Preserving and promoting awareness in the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley since 1962

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Finding Traces of the Early Settlers in Pre-Gatineau Park

Bill McGee
Credit: Michel Lemaire

Monday April 15, 2019 7:30 pm
NCC Visitor's Centre, 33 Scott Rd., Old Chelsea QC

Join intrepid amateur researcher and local historian, Bill McGee, for an evening of figurative exploration of the early Gatineau Park area. For almost 25 years, Bill has collected maps of the Park and researched its early settlers from the 1800s—mainly Irish families who settled along Ridge Road (now Trail 1) and who farmed most of the high land between Kingsmere Road and Wolf Trail.

Some of the still-familiar family names include McCloskey, Ryan, Keogan, Fortune, McKinstry and Dunlop. Bill has given similar talks to Friends of Gatineau Park and the Historical Society of Ottawa.


This talk is in collaboration with the Friends of Gatineau Park.

A Tour of Cantley's Famous Sculpted Rocks

sculpted rocks

Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm
Meet on St Andrews Road, just south of the quarry (west off highway 307), Cantley.

Geologist Dr. David Sharpe will take us on a guided walk explaining how the Cantley rocks give us insight into how our planet was shaped. He has been bringing students here for years & treated Cantley 1889 to a similar walk in 2013. Since then there have been new scientific findings he will talk about.

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For more information you can read Dr. Sharpe's article in Volume 41 of Up the Gatineau!. He writes "...the rocks of Cantley never cease to amaze us - whether from the scientific curiosity they arouse or by the sight of their natural beauty."

Watch the video - Cantley Quebec, Monument of the Ice Age.

This tour is in collaboration with Cantley 1889 with additional information on the Sculpted Rocks of Cantley.

GVHS Annual Awards Dinner


Monday, May 27th, 2019
Camp Fortune Main Lodge, 300 ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, Quebec

Bar Opens at 5:30 p.m. - Dinner at 6:15 p.m.

Past Events

The Trail Beckons: 100 years of Cross Country Skiing in the Gatineau

at the Wakefield Library on March 18, 2019. - more.

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