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Roots and Rivers
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...
Ottawa River Connections

More than 8,000 years ago, paleo-Indian traders paddled the Ottawa River by canoe, part of the first cross-Canada transportation system. Afterwards, explorers, settlers and industrialists followed in these ancient peoples’ paddle strokes, carving their niche amid the landscape of history. Today, tour nationally renowned murals, visit heritage museums or trek historic trails. Connecting you, always, is the majestic Ottawa River. It flows past communities that invite you to pause, to linger and to wonder at our amazing human capacity for innovation - and invention.

Settled in mid 1800 and named in 1875, Chalk River is home of the legendary hockey player Howie Meeker. This residential community surrounds Atomic Energy of Canada's Nuclear Power Plant, known internationally for its scientific advancements. This area boasts a culturally diverse and highly educated population.

The natural place to spend a weekend or a week. Plenty for the family to do: beaches, golf, boating, boutiques, craft fairs, winter festivals, extensive cross-country ski trails and competitions and great snowmobiling. A wide variety of accomodations and dining.

Welcome to the town of Petawawa, a dynamic, friendly community with a historic past nestled in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. The people, shops and services will be happy to serve you. Come visit and enjoy all that Petawawa has to offer. You'll be glad you did!

Welcome to the heart of the Ottawa Valley! Pembroke is full of great family attractions. We invite you to linger a little longer, and enjoy our good nature!

The village of Beachburg is named after its founder, David Beach. Originally part of the Township of Westmeath, the village of Beachburg was incorporated in 1959. In its early years, industry in the village included a flax mill, a cheese and butter factory and flour mills. In 1853 a fire swept through the village destroying all but two houses. Later in 1931 fire destroyed many buildings including several of the large buildings in the Exhibition Park such as the Main Hall and Dining Hall. At one time Beachburg was a stopping place along the railway line with a station and grain elevators until these buildings were also destroyed in the fire of 1931. Today Beachburg is a bustling rural village offering a variety of stores and restaurants, an arena, several halls, a public elementary school and a public library. The Beachburg Fair, which is held in late July, is a popular attraction that has been drawing visitors from far and near since it was founded in 1857. It offers livestock shows, a midway, various displays and exhibits, live entertainment and plenty of excellent country home cooking and baking. The Beachburg Lions Club is a very active service group which has been part of the community since it was chartered on May 8, 1953. One of its many projects has been the establishment and dedication of the War Memorial located at the east entrance to the village, listing the names of local individuals killed in the two World Wars.

Located on the banks of Broomes Creek, Foresters Falls was founded in the early 1840's by Oliver Forester, a prominent pioneer and the town's first postmaster. If you're planning a visit to Foresters Falls, or are a local looking for something different to do, here are the attractions in and around Foresters Falls!