Belvedere

The path proceeds through the mountain pines (Pinus mugo) that were planted in the 1960s and leads to the Belvedere. From the lookout, visitors enjoy splendid views and see the Mitis River for the first time. The flagpole, which in yesteryear flew the Union Jack, now flies the flag of the gardens. The flagpole was a gift from members of the Reford family to mark the declaration of the gardens as a national historic site in August 1996. A plaque installed by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorates the achievements of Elsie Reford. The cross on the island opposite was erected by the Chouinard family in memory of two young brothers who drowned there while duck hunting in October 1960.

At the belvedere, as elsewhere in the gardens, you can sit on a teak bench, donated by friends and family in memory of a loved one.