The Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in west Quebec.

Pat Evans Archives, located in the lower level of Chelsea Library, is open from 1:30 to 3:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays. During the holiday season, the archives will be closed from December 15 and will reopen on January 16 - see hours and location.

Loggers and swampers and jobbers in lumber's golden age
Article printed in the "The Low Down to Hull and Back News". See more on this story in the "Gatineau Valley North: Settled for Forests and Fortunes" story.

Jean Carol Craig Martin

Carol Martin
Carol Martin

The Gatineau Valley Historical Society (GVHS), our Members and supporters are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Carol Martin, Honourary Life Member of the Society, on December 20, 2016. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Robert and all her family.

Carol began volunteering with the Historical Society of the Gatineau in 1976, became a Director in 1984, was Society President in 1996/97, and continued to serve on the GVHS Board of Directors for over 32 years. She was Publications Director and Editor of Up the Gatineau! from 1991 to 2011 and was responsible for 21 Volumes of the Society’s annual local history journal, also contributing 26 articles herself. In 2005, she published her book ‘In Memory of Chelsea's Historic Cemeteries’.

Carol was involved in virtually every facet of Society’s programs and activities, including as a volunteer with GVHS “Pat Evans” Archives where she expertly responded to reference inquiries related to a variety of topics including local genealogy, cemetery and census records. She was a long-time volunteer at the annual GVHS Auction and she was always the first to roll up her sleeves whenever anything needed to be done!

During her time with the GVHS, Carol never hesitated to volunteer her exceptional organizational skills, her editing expertise, and her experience to the Society. The resources she created enabled the Society to broaden its ability to offer assistance to the wider local-heritage community, to create many heritage related online products for the GVHS website, and numerous other local exhibitions and heritage publications.

Carol’s contributions to the Municipality of Chelsea Heritage Committee, particularly in matters related to Historic Sites recognition and designation led to many recommendations to Municipal Council. Most recently, Carol spearheaded an initiative to preserve and maintain the historic Old Chelsea Protestant Burial Ground and the GVHS’s Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery.

Carol Martin was a builder, a leader and a mentor for the GVHS for over 32 years. Her many and varied contributions, and the resources she helped create, will continue to be the foundation on which our Society will flourish into the future.

She will be missed by her Society friends, family and community.

New to the GVHS

La Famille Alexander et la « Meech Lake House »
Presentations by Michel Lemaire on James Alexander and his family at Meech Lake.

Home Children
The GVHS is seeking information on Home Children who were placed in the Gatineau Valley.

See current GVHS Newsletter

Coming Events

Annual General Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017
Chelsea Library
100 Old Chelsea Rd., Chelsea, QC

Speaker - Rick Henderson
(more details coming)

Other Events

"Lost Villages of Chelsea"

Lost Villages
Photo & Map Exhibit
December 2016 to March 2017
La Fab, Old Chelsea, QC

Past Events

British Home Children in Western Quebec
Held at the Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea on Monday, October 17, 2016.
It was a full house last night at Mill Road Community Space to hear Gloria Tubman share her research on tracing British Home Children.

See also article "GVHS sheds light on legacy of 100K displaced children" in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the October 12, 2016 issue.

The GVHS is seeking information on Home Children who were placed in the Gatineau Valley.

See event archive for additional past events.

New Publications of Local Interest

Works by Florence Helena McGillivray
A Collection of Works by Florence Helena McGillivray
by Bill Allen $120.
A large, high quality coffee-table style book with hundreds of images of oil and water colour paintings and other forms of art created by Whitby artist, Florence Helena McGillivray (1864-1938) in the early 20th century. With two sisters living in Wakefield, Florence visited the Gatineau Valley frequently, and made it the subject of many paintings. Printed in limited edition, the book is available from the Society. Bill Allen who gathered this collection of images also contributed an article on Florence in the latest volume of Up the Gatineau! and was guest speaker in May 2016 at our annual awards dinner. See Publications for special request by author and article on artist.

Touring Historic Wakefield
Touring Historic Wakefield by Norma Geggie for $22. Contact publications@gvhs.ca for information or ordering.

The Last of the Wild Rivers
The Last of the Wild Rivers: The Past, Present, and Future of the Rivière du Moine Watershed by Wallace Schaber for $30 plus shipping (softcover 8.5"x 8.5", 248 pages with over sixty photos and maps).
This is the story of the Du Moine River Valley in Western Quebec, the last of the undammed Quebec tributaries flowing into the historic Ottawa River. As a guide and founding partner in Trailhead and Black Feather Wilderness Adventures, the author (and resident of Chelsea) has been taking clients down the Du Moine for nearly half a century. Over that time he gathered local stories and researched the history of the watershed.
The book is available directly from the author beginning December 15. He can be reached at dumoineriver@primus.ca.

Reflections of the Past
Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past
by Don Kealey
Please note requests for orders of a 3rd print of Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past are now being accepted . For information on ordering a copy of the book, please access www.lowquebecbook.com or email Don Kealey at lowquebecbook@gmail.com. Orders will continue to be accepted throughout 2017 with a projected print date in the upcoming fall of 2017.

Copies of the book are available for reading at the following locations:
  • Low Municipal Library (Low, Quebec)
  • Gatineau Valley Historical Association Library (in GVHS archives)
  • Archives Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Quebec (Gatineau and Montreal, Quebec
  • City of Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa
  • Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa, Ontario