Events and News

Nature Fix - Coming Events - Feb 23 and Mar 28

posted Feb 12, 2020, 8:20 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Feb 12, 2020, 8:20 AM ]

February 23rd ~ Winter walk on the K & P trail 1:00 pm - This will be a fun walk, partly on the K&P Trail and partly in adjacent woods and wetlands. We will start at the Ferguslea - K&P intersection.

March 28th ~ Winter walk in the Petawawa Research Forest 1:00 pm - The PRF is Canada’s oldest and largest research forest, with lots of trails that are publicly accessible. This will be a snowshoe outing. The PRF is located at 1000 Clouthier Road, Chalk River.

Nature Fix Monthly Activities

posted Feb 12, 2020, 8:08 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Feb 12, 2020, 8:09 AM ]

The Ottawa River Institute organizes monthly activities as opportunities for people to gather and enjoy nature - a so called "Nature Fix"! To view the details of these activities, see our Ottawa Valley Nature Fix page.

Annual Newsletter Update

posted Dec 10, 2019, 1:10 PM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Dec 10, 2019, 1:11 PM ]

As we round out ORI’s 18th year we bring you greetings of the season and an update about our activities over the past year. View our Newsletter Update for 2019 here.
We very much hope you will consider making a small donation to support our activities in 2020.
We greatly appreciate the financial support of our members and friends! Almost all of our activities are funded by donations from local individuals. Donations are tax deductible and tax receipts for income tax purposes will be provided. You can mail a personal check to the Ottawa River Institute at 480 Doyle Mountain Rd, Killaloe ON K0J 2A0. If you prefer, you can also donate on-line via Canada Helps.
We welcome your comments and suggestions! Please feel free to contact us at any time. Thank you very much for helping to foster sustainable communities in the Ottawa River watershed!

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful holiday season.

Winter Solstice Walk in Westmeath Park - Dec 21

posted Nov 27, 2019, 7:42 AM by Ottawa River Institute

Sat. December 21, 1pm ~ Winter Solstice walk in Westmeath Provincial Park - 

Park at the main entrance gate 5.5 kilometres south of Westmeath on Westmeath Road, County

Road 12. The walk to the beach is 2.5 kilometres so the walk will be 5km return. We will

have a small fire on the beach to observe the winter solstice. You may wish to bring a hot

beverage in a thermos to enjoy around the fire. Check the event on Facebook or the ORI

website here, for an update on whether snowshoes will be needed for this outing.

Join us for a walk in the Shaw Woods Nature preserve on Sunday November 17

posted Nov 6, 2019, 4:48 PM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Nov 6, 2019, 4:48 PM ]

Join us for a walk in the Shaw Woods Nature preserve on Sunday November 17, 2019 from 1-3 pm.  The 
Shaw Woods Nature Preserve, located near Eganville, Ontario includes a 13 km network of self-guided nature trails. More information including maps can be found here and here. Please note that this outing might change to a snowshoe outing if we get significant snow before the 17th. To check on the status, please send an email to

Working Together for the Environment

posted Sep 23, 2019, 6:32 PM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Sep 23, 2019, 6:54 PM ]

Volunteers at the Ottawa River Institute TD Tree Day from left: Ian Pineau, Eileen Jones-Whyte, Peggy Patterson and John Epps. Ian and Eileen candidates in the upcoming federal election  for the Green Party and NDP respectively. Great to see candidates from two different parties working happily together for our environment!

170 Trees Planted!

posted Sep 23, 2019, 10:51 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Sep 23, 2019, 6:55 PM ]

We had a great time with everyone who came out to help with the tree planting on Sunday Sept 22, 2019! What a group - thank you! 170 trees were planted along Whitewater Road near Pembroke, on County of Renfrew property. Thanks to TD Tree Days for their partnership and the financial support for the tree purchases and to the County of Renfrew for their support. See press release here.

TD Tree Day in Laurentian Valley Township Sunday September 22 ~ 9am - 12pm (near Pembroke)

posted Sep 12, 2019, 8:11 AM by Ottawa River Institute

TD Tree Day in Laurentian Valley Township Sunday September 22 ~ 9am - 12pm (near Pembroke

Come and help us plant 150 trees near the Muskrat River and Hwy 17, close to Whitewater Road. This is a great way to do something positive for the environment; an action everyone can take to help mitigate the effects of global heating. The hard work of digging the holes will be done the day before. If you'd like to help on either day, please get in touch: If you plan to come on Sunday, please register on the TD tree day website: **If anyone has a pick up truck and/or trailer and can help with tree transport, please get in touch!** (contact

Celebrate Our Rivers Paddle Series 2019

posted May 9, 2019, 9:54 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 7:47 PM ]

The Ottawa River Institute in partnership with the Bonnechere River Watershed Project is pleased to announce our 2019 Celebrate Our Rivers Paddles Series! We have 17 paddles scheduled for this summer and fall, including several new paddles and 4 on the heritage Ottawa River. Take a look and plan your summer paddles with us! Click here for more information.

Annual General Meeting - Wed May 8

posted May 6, 2019, 6:39 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Sep 23, 2019, 6:38 PM ]

You are cordially invited to join us for the Ottawa River Institute's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday May 8th at 3pm, at The Sands on Golden Lake in Deacon, Ontario. For those unable to attend in person, a Facebook Livestream can be arranged; please let us know if this would be of interest to you.

The business meeting will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and will include receipt of the financial statements, elections and report of directors on the previous year's activities.

After the business meeting, we will join Bonnechere River Watershed Project members for an early spring (pre-bug) hike up the Deacon Escarpment for a spectacular view of the Bonnechere River valley between Round Lake and Golden Lake. We will meet at the corner of Tramore and Kilby Roads.

The hike will be followed by optional dinner at The Sands, and the Annual General Meeting of the Bonnechere River Watershed Project.

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend any of these events. 

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