2017 Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valleyhttp://www.theruralramble.ca/Mon, 28 Sep 2015 9:00:59 -0400en-us<![CDATA[Home]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/home/http://www.theruralramble.ca/home/Mon, 28 Sep 2015 9:00:59 -0400Begin your Autumn adventures with a Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley.

 

            

This fall, enjoy a Rural Ramble set againt the beautiful backdrop of Autumn in the Ottawa Valley! Every year thousands of visitors flock to the region to bask in the glow of the brilliant fall colours and experience the Ottawa Valley first hand. 

Over the years the Rural Ramble has evolved from a weekend farm tour to a season-long festival. Ramblers were initially required to purchase admission bracelets to participate and use a map to plan their itinerary. In 2010 the event was re-launched as an extended fall touring festival with no admission and free online route planning tools.

As of 2015, the Rural Ramble will no longer be an organized festival. Special events and scenic driving tours will continue to be promoted by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA). The expression “Rural Ramble” will still be used in fall promotions for the region. However Ramblers’ will be invited to “come for a Rural Ramble (a leisurely excursion through the countryside)” rather than “the Rural Ramble (an organized festival)”.

Studio Tours, Taste of the Valley, underground dining, fossil hunts, self-guided hikes and giant pumpkin weigh-offs are just a few of the many experiences waiting for you in the Ottawa Valley this fall. Check out our calendar of events, choose a scenic driving route and let your Rural Ramble begin! 

Use the calendar below to help plan your fall getaway in the Ottawa Valley! Detailed event listings for September and October can be found on the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association’s online calendar of events.

 

 

Blue North Studios The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association  
The City of Pembroke MyFM  

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[About]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/about/http://www.theruralramble.ca/about/Fri, 04 Sep 2015 9:52:13 -0400

Rural: of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture

Ramble: a leisurely excursion for pleasure

Over the years the Rural Ramble has evolved from a weekend farm tour to a season-long festival. Ramblers were initially required to purchase admission bracelets to participate and use a map to plan their itinerary. In 2010 the event was re-launched as an extended fall touring festival with no admission and free online route planning tools.

As of 2015, the Rural Ramble will no longer be an organized festival. Special events and scenic driving tours will continue to be promoted by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA). The expression “Rural Ramble” will still be used in fall promotions for the region. However Ramblers’ will be invited to “come for a Rural Ramble (a leisurely excursion through the countryside)” rather than “the Rural Ramble (an organized festival)”.

Ramblers are encouraged to check out the OVTA’s online calendar of events, select a scenic driving route, and spend a day...or two...or three! in the Valley this fall. Studio ToursTaste of the Valley, underground dining, fossil huntsself-guided hikes and giant pumpkin weigh-offs are just a few of the many experiences waiting for you. Many Ottawa Valley accommodations have special Rural Ramble packages, making it the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway.

One of only two regions in the world with the unique combination of climate and topography that results in brilliant fall foliage, the Valley is a magnificent place to enjoy throughout the autumn months. Glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside. Come back to the countryside with us!

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<![CDATA[Accommodation]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/accommodation/http://www.theruralramble.ca/accommodation/Fri, 04 Sep 2015 9:46:30 -0400Fall in the Valley is the perfect time to plan a Weekend Getaway! 

There is no lack of accommodations in the Ottawa Valley. Rural Ramblers looking to make their trip a weekend getaway can choose between rustic cabins, charming bed & breakfasts, clean motels and distinguished hotels. Outdoor enthusiasts can relish the natural beauty of the many area campgrounds as they drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Click here for a complete list of accommodations offered in the Ottawa Valley.

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<![CDATA[Rural Ramblers: Tips]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/about/rural-ramble-tips/http://www.theruralramble.ca/about/rural-ramble-tips/Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:28:25 -0400Plan your route.
Refer to our online calendar of events. Before you leave, take a few minutes to plan your route according to the amount of time you have. 
 
Bring an empty cooler.
A Rural Ramble through the Valley will provide plenty of opportunity to bring home something fresh from the fields! There will be a grand selection of fresh produce and home baking for you to purchase along the way.
 
Dress appropriately.
Sensible shoes and comfortable clothes are the dress code. Pack sunscreen, umbrellas and extra sweaters because one can never predict the weather. Events and activities go ahead rain or shine.
 
Smile!
There will be plenty of fun and many memories that you’ll want to capture in photos. Share your favourites with us on Facebook or use the hastags #RuralRamble & #OttawaValley.
 
Take your time.
Country living is generally at a slower pace – we’ve learned that one can accomplish just as much by moving sure and steady.
 
Bring some spending money.
The Ottawa Valley is proud to boast some of the best boutiques and artists in the world. A Rural Ramble is an excellent opportunity to pick up a souvenir or find that perfect gift for someone special.
 
Respect the land.
If the site of an event has posted Do Not Enter signs it’s either for your safety or for the protection of crops and animals. Remember to recycle and please do not litter.
 
Treat farm animals with respect.
If visiting a farm, remember that while animals are domesticated — they are not necessarily pets.
 
Ask questions.
Participation goes a long way towards education. Take part, have fun and get the most out of your Rural Ramble experience.

Bring the whole family.
There’s something for everyone. It’s sure to be a trip to the country your family won’t forget!
 
Plan to make it an autumn weekend getaway!
There is no lack of accommodations in the Ottawa Valley. Rural Ramblers looking to make their trip a weekend getaway can choose between rustic cabins, charming bed & breakfasts, clean motels and distinguished hotels. Outdoor enthusiasts can relish the natural beauty of the many area campgrounds as they drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars. Click here to for a complete list of accommodations offered in the Ottawa Valley.
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<![CDATA[Event Submission]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/about/submitting-site-information/http://www.theruralramble.ca/about/submitting-site-information/Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:17:53 -0400Have a special event taking place this fall? Click here to submit it to our online calendar of events. ]]><![CDATA[History and Heritage]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/history-and-heritage/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/history-and-heritage/Sun, 21 Sep 2014 4:05:17 -0400EVENT UPDATE: The Calabogie School House Event, scheduled for Saturday, October 4th in Calabogie, has been cancelled.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Contact Us]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/contact-us/http://www.theruralramble.ca/contact-us/Wed, 22 Jan 2014 8:53:29 -0500The annual Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley is organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association.

For more information about the Rural Ramble please contact:

Christine Mitchell
Communications Coordinator
Ottawa Valley Tourist Association
1.800.757.6580 or 613.732.4364
E-mail:
cmitchell@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
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<![CDATA[The Historic Opeongo]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/the-historic-opeongo/http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/the-historic-opeongo/Wed, 14 Aug 2013 3:42:55 -0400This route traces the historic Ottawa and Opeongo Road, which was established by the Canadian government in the 1850s to lure European settlers into the hinterland.

Depart Farrell’s Landing at Castleford. From River Rd (Cty Rd 1), turn right onto Thomson Rd and wind your way to Lochwinnoch Rd (Cty Rd 6). Turn right onto Lochwinnoch Rd (Cty Rd 6) and then right again on Hwy 17 to reach Renfrew.

From Renfrew, head up the Opeongo Line by travelling west via Hwy 132 to the Ferguslea bypass. Continue west along Ferguslea Rd back to Hwy 132; turn left and proceed to Dacre. From Dacre, travel north on Scotch Bush Rd to Balaclava. Proceed north on Scotch Bush Rd to Scotch Bush and turn left onto Constant Lake Rd. Proceed west on Hwy 41 and turn left. Proceed south for a few kilometers and turn right onto Opeongo Rd. Watch for the byway on your left approximately 1km after you turn onto Opeongo Rd from Hwy 41.

About 1.5km beyond the roadside byway, look for the Opeongo Oasis on the right side of the road. Continue your ascent northwest along Opeongo Rd to the intersection of Foymount Rd (Cty Rd 512). Turn left and proceed for a short distance to Foymount. Wind your way back downhill along Foymount Rd (Cty Rd 512), to Brudenell.

At the interstection of Foymount Rd (Cyt Rd 512) and Opeongo Rd in Brudenell, proceed west on Opeongo Rd through the Prussion Mountains towards Wilno. Follow Opeongo Rd west and turn right onto Wilno South Rd, which winds its way down into Wilno. Turn left onto Hwy 60 and travel west to Barry’s Bay. From Barry’s Bay, continue travelling west along Hwy 60 to Algonquin Provincial Park.

Click here to download the free audio for "Up the Line: A Driving Tour of the Opeongo Line" (for mp3 players). 
 
67.5MB
Listening Lenght: 1hr, 12 min Stereo
Actual Tour Time: Approx. 2.5 hours or 150 km
 
Click here to dowload the "Up the LIne: A Driving Tour of the Opeongo Line" brochure. 
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<![CDATA[A Trail of Two Rivers]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/a-trail-of-two-rivers/http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/a-trail-of-two-rivers/Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:41:58 -0500Explore the watershed of the Bonnechere and Madawaska Rivers by travelling ‘round the Bonnechere Valley and up into the Madawaska Highlands.

Depart Pembroke. Travel via Round Lake Rd (Cty Rd 58) towards Bonnechere. Turn right on Turner’s Camp Rd to make your way to Basin Depot in Algonquin Provincial Park. Return to Round Lake Rd (Cty Rd 58) and wind your way to Killaloe. At Killaloe, turn right onto Hwy 60 and travel west. Watch for the scenic lookout sign on your left as you climb the hill into Wilno.

From Wilno, travel west on Hwy 60 to Barry’s Bay. From Barry’s Bay, follow Combermere Rd (Cty Rd 62) to Combermere. Turn left on Old Barry’s Bay Rd and watch for signs to Crooked Slide Park on your left. Backtrack to Combermere Rd (Cty Rd 62) and turn left towards Combermere. Turn left onto Palmer Rd and immediately left onto Rockingham Rd. Wind your way to Rockingham.

From Rockingham, follow Guiney Rd. Turn right at Jewelville Rd and travel to Jewelville. At Jewelville, turn left on Palmer Rd (Cty Rd 514); from Hardwood Lake follow Hwy 28 to Denbigh. From Denbigh, take Hwy 41 to Eganville. Travel north on Hwy 41 to Bulger Rd (Cty Rd 9) at Lake Dore. The Shaw Woods is located 1km on your right. Backtrack to Hwy 41, turn right and travel north back to Pembroke.

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<![CDATA[Driving Tours]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/Thu, 13 Sep 2012 3:12:07 -0400As summer wanes and days shorten, the Ottawa Valley landscape changes from brilliant greens to glorious reds and golds creating spectacular scenery.


 

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<![CDATA[Switchbacks & Shorelines]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/switchbacks-shorelines/http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/switchbacks-shorelines/Mon, 10 Sep 2012 1:19:05 -0400This tour meanders along the backroads of the Bonnechere and Madawaska River valleys, through the heart of the Ottawa Valley.

Start your tour in Burnstown. Depart Burnstown via Calabogie Rd (Cty Rd 508) and wind your way along the Madawaska River through Calabogie. Beyond Calabogie, turn right on Ferguson Lake Rd and proceed to Mount St. Patrick. From Mount St. Patrick, wind your way north along Flat Rd to Dacre. From Dacre travel north on Scotch Bush Rd to Balaclava. From Balaclava continue north on Scotch Bush Rd to Fourth Chute Rd and head towards Eganville.

From Eganville, take Hwy 41 to Foymount Rd, turn right and proceed to Foymount. Wind your way back downhill along Foymount Rd (Cty Rd. 512), to Brudenell. At the intersection with Opeongo Rd, Foymount Rd (Cty Rd 512) becomes Brudenell Rd (Cty Rd 512). Turn right on Brudenell Rd (Cty Rd 512) and proceed to Old Killaloe. Continue west on Brudenell Rd (Cty Rd 512) to Killaloe.

From Killaloe, turn right onto Hwy 60 and travel east towards Golden Lake. Turn right on Kokomis Rd (Cty Rd 70) to reach the Golden Lake First Nation Reserve. Backtrack to Hwy 60 and turn right. Travel through Eganville and on to Douglas. Continue east on Hwy 60 to Renfrew. In Renfrew, make your way to Hwy 17 and travel east to Arnprior. At Arnprior, follow Daniel St into Arnprior. Backtrack to Hwy 17, cross the highway and follow White Lake Rd (Cty Rd 2). Turn right on Burnstown Rd (Cty Rd 52) to make your way back to Burnstown.
 

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<![CDATA[Friends & Neighbours]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/friends-neighbours/http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/friends-neighbours/Mon, 10 Sep 2012 1:17:19 -0400Travel up the north shore of the Ottawa River and down the south side for an interprovincial excursion.

From Hwy 17 east of Arnprior, travel east on Galetta Rd (Cty Rd 22) and follow signs to the ferry crossing at Fitzroy Harbour. Board the Quyon Ferry and cross the Ottawa River to the province of Québec. From Quyon, head west on Hwy 148 towards Shawville, passing Lac des Chats along the way. Continue westward along Hwy 148 to Bryson.

From Bryson, take Wilson Rd to Ile-du-Grand-Calumet. Backtrack to Hwy 148, turn left and continue west to Campbell’s Bay. Continue west on Hwy 148 to Fort-Coulonge. Turn left onto Chemin de la Chute, then right onto rue Principale and follow it through town. Continue along rue Principale to the north end of town and the red covered bridge at the intersection with Hwy 148. Continue west along Hwy 148 and wind your way to Chapeau.

In Waltham, turn right onto Hwy 8 and follow it to Chapeau. At Chapeau, turn right onto St. James St and proceed to the church at the top of the hill. From Chapeau, follow the Pembroke Rd to Hwy 148 and exit Allumette Island by crossing the bridge over the Ottawa River into Ontario. Proceed to Pembroke and make your way to Hwy 17. Travel east on Hwy 17 to Cobden, Renfrew and then Arnprior.



 

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<![CDATA[Up the Mighty Ottawa]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/up-the-mighty-ottawa/http://www.theruralramble.ca/driving-tours/up-the-mighty-ottawa/Mon, 10 Sep 2012 1:16:45 -0400Trace the shoreline of this prehistoric waterway up-river, as it skirts the edge of the picturesque Laurentian Mountains.

Start your tour in White Lake and make your way to Arnprior by turning right on Burnstown Rd, then left on White Lake Rd (Cty Rd 2). Cross Hwy 17 into Arnprior and follow Daniel St to Madawaska Blvd. Turn left and follow Madawaska Blvd as it becomes Elgin St W and then River Rd (Cty Rd 1). Travel west along the Ottawa Valley Parkway (River Rd/Cty Rd 1) through Braeside and Lac des Chats.

Continue west on River Rd (Cty Rd 1) through Castleford and then west on River Rd (Cty Rd 4) and along Queen’s Line (Cty Rd 4). Turn right onto Foresters Falls Rd to make your way to Foresters Falls. Proceed north on Grants Settlement Rd (Cty Rd 43) and then turn left and travel on Gore Line Rd (Cty Rd 50) to Westmeath. Turn left onto Westmeath Rd (Cty Rd 12) and left again onto Lookout Rd (Cty Rd 31). Stop for a 360„a panoramic vista of farmland, forests and waterways. A must-stop for photography buffs!

Continue south on Lookout Rd (Cty Rd 31) and turn right onto Lapasse Rd (Cty Rd 49) to reach Beachburg. From Beachburg, turn right onto Beachburg Rd (Cty Rd 21). At Greenwood Rd (Cty Rd 40), keep right and proceed to Pembroke. From Pembroke, travel west on Hwy 17.

Turn left onto Doran Rd (Cty Rd 26), and take an immediate right onto Barron Canyon Rd (Cty Rd 28). Travel to Algonquin Provincial Park and hike the Barron River Canyon Trail to the top of the 300 ft. cliffs for a breathtaking view of this spectacular Ice Age gorge. Backtrack to Hwy 17. Cross Hwy 17 and proceed west on Doran Rd (Cty Rd 26) to Petawawa.

After your tour of Petawawa, continue west again on Hwy 17 and watch for signs between Petawawa and Chalk River for the Petawawa National Research Forest. Continue west on Hwy 17 through Chalk River, home of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., and on to Deep River and Meilleurs Bay. From Meilleurs Bay, proceed west on Hwy 17 to Rolphton and Deux Rivières. Continue travelling west on Hwy 17 and proceed to the lookout, located about 3km west of Deux Rivières.

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<![CDATA[Submit a Rural Ramble Site]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/members/join/http://www.theruralramble.ca/members/join/Mon, 13 Aug 2012 8:44:39 -0400<![CDATA[Site Criteria]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/site-criteria/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/site-criteria/Fri, 10 Aug 2012 9:10:51 -0400Site/Event/Activity Criteria & Information

Site Requirements:

  • Participation in the Rural Ramble requires that sites/events/activities that charge admission provide added value to their visitors. The added value must be significant and provide incentive for the consumer to visit your site. Examples of added value include: discounts off admission prices, free samples and souvenirs, etc.

  • Sites are encouraged to provide educational, interactive and demonstrative components of their event.

  • Should you charge any admission to your site, the admission must be clearly noted in your site description.

Site Description

  • Demonstrations and activities must be listed in your description with allotted times (ie: “Milking demonstrations at 11 am and 2 pm” or if ongoing: “Horse grooming demonstration every 15 minutes”). It is recommended to post signs at your site indicating the location of demonstrations.

  • On-site charges (including admission fees, if applicable) must be listed in your description. Added value must be made obvious to the visitors through signage, site description or in a verbal welcome.

  • Dates and hours of operations and activities must be clearly identified. Sites must commit to being open on the dates and times indicated. Should dates and hours of operations change, sites must inform the OVTA asap.

Promotion:

  • You will have more success at your site if you have other participating sites in your area! Encourage businesses in your community to participate in the Rural Ramble. Feel free to ask OVTA staff for neighbouring site suggestions.

  • Sites are requested to assist with the marketing and promotion of the event via the web and social media. Upon approval of your event/activity submission, you will be emailed a Rural Ramble web badge with link to place on your website.

  • Letting as many people as possible know about the Rural Ramble is key to its continued success!

 

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<![CDATA[Arts and Culture]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/arts-and-culture/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/arts-and-culture/Thu, 09 Aug 2012 3:34:34 -0400<![CDATA[Agriculture and Food]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/agriculture-and-food/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/agriculture-and-food/Thu, 09 Aug 2012 3:33:54 -0400<![CDATA[Adventure and Exploration]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/adventure-and-exploration/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/adventure-and-exploration/Thu, 09 Aug 2012 3:33:24 -0400<![CDATA[Add/Edit Your Listing]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/edit/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/edit/Tue, 07 Aug 2012 3:28:12 -0400<![CDATA[Submit a Rural Ramble Site]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/join/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/join/Tue, 24 Jul 2012 2:20:43 -0400<![CDATA[Thank You]]>http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/thank-you/http://www.theruralramble.ca/listings/thank-you/Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:48:17 -0400Thank you for adding your business to the Rural Ramble Listing Database.  You will receive an email when your listing is approved.

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