CULTURAL HERITAGE POLICY FRAMEWORK This documents outlines the important elements in a Municipal Cultural Framework to acknowledge the benefits of preserving and conserving our cultural assets. It was endorsed by the City of Pembroke in 2012.
Situated on the beautiful Ottawa River, Pembroke is a vibrant little city that is renowned as “the heart of the Ottawa Valley”. First settled by logging prospectors in 1828, it was established as the County government seat in the 1858. Pembroke was a bustling timber town during the early part of the 20th century, with huge log booms being floated down the Ottawa River towards the local sawmills. Today, there are still several companies connected to the lumber industry, as well as a growing number of companies associated with a knowledge based economy and eco-tourism.
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!