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Vankleek Hill

Ward 1

This Victorian town with quaint specialty shops along Main Street has a vibrant artistic community and a very active merchant's association.

There is something to see and do every month of the year: attend hockey tournaments or catch a "Cougars" game on Saturday night, the May Art Show Festival, Garden Tours, Fiddle and Step Competition, International Food Festival, the Annual Scarecrow Contest to the Christmas Craft Show, just to name a few.

The Vankleek Hill Agricultural Fair is one of the oldest in the province of Ontario, and don't miss the Horse and Buggy Parade grandparents and kids would love this!

The Horticultural Society is an outstanding group of volunteers working tirelessly on the beautification of the Township of Champlain and their Flower and Tea Shows are renowned throughout the County.

Finally, the Vankleek Hill Industrial Park is located in this ward. The manufacturers established in our park are entrepreneurs that have expanded their business links beyond our municipal boundaries and serve a Canadian and international clientèle.

Our industrial park is fully serviced and there are several parcels of land available for development at very competitive prices.


Ward 2

L'Orignal is our outdoor recreational centre. Our public beach is a very popular place where you swim in the Ottawa River or play in the sand with the kids.

Reserve a site at our municipal waterfront campground next to the beach or moor your boat at the L'Orignal marina where you can enjoy the hospitality of the local boaters.

The magnificent sunsets from this location are not to be missed! Stroll along King Street and view the beautiful stone and brick homes, the century old churches and of course the courthouse which was recently restored by a local artisan.

A bicycle ride along the Front Road West path in the autumn is a very special time to catch the festival of colours in the Laurentian mountains. The reflection of colours on the Ottawa River is a view of Mother Nature at her peak, and you can almost reach out and touch the mountains, they are that close!

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell and the County Court are established in this ward and, until several years ago, so was the oldest jail in Ontario.

The four residential subdivisions and the vacant light industrial lands along County Road 17 offer many options for individuals looking for an area to re-locate their industrial/commercial and personal interests.


Ward 3

Some of the oldest family farms in this region are located in this ward as is the largest industrial establishment between Ottawa and Montreal.

Ivaco Inc. is a steel mill with 600 employees, their billets are shipped to locations around the world. There are two very popular private waterfront campgrounds in Longueuil: Le Domaine Chartrand and À la Rochelle where seasonal residents from the Ottawa and Montreal regions have built their cottages, installed or parked their campers and mobile homes for the summer months.

Bay Road is a residential waterfront area with a bicycle path accessed from/to the Front Road West link.

The perfect rest area is at the corner of County Road 17 and the Blue Corner Road- Mom's Lunch and Dairy Bar. Don't forget to inquire about the maple syrup producers in our municipality or the famous smoked bacon and hams prepared and available at L'Orignal Packing.

West Hawkesbury

Ward 4

Provincial highways 34 and 417 lead travellers to our municipality and also serve as very important links for the commercial and industrial development of our Township.

The Vankleek Livestock Exchange is located on Ridge Road West and Monday night it's the place to be for anyone looking to buy or sell farm animals.

Other sites not to be missed are the Higginson's Round Barn along Highway 34 and the Montreal Soaring Council along County Road 4. This club has been established in this ward for forty years and offers introductory flights on week days and weekends.

Come experience the feeling of soaring through the air while viewing some of the most beautiful landscape in Ontario and Quebec. Stay at a bed and breakfast nestled in a quiet area along a country road and enjoy the local ambience.

Residential subdivisions with acre lots are located in wooded areas or along the waterfront within close proximity to the Town of Hawkesbury and the Quebec border.