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

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The Irish and Gaelic Language in Canada and the Ottawa Valley Speaker with Danny Doyle

Danny Doyle

Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38 ch de la Vallée de Wakefield QC.

Mr. Doyle explores the Irish language in Canada and the fate of Irish Gaelic immigrants to this country. Bringing together census data and historic accounts, he shows the prevalence of the language-- once spoken from Newfoundland through to the Yukon -- and discusses the reasons for the language's abandonment and near-total exclusion from the Canadian folk memory, unlike other immigrant languages. Danny Doyle (Dónall Ó Dubhghaill) holds a Masters Degree in Arts Conservation and works as an archaeological conservator for the Government of Canada. He has lectured on the Irish language in Canada numerous times, as well as through the Irish Language Department at Ulster University. He is also a published Gaelic poet and winner of the 2016 Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada Award for Poetry.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Chelsea Cenotaph

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 10:30am
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
587 Route 105, Chelsea Quebec.

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

The Underwater Archaeology of the Franklin Shipwrecks
Speaker - Thierry Boyer, Underwater Archaeologist with Parks Canada

Thierry Boyer

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:30 pm
Larrimac Golf Club 1148 Hwy 105, Chelsea QC.

Join us for an evening of underwater discovery with Chelsea’s Thierry Boyer, one of the Parks Canada team of underwater archeologists who have been exploring and documenting the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in the northern waters of the Arctic. Mr. Boyer was our speaker in March 2016, and he returns with exciting discoveries from the excavation of the shipwrecks.

Other Events

Cantley 1889 invites you to our agm.

Sunday, November 4th – 1:30 to 4 pm,
Manoir de la Forêt – 32 ch River, Cantley.
Discover your family history: genealogical sources
Professional genealogist Johanne Gervais, founder of the new Québec Genealogical e-Society, will explain (in English) how you can use her non-profit society to discover your Québec roots. She is travelling from her home east of Montreal just for our event.
Pierre Arcand, from Société de généalogie de l’Outaouais, will speak to Francophone attendees providing lots of genealogical tips for discovering family history, particularly in the Outauouais.
The presentations will follow Cantley 1889’s brief Annual General Meeting.
Afterwards, there will be time to socialize while enjoying our homemade refreshments and Cantley’s lovely new Manoir de la Forêt.
Admission is free for everyone. We welcome donations and new memberships. See attached poster.

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Past Events

The Halifax Explosion: The Untold Story of Canada's Worst Disaster

Just over one hundred years ago, on December 6, 1917, a French munitions ship and a Norwegian war relief vessel collided in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia... more.

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