Move to Pembroke

Three photos side by side. The one on the left shows a father and daughter hugging. The one in the middle shows a family of three in front of a window in a house. The on on the right shows a woman holding her hands up to make a heart shape. The City of Pembroke logo is on top of the middle and right photo, with the words Make the Move underneath.

“The only thing better than the Ottawa Valley is living in the heart of it”

With a population of 14,000, Pembroke is the place where everyone can thrive. Perfectly located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, our community shares a growing economy with the natural landscape that make people proud to call Canada home.

Whether you are looking to find your forever home, grow your business, or a community to slow down and focus on what you love, Pembroke is ready to welcome you.

Our city is 1.5 hours from our nation’s capital, and a 30-minute drive from the vast Algonquin Park, making it a perfect harmony of urban and rural.

 Discover what Pembroke has to offer!

“The only thing faster than the commute is the internet speed”

Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Professionals

You can do it all from beautiful Pembroke thanks to our unparalleled quality of life, competitive property costs, cost of living, critical infrastructure, health care, education resources, and proximity to Ottawa. Have the work-life balance you’ve been dreaming of, here in Pembroke.

Set up shop in one of Pembroke’s three main shopping districts: the west end of the city, the east end of the city and downtown. Both the west and east end are home to shopping centres with national chains and independent businesses, as well as a variety of other standalone shops. Downtown Pembroke is home to more than 150 businesses with a mix of retail, restaurants, entertainment, and professional services. Enhancing the small-town feel of downtown is the staff, many of whom are the shop owners and entrepreneurs who work full time in their businesses. Couple this with more than 500 spaces of free parking, and the downtown is truly a destination.

Below are just some of the local resources to help along the way.

Small Business Centre Support

Enterprise Renfrew County established Ontario’s Small Business Support Network in Pembroke to provide entrepreneurs with all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.

Whether you have launched your business already or need assistance with your business plan, the centre has consultants to assist you.

Looking to work from home? Many professionals would prefer to begin business ventures in their homes where they have fewer expenses and less risk. Professionals can feel safe knowing Pembroke has the necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of home based and small-scale businesses that rely on fast internet connections, with access to Fibre internet with upload speeds up to 10 gbps and download speeds up to 10 gbps.

“The only thing better than an affordable home is a safe home.”

A Fresh Start for Every Age  

The City of Pembroke strives to maintain a superb quality of life for its residents. From publicly maintained sports and recreational facilities to programs and services aimed at ensuring health and wellness you’ll find a wealth of resources that contribute to you and your family’s well-being.


In a 2018 Competitive Advantages Study, Pembroke had competitive numbers compared to its surrounding communities when it came to property tax, land prices, electricity, water capacity and more.


Perfectly situated along the Ottawa River, the possibilities are endless for outdoor activities. The Kiwanis Walkway is a scenic paved pathway along the Ottawa River. Take a stroll or cycle along the river's edge between the Waterfront and Riverside Park. The lovely, paved trail is 1.5 km and will bring you close to nature to view many species of plants, animals and birds that call the shoreline home.

Want to be on the water instead? Our seasonal marina is open May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Or take a paddle in your canoe or kayak down the river.


The City of Pembroke holds and maintains 24 public parks, amounting to 200 acres of beautiful green space. Each of our parks offers a unique experience; some parks provide grounds for sports and playgrounds while others offer a quiet place to relax and enjoy the beautiful green space.

Looking for more of an adventure? Visit Algonquin Park in a 30-minute drive! And check out our other amenities to satisfy your personal hobbies:

  • Public Library
  • Five golf courses
  • Yoga, cross fit, dance, martial arts, and boxing facilities
  • Hockey, baseball, gymnastic and baseball leagues

Want a further look into Pembroke?

Read our community guide!

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