Pembroke - ON


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Pembroke, Ontario

Nestled on the shores of the mighty Ottawa River, the pretty little city of Pembroke, Ontario was formally established in 1858. The first European settler to the area now known as Pembroke was Daniel Fraser in 1823.  It was a rough and ready frontier spirit that first forged the town as it evolved into a bustling centre for the logging industry.

Evidence of this rich past can be found in the architecture of the historic homes, stores and churches in the downtown district. Today, much of that energetic drive still exists, and Pembroke is the largest regional service centre between Ottawa and North Bay. Situated on the beautiful Ottawa River, Pembroke is a vibrant little city that is renowned as “the heart of the Ottawa Valley”.

Pembroke is the largest commercial centre between North Bay and Ottawa. Historically, forestry and farming formed the backbone of the local economy and remain important today. Local attractions include 30 historic murals in the downtown area depicting the history of the city, from steam engines to logging. Pembroke has more murals than almost any city in Canada.  More attractions include; Champlain Trail Pioneer Village and Museum and The Pembroke Hydro Museum.  The city is home to an annual Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Festival, which happens Labour Day weekend at Riverside Park. Pembroke has a 600 plus seat community arts facility, Festival Hall Center of the Arts.  Pembroke also is host to the annual Silver Stick Regional Minor League Hockey Tournament, which brings in several hundred children and youth on weekends in November and early December for regional qualifying games.

Pembroke hosts one of the campuses of Ottawa-based Algonquin College. Among the new programs are ‘Outdoor Adventure’ and ‘Outdoor Adventure Naturalist’.

Community Links


Renfrew County District School Board

Renfrew County Catholic District School Board


Health Care Connect
Phone: 1-800-445-1822
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor.  People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community.  Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822


Telehealth Ontario 
Phone: 1-866-797-0000


Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) or call their info line at 1-866-532-3161


Renfrew County and District Health Unit

Hospitals & Medical Clinics

Pembroke Regional Hospital

Pembroke Lakeside Medical Walk-In Clinic


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