The County of Renfrew stretches from the national capital region of Ottawa to the west, along the shores of the Ottawa River to the northern tip of Algonquin Park. Renfrew County (7,645 sq. km.) is the largest County in Ontario with over 900 pristine lakes and four major river systems. The County of Renfrew is divided into 17 municipalities, with the seat of county government located in the city of Pembroke.
The average high in summer is 25°C (77°F) The average low in winter is -12°C (10°F). However, houses are equipped to deal with extreme temperatures, and people soon learn to dress for the weather.
Renfrew County is in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. The area is rural in nature and is made up of distinct regions. The valley is the transition between the Saint Lawrence Lowlands and the Canadian Shield. The underlying geophysical structure is the Ottawa-Bonnechere Graben.
Renfrew County has many attractive places to live within commuting distance from CNL. For a full list, see the municipalities of Renfrew County at the bottom of the page. Here is a brief profile of the main towns and cities located along Highway 17 between Laurentian Hills and Ottawa.
Laurentian HillsA municipality that surrounds Deep River, Laurentian Hills was formed in 2000, when the United Townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay and the Village of Chalk River were merged. Chalk River is the closest town to Chalk River Laboratories. It has its own elementary school and offers bus services to children attending schools in Deep River, Petawawa, and Pembroke. It has a library, playground, outdoor ice rink, volunteer fire service, snowmobile trails, and a convenience store. Laurentian Hills has reasonably priced homes for young families, and many beautiful properties on the riverfront. The Municipality of Laurentian Hills is a great choice for people looking for peace and tranquillity, and for those who love the outdoors. Population: 2, 961
Deep RiverOnly a ten-minute drive from CNL, Deep River is a quiet, friendly town, ideal for families. It has two schools, including a Kindergarten to Grade 12 Community School, a community swimming pool, curling rink, ice hockey arena, a hospital, and a compact town centre close to an attractive waterfront. Residents and visitors enjoy sailing, boating, and paddling along the pristine shores of the Ottawa River. The downtown area offers a well-stocked grocery store, pharmacies, banks, a post office, hotels, and several other speciality stores. The community is extremely active, with almost 100 clubs & organizations. Deep River embraces the arts, with its own art gallery, symphony orchestra, artisans’ co-op, pottery club, active theatre group, and professional performers visiting several times a year. It offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, with well-maintained ski and snowshoe trails, inviting beaches, a downhill ski club, a marina, a golf club, walking trails and a yacht and tennis club. As a diverse multi-cultural town, Deep River welcomes people from all around the world. Population: 4,109
PetawawaHome to Garrison Petawawa with 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and 4 Canadian Division Support Group, Petawawa is the most populous municipality in Renfrew County. It is a dynamic, lively community just 20 minutes from CNL. It is enjoying an economic boom, leading to many new businesses and houses being built. Petawawa has excellent recreational facilities, including a world-class fitness, sports, and aquatic centre. It has great amenities, a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, and excellent support services for families. Petawawa has beautiful waterfront beaches, wildlife and nature trails, and provides easy access to the Ottawa and Petawawa Rivers. With such a large community of young people, Petawawa has an active nightlife and a busy social scene. Population: 17,187
PembrokePembroke is a vibrant little city of 14,000 that is renowned as “the heart of the Ottawa Valley.” About 35 minutes from Chalk River, Pembroke is the largest commercial centre between North Bay and Ottawa. The historic downtown core has many specialty stores, good quality restaurants, and 30 historic murals depicting the history of the city, from steam engines to logging. The city plays host to an Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Festival, and artists are showcased at the 600 plus seat community arts facility, used for local and touring performances. It has its own symphony orchestra, theatre company, and several venues for live music. Pembroke has a hospital, a swimming pool, a library, and two arenas. It is home to the Pembroke Lumber Kings, a Junior A Hockey Club. Pembroke has a drive-in and an indoor movie theatre, two shopping malls, and several big box stores. It has six primary schools, two high schools, including the only Catholic high school in Petawawa and Pembroke, and two French speaking schools. It is also home to the Pembroke campus of Algonquin College, a College of Applied Arts and Technology. It is home to several companies connected to the forestry sector, as well as a growing number of companies associated with a knowledge based economy and ecotourism. Pembroke has a golf course, beaches, parks, and all kinds of outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, boating, skiing, and snowmobiling. Population: 14,000
Whitewater RegionWhitewater Region is located in the scenic Ottawa Valley, about 45 minutes east of CNL and an hour west of Ottawa. It comprises four prior municipalities: Beachburg, Westmeath, Ross and Cobden. It has great historical significance, as it the place where Samuel de Champlain’s navigation device (called a mariner’s astrolabe) was discovered in 1867. It is home to the popular Whitewater Brewing Company that crafts its own beers from locally grown natural ingredients. Whitewater Region has more than 160 kilometers of waterfront, and boasts some of the best whitewater rafting in Ontario. It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors with campgrounds, a waterpark, golf course, scuba diving, caves, kayaking, and skiing. It is also the agricultural centre of Renfrew County, with a variety of farms and farmers’ markets. It has three elementary schools and a high school nearby. Population: 7,009
RenfrewThe Town of Renfrew is about an hour drive from CNL and 45 minutes to Ottawa. Renfrew is the fourth largest town in the county. Founded in the early 1800's, the Town of Renfrew is steeped in heritage and tradition and is the birthplace of the National Hockey League (NHL). This warm, welcoming town is a small transportation hub connecting Highway 60 and Highway 132 with the Trans-Canada Highway. It lies within a 12-kilometre drive from the Quebec border. It has several schools, including Catholic elementary and secondary. It is home to the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre with its arena, fitness centre, soccer fields, ball diamonds, running track and walking trails in a beautiful park setting. Renfrew has its own hospital, and offers many health and support services for families. In addition to numerous small employers, there are also several manufacturing facilities employing several hundred people. Renfrew is a vibrant, thriving community, with unique shops and businesses. It has a quaint traditional downtown with lots of boutique shops and restaurants as well as a few big box stores on the edge of town. Outdoor enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with the whitewater rafting, golfing, swimming, boating, fishing and skiing activities that can be found in and around the Renfrew area. Population: 8,223
ArnpriorBordering Canada's capital city, Ottawa, the Town of Arnprior is located where the Madawaska River meets the Ottawa River. It is 25 minutes to the nearest major shopping centre in Ottawa and 45 minutes to downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. The commute from Chalk River to Arnprior is about 1 hour 20 minutes. Arnprior is the third largest and one of the fastest growing communities in Renfrew County. It has many amenities such as shopping, restaurants, and a hospital. It has four elementary schools, a high school, and a post-secondary college. Arnprior’s recreation facilities include four walking trails, two marinas, three ball diamonds, civic centre with two year-round ice surfaces and indoor pool, a curling rink, two municipal beaches, 14 parks covering 126.6 acres, and an airport that offers charter tours, and flying lessons. Arnprior also has several cultural groups including historical organizations, live theatre, live music in the park on Sunday afternoons during the summer, dance & choir, service clubs and an active artistic community that holds studio tours and exhibits. With its proximity to the nation’s capital, easy access to highway 417, access to a local airport, full services and infrastructure, Arnprior has been chosen as the ideal location for many multinational corporations including Arnprior Aerospace Inc, BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc, Nylene Canada Inc, Pacific Safety Products, Pillar 5 Pharma, Sandvik Materials Technology Canada, and a host of other innovative businesses. Population: 8,795
Renfrew County, An Amazing Place to Work and Play
County of Renfrew Website
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The United Townships of Head, Clara, and Maria
Town of Laurentian Hills
Town of Deep River
Town of Petawawa
City of Pembroke
Township of Laurentian Valley
The Township of Killaloe, Hagerty and Richards
Township of Madawaska Valley
Township of Whitewater Region
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Algonquins of Pikwakanagan
The Township of Bonnechere Valley
The Township of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan
The Town of Renfrew
Township of Admaston Bromley
The Township of Greater Madawaska
The Township of McNab/Braeside
The Town of Arnprior