Events and News



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 info@ottawariverinstitute.ca

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: info@ottawariverinstitute.ca. If you plan to come on Sunday, please register on the TD tree day website: https://www.tdtreedays.com/en-ca/events/1300-white-water-road-garage-sign-shop **If anyone has a pick up truck and/or trailer and can help with tree transport, please get in touch!** (contact Ole@nrtco.net)

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: info@bonnechereriver.ca - 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.

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