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1. 2017 Ottawa Valley Road Map
Info Centre >> Travel Resources
The Ottawa Valley Road Map is your navigational tool when exploring the Ottawa Valley!  The detailed road map includes a complete listing of member accommodations, attractions and museums, outfitters, dining and retail outlets, as well as special events. Download/view a pdf of the...
2. Calabogie
Info Centre >> Ottawa Valley Visitor Information Centres
How to Get There Located at 12517 Lanark Road. From downtown Renfrew, take County Road 52 down to Burnstown. Turn right onto County Road 508. Continue along this road until you reach County Road 511.   Turn left on County Road 511. Continue through Calabogie. At the "Y"...
3. Westmeath (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Walk >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information The undulating country roads offer pastoral views of the tranquil and picturesque Pleasant Valley. The farms sport sidings in primary colours and corn silos stand like silver-topped sentinels. There are good views of the Ottawa River from the hexagon-sided Lookout.The footing is good,...
4. Killaloe
Info Centre >> Ottawa Valley Visitor Information Centres
How to Get There Located on Queen Street (177 Queen Street)  From Highway 60 (at the yellow flashing light) take County Road 512 into Killaloe. The County Rd merges into Queen Street. The VIC is a cute little cottage on the left hand side of the road. Hours July 1 to August 31 Tuesday to...
5. Tour de Bonnechere
Things to Do >> Special Events
The Tour de Bonnechere is a timed self supported road ride that celebrates cycling in the beautiful Ottawa Valley.  It consists of a 60k, 100k and an 18k family ride.
6. Renfrew (Downtown)
Info Centre >> Ottawa Valley Visitor Information Centres
How to Get There Located at 161 Raglan Street South. From Highway 17, take the O'Brien Road exit into Renfrew. Continue down O'Brien Road which will merges into Raglan Street Follow Raglan Street South to the Chamber of Commerce Offices in the Information Centre on the right hand side of the...
7. Chalk River - Deep River (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information The towns of Chalk River and Deep River are in the northern region of the Ottawa Valley nestled between Algonquin Park to the west and the Ottawa River to the east. Chalk River is the location of the Atomic Energy of Canada laboratories. Deep River is a small community that boasts an...
8. Join the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association and be included on the 2014 Ottawa Valley Road Map
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
Become a member of the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) and experience for yourself the benefits of cost effective, strategic marketing initiatives.   The OVTA is the official destination marketing organization for the Upper Ottawa Valley and proudly represents more than 240 tourism...
9. Petawawa
Info Centre >> Ottawa Valley Visitor Information Centres
How to get there: From Highway 17: Exit at Doran Road and follow into the Town of Petawawa. At the stop sign at Doran and Murphy Roads, turn right onto Murphy Road towards the Petawawa Civic Centre. Cross Petawawa Blvd. onto Civic Centre Road take the first left (Volunteer Way) and follow to the...
10. OVTA launches fall recruitment campaign and introduces new enhanced Road Map
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
  (Pembroke, ON) - Become a member of the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) and experience for yourself the benefits of our cost effective, strategic marketing initiatives.   The OVTA is the official destination marketing organization for the Upper Ottawa Valley and proudly...
11. Mount Martin - Quebec (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Walk >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information This 5 km hiking trail up and down Mount Martin in Quebec, across from Deep River, offers fabulous birds-eye views over the Laurentian Hills, the Ottawa River and Valley. A canoe can be launched from Deep River to cross the Ottawa River to reach a beautiful sandy shore, in an...
12. Champlains Folly Cyclosportif
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
The second annual Champlain's Folly Cyclosportif will roll out from Arnprior this Sunday.  Cyclists will have the opportunity to follow one of three routes through the Ottawa Valley before returning to Robert Simpson Park for an afternoon of food and drink, and live music by the...
13. Renfrew Industrial Commission
Shopping and Services >> Suppliers and Professional Services
Renfrew is a picturesque and friendly town situated on the banks of the Bonnechere River in the heart of Renfrew County in the Upper Ottawa Valley.   Renfrew is about midway on the route between Canada’s capital Ottawa and Algonquin Provincial Park. Historically, Renfrew marked the...
14. Madawaska Valley Studio Tour Fall 2014
Events and Festivals >> Studio Tours
As autumn flashes her Canadian colours come and discover what lay Hidden in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, find true artists and artisans in the creative elements of their workspaces ready to welcome you. Partake in the 23rd annual Madawaska Valley Studio tour, for many of the artists it is the...
15. Tour de Bonnechere
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
 Based from Eganville the tour is not a race!  Enjoy riding with like-minded people at your own pace.  Join in the potluck barbeque after the tour.  All proceeds support local charities. Short Course:  60 km Long Course:  100 km Family Ride:  18 km  
16. Tour de Bonnechere
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
 Based from Eganville the tour is not a race!  Enjoy riding with like-minded people at your own pace.  Join in the potluck barbeque after the tour.  All proceeds support local charities. Short Course:  60 km Long Course:  100 km Family Ride:  18 km  
17. Valley Cycle Tours
Things to Do >> Outfitters and Recreation
Explore the rural scenic backroads, fun-filled single track trails and fine hospitality of the Ottawa Valley!  Valley Cycle Tours offers guided single or multi-day trips for both mountain bikers and road/gravel riders, with full van support.  We believe a great cycle tour starts with...
18. Up The Line
Info Centre >> Travel Resources
In the 1850's, as sawmills and settlements opened up in the interior of the Ottawa Valley, the Canadian government developed a series of colonization roads throughout central Ontario. The most significant of these was the Ottawa and Opeongo Road, better known as the Opeongo Line. It followed a...
19. OFSC Give-It-A-Try Tour comes to Calabogie February 16-19
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
  (Pembroke, ON) –The Calabogie & District Snowmobile Club, in partnership with GoSnowmobiling TV, Snowmobiler Magazine, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) and the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), are pleased to present the 2012 Go Snowmobiling Give-It-A-Try...
20. Allumette Island (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This trail loops around the perimeter of Allumette Island. The Island is about 20 km long by 10 km wide with a population of around 1500. There are excellent views of the Ottawa River, farmland, forests and the Laurentian Hills. The village of Chapeau - with the fine Alphonsus of...
21. Eganville
Info Centre >> Ottawa Valley Visitor Information Centres
How to Get There From Highway 17, (via Pembroke) 36 km Take Highway 41 towards Eganville.  Continue along passing Lake Dore.  Take a left onto Lett's Cemetery road.  Lett's Cemetery Rd will turn into Bruce Street and bring you into Eganville.  At the bottom of the...
22. Transition Board sets direction for new Regional Tourism Organization
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
(Pembroke, ON) - The Transition Board for the newly formed Regional Tourism Organization 11 recently met to begin paving the road for the future of tourism in the area. Hosted by George Offshack, Transition Board member and owner/operator of Limerick Lake Lodge located on picturesque Limerick...
23. Come on in... the water is fine! Ottawa Valley home to plenty of clean, sandy beaches!
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
The Ottawa Valley boasts an abundant amount of clean, welcoming water. Cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Park, the Valley is home to over 900 lakes and 4 major river systems. Beaches offer plenty of affordable recreation opportunities, from swimming to friendly sand castle competitions...
24. Congratulations are in order: OVTA announces winners of Rural Ramble contests
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
(Pembroke, ON) – The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) is excited to announce the winner of the 2011 Rural Ramble Passport Draw and the winners of the first ever Rural Rambler’s Choice Awards. This year’s Rural Ramble saw the introduction of two new features – the...
25. Ottawa Valley Travel Specials for the Canadian Forces
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
Media Release for immediate release June 19, 2009   Ottawa Valley Travel Specials for the Canadian Forces   (Pembroke, ON) – Members of the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) are showing their support to the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces by offering a variety...
26. Canthooks Restaurant at Calabogie Peaks Resort
Dining >> Dining
Open daily for dinner from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm including fully licensed patio.   Canthooks Restaurant, at the base of Dickson Mountain at Calabogie Peaks Resort, is a culinary treat unequalled in the Ottawa Valley. The restaurant’s warmth and offerings comfort the palate and make the...
27. Ottawa Valley Beaches
Things to Do >> Swimming
  The Ottawa Valley boasts an abundant amount of clean, welcoming water. Cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Park, the Valley is home to over 900 lakes and 4 major river systems. Beaches offer plenty of affordable recreation opportunities, from swimming to friendly sand castle...
28. Kiwanis Way - Pembroke (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information Kiwanis Way is a paved bike, roller blading and walking trail that follows a small portion of the Pembroke river front. This tour begins at Riverside Park and goes to the Pembroke Marina, or you can complete the trail in the reverse. This short 4 km trail allows for excellent views of...
29. The A.Y. Jackson Trail
Getaways and Daytrips >> Tours and Activities
  Alexander Young Jackson (1882 – 1974)   Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson is one of Canada’s best known and loved artists.   During his long illustrious career he crisscrossed Canada numerous times, painting a new vision of our country. Many of his paintings are...
30. The 2011 Rural Ramble is in full swing: Two theme weekends to go!
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
(Pembroke) - The 2011 Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley is in full swing. There are two theme weekends left in the month long festival and still plenty of opportunities to participate in this beloved Valley tradition. Organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), the Rural Ramble is a...
31. Tourism Season is Not Over- It Actually Never Ends
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
(Calabogie, ON)-  Snow was in the air as the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) met recently in Calabogie in Greater Madawaska Township.  While the summer and fall tourism seasons have wrapped up, winter, and all it has to offer residents and tourists...
32. The 2011 Rural Ramble Set to Showcase the Ottawa Valley
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
(Pembroke) - The 2011 Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley is getting ready to celebrate rural living. Showcasing four weekends of exploration, agriculture, history and arts, this year’s event begins September 10th and runs every weekend until October 2nd. Organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist...
33. Strategic Plans
About the OVTA >> Tourism Resources
Strategic plans are vital to the success of any business or organization. They provide direction, focus and act as a road map to achieving future goals and objectives. Tourism Strategies OVTA Tourism Strategic Plan: 2012 – 2015 This document outlines the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association's...
34. Music ensemble performs in a cave
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Members)
Montreal’s new music ensemble The Contemporary Keyboard Society (CKS)will present an unusual event entitled cave_music in the Bonnechere Caves, Ottawa Valley on September 26th at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. as part of the Renfrew County Rural Ramble Weekend. Described by the musicians as an...
35. Renfrew Art in the Park
Events and Festivals >> Art Shows and Exhibitions
Twelve years ago a group of four artists from Renfrew County met and decided to form the Renfrew Art Guild, based in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada. The aim of the group was to bring together people of a like mind to enjoy each other's art and company. The R.A.G. has now evolved into a diverse group...
36. Curling
Things to Do >> Winter Adventures
Find a sheet of ice for tossing a few rocks in the Ottawa Valley. CURLING CLUBS Arnprior 15 Galvin...
37. Little Bonnechere (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Walk >> Bonnechere River and Valley
ValleyExplore features a condensed version of the Walks of the Little Bonnechere River by historian Roderick MacKay and ecologist Mark Stabb. This self-guided tour book features ten hikes along one of the Ottawa Valley's historic waterways. The booklet is available to purchase from the Friends of...
38. Days Out Ontario, Best in Ontario features OVTA members
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
Days Out Ontario, founded by Caitlin Carpenter, is a tool for travellers to plan travel to the Best of the Best locations and hot spots throughout Ontario.  In visiting their website you can see their Best of Ontario picks.  Best of categories range from butter tarts, bird watching hot...
39. Snowmobiling
Things to Do >> Winter Adventures
Winter in the Ottawa Valley means lots of snow and crisp temperatures – perfect snowmobiling weather for sledding enthusiasts! By mid-December, when a blanket of snow covers the land, a quarter-century of trail building opens the landscape and makes the wilderness even more accessible. The...
40. Still Rocking 40 Years Later: The Killaloe Craft Fair
Events and Festivals >> Festivals
A summer favourite since 1976, the Killaloe Craft Fair is a community celebration with live music, vendors, kids activities, camping and a history of good times.  With many recent upgrades to the facilities, and the site being as gorgeous as ever, you won’t want to miss this year’s...
41. Olympic Torch Coming to the Ottawa Valley
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Members)
On Sunday, December 13, the Ottawa Valley will have the rare opportunity to host the Official Olympic Torch as it passes through a number of communities in Renfrew County before arriving in Vancouver and Whistler for the start of the Olympics. The Torch will complete its journey that day...
42. The Historic Opeongo Line (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Drive >> Driving Tour Guide
Download the audio file (mp3) for a narrated guided tour while you drive. (Listening time: 1hr 12 mins / Driving time: Approx 2.5 hrs)   This route traces the historic Ottawa and Opeongo Road which was established by the Canadian government in the 1850s to lure European settlers into the...
43. "Ride the Valley" - 2011 Ottawa Valley Motorcycle FAM tour
Media and Communications >> Events and Conferences
The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) is excited to announce a very special motorcycle familiarization (FAM) tour, taking place May 31 – June 4th, 2011. The upcoming media FAM tour will result in invaluable editorial coverage featuring motorcycle riding in the Ottawa...
44. A Trail of Two Rivers (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Drive >> Driving Tour Guide
Explore the watersheds of these two rivers by traveling 'round the Bonnechere Valley and up into the Madawaska Highlands. Itinerary Approximate Distance: 292km (181mi) Depart Pembroke Pembroke to Bonnechere Bonnechere to...
45. Cross Country Skiing
Things to Do >> Winter Adventures
Winter sport enthusiasts must experience the groomed and scenic cross-country ski trails winding through our meadows and forests. For a list of cross-country ski trails, including trail maps and directions, visit the Ottawa Valley's on-line trail guide - Valley Explore. ...
46. Up the Mighty Ottawa (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Drive >> Driving Tour Guide
Trace the shoreline of this historic waterway up-river, as it skirts the edge of the picturesque Laurentian Mountains. Itinerary Approximate Distance: 310km (192mi)   Depart White Lake White Lake to Arnprior Arnprior to...
47. Motorcycle Tourism Experts roll into the Highlands
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
Pembroke, ON. May 27, 2013 – The Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) has been working hard to bring motorcycle tourism to the region in conjunction with local tourism offices. BC Hughes Tourism Consultants was hired by OHTO in January to assist in developing motorcycle routes and...
48. Switchbacks and Shorelines (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Drive >> Driving Tour Guide
This tour meanders along the backroads of the Bonnechere and Madawaska River Valleys, through the heart of the Ottawa Valley. Itinerary Approximate Distance: 223km (138mi) Depart Burnstown Burnstown to Mt. St. Patrick Mount St. Patrick to...