Situated halfway between Ottawa and Pembroke off the Trans-Canada Highway 17, it is also a crossroad with Highway 60 to Algonquin Park, and Highway 132 to Gananoque. Renfrew has continued to grow and flourish over the years and is now considered cottage country central. With a quaint, small-town feel, Raglan Street South (Renfrew’s Main Street) is still teeming with Mom and Pop shops, eateries and specialty stores; providing a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Meanwhile, the retail park near Highway #17 is seeing some impressive growth with a number of commercial giants.
The town of Renfrew’s population remains steady at 8,500 according to the 2011 census, with Renfrew County’s population standing at over 100,000.
The labour force (age 15 and older), has grown to 58.34% and only 4.15% remain unemployed. Top employment remains in the sales and service industries at 30.43%, with jobs in trades, transport and equipment operators taking second place at 17.76%.
The two area school boards are well represented in town, with a total of five elementary schools and two high schools. There are also daycare centers specializing in early childhood education (ECE).
There are a number of active community social clubs in Renfrew. These include Kinsmen, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and Knights of Columbus, the Horticultural Society and Kiwanis to name a few.