The Gatineau Valley Historical Society promotes matters of historical or heritage significance in the general area of the Gatineau Valley in west Quebec.

Society Archives Closes for the Summer
Please be advised that the GVHS archives office at 100 Old Chelsea Road is closed for the summer, effective Thursday June 11. We will reopen on Monday September 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm.

In memory of Mary Angeline Scott.

Coming Events

See current GVHS Newsletter for additional news.

Pick up your Member Copy of Volume 41, Up the Gatineau!
You can help us save $3.59 in costs for the mailing of your member copy of the latest Up the Gatineau!. It will be available for pick up on Saturday May 30, at the McClelland farm truck near La Confiserie by the Wakefield Market from 9 to 10 a.m., or at the Society’s archives office in Chelsea Library from noon to 2 pm. that same day. Also available for pickup the following two weeks, at our office at 100 Old Chelsea Road during our regular hours of Monday or Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 pm., until we close for the summer on Wednesday June 10. After that we will begin mailing copies to members.

52nd Annual Live Auction, Silent Auction and Bake Sale

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hendrick Farm, Old Chelsea, Chelsea Quebec

With auctioneer Revel Stewart.
More info coming...

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
Route 105, Chelsea Quebec

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

Other Notices

Pontiac Archives 2015 Open House

July 7, 8 & 9, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00 pm
358 Main Street, Shawville

Bienvenue / Everyone welcome.
An amazing collection of local information, current and historical including records on:
- early families and family trees, births, marriages and deaths
- towns, businesses, churches and social events
- various sports leagues through the years
- local participation in key military engagements - and much more.
Don't have a family tree? Let our volunteers help you start one.

New Interpretive Signage - Chelsea Community Winter Trail

Winter Trails
GVHS member and Chelsea Trails director Alain Piché beside the newly-installed signs.
Last fall the Society collaborated with the community group, Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT), by developing and installing seven temporary interpretive signs along a section of the Chelsea Community Winter Trail from Gleneagle to Larrimac.
Each sign highlights a site of historical interest, such as the site of the former flag station in Kirk's Ferry, with a photo from the GVHS Image Bank and explanatory text. 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. At the end of the winter season for 2015, this project will be evaluated, and possibly extended and expanded for future years.

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.

See event archive for past events.

New to the GVHS

Up the Gatineau!
Volume 41

Released in May 2015, this volume contains 10 articles focussing on the Cantley area of the Gatineau Valley.

Volunteer Award
Carol Martin was presented the Chelsea 2014 Volunteer Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Membership payments
can now be made with PayPal.

Hurling Down the Pine
Publication of the 4th edition of this popular book now available with an online index and map.

Up the Gatineau! Index
New and improved index for all 40 volumes - to order.

A Walk Through History in the Meech Creek Valley
Historic information and photos for panels along this interpretive walk on Cross Loop Road.