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.
GVHS Upcoming Events
See current GVHS Newsletter Number 2013 - 02, May-August 2013
50th Annual Live Auction, Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Flea Market
Saturday August 17, 9 am - 1 pm
Chelbrook Road (off Old Chelsea Road), Old Chelsea QC
With Auctioneer Revel Stewart
We need your antiques and collectables. Bring your items to Hendrick Farm on Friday August 16th 2:00 - 8:00 pm. Viewing: Friday, August 16th 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday August 17th 8:00-9:00 am.
Contact RJ Hughes for more information - 819-827-3766 firstname.lastname@example.org or Marc Cockburn - 819-459-2004 email@example.com or send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information on making a donation, items available at this year's auction and items available at silent auction.
Story of a Village - Then and Now
A Heritage Tour of Rockcliffe Park
52nd House & Garden Tour, IODE Laurentian Chapter
Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 10 am to 4 pm.
Rideau Trail Association (RTA) HikeSaturday, August 10 2013
Cross Pioneering Family Homestead Site
Level 2, about 10 km.
P16 to Herridge Lodge, then explore the off-trail site of the 1843 homestead ruins.
Depart from Tunney's Pasture at 9:30 am. Gas $4 or meet at P16 around 10 a.m.
Leader: Trudy (Cross) Stephen. Info at 613-828-9313 (email@example.com)
Non-members of the RTA can join the hike; further details on this non-profit organization are available at www.rideautrail.org.
New Publication of interest to GVHS members
Historic Churches of the Ottawa Valley by Alan H. Bentley - $25 - see press release.
The recently-published Historic Churches of the Ottawa Valley is Alan H. Bentley's illustrated account of many of the historic brick, stone, and wooden churches found in Ottawa and its surrounding communities. It's an interesting snapshot of the early beginnings of these churches.
The book can be purchased locally at the Earle Pub in Wakefield or can be ordered from Alan H Bentley at 51 Midland Crescent Ottawa ON K2H 8N2. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's also available from the publisher, General Store Publishing House at www.gsph.com.
Re-visiting Rupert Village circa 1900
Forty-five GVHS members and friends met in the Rupert Community Centre to kick off the Rupert Tour. Linda Bardell supplied a number of historic photos from the Image Bank for display. Seven aerial photos from Duncan Marshall were added, some taken in the 1990s, and a "Then and Now" of a 1926 and 1985 aerial (the latter from RJ Hughes). All photo prints were donated to the Centre. Long-time Rupert residents, David Gibson and Ian Moore narrated the photo show before the tour started, which included stops at the Rupert United Church with Eileen Moore, then on to the site of the Methodist Church, the Rupert Union Cemetery and ending at the Reilly Cemetery with a presentation by Barbara Rielly.
Gatineau River Heritage Day Regatta on June 9, 2013It was a warm sunny day when Friends of the Gatineau River (FOG) and the Cascades Club joined together for a family-oriented day of water activities at the shoreline in Cascades. Shirley McGlashan and Louise Schwartz manned a publication table with historic photos and publications, attracting much interest. GVHS Director RJ Hughes presented the Cascades Club with a custom poster of the historic photos of the Lost Village of Cascades in honour of their new boathouse, and provided a short history of the club to those in attendance. See photos on flickr.
Annual GVHS Dinner and Awards on May 27, 2013Over 100 members and friends dined at the historic Wakefield Mill, to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the mill. Lynn Berthiaume, a Mill co-owner, was the after-dinner speaker. The evening also saw the release of the 2013 Up the Gatineau!, the 39th volume of the Society's local history journal. A number of Society members were honoured for their contributions to the Society, and commendations were presented to area organizations and individuals who have collaborated with the Society. See the full list of honours and awards and view photos on Flickr from the evening.
What Lies Beneath: Cantley before the great flood
The Babbling River: The Gatineau Valley in Verse and Song with Phil Jenkins
On March 18, author and songwriter Phil Jenkins entertained GVHS members and friends in a special evening of poetry readings and songs, which he titled "The Babbling River: The Gatineau Valley in Verse and Song." See photos on flickr.
Talk on the Early Days of Skiing in Gatineau Park with Charles HodgsonA keen crowd of about 75 members and friends packed the lower level of the Chelsea Library on February 18 2013 to hear guest speaker Charles Hodgson talk about early skiing in Gatineau Park. Charles' talk was complemented with a slideshow of historic skiing photos, early trail maps, and excerpts from early Ottawa Ski Club newsletters. There was a lively discussion with the audience, many of whom were skiing enthusiasts, including one former Trail Rider and another long time skier who recalled working as a youth in the 1940s at one of the many Park lodges. The talk was preceded by the Annual General Meeting and an Archives Open House.
November Talk on the War of 1812
Remembrance Day Ceremony 2012
For the second year, Vintage Wings of Canada arranged a flypast, with three vintage aircraft swooping along the Gatineau Valley, over villages and towns including Danford Lake, Kazabazua, Low, Venosta, Wakefield and Chelsea. Their story called "Up the Valley of Remembrance on Yellow Wings" can be read on their website under "Vintage News".
Talk on Filmmaker and Artist Bill Mason (1929-1988)
Almost 100 GVHS members and friends packed the Chelsea Library on October 15 to hear Ken Buck's talk on his long-time friend, the award-winning filmmaker and artist Bill Mason. Ken, who first met Bill when he moved to Meech Lake Road in the late 1960s with his wife Sue, gave the audience a personal perspective of Bill as a friend and neighbour. He highlighted Bill's energy, enthusiasm, sense of humour and spirituality, through anecdotes and a slide show. The slides included family photos, as well as some of Bill's many hand-drawn cartoon-style greeting cards. See more photos on our flickr account.
See event archive for additional past events.