The Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in west Quebec.

See current GVHS Newsletter for additional news.

Coming Events

Heritage and Tourism in the Gatineau Valley
with Fergus Maclaren

Fairbairn Museum

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm for coffee; talk at 8:00 pm
Wakefield Library, 38 Valley Drive, Wakefield, QC.

As a community whose economy has evolved from agriculture, lumbering and milling to one geared more toward tourism, the Gatineau Valley has experienced a shift in economic dependence, and the way the community is being represented to residents and visitors alike. Given the range of heritage venues and cultural activities within the Gatineau Valley, there is a substantial base to build upon, and opportunities to generate greater interest and participation in the activities and events taking place.
The presentation will examine the drivers and limitations for the current tourism development process in the Gatineau Valley and the Fairbairn Museum and propose approaches to both encourage sustainable heritage and cultural tourism development in the community, as well as ways to attract a newer, broad-based audience...more

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)

We will mark the official release of the 41st edition of the local history journal, Up the Gatineau! featuring stories exclusively about Cantley, in part to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our sister historical society, Cantley 1889.
Bob McClelland, a lifelong Cantley resident and board director for both historical societies, will be the featured speaker.
Reservations: Call Shirley Brown – 819-827-1999
or sign up here on-line (after May 2, 2015)
Non-members are welcome to join us.
Please note this event takes place in English.
See notice

52nd Annual Live Auction, Silent Auction and Bake Sale

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hendrick Farm, Old Chelsea, Chelsea Quebec

With auctioneer Revel Stewart.
More info coming...

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
Route 105, Chelsea Quebec

at the graveside of Private Richard Rowland Thompson, the only Canadian to receive the prestigious "Queen's scarf" for heroism in the Boer War.
Everyone welcome.

Other Notices

Pontiac Archives 2015 Open House

July 7, 8 & 9, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00 pm
358 Main Street, Shawville

Bienvenue / Everyone welcome.
An amazing collection of local information, current and historical including records on:
- early families and family trees, births, marriages and deaths
- towns, businesses, churches and social events
- various sports leagues through the years
- local participation in key military engagements - and much more.
Don't have a family tree? Let our volunteers help you start one.

New Interpretive Signage - Chelsea Community Winter Trail

Winter Trails
GVHS member and Chelsea Trails director Alain Piché beside the newly-installed signs.
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@gvhs.ca or 613 795-4746.

See event archive for past events.

New to the GVHS

Chelsea Community Winter Trail
Interpretive signs from Gleneagle to Larrimac.

Membership payments
can now be made with PayPal.

Hurling Down the Pine
Publication of the 4th edition of this popular long out-of-print book - to order.

Up the Gatineau! Index
New and improved index for all 40 volumes - to order.

A Walk Through History in the Meech Creek Valley
Historic information and photos for panels along this interpretive walk on Cross Loop Road.

Volume 40 - Up the Gatineau!
Released in May 2014, this volume contains seven articles connected to the Gatineau Valley.