The Way We Were

The column titled "The Way We Were" first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" on July 13, 2005. The Low Down's editor introduced this feature as an opportunity for long-time locals to tell their tales about what gives these Hills their particular colour. The Low Down also invited readers to write in their own anecdotes, memories or flashbacks that give a picture of what Gatineau Hills life was all about back in the day. We hope all readers, new and old, enjoy.

Anyone who knows of an interesting Gatineau Valley subject for a future "The Way We Were" column is encouraged to contact Louise Schwartz at info@gvhs.ca or to submit a proposed article of 500 words (with a historic photo) directly to the Low Down News at general@lowdownonline.com.

These articles first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News". Reprinted with permission.

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Chaos and beauty of the Rupert puppeteers (December 06, 2006)
Cyril off to war with RCAF (August 23, 2006)
Lac Bernard - where friendship doesn't skip a generation (August 24, 2005)
Rites (and wrongs ) of passage, Cascades, circa 1950 (August 03, 2005)


Memories of Snake Hill - God's Country (May 09, 2009)


First train trip high road to heaven - Burnet (July 20, 2011)
Train station suited Burnet to a T (August 11, 2010)
Lee Grant and the innocence of yesteryear (February 01, 2006)
Swimming the underwater Burnett Farm (July 13, 2005)


Cascades Club rides wave of success to mark 90 years (November 10, 2010)
I am a Gatineau farmer Jason Cross (November 03, 2010)
Patriarch of the Gatineau was a hale centenarian (October 20, 2010)
Pinning down Cascades gatekeeper takes its toll (October 13, 2010)
Memorable character lives beyound the last page (October 01, 2008)
The Lost Village of Cascades (January 11, 2006)

Chelsea (Muncipality of Chelsea/West Hull)

Rain fails to dampen spirit of Hills nature trip (April 25, 2012)
Gatineau resort outings stuff for social pages century ago (July 06, 2011)
Idea for Gatineau Valley Gardeners planted 25 years ago (September 01, 2010)
Historical Society auction fulfills its calling (August 04, 2010)
Gilmour, Wright... a road by any other name (July 28, 2010)

Chelsea (Old and New Villages)

Cross symbolized freakish triply-fatal lightning strike (August 29, 2012)
To church in Chelsea (February 01, 2012)
Chelsea group at cutting edge of trails network (November 09, 2011)
Papers bristled with Gatineau Park-upine tales (October 26, 2011)
Distinction fights extinction in Old Chelsea (March 23, 2011)
Group shot earns tag as standout photo (March 16, 2011)
Pioneer a man on the go well into his 90s (March 02, 2011)
Mechanic's wife gave Chelsea its name (February 23, 2011)
Tracking its name really pans out (August 18, 2010)
Seeing it all at the Hendrick farm (December 07, 2005)
The treasure of Old Chelsea (September 21, 2005)
Harky, hot rods, and youths with nothing to do (August 10, 2005)

Farm Point

Vet's practice grew from calving to kittens (March 22, 2006)
Living close to the land the way I wanted (February 15, 2006)
At the crossroads of Tulip Valley (November 23, 2005)
Search for Shangri-la in Meech Creek Valley (October 26, 2005)
The most beautiful place in the world (September 07, 2005)

Gatineau Park

Backtracking old Ottawa Ski Club newsletters (February 29, 2012)
A weekend at Keogan Lodge (February 15, 2012)
Will the way Kingsmere left open to public (December 07, 2011)
King cultivated his other side at The Farm (November 23, 2011)
Nature lover 'bewitched' by the Gatineau Hills (October 12, 2011)

Gatineau River

Gatineau survives feared death by electrocution (September 14, 2011)
Rerouting CPR line put 'horse before the car' (August 31, 2011)
Electrifying part of Gatineau Hills history (August 17, 2011)
Gatineau River fish rap landed in national dailies (August 03, 2011)
Positives arise from Gatineau Valley flooding (November 17, 2010)
Treacherous days of Eaton's Chute now under water (October 07, 2009)
The dangerous work of the Gatineau 'boom-men' (August 12, 2009)


Short Gatineau trip restrains any ideas of bundling after ogling (May 30, 2012)
Life was a gamble in the '30s (March 28, 2012)
There's gold in them there Hills... (December 21, 2011)


Five sailing buddies, an island and a yacht club is born (November 04, 2009)
From the Hill to Hwy 105, nurse loved it all (June 03, 2009)
Messing about in boats at the GRYC, 1964 (October 12, 2005)


The life of a station agent (part 2) (December 12, 2012)
The life of a station agent (part 1) (December 05, 2012)

Kingsmere and Meech Lake

A principal character in Kingsmere's past (March 08, 2006)
'No hotdogs, just scones at 'hysterical' Moorside opening (July 20, 2005)

Kirk's Ferry

Unusual apt description for accidental deaths (July 25, 2012)
Daring-do boat ride narly turns into derring-done (July 04, 2012)
Union Mission Church spire remnant from higher calling (September 28, 2011)
Wishing Rock still on lookout for its origins (July 21, 2010)
Ridge Group crests on former bush lot (July 14, 2010)
Brown's farm yields two centuries of history (July 07, 2010)
Team of horses brought in cottage's foundation (October 21, 2009)
Brown clan can't stray from Kirk's Ferry cottages (September 09, 2009)
A water tower turned diving platform in Chelsea (August 26, 2009)
Sherrin cottage - a Kirk's Ferry landmark (August 05, 2009)
More submerged secrets of lost island discovered (July 29, 2009)
An island lost under the Gatineau's waters (July 15, 2009)
A picture that speaks 111 years (July 08, 2009)
Kirk's Ferry before the great flood (November 09, 2005)
Frank Macintyre and the development of the Hills (September 14, 2005)


Herman answers call at Larrimac (September 15, 2010)
Larrimac Turns 85 - Part 2 (September 23, 2009)
Larrimac Golf Club turns 85 (September 16, 2009)
Moving cattle from Low to Chelsea (March 01, 2006)
Free to be kids in Larrimac (October 05, 2005)


Living under canvas at 'The Grove' in Low (June 24, 2009)


Interest in plowing bogged after soggy Rupert match (November 14, 2012)


We made our own fun in Tenaga cottageland (August 31, 2005)
Running the boom on the Gatineau River (August 17, 2005)
Summers in Tenaga - to the beach rain or shine (July 27, 2005)


Pearson buried in corner of beloved Hills (January 18, 2012)
Citizen spin on cycle ride to W'field over the top (July 13, 2011)
Barbershops poll provides snippets of history (June 29, 2011)
Old CPR station now a stop for fine dining (March 30, 2011)
Wakefield landed neophyte doctor 100 years ago (March 09, 2011)
Theatre Wakefield waits in the wings for new venue (February 16, 2011)
Novel story of the Wakefield library could fill a book (January 26, 2011)
Dances held sway at old Wakefield Community Club (January 12, 2011)
Wakefield rink makes road trip to the past (December 15, 2010)
Thomas Brown's will attests to values of times (October 27, 2010)
Name is Brown? Good luck tracing fanily history (September 08, 2010)
Over the 'little red bridge' by horse and wagon (June 10, 2009)