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

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Volume 46

Announcing the publication of the latest volume of our local history journal, Up the Gatineau!, continuing its unbroken 46-year history...

As you are aware, we cancelled our annual May Dinner and Awards celebration because of Covid-19 concerns. This means we lost the opportunity to recognize the talented contributors to this year’s volume in person.

We’d like to congratulate this year’s writers, who include:

  • Rick Henderson
  • Pauline Masson and Karen Bingham
  • Brian Doyle
  • Susan Trudeau
  • Adrienne Herron and R.J. Hughes
  • Joanne Lochhead
  • Mary Lou van Schaik

Check out the table of contents for Volume 46 for to see what diverse topics they’ve written about.

The featured online article this year is Rick Henderson’s ""Gatineau": Paddling through the History of a River’s Name. Il est également disponible en français.

Photo Credit: Malak Karsh
Copyright assigned to Library and Archives Canada and reproduced with permission.

Arthur Davison Prize for Up the Gatineau! Volume 45

Hannen Sabean

Congratulations to Hannen Sabean, winner of the 2020 Arthur Davison Prize for the outstanding contribution to last year’s volume of Up the Gatineau! with his article "A History of Dying in the Gatineau Valley."

Michael Cooper (at left), one of the judges, presenting the Arthur Davison Award to Hannen Sabean at Wakefield's historic Hall's Cemetery at the gravesite of I. B. York, one of the subjects of Hannen’s fascinating article. Photo credit: Marc Cockburn.

The judging panel wrote, “The rituals surrounding death and dying are skillfully researched and concisely written, documenting the funereal customs of the pioneer communities of the Gatineau Valley, noting the evolution over time.”

We were pleased to have recently presented Hannen with a framed certificate and $200 award cheque, while he is back home in Wakefield completing an M. A. in History at Newfoundland's Memorial University.

Read Up the Gatineau! online

Volume 1
Volume 20
The articles for Volumes 1 to 20 are now available online.

Historical Maps of Gatineau Park


The Historical Maps of Gatineau Park is a collection of over 450 digital maps and documents collected by long-time Society member and local researcher, Bill McGee of Ottawa, ON.

An avid hiker for almost 25 years, Bill has explored and researched the Gatineau Park area, its settlement history, and its current and former trails and roads. The maps primarily document the evolution of the recreational trail network within Gatineau Park since it was created in 1938, and include published maps and some manuscript records.

In 2019, the GVHS obtained digital copies of the documents held by Bill McGee, with permission to use the images on its website for educational, private study, or research purposes.


Due to the measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19, please note that the programming and activities offered by the Gatineau Valley Historical Society are suspended until further notice.

En raison des mesures prises pour limiter la propagation de COVID-19, veuillez noter que la programmation et les activités offertes par la Société historique de la vallée de la Gatineau sont suspendues jusqu'à nouvel ordre.

Other Events

Cantley 1889

Cantley 1889's Virtual Museum

Cantley 1889 announces the launch of phase 1 of Cantley 1889's Virtual Museum.

Showcasing Cantley's historical artefacts, sites, and buildings
In partnership with local photographer Pierre Bélisle

Guided Tour of the Sculpted Rocks of Cantley
October 25, 2020

Sculpted Rocks of Cantley

On April 14, 2020, the Municipality of Cantley passed a resolution to purchase the Cantley Quarry which includes its prehistoric sculpted rocks.

You will have the opportunity to visit the site with Dr Sharpe on October 25th. See poster for details and events for more information.

See Cantley 1889 poster for details and background information.

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Past Events

Annual General Meeting and Archives Open House
February 17, 2020

2020 AGM

The GVHS held our 2020 Annual General Meeting on Monday February 17th at the Chelsea Library.
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