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. Your membership supports Cantley 1889. We welcome your stories and photos of Cantley’s past and your volunteer help.
On April 14, 2020, the Municipality of Cantley passed a resolution to purchase the Cantley Quarry which includes its prehistoric sculpted rocks.
Special thanks to all those who have advocated for the protection of this significant prehistoric site since the 1980s, especially members of Cantley 1889.
On behalf of Cantley 1889 and friends of the Cantley Quarry, we thank the mayor and councillors for passing the resolution to purchase the “Cantley Quarry” at April's council meeting. This is great news for the sculpted rocks and for Cantley!
Most recent Cantley 1889 article: Quarry wall hints at new glacial theory - June 2020.
See videos by videographer Pierre Belisle and others.
Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips (47 ch Summer, Cantley)
Cantley’s restored Tugboat and Mine Car with their descriptive panels situated with a unique view of the Gatineau River. In 2017, Embâcle, a sculpture carved from river logs, was installed here showing the symbolism of the river’s history.
Cantley Townhall, Lower Lobby, 8 ch River, Cantley, Quebec
Cantley 1889 photo exhibit: Cantley’s Mining Heritage
Historic pulpit and pew donated from St. Andrew’s Church (1876 - 2016)
To commemorate Cantley 1889’s major projects in Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips and Cantley's logging, mining and farming heritage.. See more.