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Ottawa RiverMore than 8,000 years ago, paleo-Indian traders paddled the Ottawa River by canoe, part of the...
Bonnechere ValleyWhere else can you spelunk in underground caves, paddle the Bonnechere's gentle flatwater,...
Opeongo RoadAs sawmills and settlements opened up the interior of the Ottawa Valley in the 1850's, the...
Madawaska ValleyFamous Canadian Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson toured the Madawaska River, captivated by its...
Pontiac CountyFrom ancient pictographs on Oiseau Rock to the picturesque cottage ambience of Norway Bay, secrets...
Along the Bonnechere

Where else can you spelunk in underground caves, paddle the Bonnechere's gentle flatwater, dance at a traditional Algonquin pow-wow, or explore Canada's first Polish settlement? Bounded by Renfrew to the east and Algonquin Park to the west, this landscape of lakes and rivers, forests and parks recalls the pioneering days of logging. But today the whispering pines encourage us to play and relax amid their stunning beauty. Theirs is a loveliness that inspires creativity of many artists who find their home here...along the Bonnechere.

Round Lake Centre features a beautiful church and some of this area's most beautiful cottages. It is renowned in the area for its perfect shallow sand beach.

Bonnechere is situated at the north-western end of Round Lake.

Established in 1895 and named after E.C. Whitney, manager of the local sawmill, Whitney is the gateway to Algonquin Park. It is an extension of the wooded landscape commonly associated with this world-famous attraction.

Settled on Lake Kamaniskeg, this bustling town was settled by Irish and Polish immigrants who made their living harvesting the virgin forests. Today, it caters to travellers throughout the Madawaska Valley.

Wilno offers one of the best scenic vistas of the Ottawa Valley, particularly during the fall colour season. From high in the Wilno hills, one gets a bird's-eye-view of the Bonnechere River flowing north to east, linking Round Lake and Golden Lake along the way. Touted as "the oldest Polish settlement in Canada", local books such as "Crossing of the Agda" by Shirley Mask-Connelly confirm that it was 1885 when Wilno was established - the year a post office called "Wilno" opened in a rural dwelling. Those early settlers were mostly of Kashubian origin. In 1972, Wilno came into the spotlight as the result of a report "Vampires, Dwarves, And Witches Among The Ontario Kashubs" published by the Canadian Museum of Man, now the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

A Hamlet named Fort MacDonnel began to be called Killaloe Station as early as 1894 when The Ottawa, Arnprior, Parry Sound Railway forged it's way through the area. That railway was part of the empire of Lumber Baron J. R. Booth. The Village of Killaloe Station was incorporated in 1908, about a mile north of another location now known as "Old Killaloe". The last passenger train rolled into the station in 1962, and six years later the train station was torn down. Killaloe Station changed it's official name to Killaloe in 1988, and Station Park was built on the former rail site in 1994. The covered bridge at Station Park is a well-known area landmark.

The hamlet Deacon faces shimmering Golden Lake.

Golden Lake is also known as Pikwakanagan, where the Algonquin people still reside. The lake is itself shimmers in the sunlight, lined with rolling hills and cottages.

Eganville is a picturesque, many-steepled village (known to some as the village of churches) in a deep valley bisected by the Bonnechere River, and surrounded by an abundance of woodlands, clean waterways and fresh air. Come to Eganville. Take time to explore our village, get to know our people, and discover our rich heritage.

A wee bit of Ireland in the heart of the Ottawa Valley! Browse our old-fashioned general store, shop for handicrafts, visit a knitting shop or tour beautiful art galleries . On your search for the Little People, drop into The Didley pub and have a pint! May the luck of the Irish be with you!