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Physical Setting

Updated: 5 years ago - Created: February 16th, 2012

The Ottawa Valley is rich in natural resources; the power of the Ottawa River is harnessed for electricity and its forests are harvested for wood, pulp and paper. Bounded on the northern side of the Ottawa River by the rocky Canadian Shield, and in the southern end by the ancient Laurentian Hills, towering rock cuts and verdant forest.

Ottawa, Canada's capital city, is at the eastern lower tip, and the wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park rises to the northwest, encompassing the Valley with everything from city life, to urban sprawl to prestine wilderness and everything in between.
The Ottawa Valley harbours clean water, from over 900 lakes and four major river systems, fresh air and a healthier lifestyle. Residents and tourists alike are beckoned to many out-of-doors recreational opportunities.

Over 400 species of wild birds and animals make their home in the Ottawa Valley including bluebirds, thrushes, wrens, owls, turkeys and the rare red-shouldered hawk. You will often see many deer as you meander through the countryside, and maybe hear a wolf call or two.
Renfrew County encompasses 2400km of gromed local and TOP snowmobile trails throughout it's postcard villages and rolling woodlands. Many hiking and biking trails across the Ottawa Valley present unique opportunities for exploration, nature and historical interpretation.
As summer wanes and days shorten, the Ottawa Valley landscape changes from brilliant green to glorius reds and golds, which make perfect conditions for fall auto and cycle touring.