A few weekends ago I was so lucky to have a weekend getaway with my family in Quebec, just about an hour outside of Montreal. One of my dad’s brothers is a Jesuit (Jesuit: A member of the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1534 and devoted to missionary and educational work) and lucky for us he took our family to a Jesuit retreat in Quebec for a week.
When we arrived I was enamored by the beauty of the villa. The villa itself was built in the 1930s as a hunting lodge and was later purchased by the Jesuits in 1944. The villa sat on a beautiful lake, which was privet to the villa, as the Jesuits own all the land surrounding the lake.
The inside of the villa was also incredible, there were so many bedrooms, a huge kitchen, a great den with a large fire place, a chapel, a ping-pong table and a great little bar. Overall, it was basically like a summer camp for adults. In saying that, we spent the few days that we were there: hiking, enjoying the lake, reading, and eating great food. The power even went out one morning which added to the fun.
The lake was spectacular, and the best part was, we were the only ones there to enjoy it. It was so beautiful and peaceful. One morning I woke up a little earlier just to go down and read on the dock. There was a little boat house right on the edge of the lake that was filled with boating supplies, plus there were a few little boats available for us to use, including a paddle boat. My dad and I took the little paddle boat around the lake one afternoon to explore around the lake, it was more work to operate than I had remembered 😜 The water was rather cold, so I was a chicken and didn’t go in very far, but maybe next time I will!
Around the lake there was a hiking trail which was 4.8 km long. As we went around the entire lake, it took a little over an hour each time. It was neat to see the different views all around the lake, in particular when we go to the point that we were directly across from the villa.
FOOD & DRINK.
One of the many Oland family talents is the ability to cook, I might not be a great chef, however my aunts, uncles and grandmother are all fantastic cooks. I was lucky enough to get some great cooking pointers from my aunt over this trip! My cousin and I were even given the responsibility to cook pasta and garlic bread one evening which was very exciting!!!! Plus, there was a bar in the villa, which was so much fun. My grandmother made us some excellent Gin & Tonic’s (my favourite drink of course).
My main take away from this weekend was just how lovely it was to spend time with my family! It was so fun having us all under one roof for a few days, and in such a beautiful location.
Fingers crossed we will be able to do this again!