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

Next Events

2019 Annual General meeting and Open House

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

The Annual General Meeting will start at 7:30 pm with elections and distribution of our annual reports.

Nominations for the Board of Directors will be accepted until February 15, 2019 — contact info@gvhs.ca

Relevant documents will be available here.

8:00 pm – Highlights from 2018

Photo Credit: Heather Quipp

We will highlight new additions to the GVHS website and sample some of our recent photo and AV acquisitions including a video filmed by Wayne Anderson of the presentation by Chelsea's Harky Milks & RJ (Bob) Hughes, in June, at the Mill Rd. Community Space AGM - Stories from Mill Road from the 50’s & 60’s. See the photo above of Jimmy (Harky's brother), RJ and Harky circa 1950 in front of Chelsea Elementary School.

The Trail Beckons: 100 years of Cross Country Skiing in the Gatineau

with author Malcolm Hunter

 Malcolm Hunter

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Wakefield Library, 38 Valley Drive, Wakefield QC

The numbers tell the tale of cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park, whose history is documented in a new book by author and avid skier, Malcolm Hunter. Thousands enjoy skiing the Gatineau trails each winter and thousands more hike many of the same trails. We have been doing so for 100 years.

Meet the original trail builders in the 1920s, Charles Mortureux and Joe Morin, and the trails they made, The Western, Little Switzerland, Highland and Merry Go Round. Hear the many stories related to them; how Penquin Parking Lot got its name, how Camp Fortune became the centre of the trail system well before the establishment of the Gatineau Park in 1938.

Hunter, who skied for Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics and is a past director of Cross-Country Canada, first skied the Gatineau Park trails in 1957 as a boy. He has been a ski coach and a consultant to the NCC as it expanded the trail network to where it now covers more than 200 kilometres of the park.

Finding Traces of the Early Settlers in Pre-Gatineau Park

with Bill McGee

Bill McGee
Credit: Michel Lemaire

Monday April 15, 2019 7:30 pm
NCC Visitor's Centre, 33 Scott Rd., Old Chelsea QC J9B 1R5

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 Historical Society of Ottawa.


This talk is in collaboration with the Friends of Gatineau Park.

A Tour of Cantley's Famous Sculpted Rocks

sculpted rocks

Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm
Meeting place to be announced later

Geologist Dr. David Sharpe will take us on a guided walk explaining how the Cantley rocks give us insight into how our planet was shaped. He has been bringing students here for years & treated Cantley 1889 to a similar walk in 2013. Since then there have been new scientific findings he will talk about.

cantley logo

For more information you can read Dr. Sharpe's article in Volume 41 of Up the Gatineau!. He writes "...the rocks of Cantley never cease to amaze us - whether from the scientific curiosity they arouse or by the sight of their natural beauty."

Watch the video - Cantley Quebec, Monument of the Ice Age.

This tour is in collaboration with Cantley 1889.

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New to the GVHS

"Then <-- and --> Now"
now includes images of Chelsea in addition to Wakefield.

Online Image Bank
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Builders Book
now available for downloading.

Glass Slides
Photos of the Gatineau River before flooding.

Chelsea Community Trail Interpretive Panels
New panels added.

Past Events

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.


Other past events.