Cantley 1889 - Our past Our future

to discover, catalogue, protect and promote our heritage


Visit Cantley’s restored tugboat and mine car, both with descriptive panels and unique river view. Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips, 47 ch Summer, Cantley.

Visit Pioneering Spirits of Cantley - a display of historic photographs.

New to Cantley 1889

Last event Celebration of Cantley’s mining heritage and the official unveiling of Cantley’s Mine Car and plaque.

June 2017 Echo of Cantley article Fairbairn House celebrates ten remarkable women of the Gatineau Valley.


Close to the nation's capital is the rural municipality of Cantley, Quebec. Its first pioneers settled here in the 1820's; a local government was established in 1889. Today it is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada.

Cantley 1889 was founded by volunteers interested in discovering Cantley's roots from the early 19th century - its logging on the Gatineau River, mining mica from the rocky Canadian Shield, farming its rolling hills and fields. Our mandate is to discover, catalogue, protect and promote our heritage.

We are a registered not-for-profit voluntary organization. We welcome your stories and photos of Cantley's past and your volunteer help.

Membership supports Cantley 1889; it will inform you of our events, invite you to our annual meeting in February, and give access to our resources ($15/year, $25/2years (including family). See membership form for details.

Read our monthly column on Cantley's heritage, Cantley 1889 Articles, on topics of local historical interest originally published in the community newspaper The Echo of Cantley (community newspaper).

News & Events

Premiere of “A Summer…A Fair”
Ian Tamblyn’s musical about Cantley!
Cantley’s Ste-Élisabeth Parish grounds
Saturday July 22nd, anytime before 1pm

Volume 41 "Up the Gatineau!"
special Cantley edition

E. Champagne ~ Cantley's Historic Tugboat
Visit Cantley’s Historic Tugboat and Mine Car.

Cantley l'impossible rêve
publication for sale

The History of Cantley
publication for sale