Located in southeastern Ontario, Hawkesbury is home to over 10,000 people. The city covers 9.62 square kilometres near the communities of L’Original, Stardale, Rigaud, and Alfred, and is situated along the Ottawa River, across from the province of Quebec. Hawkesbury’s proximity to the Ontario/Quebec border has resulted in 89% of the city’s population being French-speaking Franco-Ontarians.
The city’s history dates back to the forestry industry in the late 18th century, when a major sawmill was the area’s largest economic contributor. Highway 34 runs through the city, linking it to the Quebec city of Grenville.
Area: 9.46 km2
Residential areas, a golf course, service providers, a few restaurants, parks, schools, accommodations, shops, and churches can all be found in the city’s western section.
Hawkesbury’s central section includes government offices, restaurants, shops, service providers, residential areas, a medical centre, a post office, churches, parks, a mall, a hospital, a fire hall, an industrial area, schools, a gaming centre, a marina, and a bowling alley.
In the eastern section of the city, there are residential areas, industrial areas, service providers, shops, accommodations, a few restaurants, and an airport.
The La Cité Golf Club has an 18-hole course, a clubhouse, golf lessons, rentable equipment and carts, and tournaments. The clubhouse can be booked for meetings and events, and includes onsite catering. The Robert Hartley Sports Complex offers an NHL-sized ice rink, a large swimming pool, a running track, horseshoe pits, badminton/pickle ball courts, an indoor tennis court, a multipurpose room, a ball field, a skate park, an outdoor ice rink, a playground, outdoor tennis courts, and concession services. A variety of registered and drop-in programs and classes are available at the complex for people of all ages.
Parks in Hawkesbury include Cadieux Park, with an outdoor rink, a playground, a splash pad, a sports field, benches, and treed areas; Pioneers’ Park, which has a playground, an outdoor stage, and greenspace; Old Mill Park, featuring an outdoor rink, a playground, a wading pool, greenspace, soccer fields, and benches; Confederation Park, which has a heritage building, a boat ramp, a gazebo, a picnic area, treed areas, greenspace, and a café; Larocque Park, with a basketball court, an outdoor rink, a playground, a soccer field, and a splash pad; and Parc Cyr-de-LaSalle, featuring a ball diamond, a boat ramp, a dog park, greenspace, and benches.
Hawkesbury’s key industries include agriculture, agri-science, biotechnology, food processing and manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, tourism, education services, and aerospace research and development. The local economy includes a mix of small businesses, large businesses, and micro/artisan businesses, which provide a variety of employment opportunities for a labour force with a range of skillsets.
The Prescott & Russell Community Development Corporation and the Hawkesbury and Region Chamber of Commerce provide support and resources to local businesses of all sizes and types.
The western section of Hawkesbury offers mostly affordable single-family homes and some row housing options. Single-family homes are often on large lots, particularly in the southern portion of this section. Most of the single-family homes are older builds, although there are some higher-priced newer builds available here also.
Affordable single-family homes are also most common in the central section of the city, and are also on large lots. These include a mix of newer and older builds. This section also offers condo and row housing options, both of which are affordably priced and tend to be newer builds.
The eastern section of the city has some of the most expensive homes in the area, which are normally situated on sprawling, picturesque lots. Like the western and central sections, this section also has many affordable single-family homes to choose from, as well as condo and side-by-side options. Vacant lots can be found along the edges of the city.
Hawkesbury’s schooling options include Nouvel Horizon Public Elementary School, Paul VI Catholic Elementary School, Hawkesbury Regional Catholic High School, and École Secondaire Publique Le Sommet. Other options can be found in nearby communities and include École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Pleasant Corners Public School, St. Jude Catholic School, and École élémentaire catholique Curé-Labrosse.
There are no post-secondary options in the city, so residents must travel to nearby communities to access options such as Collège De Valleyfield, Collège André-Grasset - Salle Guy Belanger, and Cégep De Valleyfield.