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150 Years of History in the Hills

The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the March 08, 2017 issue. Reprinted with permission.

A century of winter lovin' Hills folk

There are many ways to combat our long and cold Canadian winters. We're certainly not the first generation to discover the joys of outdoor sports - Gatineau Valley residents have been skiing, skating, and snowshoeing for decades. Here is a sampling from early days in the Hills, including several with the Gatineau River as backdrop.

150 Years of History in the Hills
Ski jumping in Chelsea, circa 1920. Photo donated by Carol Martin
150 Years of History in the Hills
A snowshoer on the Gatineau River at Wakefield, undated. Photo donated by Bill Reid

 
150 Years of History in the Hills
Skiers heading west along Old Chelsea Road, in front of John Sweeney's store and post office (now known as Parkway General Store), 1929.
150 Years of History in the Hills
Young cross country skiers on Hyde Farm (later Brookdale Farm) in Meech Creek Valley, circa 1940. Photo donated by Steve Waterston

 
150 Years of History in the Hills
Skating on the Gatineau River at Cascades, circa 1915. Photo donated by Lillian Walton

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