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Upper Ottawa Valley

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The Ottawa Valley is famed for its stunning outdoors and its hospitality. Surrounded by woodlands, over 900 pristine lakes, four major river systems and neighbouring the majestic Algonquin Park, the Ottawa Valley stretches for 220 km east-west along the TransCanada Highway.

Known as the Whitewater Capital of Canada, the Ottawa Valley has over 10 clean, warm and safe whitewater rivers. There are rivers for all seasons and skill levels; the Ottawa, Madawaska, Bonnechere, Petawawa, Opeongo, Barron, Mattawa, Coulonge and more. Host to a variety of international, national and provincial kayaking and canoeing championships, whitewater festivals, and paddling events each year, the Ottawa Valley is truly a paddler’s paradise.

If racing down a Class V rapid is not your style, then sit back and relax as you glide across one of the many lakes. Seasoned outfitters offer a variety of guided packages from high-adventure rafting to gentle family float-trips, sea kayaking and sport-yaking, canoe clinics, slalom racing and whitewater rodeos.

An amazing array of four season outdoor activities awaits you, from bird watching to dog sledding. The Valley appeals to outdoor enthusiasts with expansive multi-use trails, hunting, fishing, geocaching, golfing, breathtaking canyons and spectacular fall colours, ATVing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing and snowboarding. The list goes on.

Thriving communities host literary, film and arts festivals, concerts, live theatre and studio tours. Thanks to museums and storytellers throughout the region, rich Valley heritage and culture is preserved and shared. Celebrate the culture of Canada’s First Polish Settlement on a self-guided hike through the tiny hamlet of Wilno, or take in a show by Stone Fence Theater, a local production company dedicated to promoting local history through theatre, music, dance and comedy.

The countryside is dotted with a variety of accommodations including cottage rentals, lodges, resorts, bed and breakfasts, inns and full amenity hotels. Tasty Valley cuisine can be savoured in a variety of eateries; elegant inns and tearooms, family dining lounges, historic taverns and traditional parish suppers.

Shopping malls and professional services are available throughout the Valley, however, visitors keep coming back because of the numerous antique shops, boutiques, galleries and craft stores where the craftsmanship of artisans from across the region can be found on prominent display.

For a romantic getaway, family holiday, a day’s shopping, the great outdoors; whatever you choose, let your sense of adventure take you to the Ottawa Valley.

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association

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About Us

The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations created by the Ontario government to increase tourism to the province. The OHTO covers a large region in eastern Ontario which includes the counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, and Renfrew.

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Get In Touch

Our office hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization
9 International Drive, Suite 129
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5

Phone: 613-629-6486

Toll Free: 855-629-6486

Fax: 613-629-6488

Email: ac.otho]ta[ofni

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