Pembroke is a vibrant little city that is renowned as “the heart of the Ottawa Valley”.
Established as the County government seat in 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 32 full scale murals depicting the rich history of the area. As part of the City’s Millennium Project the Marina and Waterfront were redeveloped and a new bandstand, amphitheatre and boardwalk are now focal points for family activities. Just a block from the downtown, you can enjoy an idyllic setting overlooking the Ottawa River, and during the summer season, be entertained as Waterfront Live! presents free evening performances by local musicians, dancers and actors.
Pembroke’s natural setting provides a beautiful backdrop for several events and festivals that are hosted annually. The City is officially renowned as Hockeytown Canada, and each year plays host to North America’s largest junior hockey tournament, The Silver Stick. It is also the home of the Old-time Step Dancing and Fiddling Competition each Labour Day weekend when thousands of visitors flock to Fiddle Park to enjoy traditional music and dance. Pembroke is a National Communities in Bloom winner, and has earned five blooms for its efforts at beautification, conservation, and environmental awareness
Visitors to Pembroke can take a walk through time by visiting the Moore Moore Hydro Museum and the Champlain Trail Museum which pay homage to Pembroke’s past. Haunted Tours and Graveyard Walks are also offered during the summer months
A wonderful place to live, work and play, we invite you to enjoy our good nature!
Visit us online at www.pembroke.ca