Québec’s “White House” was originally inhabited by Louis D’Ailleboust de Coulonge, the third governor of New France, who in 1633 built himself a (vice)royal mansion on 24 hectares of land abutting the St. Lawrence river.
After his death, the property was acquired by the Seminaire de Québec; after the English conquest of the province, the seminary got hard up for money and sold the property to an English officer, who sold it to another English guy, who sold it to another English guy named Henry Atkinson.
This was the owner who created the formal English gardens and woods on the property.
A year later, the estate was sold off in sections; the biggest was bought by the Canadian government to house the Governer General.
100 years and a few facelifts later, the estate was renamed Bois de Coulonge.
And then the main house burned to the ground, killing Gov. Paul Comtois in the act of trying to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the chapel.
From that point, the lieutenant governors were housed elsewhere, and since 1986 the property has been a public park.
Also, there’s an apple orchard in an unobtrusive corner of the park…unobtrusive except that it’s about 50 trees strong…that we ransacked as an Augustinian snack.
(It gave me a stomachache later, which I suppose was only justice.)