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.
The archives will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 11, 2014 to Sunday, January 11, 2015, inclusive.

See current GVHS Newsletter Number 2014 - 03, September 2014

Coming Events

GVHS Publication Table at the QUAIL Christmas Craft Fair
Up the GatineauSaturday, December 6, 2014
Chelsea Elementary School
Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Come visit us at this popular fair, which raises funds for QUAIL house in Chelsea. Our complete inventory of books will be available for sale including the newly published Hurling Down the Pine. We’ll also have a one day only special sale of complete, gift-wrapped 40-volume sets Up the Gatineau! for $100, compared to our regular $155 price. Great gift ideas!

The former Basque whaling station in Red Bay, Labrador, Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site
Robert GrenierMonday, January 19, 2015
Coffee and refreshments at 7:30; talk starts at 8 p.m.
Chelsea Library, Main Level
100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea

Speaker Robert Grenier is a world leader and renowned expert in archaeology and underwater conservation. His presentation will delve into the history of Red Bay, a former Basque whaling station on the southern coast of Labrador. Grenier discovered the remains of the San Juan, a 16th century Basque whaling galleon in 1978 in Red Bay.
The station had been used for over 70 years and provides the earliest, most complete and best-preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition, which helped make the Coast of Labrador then the equivalent of Saudi Arabia in oil resources to-day.

GVHS Archives Open House and Annual General Meeting
ChelseaMonday February 16, 2015
Chelsea Library, Lower and Main Level 100 Old Chelsea Road
7:30 p.m.

Details forthcoming.


See event archive for past events.

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Want to contribute? Become a member? Contact us at info@gvhs.ca or any member of the GVHS Executive.