Free Horse Drawn Wagon During the Bluegrass Festival!

This weekend is the Bluegrass Festival in Renfrew. There is a free horse drawn wagon bringing festival goers Downtown every hour on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from 11am until 3pm.
The drop off and pick up location is at the corner of Raglan Street South and Renfrew Avenue, spaces will be blocked for this shuttle.

Have an excellent week & weekend!

Sawtech Log Expo 2018

Click the poster above to view the full event brochure!

Ontario's largest forestry event is almost here! Join us at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Center from July 20-22 to learn more about:

Harvesting, Milling, Transportation, Chainsaw Carving, Rural Services, Home Improvement, Farm Equipment...and more!

For more info and to purchase tickets, please visit the expo website at

All Advance tickets have a chance to win $3000 in prizes!

Respond to OHTO's Monthly Guiding Question to Share Your Story - July 2018

Come Wander has been created to share the stories of Ontario's Highlands and provide a place for our tourism partners and operators to share their brand message and reach new audiences. We know you're busy, so we're asking that you answer just one simple question each month.

Our sparkling lakes and lush forests are a true treat for the senses in fall – with crisp air and vibrant colours – so this month, we want to know:

Where's your favourite spot to take in the beauty of fall?

Please submit your response to this question by Friday, July 27, 2018.

Click here for more information.


Bridge Street

  • Reopen to traffic on Friday, June 29th, 2018

 Raglan Street North

  • Reopen to traffic on Friday, June 29th, 2018

Raglan Street South - Monroe Avenue to Patrick Avenue

  • Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 until Friday, June 29th, 2018 will only be open to local traffic
  • Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 until Friday, July 27th, 2018 will only be open to local traffic

Traffic and pedestrians access to businesses will remain open.
Detours will be in effect via Patrick Avenue and Lochiel Street North/South.



The Town of Renfrew has secured additional parking during the construction project at 3 locations.
               Renfrew Curling Rink
               Located at 195 Xavier Street
               Monday to Friday - 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
               St. Francis Xavier Church
               Located at 331 Plaunt Street South
               Monday to Friday - 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
               St. Paul’s Anglican Church
               Located at 96 Argyle Street South
               Monday to Friday - 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.



Watermain Replacement    
Watermain replacement on Raglan Street South will begin Monday, June 25th.  Properties shown in the map below will be connected to a temporary water service which will provide potable water through an outside tap or interior connection.  Base rates for water and wastewater services will only be applied to properties that are connected to temporary water services

If you have any concerns related to the project or require special accessibility accommodations, please let us know by contacting the project manager noted below.  The Town of Renfrew would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation with the construction project.

Lane Cleroux
Project Manager
Town of Renfrew
Phone: (613) 432-8166

Renfrew’s Bluegrass Festival Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

We hope that you will consider sponsoring the Festival and using your Event pass to come out and enjoy this wonderful festival and be part of making it great.  Event passes are $80 for entertainment from July 12 – 15. 


Investment: $250 plus HST


  •          Logo on event poster and flyer
  •          Logo on event program
  •          Logo on the sponsor page of the event website
  •          Event Pass (1)


Investment: $500 plus HST


  •          Logo on newspaper advertising
  •          Logo on event poster and flyer
  •          Logo on event program
  •          Logo on the sponsor page of the event website
  •          Logo on thank you ad
  •          Event Passes (2)


Join Us for Renfrew’s Bluegrass Festival!

July 12-15, 2018

Renfrew Bluegrass Festival Information

Sawtech Log Expo 2018

The Sawtech Log Expo returns to Renfrew this summer at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre! Come join us on Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22 where you can enjoy booths from four food providers, local breweries, live music and more!

This Expo is planned to become an annual event in Renfrew for at least the next 10 years, so make sure to attend this tradition-in-the-making!

Visit the Expo website at for more information!

Respond to OHTO's Monthly Guiding Question to Share Your Story

Come Wander has been created to share the stories of Ontario's Highlands and provide a place for our tourism partners and operators to share their brand message and reach new audiences. We know you're busy, so we're asking that you answer just one simple question each month.

We love a cushy robe, fuzzy slippers, and being pampered; but sometimes the chance to sit under the warm sun and embrace the tranquility of nature leaves us feeling equally refreshed. This month, we want to know:

What's your favourite way to relax and focus on your own wellbeing?

Please submit your response to this question by Friday, June 29, 2018.

Click here for more information.

Contact 8,500 potential customers at Saw Tech Log and RURAL Expo

20 - 22 July, 2018 Renfrew, Ontario

After a very successful show last year we are including rural businesses & services in 2018.

8,500 visitors last year!      Outdoor or Indoor Exhibit space is available.

Exhibitors can co-ordinate with us to create their own "Events within the Event" and we will promote them.... Classes, Education sessions etc. Connect with potential customers!

We will promote your show specials and products you are featuring.

Click here to view our overview of the show as a PDF.

Tourism Stakeholder Sessions hosted by OHTO

Register for a Tourism Stakeholder Session by Friday!

With the Come Wander brand resonating with consumers and inspiring visitation, it’s more important than ever that we back this up as a region by ensuring we offer incredible experiences to visitors in destination. Doing so will create ambassadors for the region, help further leverage #ComeWander messaging, and inspire even more visitation.

The OHTO team is thrilled to be hitting the road to host Tourism Stakeholder Sessions at six locations across the region next week from April 30-May 3.

Sessions will focus on the importance of adopting a destination experience mindset, providing tools to implement this, and exploring next steps for how we can support visitors as they Come Wander Ontario’s Highlands. Join us at a session near you to explore, “The Power of Place: How Nurturing Your Destination Experience Can Create Buzz and Drive Visitation

Sessions will not only be a chance to further explore this topic, but will also provide the opportunity to network with OHTO staff and peers. Evening sessions will be hosted as a cocktail-style event with appetizers and a cash bar.

Please have a look at the schedule below and click here to register for the session most convenient to you by Friday, April 27.

Looking to register to attend the Renfrew session and the OVTA Tourism Conference & AGM? Please click here.


Saw Tech Log & Rural Expo brings together all those interested in the forestry, farming, rural and cottage industries. Expanding on last years event it was asked by industry to include the rural and complete natural resource based industries. So we are!

After 8 successful events in Ontario, Saw Tech has decided to return to Renfrew for 2018. With attendance of over 8,000 delegates for the first event hosted in the valley the organizers are expecting an even larger crowd for 2018. Renfrew is Ontario’s largest county and home to more wood related businesses than any other county in Ontario. Renfrew is also home to some of the oldest lumber businesses in Canada. In central and eastern Ontario, the local forest industry generates $573 million every year.

Building on the success of this year’s show, plans have been solidified for Renfrew to host once again Ontario’s largest forestry expo at the Ma-Te-Way Activity center, July 20-22, 2018.

Glenn Dredhart (Saw Tech Log & Rural Expo show manager) said that this next event will host even more displays and more activities along with more exhibitor engagement due to the expansion of the event. We had 190 indoor and outdoor exhibits in 2017 and are expecting over 250 for 2018 making this event the largest forest expo in Canada. Exhibits covering every aspect of the forest will be on display in Renfrew.

Over 8000 forest enthusiasts attended Renfrew’s 3 day event in 2017 and the exhibitors were all happy with the turn out of the event, stating that the quality of the attendee was the best they have seen in many years of attending other similar events. Sales were done right on site at the event and companies continue to have business trickle in well after the event was over.

Glenn added that with attendees travelling from other provinces and states the immediate economic impact was great for the Ottawa Valley and for Renfrew with restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and gas stations all feeling the economic benefit from the event.

The Canadian Trade-Ex Group (show organizers) are already working hard to produce an even larger event and a larger crowd of delegates and visitors to experience what the Forest has to offer in the Ottawa Valley for 2018.

Click the above image to view an interactive brochure of this event!

Visit the event website at for registration information!

Hike For Hospice Renfrew Special Offer for Businesses from 96.1 myFM Radio

Hospice Renfrew serves the sensitive needs of dying loved ones and their families from all over the Ottawa Valley.  Hospice Renfrew displays tender loving care for dying loved ones and their families.  Some of us have personally experienced the professional compassionate care exhibited by Hospice Renfrew. This is one important event I participate in as a walker each year because you never know when any of us may require the professional services of Hospice Renfrew. (Hike For Hospice Registration is May 6,2018 at 12:30 PM at Me-Te-Way Activity Arena Complex in Renfrew followed by The 2018 Hike For Hospice at 2:00 PM.)

Cancer hits home and impacts most families.  On the positive side, the cancer survival rate is now an impressive 63%.  myFM Radio considers the Hike For Hospice on May 6,2018 at 2:00 PM of monumental importance.

As a "community minded" business, service, industry or municipality you can help make The 2018 Hike For Hospice the best ever with your timely sponsorship of Hike For Hospice Promotional Messages (each containing your business name and location) on the "voice" of The Ottawa Valley ... myFM Radio which will file Live Reports.

Click here to learn more!

Thank You,
Bob Mahusky
Certified Radio Marketer
tel.613-432-6936 x2111

CN Cycle for CHEO - Last week to save!

Your last week to save!

Register before April 16 to save on your CN Cycle for CHEO registration fee. Of course you can waive the fee entirely by pledging to fundraise $50. Children can waive their fee as well by fundraising $20.
Routes include a 70K and 35K cycle, a 15K cycle or inline skate and both a 5K and 2K walking option. All routes are fully supported and take participants through some of Ottawa’s most beautiful areas. There are games, food, and entertainment available for the whole family on the grounds of the Canadian War Museum.
Sunday, May 6 will be a day to remember – to remember what a special community this is, how wonderful it is to get active with friends and family and how important it is to support children who are facing cancer.
Come ride with us!

Reflections on Music and Poetry – An evening with David Solway with musical accompaniment from Janice Fiamengo

Apr 18: 7–9  pm,   Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown

This event will focus on poetry, a reading and a discussion with the audience on the nature of the poetic imagination and creativity in general.  David will also illustrate the relation and difference between poetic craft and popular music with respect to cadence and lyrics.  People tend to believe that popular songs are merely poetry set to music, which is a completely false analogy. To illustrate this point, David will read a few poems and Janice will join him in showing how a similar theme is mediated differently in the two genres.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in poetry and music. Book dinner at Neat before the event or join us afterward for a mix and mingle. Make it a great night out and it is recommended to book seats in advance to ensure availability.

Tickets:  $15 (incl HST) are available online at or at Neat Coffee Shop.

For more info contact:

David Solway is a leading Canadian poet, essayist and author of 35 books on various subjects including poetry,  criticism, travel, education and politics.  His wife Janice Fiamengo is a professor of English at the University of Ottawa and the author of books and articles on Canadian literature.