His precious retreat in Riviere du Loup is now a bed and breakfast respectfully maintained by a Quebec heritage property foundation set up by the Molson brewing company, a Canadian historic institution in itself. A fan of the grape and grain like Macdonald surely would have appreciated the irony.
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