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The ottawa valley:
ontario’s Adventure
What is your sense of adventure?
The Ottawa Valley is famed for its geocaching, golfing, small town walking
stunning outdoors, and boasts a welcoming tours, not to mention the spectacular
and hospitable nature. Surrounded by fall colours.
woodlands, more than 900 pristine lakes, Thriving communities host literary,
four major river systems and neighbouring film and art festivals, as well as concerts,
the majestic Algonquin Park, the Ottawa live theatre and studio tours. Museums,
Valley stretches for 220 km east to west storytellers and festivals help preserve and
along the Trans-Canada Highway. share the rich heritage and culture.
“The Valley” consists of a unique blend Nestled among the many towns, villages
of towns, villages and municipalities. and hamlets lay unexpected treasures.
You’ll find plenty of variety, from the urban Urban hikers and cyclists can take a self-
centres to the rural areas, where beautiful guided tour of the Pembroke Heritage
artistry, seasonal agriculture and lush Murals outdoor gallery, or amble the streets
wilderness abound. of Deep River (a planned community
Known as the whitewater capital of designed to accommodate the pioneers of
Canada, the area boasts some of the fastest, Canada’s nuclear program). Celebrate the
cleanest, warmest and safest rivers in the culture of Canada’s First Polish Settlement
country – perfect for serious kayak or canoe on an exhilarating self-guided hike through
playing. You’ll find rivers for all skill levels: the tiny hamlet of Wilno. You’ll find it high
the Ottawa, Madawaska, Bonnechere, up in the Ottawa Valley’s Prussian hills.
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Petawawa, Opeongo, Dumoine, Barron, Petawawa’s Emerald Necklace celebrates
Mattawa, Coulonge, Noire, Papineau Creek, the history and scenery of its vibrant
York, Grant’s Creek and more. Rivers flow military community, while Arnprior’s two P
from March to the end of November making Millennium Trails pass by historic stone
for a long paddling season. mansions and towering trees.
The Ottawa Valley hosts a variety of The countryside is sprinkled with a variety
international, national and provincial of accommodations from rental cottages,
kayaking and canoeing championships, as family-operated lodges and resorts, to cozy
well as whitewater festivals and numerous bed and breakfasts, good old-fashioned
paddling events. It’s truly a paddler’s inns and full amenity hotels. Tasty Ottawa
paradise! You’ll also find Canada’s best Valley cuisine can be savoured in a variety
paddling schools here: kayak, raft or canoe. of eateries: elegant inns and tearooms,
Take your pick! family dining lounges, historic taverns and
Is racing down a Class III, IV or V rapid traditional parish suppers. Whether you’re
not your style? Then let your adrenaline looking for a succulent gourmet feast
slow to a lazy pace as you glide across one or a quick bite to tide you over between
of the area’s many lakes. Keep a look out for destinations, the Ottawa Valley offers a
loons, turkey buzzards and eagles. great variety for diners.
A handful of seasoned outfitters offer Shopping malls and professional services
a wide range of guided packages. Choose are available throughout the area. However,
from screamin’ high-adventure rafting, what keeps the visitors coming back are
gentle family float-trips, sea kayaking the numerous antique shops, boutiques,
and sport-yaking, canoe clinics, slalom galleries and craft stores where the
racing and whitewater rodeos. You’ll find craftsmanship of artisans from across the
something for everyone, regardless of region can be found on prominent display.
expertise or sense of adventure. Go ahead! Treat yourself to a romantic
Okay. So maybe you’re not a paddler. getaway, family holiday, a day’s shopping,
Don’t worry, there’s more. An amazing or adventure in the Ottawa Valley’s
array of outdoor activities awaits you – from great outdoors.
camping to waterfall viewing. The Ottawa For more information about the Ottawa
Valley appeals to outdoor enthusiasts with Valley, or for help planning your adventure, S: R
expansive multi-use trails, breathtaking visit, or call
canyons, hunting, fishing, ATVing, 1.800.757.6580.
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