Events

Choosing a time to visit is up to you. Try to time it with great weather, and make the most of your visit. The Ottawa Valley offers grass-roots fun for all interests and the whole family.

Make sure you bring items to help deal with rainy weather, so you can stay dry while out and around on land and water.

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Calendar of Events (click here to submit an event)

 

Farmers Markets (seasonal only)

 

Calabogie Summer Market and Farmers Market

Now Accepting Full-Time & Occasional Vendor Requests For The 2019 Season. ~No Vendor Fees~

Calabogie Community Centre, 574 Mill Rd.
(Under the roof of the ice rink)

Open every sat from 9:00am to 1:00 pm.
Starting June 1st to Sept. 28th

 

 

Renfrew Farmer's Market
Renfrew Fair Grounds
Renfrew, Ontario

The Renfrew Farmer's Market opens the first weekend in May and runs through to Thanksgiving. With 25+ vendors, you can find some great local products including baking, jams and jellies, a wide array of fresh produce, meats, including pork and lamb, crafts and much, much more!

Saturdays 9 am - noon

 

Madawaska River Farmer's Market
1716 Calabogie Rd
Burnstown, Ontario

The Madawaska River Farmer's Market nestled in the heart of the quaint historical village Burnstown, Ontario. Our market is held on Friday afternoon from 2pm to 7pm. In the parking lot next to Knuz Ice Cream. Our vendors are all friendly, local and passionate. They bring fresh produce, baked goods and crafts for our customers. We follow the 100km radius rule which we believe allows us to bring customer the very best product. Come visit us! Beginning June, running till October.

Fridays 2 pm - 7 pm

 

ARNPRIOR MARKET
Arnprior - Downtown
Downtown Arnprior, Arnprior ON, K7S 1R6

Experience the Town of Arnprior’s newly revitalized Downtown while exploring our many local shops, restaurants and Sunday market vendors. The Arnpior Market runs Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm from May – September on John Street North from Rock Lane to Elgin Street.

Sundays 9 am - 2 pm

Musical Concerts at Neat Coffee Shop (year round)

http://neatmusicandcoffee.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/NeatCoffeeShop

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/burnstowns-neat-coffee-shop-to-reopen-under-new-music-loving-owners

 

 

St. Andrew's United Church Events (year round) see "Township of McNab/Braeside" in:

http://www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/menu/about-the-county/churches/


Ottawa Valley Music Festival (year round)

http://www.ottawavalleymusicfestival.ca/


Cedar Cove Resort Events (April through September)

Cedar Cove Resort


Other Sources of Info and Events

To help you plan your visit, here is a list of other sources of area information.


White Lake Community Events

See https://www.facebook.com/WhiteLakeRecreation

 


April




 

April 6
Tartan Day in Canada

Canada estimates 15.1% or 4.7 million Canadians claim Scottish descent. An annual 'Gathering of the Clans' will take place each April 6 or on the Sunday nearest to it on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at noon with pipes, drums, and dancing hosted by the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, Canada's oldest civilian pipe band.

 

April
The Annual Ottawa Valley Outdoors Shows

Valley Outdoor Promotions was created to give outdoor enthusiasts a place to gather and learn about their passions in life.
http://www.valleysportsmanshow.com


April 22
Earth day
Earth Day is an annual event, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day





May:

 

 


Mother's Day Brunch -- Cedar Cove

(Contact Carole: 613-623-3133)


Mother's Day Brunch
Calabogie Peaks Resort

Reservations recommended,
call 1-800-669-4861 ext. 1610.


 

 

Walleye Fishing Season Opens
2nd Sat. in May to Dec. 31
Sport License - 4; Conservation - 2;
must be 40 - 50 cm (15.7 - 19.7 in)

Northern Pike Fishing Season Opens
2nd Sat. in May to Dec. 31
Limit: S - 6, C - 2

 


June:

First Saturday: Annual White Lake Village Yard Sale (including Waba)

A great event and a good opportunity to get out and meet the community. Deals and rare finds in every yard. During the White Lake village yard sale in June, the local firefighters usually sell burgers and sausages at the fire hall, and the church usually hosts a pancake breakfast. Good deals and good food at both places!

 

 

Muskellunge Fishing Season Opens
1st Sat. in June to Dec. 15
Limit: S - 1; must be greater than 91 cm (36 in.), C - 0





Father's Day Brunch -- Cedar Cove

(Contact Carole: 613-623-3133)

 


 

Late June (first day of Bass Fishing Season)
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass
the 3rd Sat. in June (to Dec. 15) according to zone 18 regulations
Limit: Sport - 6, Conservation - 2

Annual Big Bass Fishing Derby

At each resort, as well as generally on the lake, the opening day of the Bass Season attracts hundreds of participants and boats of all sizes with great prizes for best catch and participation.


Scotty the Pike by Bernie Bedore, White Lake: The Later Years

'Well sir now I'll tell you, that old fish was so glad to be back in the water he stood on his tail and danced the Highland Fling. He liked the sound of the bagpipes as well, he would take in big gulps of water and shoot them up in the air, and tall fountains of water would rise with the music of the bagpipes. Joe Mufferaw was so happy with his new friend, he nicknamed him Scotty the Pike.


July:

 

July 1st Canada Day Celebrations

Each RV/Camping Resort has various celebrations on either the exact day, or the following weekend.

 

As well, there are fireworks and celebrations nearby at:

Calabogie (Madawaska St.)
http://www.calabogie.com

Renfrew (Ma-te-way Park)
Ma-Te-Way Park is a 147-acre recreational property that is a great place to spend some time including the 2.5 Km fitness trail, indoor area, outdoor rink, soccer fields, ball diamonds, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and splash pad.
613.432.3131

Canada Day Fossil Hunt
Bonnechere Museum, Eganville
613.628.1000
http://www.bonnechere.ca

 

Edith Morphy: Almost a Century of Memories by Peter Hessel,
White Lake: The Later Years

"Of course, there was no television then. We made our own fun. A bunch of people would come to our place one week, and we'd all go to the next neighbour on another Friday night, and so on. All the neighbours would hitch their teams of horses to their sleighs, gather everybody up and go to where the dance was held.

All winter long, we could hardly wait for Friday to come around. Somebody would play the piano, there was always fiddling and square dancing in the big kitchen, and we were all having the time of our lives."

 

 

Arnprior & District Humane Society Fundraising Events
http://www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca

Walkathon

Our Annual Walk-a-Thon will take place at beautiful Robert Simpson Park, along the Ottawa River in Arnprior. There are two walking trails, a 2km or a 5km trail, and participants can choose one or the other. The 5km walking trail follows the river and through the majestic Gillies Grove forest. Anyone can participate and you don’t need a dog to join in the fun.
After the walk, join us back at the park, for a BBQ and door prizes. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded for the top Adult and top Youth (<14) pledge earners. Volunteer dog walkers for the humane society will also showcase some of the dogs that we have up for adoption.


 

 

July
Annual Ryan Baskin Charity Fishing Derby

-Fish Anywhere (no fishing license required as part of Ontario Family Fishing Weekend)
-Trophy & Prizes for Pike & Pickerel
(16 years & up - $10, 7 to 16 years - $5)
For more info, contact: ryansfishingderby@gmail.com

http://ohfoundation.ca/our-events/7th-annual-ryan-baskin-charity-fishing-derby

 

ANNUAL ARNPRIOR KIDS SUMMER FISHING DERBY
Event Organizer: Darren W. Wood
Date/Time: July
Location: McLean Park, Arnprior
Cost: FREE

This is a community event organized by the Arnprior Fish & Game Conservation Club for the children of Renfrew County, Ottawa and surrounding areas. Every child participating will be going home with a goodies bag full of great stuff. There will also be hot dogs and drinks for the kids and parents alike. The Derby is being held during the province's Free Family Fishing Week meaning the adults accompanying the kids will not need a fishing license to take part.

-Everyone gets something for participating.
-BBQ: FREE Hotdogs / Pizza / Drinks – while supplies last
-Prizes for most weight caught 1st, 2nd & 3rd in categories for ages 7 & under and 8-13
-Pre-registration is strongly advised. Form can be download from our Face Book page.
-FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/arnpriorkidsfishingderby/
-Email Contact: arnpriorkidsfishingderby@gmail.com
-This is a Ontario Family Fishing Event http://www.ontariofamilyfishing.com/events/2nd-annual-arnprior-kids-fishing-derby/


July

The Valley Bluegrass Festival

(annually in July)
http://www.valleybluegrass.ca/
http://www.valleygrass.ca

A family-oriented festival held in the friendly Ottawa Valley at Johnston's farm (exit Highway 17 onto County Road 20 at Renfrew).


July 24
John Box Day

On July 24th a testimonial dinner for John S. Box was held with 58 guests. It was decided that on this anniversary "John Box Day" be observed every year.


 

The annual 'Mid Summer HerbFest' is being presented on Sunday, July 28 from 9am - 4pm rain or shine at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in beautiful White Lake, Ontario (more info)

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The Ottawa Valley Midsummer HerbFest is being held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 9am - 4pm rain or shine.

The location is Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in White Lake, just an hour from Ottawa.

24 Museum Road,
White Lake ON,
K0A 3L0

The best part is that admission is free with donations appreciated.

Updated information is available at:
http://MidSummerHerbfest.ca

Youtube video:
https://youtu.be/FrQfy-RAmOc

In no particular order, we love summer, taking care of our earth and herbs. From day to day, we use herbs for remedies, savoury food garnishes and spiritual purposes.

The last weekend in July is mid-summer. This is one of the best weather weeks of the year. We hopefully hope to continue our record of 24 years without rain.

Our venue will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, crafts, children's activities, food and drink concessions.

Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens has a collection of five historic museum buildings nestled in 8 acres of lovely gardens on the scenic shore of White Lake An ancient Scottish Clan Chief ruled the roost here with an iron fist. Laird Archibald McNab brought over settlers and subjugated them to medieval feudal terms for almost 20 years.

Our vintage buildings have their stories. The stone house echoes Archibald's reign of error. The log church, school house, dairy barn and display building offer unique insights into the daily lives of our early residents.

In the 1970s, whale bones were discovered within 2 kilometres of our location. Today, these are important clues in a 2019 breaking news story that spans 12,000 years. New theories about comet strikes, melting ice caps, inland polar oceans, continental wildfires, mass extinctions of man, mammoths and other large mammals are attributed to this 'bad day'.

The museum is open Fri.- Mon. 10-4:30 until Thanksgiving

Here's some directions. Take 417 to Arnprior's Exit 184 and go south on White Lake Rd. about 12 minutes until you come to the 4 corners in White Lake.

Turn right or west on Burnstown Road and go a kilometre. You'll find us beside the lake.
Map:
https://goo.gl/maps/jEe4hLtrAarGfQjV6

Events, Presentations and Workshops throughout the day:

Composting & Mulching

Tomato Talks

Garlic Braiding

Vegan Talk and Taste

Herb Walk ‘n Talk

Garden Tours

Museum Talks

Pontoon Boat Cruises

Make and Take
-a bird feeder
-a herb cone

Nordic Pole Walking

Kid’s Zen Zone with
-Crafts
-Make ‘n Play
-Giant Games
-Story Time
-Relax & Read

Rock Wall Climb

Schoolhouse talks:
-‘Nature is Speaking to You!!’
-Can U be silent for 18 minutes.
-Listen and learn!!

Bertrand’s Big Bear Carving

Beer & Wine Tent

Yoga:
-Hatha
-Youth Yoga
-Intro to Crystals & Chakras
-Meditation/ Sound Bath

Thank you McNab/Braeside Firefighters

Thank you Milliken’s Landscaping Garden Centre

Please consider these items on your 'what to bring list'. Hats, shade umbrellas, lawn chairs, sunscreen and a camera. As an eco-option, we suggest that you bring a refillable water container. We will provide a tap with drinking water and rinsing station. Bottled water will also be on sale.

The beautiful Waba Cottage garden pictures are here...

 




August


 

 

 

August
Arnprior Fair

10 Galvin Street, Arnprior, Ontario
http://arnpriorfair.ca/
Info: 613-622-0079

The first Agricultural Society existed in Bathurst District in the early 1830′s. An Agricultural Society was formed in McNab township in 1854, which was the first in Renfrew County.

The Agricultural Society was first called the Balmer Island Fair, and later the Stewartville Fair. On September 25th, 1867 the McNab Agricultural Society held an annual exhibition in Arnprior.

Between 1896 and 1910 the McNab Agricultural Society did not receive any goverment grants and may have been dormant. In 1910 the fair was moved to Stewarton and the McNab Agricultural Society was re-organized as the Arnprior Agricultural Society with 120 members. After World War II, Stewarton was annexed by Arnprior, and the annual event continues today as the Arnprior Fair.

August
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
http://calabogieblues.com

Calabogie Peaks Resort 30 Barrett Chute Road, Box 90 Calabogie, Ontario, K0J 1H0

Blues artists and ribbers from across Canada and the US will gather at Calabogie Peaks Resort to celebrate the second annual Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Peaks Blues & Ribfest.

More than just an occasion to get out for the weekend and listen to live blues bands from across Canada, Calabogie Peaks have integrated their blues fest with a rib fest for a weekend long celebration of all things ribs and blues!

Visitors will enjoy a beer garden located by the main stage, a vendor's area, a kids' zone with face painting and rides, live blues music and Canadian and US ribbers vying for the best ribs in town.

 

 


September

Sept.
Rural Ramble

To mark the fall season, the annual Rural Ramble (a self-guided driving tour) takes visitors through the various agricultural and rural operations of the scenic Ottawa Valley. It is a celebration of country living set amongst the glorious autumn colours and fresh air.

Renfrew & Pontiac Counties
1.800.757.6580
http://www.OttawaValley.travel


The Renfrew Fair
, Sept.

http://renfrewfair.com

We are known as the," The greatest fair in the Ottawa Valley since 1853." It is an exciting five days with ample amount of activities such as: Livestock Shows, Beef & Dairy Shows, Heavy & Light Horse Shows, 4-H & Interclubs, Swine & Lambs, Many More Livestock events, Exhibits, Art, Domestic Science, Women's Institute Displays, Floriculture, Fruit, Vegetables, Junior Classes, Needlework and so much more..

Perhaps you enjoy the famous bacon on a bun, mouth watering candy apples, popcorn, fully serviced meal at Margi’s Catering booth, or a splendid piece of fresh fudge. We have it all for you to experience at the fair!

Our grandstand entertainment is packed solid, starting with the Demo Derby on Wednesday night, Thursday listen to The Beatles, Friday is Connie Smith, Saturday is Prescott/Brown Family Opening for Tara Oram. Throughout the weekend make sure to visit the Valley Entertainment stage showcasing some of the Ottawa Valley's finest talent. Your complete event listing can be located here.

Come and enjoy the fair! You will be sure to find something for everyone of all ages to enjoy a traditional country fair.

Enjoy:
Rides & Exhibits
Livestock & Homecrafts
Livestock Shows
Beef & Dairy Shows
Heavy & Light Horse Shows
4-H & Interclubs
Swine & Lambs
Art & Domestic Science
Women's Institute Displays
Floriculture, Fruit, Vegetables


October:

Get out and enjoy the vibrant Fall colours. It is the time when the cute chipmunks hibernate, and the friendly red squirrels seem to stay active all winter. Goodbye for another season to the beautiful loons and bluejays.

 


Richard Gill's Annual Fall Show and Sale

Since 1973 resident artists and clay-relief sculptor Richard Gill has hosted an annual show of new work at his Fog Run Studio, now joined by Bittersweet Gallery.

 

Oct.
Madawaska Valley Studio Tour

Madawaska Valley
http://www.madawaskastudiotour.com

Late October
Calabogie Christmas Craft Show

Community Hall, Calabogie
613.752.2222

Oct 31st
White Lake Traditional Community Halloween
Celebration & Home Decoration

 


The Temple, Courtesy White Lake Women's Institute,
White Lake: The Later Years

In 1868 the Templers built this small log building called the temple to hold their meetings. The Templers, a potion of the Masonic lodge, is a men's club.

In time the Templers pretty well died out and were replaced by a group called 'The Foresters'.

In 1940 White Lake Women's Institute bought it from him for the sum of $1.00. It was in very poor condition when the Women's Institute took it over. The ladies completely renovated and furnished it. Many happy times were spent in this building. In those days most ladies worked in the home all day and were happy to meet in the evenings to socialize. Times have changed and today most ladies work outside the home during the day and look forward to the evenings at home.

 

The Women's Institute Hall: 1925 - 2000 by Verna Black,
White Lake: The Later Years

On July 24th a testimonial dinner for John S. Box was held with 58 guests. It was decided that on this anniversary "John Box Day" be observed every year.

 


November

 

The Magic of Candlelight, Burnstown

Shop into the evening surrounded by the ambient light of the candlelit streets. The business community is aglow in the unity of over 300 tea lights. A warm welcome awaits you in each distinctive shop where you will find seasonal refreshments and friendly, personalized service.

 


December

 

Santa Claus Parade
Renfrew & Calabogie - first weekend in December

White Lake
Christmas Celebrations
& Home Decorations

 

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