The distance from Renfrew to Parliament Hill is just over 96 km, and would take about one hour without traffic to drive to on the Trans-Canada Highway. While Nipissing is served by transit from North Bay, Renfrew Country and the City of Pembroke lack a public transit system although both have accessibility services available on request.
Stretching from Cedar Lake in the north to Calabogie Lake and the Madawaksa River in the south, this riding is bordered on the east by the Ottawa River and the Trans-Canada Highway and bisected by a number of regional highways. It also encompasses a number of lakes, including Round Lake, Bark Lake and Lake Clear.
About 5.5% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.
German and Polish are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 9% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $42,422.
The presence of Algonquin Provincial Park draws many people, both from the riding and around the province, to recreational activities like camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, hiking, and hunting.
Renfrew was one of the four original teams in the National Hockey Association, the precursor to the NHL and thus holds hockey as a crucial part of its heritage.
Because of the limestone composition of the Eganville area, many 500-million-year old fossils have been found, including coral, trilobites, and gastropods.
The Bonnechere Caves near Foymount are located under a limestone hill that was once the bottom of a tropical sea 500 million years ago. The riding also contains a large portion of Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada’s oldest provincial park. The park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species and is a National Historic Site.
Due to the region’s proximity to Parliament Hill, public administration is the most prominent industry. Retail trade, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and construction also employ a number of people in the riding. About 44% of the workforce has a postsecondary education of some kind. In 2011, the unemployment rate was 7.9 %.
The Madawaska River has been a hydroelectric power hotspot since the 1960s. It has a number of dams and several generating stations. The river is about 230 km long and drains over 8,700 km2.
The Madawaska River area has been used by people for millennia for hunting, fishing, and trapping. After the arrival of the Europeans, these activities continued and were followed by the timber trade and hydroelectric generation. The river is still used for a number of recreational purposes including fishing, white-water canoeing, and other watersports.
Indigenous communities in the riding include:
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation
MNO Mattawa Métis Council