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 in The Echo of Cantley

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

Most recent article: Lest We Forget: Sergeant Air Gunner Cletus Holmes - November 2022


Good News

Award of Honour

Cantley 1889’s 10th anniversary (2020) was recognized by the Gatineau Valley Historical Society at its 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary reception on October 20, 2022.

Thank you for this great honour, GVHS!

Historic Ledger

On October 15, 2022, Stéphane Villeneuve donated this historic ledger to Cantley 1889. It includes a list a pew rentals of families who attended Cantley’s St Elizabeth’s Church from 1899 to 1955. Cantley 1889 is grateful for this unique and fascinating historical record.

View the ledger


Visit

Cantley 1889 Virtual museum

Showcasing Cantley's historical artefacts, sites and buildings.

In partnership with local photographer Pierre Bélisle.


The Blackburn Pioneer Cemetery (1842 - 1920)

This site is a memorial to Cantley’s early pioneers,
and to Cantley’s first European settler, Andrew Blackburn

For cemetery information, visit The Blackburn Pioneer Cemetery.

The cemetery is open to visitors.
60, chemin River, Cantley QC


Visit

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, L'Embâcle, a sculpture carved from river logs, was installed here showing the symbolism of the river’s history.


Parc du Traversier (18 rue de l’Ancre, Cantley)

This historic site is on the river beach where Cantley’s popular “Paddy Fleming” ferry once landed.

Its beautiful plaque was created by Cantley 1889 and funded by the municipalité de Cantley.