Preserving and promoting awareness in the history and heritage of the Gatineau Valley since 1962
"The Halifax Explosion: The Untold Story of Canada's Worst Disaster" with speaker Ken Cuthbertson - this event has been postponed to the fall.
Annual Dinner & Awards Evening
Monday, May 28th 2018
Bar Opens at 5:30 p.m. - Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Camp Fortune Main Lodge, 300 ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, Quebec
Buffet Dinner (taxes & tip included) ~ $50.00
Reserve your place or contact Suzanne Gibeault at 819-827-9260 by May 26th.
- Launch of the 44th edition of Up the Gatineau!
- - GVHS members, pick up your copy.
Guest Speaker Danielle Siemens of the in Edmonton will be our featured after dinner speaker. She will give us a brief preview of her research on Canadian photographer and amateur field-naturalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton (1919-2004). Gilliat Eaton lived in Ottawa for about a decade in the 1950s and '60s and rented Shilly Shally cabin in Gatineau Park during that period, documenting the comings and goings at her cabin, in photographs and journals.
Photo - Rosemary Gilliat in front of Shilly Shally, 1958. © Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Source: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds/e4311156.
Historic Gatineau River GVHS Fund-raiser Cruise on the Chrisalis II paddle wheeler
Saturday, June 23rd – 5pm to 7 pm
(rain date - June 24th)
$100 per person with a $75 tax receipt
GVHS members only, limited to 48 people!
Complimentary light Refreshments with wine & beer will be served.
Commentary on the Gatineau River historic sites will be provided as we cruise down the river to the Chelsea Dam and back to Burnett.
Parking & boarding information will be supplied at a later date to all attendees.
Please note: you do need to be fairly mobile as access to the top deck is via steep stairs.
Rencontres du patrimoine
April 21, 2018, 9 a.m.
Taché Pavilion of UQO,
283, Taché blvd., Gatineau QC
Local history and heritage enthusiasts are meeting for the third Rencontres du patrimoine, a one-day event to be held in Gatineau (Hull).
Over a hundred people gathered in 2014 and 2016, and they hope to welcome even more this year for this special event. Attendees will hear about recent historical research projects and preservation initiatives in the region. Networking between amateur and professional historians from around the Outaouais will be highlighted.
Les Rencontres du patrimoine is organized by Société Pièce sur pièce, Réseau du patrimoine gatinois et de l’Outaouais, Ville de Gatineau and Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).
All the presentations will have simultaneous English translation.
Registration starts March 25, and costs $35 (lunch and snack included).
Up to Low
May 1-19, 2018
Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre
Based on the novel by Ottawa’s beloved Brian Doyle, Up to Low is the magical and mystical tale of a young boy’s journey to manhood. Twelve-year-old Tommy is on the road with his father and boozy Uncle Frank, heading back to the cabin they haven’t visited since Tommy’s mother died.
But Tommy also remembers Bridget, whose eyes are the deep green of the Gatineau Hills. Filled with deserted farms, smoky taverns and midnight rows upriver, Up to Low captures 1950s Gatineau Valley in a way that is both familiar and brand new.
St. Elizabeth Cemetery Tour
May 27, 2 pm
Discover the historic graves of Cantley.
Your guides will tell the history and stories of Cantley’s early families. This bilingual tour is offered by Cantley 1889 free of charge to celebrate the 150 th anniversary of St. Elizabeth’s Parish.
For more information, see poster or visit Cantley 1889.
or renew membership
Closed for the summer starting May 17, 2018 and will reopen Monday September 10, 2018. See hours and location.
New to the GVHS
Collection of over 600 documents concerned primarily with the business affairs of Philemon Wright (1760-1839) and his son Ruggles Wright (1793-1863.
2018 AGM & Archives Open House
View following reports:
- 2017 President's Report
- 2017 Financial Statement
- 2017 Publication Report
and the 2018 GVHS Board.
Publications of Local Interest
Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright by Rick Henderson
Low Municipality - Reflections of the Past by Don Kealey
A Collection of Works by Florence Helena McGillivray by Bill Allen
Touring Historic Wakefield by Norma Geggie