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This Week in the Ottawa Valley

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Ottawa Valley Fast Facts
The Ottawa Valley contains over 7645km of coursing waterways, rolling woodlands and dramatic landmasses.  It cradles the historic Ottawa River along an ancient fault that runs between the 300m heights of the Laurentian Mountains in the southeast, from the national capital region of Ottawa, to the highlands of the Algonquin Dome, the lower portion of Algonquin Park in the southwest. 
In terms of area, it is in the largest county in Ontario (Renfrew County), Approximately 95,000 people (Ontario Property Assessment Corporation) make the Ottawa Valley their home.  These residents enjoy a high quality of life, rich cultural history and a rich diversity of natural features.
Driving Distances (to western point of the Ottawa Valley)
Buffalo, NY          
6,5 hrs,
Rochester, NY    
6 hrs,
Chicago, IL        
13 hrs,
North Bay, ON
5 hrs,
Cleveland, OH       
10 hrs,
Kingston, ON
2 hrs,
Detroit, MI               
8,5 hrs,
Niagara Falls, ON    
6 hrs,
Philadelphia, PA       
12,25 hrs,
Sault St, Marie, ON  
10,75 hrs,
Milwaukee, WI         
14,5 hrs,
Thunder Bay, ON 
20,5 hrs,
Minneapolis, MN   
20,5 hrs,
Toronto, ON      
4,5 hrs,
New York, NY     
9,5 hrs,
Windsor, ON       
8,5 hrs,
Pittsburgh, PA 
10,75 hrs,
Ottawa (Downtown)
45 min,
Largest City
Pembroke: population:15,000


Served by two local airports--the Pembroke and Area Airport and the South Renfrew Municipal Airport,
Ottawa International Airport (45 minutes from the western point of the Ottawa Valley)

Over 900 lakes and four major river systems (Ottawa, Petawawa, Madawaska and Bonnechere). Over 400 species make their home in the Ottawa Valley’s mixed stands, swamps, fields, shrub lands and hedgerows,  Includes beavers, moose, deer, bluebirds, thrushes, wrens, sparrows, owls, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, bald eagles, swallows, phoebes, frogs and toads, woodpeckers, kestrels, ducks, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels and wolves,

Over 20 species of fish including Book Trout, Lake Trout, Splake, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Bass and Channel Catfish,

Area Notables
  • Canada’s only clock museum
  • Towns and villages where the frontier spirit still prevails and "Valley" hospitality is legendary
  • Historic waterways surrounded by cultural heritage points of interest
  • Rolling hills that give way to vast hardwood forests set amidst the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield with more than half the region is untouched wilderness
  • Provincial parks as well as conservation areas feature abundant wildlife, roadside and interior campsites
  • Eastern Gateway to Algonquin Park
  • Wide range of angling opportunities
  • Extensive four season trail network
  • Ride the rough-and-tumble rapids of the Ottawa River on thrilling whitewater adventures that vary from half-day trips to multi-day excursions - considered the best whitewater east of the Rockies,  Gentle rafting trips available for families,
  • Scores of canoe and kayak routes on pristine waters
  • Explore a labyrinth of strange twisting passages, stalactites and fossils of sea creatures that lived long before the dinosaurs at 500 million year old caves
  • Celebrate country living surrounded by glorious fall colours on the "Rural Ramble" - a fascinating self-guided tour of the farms in the Ottawa Valley,
  • Backroad driving and cycling tours during the spectacular fall foliage
  • Artisans Tours
  • Home of Zurakowski Park – tribute to Avro Arrow’s test pilot Janusz Zurakowski
  • Over 100km of groomed cross country ski trails
  • 2400kms of groomed TOP (Trans Ontario Provinical) Snowmobile Trails
  • Winter Festivals and Ice Fishing Derbys
  • Ontario’s highest vertical ski hill
  • Home to Canada’s first polish settlement
  • Heritage Farms
Wide choice of accommodations
  • Hotel/motel
  • Full service resorts
  • Cottage/cabin rentals
  • Bed & breakfasts
  • Historic country inns
  • Provincial and Private Campgrounds
Valuable Information Sources (fact-checking, photos, etc)
Ottawa Valley Tourist Association,
Media Inquiries: Melissa Marquardt:
(800) 757-6580
Ontario Parks (provincial parks)
(800) 668-7275
Ontario Tourism
(800) 668-2746