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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. It will be closed for the summer period from Sunday June 12, and will reopen on Monday September 12, 2016 - see hours and location.

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Coming Events

Annual Dinner & Awards Evening

GVHS Annual Awards and Dinner
Monday May 30, 2016
Camp Fortune, Main Lodge,
300 ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, QC.

Bar open at 5:30 p.m. - Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Cost - $45.00 per person - see dinner menu.
Program: Launch of the 42nd volume of Up the Gatineau! and awards.
Please contact Suzanne Gibeault by May 25th at 819-827-9260 or jones.gibeault@sympatico.ca.
*Note: Since we must pre-pay for the number of dinners, please let Suzanne know by May 26th if you have reserved and cannot attend.

Looking up Burnside
Looking up Burnside
Speaker: W. C. (Bill) Allen ~ "Following Florence"
Our after-dinner speaker will introduce us to the Canadian artist, Florence Helena McGillivray (1864-1938).
Bill is a producer, writer, photographer and filmmaker from Newmarket, Ontario, who has a keen interest in genealogy and Canadian history and art.
While researching the McGillivray family from Whitby, Ontario, a few years ago he became fascinated with Florence, a relatively unknown landscape artist and a member of this prosperous family. He will present his research on Florence’s life and works, including how she developed a lifelong connection to the Gatineau Valley.
The picture above is entitled Looking up Burnside, by Florence Helena McGillivray. Circa 1928. From the Geggie family collection.

Farm Point Walking Tour

GVHS Annual Awards and Dinner
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Farm Point Community Centre,
331, chemin de la Rivière Chelsea, QC

Join us for this special tour of Farm Point, the most northernly sector of Chelsea, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building of St. Clément’s Catholic Church.
Former Chelsea councillor, Claude Gervais, will lead us on a tour through this historic hamlet - see more information.
Tours will available in English and in French.

53rd Annual Auction, Silent Auction and Bake Sale

GVHS Annual Auction
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9 to 1
Ferme Hendrick Farm
3 ch Chelbrook, Old Chelsea, QC

With auctioneer Revel Stewart
We need your antiques and collectables.
More information available or see poster.


Other Events

River Pride Celebration

River Pride
Six non-profit community groups from the Gatineau Hills are thrilled to be presenting River Pride this summer, a series of six major arts and recreational events in La Pêche, Cantley and Chelsea that put the spotlight on our love affair with the Gatineau River, its historical significance and continued relevance to our daily lives.
Our goal is to bring people together for a big, fun-filled celebration — but also, on a more serious note, to encourage a discussion about stewardship of the River, and to promote an understanding of its heritage.
For more details and a list of upcoming events see www.riverpride.ca.


Past Events

“The Discovery the Wreck of HMS Erebus" with Thierry Boyer

Thierry Boyer
Parks Canada underwater archaeologist Thierry Boyer spoke on the discovery of one of the Franklin Expedition's long missing ships, the Erebus, at the March 16 GVHS talk at Larrimac Golf and Tennis Club. A fascinating personal account was given to an enthralled audience - it was a not-to-be-missed talk.


New Publications of Local Interest

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 for $55.00. This is a historical account of the earliest days of Low's inception and how it progressed to an established municipality within the Gatineau.
The first printing has sold out; for details on a second printing, please access www.lowquebecbook.com.

See event archive for past events.

New to the GVHS

2016 AGM Reports
The 2016 GVHS Annual General Meeting reports are now available.

Chelsea Winter Trail
See new map with historical signage.

Wakefield Then and Now
See old and new sliding images of Wakefield landmarks.

A Century of the Gatineau Fish and Game Club
published in Up the Gatineau!
Volume 21
is now available online.

Up the Gatineau! Volume 41
Released in May 2015, this volume contains 10 articles focussing on the Cantley area of the Gatineau Valley. Available to order or pick up at several local retailers.

Up the Gatineau!
updated index for all 41 volumes - available online or to order.

GVHS Awards
See list of awards presented at Annual Dinner.

Helen Parson
wins the Arthur Davison Prize for best article in Volume 40, Up the Gatineau!.

Volunteer Award
Carol Martin was presented the Chelsea 2014 Volunteer Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Membership payments
can now be made with PayPal.