Renfrew is a picturesque and friendly town situated on the banks of the Bonnechere River in the heart of Renfrew County in the Upper Ottawa Valley. It is surrounded by prosperous farmland and healthy forests and is the hub to four-season recreation, from a nearby world-class race track to spelunker-friendly caves and Rocher-Fendu where kayakers and rafters defy white water.
We can boast fine golf courses, challenging ski hills and snowmobile and hiking trails. Renfrew is about midway on the route between Canada’s capital Ottawa and Algonquin Provincial Park. Historically, Renfrew marked the start of the pioneer Opeongo Colonization Road and we are joined to Pontiac County Quebec by the inter-provincial bridge at Portage du Fort.
Renfrew has long been the established commercial hub for the area, with over 30,000 people living and working here or travelling from within the catchment area of neighbouring municipalities. Shoppers have always been well served by Renfrew merchants and continue to be attracted to the vibrant and well-appointed downtown core and to the new large retail outlets along O'Brien Road.
Recent completion of the four-lane expansion of Highway 417 from Ottawa to Arnprior and beyond has nicely enhanced Renfrew's position as a manufacturing, business and tourist hub in the region. The RIC is committed to demonstrate that we're "open for business".