Later on, a different type of leadership lay down roots – a religious order dedicated to both preserving and tastefully enhancing the natural surroundings. Les Frères de Saint-Gabriel moved into the park in 1980. They established a school, demolished in 1990, but there’s a memorial, a farm (a red barn still remains).
There is also an old orchard, a cemetery and a small replica of the sanctuary of Lourdes – a cave where they came to worship.
I loved stopping at each and every lake; Lac du Moulin with its three-arched stone bridge under which nestle lily pads.