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

Next Events

2019 Annual General meeting and Open House

AGM 2018

Monday February 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
Chelsea Library, 100 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC.

The GVHS 2019 Annual General Meeting and Arvhives open house will be held at the Chelsea Library on Monday February 18, 2019. A presentation highlighting some of our latest acquisitions to our photo archives collection will be presented.

Finding Traces of the Early Settlers in Pre-Gatineau Park

Bill McGee

Monday April 15, 2019 7:30 pm
Location to be determined

Join intrepid amateur researcher and local historian, Bill McGee, for an evening of figurative exploration of the early Gatineau Park area. For almost 25 years, Bill has collected maps of the Park and researched its early settlers from the 1800s—mainly Irish families who settled along Ridge Road (now Trail 1) and who farmed most of the high land between Kingsmere Road and Wolf Trail. Some of the still-familiar family names include McCloskey, Ryan, Keogan, Fortune, McKinstry and Dunlop. Bill has given similar talks to Friends of Gatineau Park and the Ottawa Historical Society.

Past Events

The Underwater Archaeology of the Franklin Shipwrecks

held on November 19 at the Larrimac Golf Club where Chelsea resident Thierry Boyer, underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada gave an update on the finding of the second of the Franklin Expedition Ships, the HMS Terror. - more.

2018 Remembrance Day Ceremony

was held on November 11 at the Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph in Chelsea at the graveside of Private Richard Rowland Thompson, RCR. - more.


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Glass Slides
Photos of the Gatineau River before flooding.

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