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RENFREW, ONTARIO

Renfrew is an affordable and family-friendly community located close to the nation’s capital. Recreation and community involvement are important elements of the neighbourhood. Owning a vehicle is definitely an advantage here, as there is a lack of public transportation, but many of the more commercial areas of the town are easily walkable. The people of Renfrew have a deep respect for the area’s history and this can be seen in the preservation of buildings and the collection of historic artifacts in museums, restaurants, and other establishments.

Renfrew is located west of Ottawa, close to the Ontario/Quebec border and along the Bonnechere River. The community extends from Stone Road in the west to the Ottawa River in the east, and from Pinnacle Road in the north to Limekiln Road in the south. Renfrew is a small town, but offers residents many amenities such as shopping, restaurants, schools, a library, recreation facilities, and a movie theatre. The close-knit community comes together for events like music performances, seasonal celebrations, and sporting events.

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The McDougall Mill Museum is housed in a stone mill built in 1855 by John Lorne McDougall, a fur trader and Hudson’s Bay Company agent. The museum offers three floors of artifacts and displays focused primarily on the town’s history. Equipment from companies such as Renfrew Electric, Renfrew Flour Mills, and Renfrew Creamery can be found in the museum, as can objects such as pioneer tools, railway artifacts, household articles, and clothing. There are also exhibits showcasing items from other places in Canada and around the world. The O’Brien Theatre shows movies throughout the week in a venue that was built in 1930 by M. J. O’Brien, a local entrepreneur. Besides Hollywood films, the theatre also presents art, independent, and foreign films to patrons.

The Rocky Mountain House on Stewart Street specializes in schnitzels and steaks, and is big enough to accommodate large groups for birthday parties and other special events. The restaurant offers a variety of comfort food dishes, and live music can be enjoyed by patrons on Friday nights. Karras’ Way on Raglan Street S offers traditional Greek fare in a quaint blue and white space, complete with murals depicting Greek scenery. Customers can choose to dine in or get their food to go, and the restaurant also provides catering. For a mix of modern and vintage décor, residents can head to Bonnechere Bakery and Bistro on Raglan Street S and enjoy a hot beverage and light fare like sandwiches and desserts. The bistro provides a bright, friendly atmosphere that is ideal for meeting up with friends or family.

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Real Estate

Renfrew offers mostly single-family detached homes, with some apartment buildings and other dwelling types. The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $142,291, which is much lower than the average price for single-detached homes in Ontario overall ($518,000). The population of Renfrew is 8,218, and this has increased slightly over the past 15 years. Families make up 71% of the population here, 15% are couples, and 14% are single. The average annual income is $61,405, which is slightly less than the average annual income in the province as a whole, and 45% of residents are university or college educated.

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Pollution/ Noise

Renfrew normally experiences little air pollution, except from local sources, and only during periods of calm winds. Noise is a concern in areas that are close to highways or commercial sections.


Crime Rate

The crime rate in Renfrew is relatively low, and the community is considered quite safe. Renfrew is serviced by the Ontario Provincial Police. The most common types of crime in the area are theft, mischief, traffic-related incidents, breaking and entering, and assault.

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Schools

The Renfrew County District School Board operates three primary schools (Admaston Public School, Central Public School, and Queen Elizabeth Public School), one middle school (Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School), and one secondary school (Renfrew Collegiate Institute).Renfrew County Catholic District School Board operates two primary schools (St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School) and one secondary school (St. Joseph’s Catholic High School).

Post-secondary options are not available in Renfrew, so residents must seek colleges and universities outside of the community. The Willis College campus in Arnprior, Ontario (about 30 minutes from Renfrew) offers students classes in business, technology, and healthcare. The Heritage College Pontiac Campus in Campbell’s Bay, Quebec (about 30 minutes from Renfrew) provides courses in farm management, computer software, photography, accounting, and first aid and CPR. A number of other post-secondary options can be found in Ottawa (about 1 hour from Renfrew).


Public Transportation

There is little public transportation available in Renfrew, and most residents rely on owning their own vehicles for mobility. Sunshine Coach Service offers transport for people with mobility issues or disabilities, and the Renfrew County Joint Transportation Consortium has bus services for schoolchildren in the area. Greyhound buses (long-distance) provide transportation into and out of the community.


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Family Life

RCAF Memorial Park is dedicated to airmen who served during WWII, and the focal point of the park is a monument that is used as a gathering place for a local remembrance service each year. The park is located along the Bonnechere River and features manicured greenspace for picnics and other activities. Kiwanis Park is a small park that features a play structure and basketball net. O’Brien Park is a picturesque greenspace near the Swinging Bridge, a suspension bridge that crosses the Bonnechere River. On Sundays in the summer, the park is host to Music in the Park performances. Ma-te-way Park offers stunning forested areas and natural grassland with walking trails and is enjoyed by residents year-round.

The Renfrew Recreation Centre is used for a variety of recreation programs, and also has a fitness centre, a gymnasium, and rooms for public rental for events like weddings, baby or bridal showers, and meetings. The Ma-te-way Activity Centre provides a fitness centre, gymnasium, arena, splash pad, and a playground, as well as space that can be booked for parties, weddings, meetings, and trade shows/conventions. The facility is licenced and has a kitchen for food preparation/serving. The Renfrew Public Library holds a variety of educational and entertainment programs and workshops for children, teens, and adults, as well as offering important library services to the community.

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