Situated on the beautiful Ottawa River, Pembroke is a vibrant little city of 14,000 that is renowned as “The Heart of the Ottawa Valley”. Established in 1858, Pembroke was a bustling timber town during the early part of the 20th century, with huge log booms being floated down river towards the local sawmills. Today, there are still several companies connected to the forestry sector, as well as a growing number of companies associated with a knowledge-based economy and ecotourism.
Just an hour and a half drive west of Ottawa, Pembroke is considered to be the gateway to Algonquin Park and to Whitewater Country, attracting thousands of national and international visitors each year to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting and wilderness adventure.
The historic downtown is home to one of Canada’s largest outdoor art galleries with 30 full scale murals depicting the rich history of the area. A walking tour of the downtown area will take you past many beautiful homes orginally built by the lumber barons and a visit to the Champlain Trail Museum will introduce you to the early settlers of the area.
The Ottawa Valley Cultural Map is a great place to begin a virtual tour of our area, and to plan your activities based on discovering what makes this corner of Canada so unique!