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 - 01, January 2015.

Coming Events

Trails and Tales along the Chelsea Railway Corridor and 2015 AGM
ChelseaMonday February 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Chelsea Library, Lower and Main Level.
100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea, QC

Heidi von Graevenitz from Sentiers Chelsea Trails and Louise Schwartz of the GVHS will make a presentation on the recent installation of interpretive signage along a portion of the railway corridor in Chelsea. 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.
Winter trail walkers and skiers on this groomed trail now pass by seven signs in a one kilometre stretch around Kirk's Ferry. Each sign highlights key landmarks - past and present - such as the former Eaton's Chute of the Gatineau River, or the long-gone flag station at Kirk's Ferry. There are plans to extend the signage in future years to cover more of this 18 kilometre trail and member input is encouraged.
A short Annual General Meeting will precede the presentation, with elections to be held and our annual reports distributed.
Nominations for the Executive will be accepted until February 13, 2015 - contact info@gvhs.ca.

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 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.


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