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Visit and explore the Ottawa Valley and surroundings
Tourism Region:
"Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley"
Canada, Ontario, Tourism, Travel Guide


The course of the "Ottawa River"

Visit the area along the Ottawa River to get a good impression of Ontario and parts of Quebec.
Many thanks again to Google and Wikipedia. Having lost most of my own pictures I would be lost.

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The course of the "Ottawa River" - many thanks to Wikipedia

We can only show you a little bit of the beautiful "Ottawa Valley". I am aware that I exceed with this website the borders of "Ottawa Countryside".
Archaeological findings confirm that this river has been used for thousand of years for transportation.
Despite the fact that modern industry has settled on the river many parts of the area are still wilderness. Please support all the efforts to keep it clean and do not destroy any plants.
We need still some more visits for to learn and enjoy part of our province. It offers in any season something for outdoor lovers. But we will restrict us to summer and fall.

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During spring maple syrup will be harvested and the nature is awakening.
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The summer is filled with festivals and events. The river is the attraction for everybody who loves water sports, fishing etc. Camping is very popular.
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The fall with the changing colors of the leaves attract nature lovers and photographers.
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The winter is great for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

As I said, we are still not experts for this area. I am sure that even people who live her for years will still find new things to discover.
We begin our little tour in Mattawa which is part of the old tourist region "Near North". But there are no borders and we recommend to visit Mattawa and the area around it. You will find more about it in our Internet travel guide. Just click at "Northeastern Ontario".
The "Trans Canada Highway" will guide you along the Ottawa River.

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A railway bridge crossing the Ottawa River in Mattawa - many thanks to "Earl Andrew" and Wikipedia

Deep River, tour Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
Deep River - many thanks to "P199" and Wikipedia

We did not stay very long in Deep River. The reason for that was not the nuclear research center in nearby Chalk River. Elizabeth had to go back to work.
In Deep River live only about 4000 people, but we surprised to learn that it has its own symphony orchestra.
The Ottawa River forms here the "border" to Quebec. Whenever you see a bridge or a ferry visit it! I always loved it there despite the language problem. Even French people can not understand them very well. The same happened to me in Switzerland with German and in Newfoundland to both of us with English.
When they could not understand me - I just talked German to them. Believe it or not within seconds they had learned some English and we could communicate.
I was really impressed!

Petawawa, tour Ottawa RiverValley, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
The "Emerald Necklace Trail" at the Petawawa River - many thanks to "Glenn Ford" and Wikipedia

Elizabeth's dad knew Petawawa very well. He got his basic training there before he was sent to Europe to fight against Germans. He agreed that it is better to share a beer instead of killing each other.
Elizabeth said we should come back with her dad. I agreed because I had always a good time with him when we visited in our area together museums which showed relics from former wars.
Unfortunately, we never could do it. His health was failing and he is not any longer with us.
The Petawawa is with about 14 000 inhabitants the largest town in the so called "Renfrew County".
The Petawawa River flows here into the Ottawa River. We enjoyed the scenery and other visitors the water. We saw many boats fishermen.
The well know Algonquin Park is very close.

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Obviously having fun - many thanks to "Ottawa Tourism"

Maybe you want to participate in one of the offered wilderness tours? As long as there is no walking involved it is OK with me. Rafting, riding an ATV, even horseback riding but no walking.
We also love to visit events celebrated by the native people. We did this a few time in Fort Erie.
Just click at the link in the left column to see an indoor Pow Wow.
Watch the videos below to get some impressions of what to expect in the Ottawa Valley.

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The Ottawa River close to Ottawa - many thanks to "Rxcanadensis" and Wikipedia

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The valley of the "Ottawa River" - many thanks to "Lezumbalaberenjena" and Wikipedia


Ottawa Valley Fiddle: Buckfever Rag (by Reg Hill)


Sunflower Flute\


Watch the video: "River Run Rafting"



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