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1. Forest Lea Mountain Bike Ride
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
Meet at the Forest Lea parking lot with your bike and prepare for a climb! Helmets mandatory!
2. Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail network consists of four loops. They are all hilly and unsuitable for small children and unfit adults. The western or return side of each loop follows the old Minnesing Road where the trail is smoother and the grades are less steep. Expect extensively...
3. Annual Forest Lea Mountain Bike Enduro in 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
Join usfor the Annual Forest Lea Bike Mountain Trail Enduro! Event activities include: 10km Intro Enduro 20 km Enduro (1 lap) 40 km Double Enduro (2 laps) 3 km Mini Enduro Categories: Junior (3km), high school junior & high school senior (10km), 10, 20, 40 km under...
4. 2014 Spring Chicken Mountain Bike and Trail Run
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
The 5th annual Beachburg “Spring Chicken” Mtn Bike Enduro (25 km or 50km) and Trail Run (5km or 10km), will be held at the Beachburg County Recreation Trails, on the corner of Fletcher Road and Government Road. Hosted by the Beachburg Off Road Cycling Association! This annual...
5. Old Railway Bike Trail (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information Algonquin Park has an easy 10 km family bicycle trail. Most of the trail follows the abandoned bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway that was built across the park in 1895 and then abandoned (in stages in the 1930’s, 40s and 50s). Along the trail are...
6. Deep River Trails (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information Deep River has an endless network of logging roads, cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails. Many of these roads and trails are favorites of locals who like to mountain bike. Directions There are two networks of trails within minutes of town. The Silver Spoon and...
7. Petawawa Research Forest (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information Petawawa Research Forest, established in 1917, is a 100 sq km tract of forested land. This public resource has been an area for research studies and demonstrations, as well as logging activities. The forest lies on the edge of the vast Canadian Shield and within the Great Lakes - St....
8. Eganville - Douglas (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This is an easy and scenic bike ride that provides many views of the Bonnechere River. The route passes by the Bonnechere Caves, and allows a visit to the village of Douglas, famous in the valley for their St. Patrick’s Day festivities. There are picnic spots at the Bonnechere...
9. Kiwanis Way - Pembroke (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information Kiwanis Way is a paved bike, roller blading and walking trail that follows a small portion of the Pembroke river front. This tour begins at Riverside Park and goes to the Pembroke Marina, or you can complete the trail in the reverse. This short 4 km trail allows for excellent views of...
10. Arnprior - Burnstown - White Lake (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information This tour is a training ride for the Men Against Flab in Arnprior (MAFIA) Bike Club. For other riders this is a great pavement tour with plenty of opportunities to take a break. The tour goes through a number of small communities, and passes by a riverside and a lake front park for...
11. 31st Annual Deep River Triathlon 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
RACE START The race starts at Deep River's Municipal Pier at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Competitors must be at the Municipal Pier before 8:15 a.m. for a briefing. Note: Race start and each transition areas are in separate locations.   COURSE SWIM - 1 km from Municipal Pier to Lamure Beach along...
12. Allumette Island (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This trail loops around the perimeter of Allumette Island. The Island is about 20 km long by 10 km wide with a population of around 1500. There are excellent views of the Ottawa River, farmland, forests and the Laurentian Hills. The village of Chapeau - with the fine Alphonsus of...
13. Deacon - Tramore (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This ride provides a taste of everything that Renfrew County has to offer. You will see the Bonnechere River, rocky cliffs, traditional homesteads, and a one-lane Bailey Bridge. This route allows you to experience the views of the Madawaska Highlands from the easy grades of the...
14. Forest Lea Trails (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Note: These trails are under Ministry of Natural Resources jurisdiction and subject to Ministry guidelines. Access to these lands is subject to provincial changes. Information A network of single track trails and forest roads covers this 600 acre block of crown land and are accessible for biking...
15. From Stewartville 8Km X Country Bike 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
This 8km Cross Country run is the last of the 6 "Get Here from There" events the Neat Cafe introduced for 2014.  All events end in Burnstown.  In this instance 'There' is Stewartville.  The course follows paths, trails and fields between the two towns. We've chosen to...
16. Gearheads hosts a weekly Mountain Bike Cycle
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
Gearheads and friends organize weekly Mountain Trail Riding  opportunities.  As the sport continues to become popular, more trails are being development, however, for the time being the group meets every Wednesday in the gravel parking lot at the end of the Forest Lea Rd.  Rides...
17. Beachburg - Westmeath - La Passe (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information Winding its way from one small community to the next, this is a very relaxing ride. This route is entirely on pavement with only a few hills. You leave the heart of farm country in Beachburg and travel alongside the Ottawa River. From Westmeath you can see Ile Allumettes and from La...
18. The Pinnacle - Renfrew (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information This is a favourite ride for many Renfrew cyclists. This ride starts in town and within a few km you are climbing up the Pinnacle to meander through farm country. This tour feels miles from town. This is a great ride for the whole family, or for a late afternoon training ride. Get out...
19. Peter Doran Memorial Ride
Events and Festivals >> Community Days and Events
 The Peter Doran Memorial Ride is taking place this year on Saturday May 18th. This ride replaces our former Pink Ride & Red Ride.  The executive thought it only fitting that this ride be dedicated to Pete Doran with all the proceeds going to the MRI Fund for the Pembroke hospital...
20. Bonnechere Tour (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information If you are camping at Bonnechere Provincial Park this is a great way to do some exploring. The first half of this tour follows a Forest Access Road. A Forest Access Road provides access to Crown Land for logging and recreational activities. You will pass Stephenson Lake and the...
21. Deep River Annual Triathlon 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
Our triathlon event is the most widely attended of all our events. The event allows for participants of all levels of experience to test their abilities. The course consists of a 1 km swim, 27 km cycle and an 8 km run. Divisions are broken up into individual, male and female and a team...
22. Braeside - Lochwinnoch - Sand Point (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information This tour offers some excellent views of the Ottawa River and the Province of Quebec. Once you have climbed the hill out of Braeside the ride is along flat gravel and paved roads. The tour travels through Lochwinnoch and Sand Point before returning to Braeside. The small lighthouse at...
23. Burnstown - Stewartville (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information This ride offers everything from the quaint village and artist’s community of Burnstown, to the hydro dam at Stewartville, to the farmland of McNab Township. You can top this tour off at the popular swimming beach on the Madawaska River. Directions   Park at the...
24. Dacre - Mt. St. Patrick - Balaclava (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information This route follows the base of Mount St. Patrick Mountains to the village of Mount St. Patrick. The St. Patrick Church dates back to 1869 and is the oldest active Roman Catholic Church in the County. The route crosses Hwy 132 and winds up and down narrow dirt roads into the ghost town...
25. Golden Lake - Augsburg - Ruby (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This 45 km tour takes you from the Village of Golden Lake, through the Pikwakangan First Nation Community, to the hamlet of Augsburg, and the corners of Castile and Ruby. Pack a lunch, take your time, and enjoy the scenery. There are also plenty of options on this route if you are...
26. Lake Dore - Micksburg - Osceola (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This tour could be called the Snake River Tour. The Snake River meanders back and forth from Lake Dore to Muskrat Lake and you will cross the river five times on this tour. This is a relaxing tour that takes you past some of the County’s dairy farms and farming communities. Lake...
27. Renfrew - Calabogie on the Old KandP (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information The abandoned Kingston to Pembroke (K & P) Railway is a popular recreation trail. This tour travels down to Calabogie along the K & P and returns by some of the small back roads that are abundant in the area. There are some hills on the way back from Calabogie along the roads,...
28. The Old KandP (South) (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
The abandoned Kingston to Pembroke (K & P) Railway is a popular recreation trail. This tour travels down to Calabogie along the K & P and returns by some of the small back roads that are abundant in the area. There are some hills on the way back from Calabogie along the roads, so you have...
29. Brudenell - Quadeville - Letterkenny (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information This paved tour takes you to some of the most spectacular views in the area. The route is hilly but well worth the climbs. The tour starts in Brudenell and allows a side tour to Foymount, the highest populated point in Ontario, where the dismantled radar base has been converted to a...
30. Cobden - Foresters Falls - Mineview (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This tour offers long, straight, mostly paved road with very little traffic. In fact, once you are past Foresters Falls, you can go for many kilometres without ever seeing a vehicle. Visit the museum in Foresters Falls - an impressive set of two historical buildings with a small park...
31. Combermere - Craigmount (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Madawaska River and Highlands Tours
Information Combermere is a tiny hamlet that is home to Madonna House, an international Catholic lay organization. The Madonna House complex includes a gift shop, book store and pioneer museum. This tour takes you past the fork of the Madawaska and York Rivers, and the abandoned corundum mines of...
32. Wilno - Barry's Bay - Kaszuby (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Bonnechere River and Valley
Information This tour provides an opportunity to explore some of the Polish communities in Renfrew County. The route begins in the village of Wilno, the first Polish settlement in Canada and home to a thriving artisan community. The abandoned railway bed provides safe biking from Wilno to Barry's...
33. Chalk River - Deep River (Valley Explore)
Valley Explore >> Bike >> Ottawa River and Algonquin Park
Information The towns of Chalk River and Deep River are in the northern region of the Ottawa Valley nestled between Algonquin Park to the west and the Ottawa River to the east. Chalk River is the location of the Atomic Energy of Canada laboratories. Deep River is a small community that boasts an...
34. The Burnstown Mile RunWalk 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
The Burnstown Mile is the first of the 6 Get Here from There events The Neat Cafe is introducing for 2014 all of which end in Burnstown.  It's an intro to the series early in the year  It's an opportunity to get out and meet people and get a little exercise. We've chosen to separate...
35. From Calabogie 10 Mile Road Race 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
This 10 Mile Road Race is the fourth of the 6 "Get Here from There" events The Neat Cafe has introduced for 2014. All events end in Burnstown.  In this instance 'There' is Calabogie.  The course follows County Road 508 between the two towns. We've chosen to separate all of the...
36. From Arnprior 25KM Road Race 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
 This 25 Km Road Race is the fifth of the 6 Get Here from There events The Neat Cafe has introduced for 2014.  All events end in Burnstown.  In this instance 'There' is Arnprior.  The course does a loop just outside Arnprior then follows Russett Rd and Flat Rapids Rd to...
37. From Renfrew 10K RunWalk 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
This 10km is the third of the 6 Get Here from There events The Neat Cafe has introduced for 2014, all of which end in Burnstown.  In this instance 'There' is Renfrew.  The course follows Burnstown Rd between the two towns. We've chosen to separate all of the extras out of the...
38. From White Lake 5 Mile RunWalk 2014
Events and Festivals >> Sporting Events and Tournaments
This 5 Mile is the second of the 6 Get Here from There events The Neat Cafe is introducing for 2014 all of which end in Burnstown. In this instance 'There' is White Lake, the course winds along Burnstown Rd between the two towns. We've chosen to separate all of the extras out of the event's...
39. Ottawa Valley Motorcycle FAM Tour
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Staff)
(Pembroke, ON) – The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) is excited to announce a very special motorcycle familiarization (FAM) tour, taking place May 31 – June 4th, 2011. The upcoming media FAM tour will result in invaluable editorial coverage featuring motorcycle riding in the...
40. FESTIVAL OF THE SENSES, OCTOBER 3-4, 2009
Media and Communications >> Press Releases (OVTA Members)
In and Around Calabogie and Burnstown   Building on the success of last year’s first, Festival of the Senses, there is something for everyone including trail hiking, garden and historical tours, shopping, beach bonfire, chair lift sky ride, motorsport track laps, decadent desserts and...
41. "Ride the Valley" - 2011 Ottawa Valley Motorcycle FAM tour
Media and Communications >> Events and Conferences
The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) is excited to announce a very special motorcycle familiarization (FAM) tour, taking place May 31 – June 4th, 2011. The upcoming media FAM tour will result in invaluable editorial coverage featuring motorcycle riding in the Ottawa...
42. Winter Workshop Opportunities
Media and Communications >> Events and Conferences
  The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) is excited to announce the following winter workshop opportunities for local tourism businesses.  Introduction to Packaging (Packaging Workshop 1 of 3) Developing Experiences  (Packaging Workshop 2 of 3) Package...