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)


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 - 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


Taste of the Valley is an exposition of local food, crafts and products that are produced by local residents. Taste of the Valley events are community events that help introduce both visitors and local residents to the many unique agricultural products available in the region. Taste of the Valley will be held in the following communities:

Taste of the Valley/Herbfest
Sunday, July 29/18 – White Lake-McNab/Braeside at Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens

and also...
Friday, August 17/18 - Barry’s Bay/Madawaska at Railway Station
Saturday, September 22/18 - Renfrew at Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre
Saturday September 29/18 - Deep River Municipal Hall & Grounds
Sunday September 30/18 - Arnprior (Downtown on John Street)
Saturday, October 13/18 - Cobden/Whitewater Region at Cobden Fairgrounds


Musical Concerts at Neat Coffee Shop (year round)



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

Ottawa Valley Music Festival (year round)

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





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.


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.

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.




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



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 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.)

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.

Canada Day Fossil Hunt
Bonnechere Museum, Eganville


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

June 10, 2018 - 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.



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:


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:
-Email Contact:
-This is a Ontario Family Fishing Event

July 12 - 15

The Valley Bluegrass Festival

(annually in July)

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 TOV/HerbFest' is being presented on Sunday, July 29 from 9am - 4pm rain or shine at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in beautiful White Lake, Ontario (more info)

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'HerbFest' is our 23nd annual celebration of growing and using herbs to help develop healthy lifestyles.

Activities will go from 9am - 4pm

Admission is FREE.

Our goal is to generate enthusiasm for the roles that herbs play in our lives. Activities will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, craft, food kiosks and children's activities. Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens is a historic museum nestled in 8 acres of lovely gardens on the shores of scenic White Lake.

This event is being presented by the Ottawa Valley Herb Association in partnership with the Township of McNab/Braeside.

Parking is being arranged with a free shuttle that will be available from a secondary parking lot.

Background Information:

The term 'herb' is an accepted abbreviation of 'herbaceous plant'.

Their use spans time and cultures.

Herbs can be used in a variety of ways including culinary, medicinal, spiritual and landscaping applications.

Culinary herbs are used in small amounts to provide flavor to food such as rosemary, sage and thyme. Herbs were a commodity of trade between historical civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe. Today, tea plays an important role in our day to day lives.

Some herbs have medicinal qualities. In today's culture, modern medicine is taking a closer look at long established folk and cultural remedies that use herbs. Some examples include St. John's Wort, Ginseng and Echinacea.

In some religions, herbs play an important role. In the Bible's Christmas story, the Three Wise Men presented gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold to the infant Jesus.

Using herbs in the landscape is a way to add color, texture and aroma while attracting bees and butterflies.

Waba Cottage was born with a dark and stormy past.

Scottish feudal Laird Archibald McNab ruled here with an iron fist in the early 1800s. On the settlers' backs, he made and squandered his fortunes.

Today, it is a relaxing, beautiful and historical setting nestled in the Ottawa Valley

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.





August 16 - 19
Arnprior Fair

10 Galvin Street, Arnprior, Ontario
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 17 - 19
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest

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.




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

The Renfrew Fair
, Sept. 6 -10

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.

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


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.


Madawaska Valley Studio Tour

Madawaska Valley

Late October
Calabogie Christmas Craft Show

Community Hall, Calabogie

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.




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.




Santa Claus Parade
Renfrew & Calabogie - first weekend in December

White Lake
Christmas Celebrations
& Home Decorations


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