anniversary as a hotel and spa.