The Tugboat Project

The Tugboat Project
Contractor pumping the liquid from the tugboat's interior.

Logging on the Gatineau River is an important part of Cantley's history; its symbol, the tugboat, proudly serves as emblem on the Cantley flag and logo. We want to feature our own original tugboat, restoring it from its current location on the shore of the Gatineau River (at the base of Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips) to a place of honour, in Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips, where it would stand, silhouetted against the Outaouais skyline and the ripples of the river. It will take moving it from its current location on the river shoreline to the park's highest point of the park directly above, then landscaping, integrating artifacts to create a unique children's play area, making an observation deck for the incredible view and installing plaques explaining our history. We think, with the Municipality's support, our efforts will enable us to create a unique place in Cantley, a focal point for our history, and a place to be enjoyed by all ages.

Oral History:
We are building an oral history of Cantley, through the voices of our most venerable citizens who actually remember Cantley's earliest days, or the way it was told to them by the original settlers. Some of our members are visiting, interviewing and are recording the voices of our oldest citizens and their stories for history.

Photo Display:
We have developed a photo archive of the historical landscapes, people and their livelihoods, and buildings of Cantley. With the generous support of the Municipality, some of the finest of the old photos are now on permanent display in the lower lobby of Cantley's Townhall (8 ch River) to share with our fellow Cantley-ans as a reminder of our past. The official "unveiling" took place at the Vernissage on Feb. 23, 2012 at Cantley's Townhall.

The Tugboat Project
March 2011 showing the tugboat against the slope.

Historical Names:
We were invited by the Municipality of Cantley to propose historical names for new parks in Cantley. President Margaret Phillips recently made a moving presentation to Council, thanking the Municipality for seeking our assistance and offering our continuing support in choosing names that remember our past. We hope also to encourage the erecting of Plaques in Cantley's historically significant places.

We are continually researching all aspects of Cantley's history and are working to catalogue this with the archives of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society.

Promote our Heritage:
We inform Cantley citizens about Cantley's heritage, its historical places, people and issues, in our monthly column in the "ECHO of Cantley" newspaper (which is distributed monthly to every household in Cantley). We plan public events and meetings and work with other organizations to help promote our heritage in various ways.


  • We collaborated with GVHS, FOG, La Grange de la Gatineau and other groups on the special Heritage Paddle Day, June 10, 2012 (which marked the 50th anniversary of GVHS). Also to mark the occasion, GVHS and Cantley 1889 worked together to produce Gatineau River Heritage Paddle: A Guide.
  • We have a close relationship to the Gatineau Valley Historical Society (GVHS) whose archives include Cantley and for whose invaluable help and support in many ways, especially with our web site, we are very grateful.
  • The Municipality of Cantley officially recognizes Cantley 1889 as a volunteer organization. We work closely on various projects and events.
  • We are working with Les Amis du Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips on our Tugboat Project.
  • We are grateful to La Grange de la Gatineau for providing support and meeting space for our meetings and events.

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