Bois-Franc

Bois-Franc is a rather small municipality in the Gatineau Valley County (Outaoauis region), located fifteen kilometres or 9 miles north of the town of Maniwaki, along the western shores of the upper Gatineau River. Only 450 inhabitants live here permanently, but dozens of seasonal cottages are occupied in summer by vacationers.

Its name comes from a term that means strong, hard wood of very good quality and it refers to large stands of hardwoods within the territory, including ash, beech, birch and maple.

The quiet village of Bois-Franc stands in a rustic scenery with its nice church, pride of the community.

The European settlers come here in 1870, and the post office is opened in 1886. The village was part of Egan Township, but the Municipality of Bois-Franc was founded in 1920. Today, almost all speak French here at their first language, but the English is spoken by tenants of local accommodations and so on.

The primary industry of Bois-Franc is forestry and tourism, but it hosts the industrial Park Rejean Lafreniere, where the oriented strand board - OSB factory Louisiana-Pacific Canada ltd. Division Quebec is located. The enterprise is one of the largest plants in Canada and the US. Guided tours of the factory can be organised on demand.

In August, many guests come to Bois-Franc to attend to a local country festival. Local ATV and Motocross trails are very popular in winter.

As to accommodations, guest can stay at B$B Des Bles or at Hotel and Motel O’Pano.

To contact the municipality of Bois-Franc, call 819-449-2252.

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