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.

The GVHS archives in the lower level of the Chelsea Library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

See current GVHS Newsletter Number 2015 - 02, February - March 2015.

Coming Events

Capturing the history of the E.B. Eddy paper mill on the Chaudière Islands
E.B. Eddy paper mill Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm for coffee; talk at 8:00 pm
Larrimac Golf Club, 1148 route 105, Chelsea QC.

Paul Harrison, the Workers' History Museum (WHM) photographer and image archivist, will tell us about the work his team is carrying out at the former E. B. Eddy Paper Mill.
The entire complex in Ottawa and Gatineau, closed since 2007, is slated for re-development. The WHM, aware of the historical significance of the site, has undertaken to document the buildings in images and video before they are demolished or re-modeled.
Paul will describe the process involved, how it is organized, and present images of what they have found on site.

Heritage and Tourism in the Gatineau Valley
Fairbairn Museum Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm for coffee; talk at 8:00 pm
Wakefield Library, 38 Valley Drive, Wakefield, QC.

This is a joint meeting with our colleagues from the Fairbairn Museum at the Wakefield Library with guest speaker, former GVHS director, Fergus MacLaren.
Fergus who teaches part time at Heritage College Cegep, is a sustainable development and tourism resources management specialist focusing on community development and the conservation and use of built, natural and protected areas.

Annual Dinner & Awards
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Mont Cascades Golf Club, 448 chemin du Mont-des-Cascades, Cantley QC.
$30.00 per person (taxes included - bar extra)

Shhh - don't tell anyone - but this year the Society's Up the Gatineau! journal will feature articles and photos about the feisty, independent-minded municipality of Cantley. Volume 41 will be officially released at our annual dinner and awards evening so it's only fitting that we celebrate this special occasion in Cantley.
Reservation information will be sent out in April.

Other Notices

Cantley 1889 Family Heritage Day
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 1:30pm
St Elizabeth's Parish Hall
47 chemin Ste-Elizabeth, Cantley, QC.

Everyone is welcome to Cantley 1889s annual meeting. Displays of photos and making a family tree. Unique slide show from the Gaston Desjardins collection, entitled: "The Gatineau River Log Drive: the end of an era".
Members are encouraged to bring old photos and mementos of their family and Cantley for display. Volunteers will scan early photos of Cantley places or people for the Cantley 1889 archives. Cantley 1889's Board of Directors elections will be held and our annual reports distributed.
Nominations for Cantley 1889's Board of Directors are open to all members up to February 22, 2015.
See poster for more information.

New Interpretive Signage - Chelsea Community Winter Trail
Winter Trails Last fall the Society collaborated with the community group, Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT), by developing and installing seven temporary interpretive signs along a section of the Chelsea Community Winter Trail from Gleneagle to Larrimac.
Each sign highlights a site of historical interest, such as the site of the former flag station in Kirk's Ferry, with a photo from the GVHS Image Bank and explanatory text. For the past eight winters SCT has partnered with the municipality of Chelsea to provide a multi-purpose tracked snow surface along the currently unused railway tracks. At the end of the winter season for 2015, this project will be evaluated, and possibly extended and expanded for future years.

New Local Publication: The Chief's Footsteps by R. Blanchard
The Chief's Footsteps GVHS member, Up the Gatineau! contributor and former journalist Rick Blanchard recently published his first book, The Chief's Footsteps. His biographical profile of Roy Peck brings together the local history of Danford Lake and elements of sports, hunting and fishing ethics, natural history and ecology. At a price of $30, this 375 page book is available at the T&L Depanneur in Danford and Irwin's in Kazabazua, or by personal delivery anywhere in the Gatineau area. Contact the author at richardblanchard17@gmail.com or 613 795-4746.

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