Sunday, April 26, 2015
Outside of Ottawa ... Arnprior
Arnprior is located in the Ottawa Valley at the mouth of the Madawaska River, where it connects with the Ottawa River. It is a 30 minute drive from the Canadian Tire Center on 400 series highways. The ‘Prior is known for lumber, hydro power generation, aerospace, farming and its proximity to the national capital region. The downtown is a collection of eclectic shops, services and eateries.
There are over 8,500 people living in Arnprior. Their population growth in the previous five year cycle was 13.4%, almost triple the provincial numbers. There are over 3,800 private dwellings in Arnprior. Based upon population growth, the town of Arnprior should support the construction of 65 plus new homes a year.
Of note are the many walking and biking trails in Arnprior. The Millennium and Macnamara Trails provide scenic views of the waterfront, downtown heritage homes, and two nature trails including a walk-through of the Gillies Grove, a 45-acre (180,000 m2) tract of old growth forest, preserving the white pine which was the foundation of the local lumber industry. Additionally the rivers and local lakes encourage boating, fishing and canoeing. Arnprior also holds an abundance of wildlife in the town's local forest, the Grove.