Events and News

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. 

7th Renfrew County Stewardship Forum - April 16

posted Mar 29, 2019, 8:05 AM by Ottawa River Institute

The Ottawa River Institute, as a partner in the Freshwater Partners Renfrew County initiative, is assisting with the 7th Renfrew County Stewardship Forum being held on April 16 in Renfrew. The forum is by invitation only, but sometimes a few important people are missed. If you feel like you would like to join in this conversation, please send an email. This forum is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

6th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum

posted Apr 24, 2018, 8:42 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 8:52 AM ]

Join us for the 6th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, taking place on Wed. May 16, 8:30am-3pm, at the Renfrew Canadian Legion, 30 Raglan St in Renfrew. Discussions will be based on: Perspectives on Freshwater Issues in Renfrew County with representatives from Lake Property Associations, Municipal Government and Citizens Groups, and Collaborative Opportunities with representatives from not-for-profit organizations and others. The Forum will also see the launch of the new collaborative initiative, the Renfrew County Watershed Initiative. Please register at: - a fee of $20 will be collected at the door. The fee includes lunch. Everyone welcome! See Poster Here.

Celebrate Our Rivers - Group Paddles this Summer!

posted Mar 6, 2018, 7:31 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 7:04 AM ]

The Ottawa River Institute has teamed up again with the Bonnechere River Watershed Project and other partners across the County to bring a variety of group river paddles to you this summer. A chance to explore familiar and sometime unfamiliar waterways with other paddlers. Always a fabulous time! See our poster for details.

Our Annual Newsletter Update - 2017

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:47 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

Please take a moment to read through our 2017 ORI Newsletter Update.  At the risk of sounding our own horn, we have plenty of accomplishments to be proud of this year!

POSTPONED! Artist Kathy Haycock to speak at ORI AGM June 4,2017

posted Apr 24, 2017, 8:02 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated May 1, 2017, 11:35 AM ]

Due to unseasonably cold weather forecasted for Sunday May 7th, we have decided to postpone our ORI outing and AGM until Sunday June 4th.
Spring is here, the ice is off the lakes, birds are returning from the south, and peoples’ thoughts turn to… Annual General Meetings?

Perhaps not, but the Ottawa River Institute has a very special one coming up, and you’re all invited!!! Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member, bring a friend.

We're going to meet at 11 am on Sunday JUNE 4th at Buelow Beach on beautiful Lake Clear, on Buelow road, 15 km west of Eganville on Highway 512.

Long-time ORI board member and artist John Almstedt will lead one group in doing charcoal sketches of the Lake and Big Rock, made famous by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. Lake Clear and Big Rock are among a number of Renfrew County sites that A.Y. and other artists sketched and painted. Please bring your sketching supplies, or purchase a small sketchbook, pencils or charcoal.

Another group, led by me, will go on a short and leisurely photography outing along the Lake Clear shoreline, under the base of Big Rock, and into Hurds Creek and Little Lake Clear. Bring your kayaks or canoes, cameras, and something to eat.

For additional information, directions, or to arrange a spot in someone else’s boat, please contact us at

At 1 pm we’ll head over to John Almstedt’s cottage on Manning Road near the top of Big Rock for our AGM.

Well-known local artist Kathy Haycock will give a keynote talk about “The Group of Seven in Renfrew County”. We’ll hear about upcoming activities of the Lake Clear Conservancy and the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP). And, we’ll have our ORI business meeting (I promise to keep this part very short).

Consider joining the ORI Board. Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Share ideas about how Heritage Designation of the Ottawa River can help local communities.

We really hope that you can join us for what promises to be a memorable event.
Contact us for more info at:

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