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Ottawa-Gatineau Nearby Communities and Attractions: Chalk River



Chalk River Water Tower, seen from Highway 17
This town was settled in the mid-1800s, and in 1875 was named for either the river that joined the Ottawa at that point, or for the chalk used to mark timber in the Ottawa RIver rafting era. A railway, lumber, pulp & paper town, now dependent on farming and the Chalk River Laboratories, Canada's top nuclear research facility.

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Chalk River Attractions

Chalk River Laboratories
Plant Rd, 9 km N on Hwy 17
613-584-3311 1-800-364-6989 (Canada)
The visitors centre offers exhibits films and tours, with a scenic view of the laboratories and the Ottawa River. Picnic facilities open year-round. While plant tours were available in the past, for security reasons they are no longer offered. Visitor Centre open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm year round. Free admission.

Petawawa Forestry Institute
Highway 17, 5 km east of Chalk River
1000 Cloutier Rd
Rolph, Ontario K0J 1J0
613-589-2880 Fax: 613-589-2275
The first forestry research station in Canada, begun back in 1918, this facility now covers 98 square kilometres of forest. The institute has an interpretive program for visitors, and provides several self-guiding trails. Visitor Centre open June to Labour Day; Forestry Institute open year-round.

Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park
off Laurentian Drive in the Town of Petawawa. Laurentian Drive is off County Rd 51 approximately 15 km northwest of Pembroke.

The Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park contains an extensive trail system. It is best described as a 12 km woodland walk, incorporating numerous interpretive panels along the way. These panels feature Ontario songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, snakes, frogs, turtles, butterflies, fur bearing animals, fish, rodents, bats, species at risk, invasive species, salamanders, upland birds and owls and deer of Ontario. Traditionally this park has been the home base of the Petawawa cross-country ski trails maintained by Fred Molson who also maintains the down hill ski facility at Mount Molson just next door the Terrace.

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