Coming out of Gatineau Park and heading to our next destination, our route led through the village of Chelsea, which is the local seat for the region of Les Collines-des-l'Outaouais. St. Stephen's Catholic Church is a landmark one sees coming, and we stopped here. The parish was founded first as a mission in 1840, then formally established as a parish in 1845. It offers mass in French and English, reflecting the bilingual nature of the area and its parish history. The present stone church dates to the 1880s, in a Roman Baroque style.
The bilingual history of the parish reflects itself in the adjoining cemetery, where French names are mingled with Irish names. Irish immigrants were coming into the Ottawa Valley throughout the 19th century, settling on both sides of the river, and their legacy continues today.
Here we have an example of new life- a young tree is springing up from the stump of an old tree in this cemetery.
I leave off with this view of the church's main entrance. The doors were locked, otherwise we'd have taken a look inside.