Whitewater Region is located in the scenic Ottawa Valley, just an
hour’s drive west of Ottawa. It is comprised of four prior
municipalities: Beachburg, Westmeath, Ross and Cobden.
Beachburg’s early industry included a flax mill, a cheese and butter
factory and flour mills. At one time Beachburg was a stopping place
along the railway line with a station and grain elevators
As Pembroke and Ottawa flourished, the need to travel between the
two communities increased. Due to the rapids on the Ottawa River,
the steamer from Ottawa could not travel the whole distance by river
and a land route was required. In 1849 a winter road was
established, and the village of Cobden was born.
In early days, Westmeath was situated on the
busy portage route to the lumber camps
and the hamlet grew as settlers moved into
the surrounding area.
Historical fires occurred in each of the
hamlets and villages in Whitewater Region.
Whitewater Region is a very cultural place. With a strong focus on
history and geneology, the Region is frequented by enthusiasts
exploring the past and finding a future. As the home of Champlain’s
astrolabe, Whitewater Region has carved out it’s own niche of national
Community groups and organizations hold this Region together. All
clubs are very active in raising funds to further local initiatives, and to
encourage youth to succeed. Seniors are well cared for as well with a
range of activities and community spirit to keep the community young
Religion has played a prominent role in establishing the communities
of Whitewater Region, as places of worship were
among the first buildings constructed by
early settlers. Today, the tradition of
gathering continues with bazaars, church
suppers, summer camps and vacation bible
schools. Whether you’re looking for
something new or something old, you’ll find
it here in Whitewater Region.
More than a million visitors visit Renfrew County each summer, and
with the majority coming from Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, they’re
definitely making a stop in Whitewater Region. But not only is the
Region home to the only tourist booth on the Trans Canada Highway,
they offer plenty of tourism activities for single people, families, and
young and old alike.
The Region is aptly named for their world-class whitewater facilities.
Many tourism operators also offer a variety of paddle sports and
fishing, as well as land activities including hiking, cycling and wildlife
trails. For cultural enthusiasts, the community hosts a museum, war
memorials and traditional fairs and carnivals.
Self-guided tours feature the beautiful fall foliage, which leads into an
array of winter activities that includes ice fishing, derbies,
snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing.
With motels, bed and breakfast
accommodations and camping, you have
everything you need to explore Whitewater
Whitewater Region is the agricultural leader of Renfrew County, and
is quickly becoming known provincially and nationally for award-
winning innovation and efficiency in agri-business.
The Region represents one-third of all livestock farms and land in
crops in Renfrew County, despite occupying only 7% of the land.
Agricultural producers also record 33% of total gross farm receipts for
Building on the Region’s historical agricultural success are new ideas
in agri-business that includes: an on-farm anaerobic biodigester that
is succeeding in methane production from manure, a solar-powered
pumping system, biodiesel production and a gravity-fed system for
watering cattle. This area is also home to the only fertilizer blending
plant in Renfrew County.
Farm operators pursue land management
practices that result in improved pasture
management and reduced soil erosion,
and are proud to be building on the history
of agriculture in Whitewater Region.
1) The Region is located along the Trans Canada Highway, just one
hour from Ottawa and four hours from Toronto.
2) Low taxes and cost of living with urban services.
3) Agricultural innovation at its very best.
4) Rural living with high speed internet access.
5) Full range of medical and professional services.
6) Potential for various types of development.
7) Good mix of business, including national brands.
8) Whitewater Industrial Park is strategically located 10 minutes from
the City of Pembroke.
9) Solid waste and recycling curb-side pick
up that operates on a user pay system.
10) A municipality that is eager to work
11) 160 kilometres of waterfront.
12) Mussie lives here!
Whitewater Region is home to more than 150 businesses ranging from
main street shops to world-renowned whitewater outfitters. Despite
hosting a high number of tourists each summer, we have a business
complement that suits our year-round residents as well.
Businesses in Whitewater Region enjoy the benefit of a low tax system, a
full complement of professional services and the opportunity to serve
customers within a 100km radius. Most businesses have a regular
clientele that stretches from Deep River to Arnprior, and when you add
in the tourist element for our consumer businesses, you have an active
and prosperous community.
Of course, agriculture is big business for Whitewater Region as we
represent one-third of Renfrew County’s farm business. Our farmers not
only sell provincially and nationally, but our Farmer’s Market
is very active and the focus of locally-grown
food enjoys significant momentum
throughout the County.
We’re open for business here in Whitewater
In addition to being the Whitewater Capital of Canada, this Region is
full of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. For both residents and
tourists, Whitewater Region offers a four-season venue of activity that
draws from throughout the Ottawa Valley and beyond.
Whether you enjoy the speed and excitement of boating and
watersports, or the quiet and calm of a canoe ride, this Region has it all.
With more than 160-kilometres of waterfront, the famous Ottawa River
runs through this community’s backyard. Enjoy the public beaches and
municipal parks, or visit one of the many tourist attractions along this
landmark Canadian waterway.
Fishing is a huge past-time here, not only because of the Ottawa River,
but also because of the regionally famous Muskrat Lake. Pickerel,
herring, trout, bass and pike are what you’re most
likely to catch in this Region...that is, unless
you happen to latch onto Mussie...
In winter months, the waterways are equally
as busy with ice fishing, snowmobiling,
skating and sliding.
Land-based recreational activities are plentiful in Whitewater Region.
Thanks to a solid relationship with private landowners, the Region is
able to offer hundreds of miles of snowmobile and ATV trails. Located
on the Tops A snowmobile trail, this is a snowmobile-friendly
municipality with safe access to amenities for travellers.
The geography has also blessed this area with a wonderful collection of
naturalist and holistic opportunities. Throughout the Region you find
wetlands, areas of natural and scientific interest (ANSI) and general
wildlife areas. It is a much-loved component of the municipality,
according to the millions of visitors who have passed through the
Region over the years.
Organized sport teams are active in
Whitewater Region, including a
variety of league hockey, figure-
skating and ball clubs. The summer
months welcome public and member
play at the 18-hole championship golf
course. There is nothing you can’t do
in Whitewater Region!