Lately some Ottawa residents have been looking west—about 30 minutes west, to be exact.
The town is attracting interest, thanks to its striking location, countless amenities and exciting stock of new construction housing.
According to local builder, Robert Dick of Neilcorp Homes, along with the nearby town of Almonte, Arnprior epitomizes modern living with small town values along with a deep shared sense of community.
“The other big draw is the quality of life. Arnprior, Ontario in Renfrew County is where the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers meet,” says Dick. “The natural environment is stunning.”
Outdoor enthusiasts can spend the day exploring the many walking trails along the beautiful waterfront, through nature reserves or through Gillies Grove, one of the oldest old-growth forests in the province and home to Ontario’s tallest tree.
Robert Simpson Park embodies the town’s slogan of “Where the Rivers Meet” and offers breathtaking vistas of both the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers. It has a sand beach with lifeguard, splash pad, gardens and a gazebo overlooking the rivers, which acts as a stage for the many events and festivals planned throughout the summer.
“The area is blessed with multiple recreational opportunities,” says Dick. “There are ice rinks, trails, parks, an indoor public pool and endless activities.”
You can even cheer on the Arnprior Packers at the local hockey arena.
“The focus here is on family. The town has three elementary schools and a high school. There is every practical amenity you could need nearby, including grocery stores, shopping malls and restaurants.”
All summer long enjoy live music Sunday afternoons in the park. Join the Canada Day celebrations, which include a magnificent fireworks display over the Madawaska River. You can also look forward to the Priorpalooza music festival and the Arnprior Dragon Boat festival, as well as numerous sporting and charity events throughout the year.
Not only is Arnprior a great place to raise children, it’s the perfect spot to settle down and retire. Retirees will love the upscale restaurants, trendy shops, local museums and numerous festivals. Local businesses include a unique array of gift shops and talented artisans, and there are dining options to meet everyone’s tastes and budget.
The charming and historic downtown area is home to the Arnprior and District Museum, a must-see, which is situated in the picturesque, landmark D.A. Gillies building.
Getting around is a breeze. A commuter bus travels to Ottawa-Gatineau Mondays through Fridays; there’s also an airport, marina, cab service and car rental agencies at your service.
Arnprior Regional Health is a regional leader and hub for select acute, long-term care and other health care services. It has been changing and growing to meet the needs of local communities. Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital has helped local residents for over 70 years.
The Town of Arnprior offers the best of both worlds: all of the conveniences of a bustling urban area while surrounded by the pristine beauty of nature. Centrally located, you are still a quick drive from anywhere in the Capital Region and the Ottawa Valley. It’s a place all ages can truly enjoy and make their own.