Welcome to the Gatineau Valley Historical Society
Founded in 1962, the Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in Quebec. Browse this site for news on our upcoming events and publications. Access our content-rich resources including newspaper and other articles on local history, historic photos, maps and oral history.
The GVHS archives in the lower level of the Chelsea Library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
The archives will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 11, 2014 to Sunday, January 11, 2015, inclusive.
- See current GVHS Newsletter Number 2014 - 04, December 2014
- - a new edition of "Hurling Down the Pine" - see list of publications
- - latest edition of "Up the Gatineau!" - see Volume 40, 2014
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The former Basque whaling station in Red Bay, Labrador, Canada's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site
Monday, January 19, 2015
Coffee and refreshments at 7:30; talk starts at 8 p.m.
Chelsea Library, Main Level
100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea
Speaker Robert Grenier is a world leader and renowned expert in archaeology and underwater conservation. His presentation will delve into the history of Red Bay, a former Basque whaling station on the southern coast of Labrador. Grenier discovered the remains of the San Juan, a 16th century Basque whaling galleon in 1978 in Red Bay.
The station had been used for over 70 years and provides the earliest, most complete and best-preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition, which helped make the Coast of Labrador then the equivalent of Saudi Arabia in oil resources to-day.
GVHS Archives Open House and Annual General Meeting
Monday February 16, 2015
Chelsea Library, Lower and Main Level 100 Old Chelsea Road
New Interpretive Signage - Chelsea Community Winter Trail
This fall the Society collaborated with the community group, Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT), by developing and installing seven temporary interpretive signs along a section of the Chelsea Community Winter Trail from Gleneagle to Larrimac.
Each sign highlights a site of historical interest, such as the site of the former flag station in Kirk's Ferry, with a photo from the GVHS Image Bank and explanatory text. For the past eight winters SCT has partnered with the municipality of Chelsea to provide a multi-purpose tracked snow surface along the currently unused railway tracks. At the end of the winter season for 2015, this project will be evaluated, and possibly extended and expanded for future years.
See event archive for past events.