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March 2019
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While descending down to Montreal, one crosses the Outaouais, the province of the national capital of Canada, Ottawa.

Fairmont Château Montebello Canada, Ottawa. Une halte. Mars 2019. Plume Voyage Magazine #plumevoyage @plumevoyagemagazine @plumevoyage © Françoise SPIEKERMEIER

Cap on one of the most beautiful hotels in Quebec and of the country: the Fairmont Château Montebello.

Built in the midst of the 1929 American depression by a Club of incredibly wealthy Americans, it is the largest building of logs in the world! It contains no less than 10,000 trunks of red cedars from British Columbia, arranged in four months by 3509 workers!! Pharaonic! There is a six-sided stone fireplace and six hearth furnaces in the center of the lobby, where we met Bette Davis, Joan Crawford (in the 1940s!). Sport is in the limelight and the almost Olympic pool (a 23-meter pool) is a curiosity, in its wooden building, which gives it a retro charm. A game of curling is a must: the “pétanque” on ice is essential and fun. After renovation, the hotel will offer 210 completely redone rooms while preserving the importance of wood, which is a hallmark of the style of Quebec resorts.

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