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.

New to the GVHS

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

2016 Auction Report
Summary of the 2016 Annual Auction, Silent Auction and Bake Sale.

Up the Gatineau!
Volume 42

Released in May 2016, this volume contains 9 articles and 1 poem - from research-based to memoir style. Available to order or pick up at several local retailers.

Wes Darou
wins the Arthur Davison Prize for best article "Cantley’s Iron Mine: A Moving Exploration" in Volume 41, Up the Gatineau!.

GVHS Awards
See list of awards presented at the Annual Dinner & Awards Evening.

Up the Gatineau!
index for all 42 volumes

a comprehensive 126 page local reference guide available online or to order.

Following Florence by
W. C. (Bill) Allen

published in Up the Gatineau!
Volume 42
is now available online.

Membership payments
can now be made with PayPal.

See current GVHS Newsletter


Give a GVHS publication as a unique gift this Christmas

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, that the request for orders for purchase of “Low Municipality – Reflections of the Past” have now closed. Don Kealey wishes to thank all those who have shown support and interest in the book.

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