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Naturalist Destinations in Renfrew County

Renfrew County is large, 7,645 square kilometres, and mostly rural.  The Ottawa River is the eastern boundary and is the geographical border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. World famous Algonquin Provincial Park is a significant land mass to the west and to the south are the Madawaska Highlands.

You will find a county road map handy (produced by the County of Renfrew Development and Property Department, 6 Mb .pdf) for finding your way around.  Inserts of urban centres are handy while rural roads are named.  Most lakes are named, but creeks and small rivers are not.

Our checklists includes 308 species of birds, 83 species of butterflies, over 100 species of odonates and almost 1,300 species of plants.  It is not always easy to find public places that offer trails or ease of access when travelling.  This site offers descriptions of sites encompassing various habitats, degrees of difficulty and with plenty of room to explore nature.  Some sites are canoe-in sites, others have biking opportunities, while others are for walking.  We've included the most interesting and well known destinations which include forested habitats, rocky promontories, meadows, rivers and wetlands.  Some are more biologically biodiverse than others.

Use of the tabs above, named 'birds', 'plants', etc., will give you more information on what species can be found in the county.

We hope you have good outings and good sightings in Renfrew County and hope you see them all!  If you want to include your sightings in the Renfrew County Biotabase (flora and fauna database), please go to the Biotabase resource site.

Active clubs in Renfrew County:

Pembroke Area Field Naturalists. ( On this website you can find if any events are planned during your visit.

Macnamara Field Naturalists' Club. (  This Arnprior area naturalists' club is active up and down the Ottawa Valley.  Check out their interesting blog.