150 Years of History in the Hills
The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the August 23, 2017 issue. Reprinted with permission.
Summertime on the courts and diamonds
In the hot and hazy days of summer, cottagers and locals in the Gatineau Hills have always had many ways to spend their leisure time. Golf courses (most quite modest) and tennis courts once abounded in the Hills, and some are still around today. If you preferred team sports, there were baseball leagues to join. Fishing by the shore or boating by canoe, rowboat, or - eventually - motorboat, were favoured alternatives for recreation on the lakes and rivers. After the Gatineau River was reigned in following its damming in the mid-1920s, sailing, and, later, pontoon boating became popular ways to experience the beauty of the river's landscape.