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Ottawa Valley Tourist Association staff, Lauren McIllfaterick and Helen Giroux, at the Bonnechere Caves for the 2012 Visitor Information Centre FAM Tour. Lauren and Helen enjoying a seat on a beautiful bench made by OVTA member The Calabogie Rustic Furniture Company.

Membership with the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association holds great value...but don't take our word for it! Hear what OVTA members have to say about their partnership with the Association.




"Thanks for getting everything up and running so quickly! Awesome... I really like how the site works for members. The value is great!" - Margaret Stuart, Country Blossom Bed & Breafkast (2013) 

“This [Motorcycle Market Readiness] workshop is an indication of another source of income for not only the tavern but lots of other businesses in the Valley. I think the OVTA is doing an excellent job of staying current with customer trends with workshops like this and others. Complements to their staff!” Corinne Higgins, Wilno Tavern (2013)


"Just reviewing my emails, and again I want to Thank You and OVTA for all the great work you do and the help you have given me personally. Me being a manger for my first year you all have made my job so easy. THANK YOU! YOU ALL are great to work with!" - Andrew "Burrhead" Dick, Dragonfly Golf Links (2012)   
  "Always very helpful and instrumental in putting your business on the Ottawa Valley map." - Yvette Bordeau Smith, Pinewood Inn (2012)


“Hello Lauren and all the team of Ottawa Valley tourism! Thank you for your support for the last year. Our membership with you helped us to gain 175% revenue last season. We want to wish all your team a Merry Christmas.” - Sylvain Drapeau, Escapade Eskimo (2011)


"On Saturday October 1, we had our first ever bus tour group visit the museum.  Two buses, staggered by one hour, with fifty-four and fifty-two people on board.  This was the direct result of the Ottawa-based tour operator contacting the OVTA for recommendations on interesting places to stop in the Valley during their three-day mystery tour to North Bay.  One of the many suggestions from Helen was our unique museum.  The power and the value of the OVTA!  Of course our museum will continue as a proud member of the OVTA. - Allan Symons, The Canadian Clock Museum, Deep River  (2011)                                                           


“I understand that the Ottawa Citizen writer who featured the Wilno Tavern in his “Five Worth the Drive” column this past Saturday had been referred to me by your office. Thank you so very much! This article will bring us amazing positive attention especially during our low season.” -  Corinne Higgins, Wilno Tavern (2011)


 “….Great job on getting what you want and getting the client what they want, but didn't know they needed. The personal touch and the follow through is what can make all the difference.” - Christine Mitchell, Chutes Coulonge Park (2009)


  “I have been involved with the OVTA now for several years, at first just as a member and now as a board member. Over the years, the OVTA has been an outstanding resource of information and inspiration from both the knowledgeable staff and through the networking with other tourism operators. A membership with the OVTA is the best money you’ll spend to help start a new business and to help maintain an existing business.- Denis Blaedow, Esprit Rafting and Pontiac Tourism, Pontiac County, Québec (2008)


“By being a member of the OVTA we are included in a group of like-minded business people and automatically connected to marketing and promotional opportunities that have direct positive impact on our business.” - Chris and Val Hinsperger, Bonnechere Caves, Eganville (2008)


“For us, the number one benefit to joining the OVTA is you get bargain access to otherwise ludicrously expensive advertising.” -  Charlotte Gebhart, Serendipity on the River, Eganville (2007)