Cantley 1889 - Our past Our future

to discover, catalogue, protect and promote our heritage

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.

Cantley 1889 Events

Franklin Expedition – recent discoveries
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm – Cantley Community Centre - Bilingual slide presentation by Thierry Boyer, Parks Canada underwater archaeologist, currently working at the Franklin site. Cantley 1889 is organizing this evening as part of the GVHS monthly lecture series. Everyone welcome! See notice

Cantley 1889 in The Echo of Cantley

Read Cantley 1889's monthly articles on Cantley’s heritage and topics of local historical interest, originally published in the community newspaper The Echo of Cantley.

Most recent Cantley 1889 article: Lest we Forget: to be Thankful - November 2019.

Aspects of Cantley History

See videos by videographer Pierre Belisle and others.


St. Andrew’s pulpit and pew with part of “Cantley’s Mining Heritage” photo display in the background.

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)

Notecards for Sale

to commemorate Cantley 1889’s major projects in Parc Mary-Anne- Phillips. See more.