Ile de la Baie Bertrand, Quebec: Undiscovered Beauty

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When you first see pictures of this pristine private island, you will find it hard to believe the colours. Like a handcrafted piece of fine jewellery, unbelievably the island features emerald, topaz, ruby, rose and smoky quartz, all set in water that alternates aquamarine, turquoise and deepest sapphire. Ile de la Baie Bertrand is ideally positioned at the south end of 31-Mile Lake, the most desirable lake in Gatineau, Quebec, only 90 minutes from Ottawa Airport.

The owner is now employed overseas and pressure of work makes it impractical for the family to spend time at the island, although torn about losing their haven in La Belle Province. “Our place has all the natural beauty of the Muskoka region, without the congestion. We’ve been coming to the lake for 45 years and appreciate the peace and stillness, a sense that there is a strong, caring community, but one that does not encroach on our privacy.”

Sited to take advantage of magnificent views, the immaculate four-bedroom main house (built in 2003) blends into its setting with a painted clapboard exterior. The interior, clad in bleached pine is bright, airy and welcoming. A custom-designed granite kitchen with large island, counter seating, up-to-date appliances and plenty of storage, flows naturally into the large living room which features a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and triple French doors leading to a screened porch. Providing 270 degree water views, the porch offers an inviting lounging area. In addition, there are two large double bedrooms and a Carrara marble bathroom on the ground level.

The Master suite on the first floor with walkout to a private deck, has a cedar-lined walk-in closet and a spacious Carrara marble bathroom with separate bath and shower. There is a private family living room, overlooking the great room, alongside a fourth double bedroom with cedar-lined walk-in closet and adjacent laundry room.

A fully-equipped, cathedral-ceilinged, two-bedroom guest house with sleeping loft (2004), offers guests privacy and comfort. Both buildings are fully insulated for year-round use and constructed from the best quality materials with careful attention paid to detail, fit and finish.
The furnishings reflect a modern French Canadian aesthetic.

The owners have installed solar roof-top panels, with a propane generator backup and state-of-the-art inverter and battery system in free-standing structures. There is a direct telephone line to the mainland and satellite internet connection with Wi-Fi. Each house has a separate septic system.

Landscaping features a terraced herb and vegetable garden, lawns sloping down to the water, a firepit for chilly evenings and a delightful cedar tree house in the woods behind the guest house. There is a double main dock with adjacent boat house, and a second dock in a private bay. The island is located only five minutes from the Gatineau Fish & Game Club, founded in 1894 as a hunting and fishing destination for its members.

Today, the club’s mandate is the environmental stewardship of the area and the preservation of the remaining local wilderness. The club welcomes new members and provides peace of mind through such services as cleaning, catering, and general care-taking. They offer children’s camps in the summer and guided fishing and hunting trips throughout the year.

In winter, the island is accessible by car, snowmobile or skis. It is an idyllic retreat, with pristine vistas, brilliant skies and the special hush that comes with abundant snow cover. The fireplace crackling in the great room provides a cozy focal point for conversation and conviviality on winter nights.

Offered at CAN 1,290,000