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.
Most recent article: Snapshots of Our Past ~ Cantley Winters - December 2022
Showcasing Cantley's historical artefacts, sites and buildings.
In partnership with local photographer Pierre Bélisle.
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
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.