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.

Website updates on hold until the end of September 2021. Please visit our page for any news and upcoming events.

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 Cantley 1889 article: Cora and Mervyn Hogan: Leaving a Legacy - July 2021.

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

Cantley 1889’s Annual General Meeting

October 23, 2021

Cantley Multifunctional Community Centre - details to follow.


Aspects of Cantley History

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.