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.

February 3, 2022 - Welcome to Cantley - Down the Road Less-Travelled...

Sponsored by QAHN
via Zoom

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

You are invited to an online Heritage Talk sponsored by QAHN (Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network): Welcome to Cantley - Down the Road Less-Travelled...
Cantley 1889’s unique journey towards convincing Cantley that it does have a long history. Presented by Cantley 1889's president and co-founder Margaret Phillips.

For more information about the presentation, please see 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 article: ‘Tis the season...for reflecting on our past... - December 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


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.