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Annual Dinner & Awards Evening

Annual Dinner & Awards Evening

Monday, May 28th 2018
Bar Opens at 5:30 p.m. - Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Camp Fortune Main Lodge, 300 ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, Quebec
Buffet Dinner (taxes & tip included) ~ $50.00
Reserve your place or contact Suzanne Gibeault at 819-827-9260 by May 26th.

Launch of the 44th edition of Up the Gatineau!
- GVHS members, pick up your copy.
Danielle Siemens

Guest Speaker Danielle Siemens of the in Edmonton will be our featured after dinner speaker. She will give us a brief preview of her research on Canadian photographer and amateur field-naturalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton (1919-2004). Gilliat Eaton lived in Ottawa for about a decade in the 1950s and '60s and rented Shilly Shally cabin in Gatineau Park during that period, documenting the comings and goings at her cabin, in photographs and journals.

Photo - Rosemary Gilliat in front of Shilly Shally, 1958. © Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Source: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds/e4311156.


Historic Gatineau River GVHS Fund-raiser Cruise on the Chrisalis II paddle wheeler

Chrysalis II

Saturday, June 23rd – 5pm to 7 pm
(rain date - June 24th)
$100 per person with a $75 tax receipt
GVHS members only, limited to 48 people!
Complimentary light Refreshments with wine & beer will be served.
Commentary on the Gatineau River historic sites will be provided as we cruise down the river to the Chelsea Dam and back to Burnett.

To sign up call Shirley Brown at 819 827-1999 or send an email to browncrest@sympatico.ca.
Parking & boarding information will be supplied at a later date to all attendees.
Please note: you do need to be fairly mobile as access to the top deck is via steep stairs.

Other Events

Up to Low

Up to Low

May 1-19, 2018
Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre

Based on the novel by Ottawa’s beloved Brian Doyle, Up to Low is the magical and mystical tale of a young boy’s journey to manhood. Twelve-year-old Tommy is on the road with his father and boozy Uncle Frank, heading back to the cabin they haven’t visited since Tommy’s mother died.
But Tommy also remembers Bridget, whose eyes are the deep green of the Gatineau Hills. Filled with deserted farms, smoky taverns and midnight rows upriver, Up to Low captures 1950s Gatineau Valley in a way that is both familiar and brand new.


St. Elizabeth Cemetery Tour

Cantley 1889

May 27, 2 pm
Discover the historic graves of Cantley.
Your guides will tell the history and stories of Cantley’s early families. This bilingual tour is offered by Cantley 1889 free of charge to celebrate the 150 th anniversary of St. Elizabeth’s Parish.
For more information, see poster or visit Cantley 1889.

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Pat Evans Archives
Closed for the summer starting May 17, 2018 and will reopen Monday September 10, 2018. See hours and location.

New to the GVHS

Wright Papers
Collection of over 600 documents concerned primarily with the business affairs of Philemon Wright (1760-1839) and his son Ruggles Wright (1793-1863.

2018 AGM & Archives Open House
View following reports:
- 2017 President's Report
- 2017 Financial Statement
- 2017 Publication Report

and the 2018 GVHS Board.

Past Events

"A Promised Land" with speaker J. William Galbraith

Bill Galbraith treats GVHS members to stories on a remarkable former GG of Canada, author and outdoorsman.
See more info and images.

Other past events.