Renfrew, today a town of 8,000, is named for the ancestral seat of the Stuarts of Scotland, by its Scottish pioneer founders. The Upper Ottawa River community is now in the middle of mixed terrain with farmland, forests and lakes. The economy is mixed, including the manufacture of machinery, jet engine parts, and electrical appliances.
McDougall Mill Museum
O'Brien Park on Arthur Street
This former flout mill is a fine example of stone construction, built in 1855 by a fur trader. The museum now houses a collection of pioneer artifacts, and there is an old swing bridge next to the museum. Open daily mid-June to Labour Day.
Highway 17, 24 km west of Renfrew, near Cobden
15906 Hwy 17, Cobden, Ontario, K0J 1K0
613-646-9765 or 1-877-816-6605
This 130 hectare recreation theme park includes a replica of Noah's Ark, waterslides, mini-golf and paddleboats. The waterpark is open mid-June to Labour Day, Noah's Ark is open year-round.
Storyland Enchanted Garden
Storyland Road (Beachburg) off Highway 17, 8 km north of Renfrew
PO Box 170, Beachburg, K0J 1C0
613-646-2994 fax: 613-646-2958
This 16 hectare theme park features 200 animated characters set in 40 different fairy tale stores set in a natural woodland environment. There is also a wildlife museum, two large playgrounds, paddleboats, mini-golf and picnic areas. The Champlain Lookout offers a panoramic view of the Ottawa River. Open daily Victoria Day to Labour Day.