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Prescott-Russell

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Prescott-Russell [1] is a county in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It has a population of about 80,000. It is just east of the national capital city of Ottawa, and south (across the Ottawa River) from the province of Quebec. The Saint Lawrence Seaway (and the state of New York) are a short distance to the south.

Towns and Villages

Prescott-Russell has no true cities. Instead, there are several towns and villages.

South

The southern portion of Prescott-Russell has many towns, the largest of which is Embrun. Many of the towns in this area are boomtowns.

  • Embrun -- A boomtown in action with numerous things to see and do
  • Russell -- A quaint little town with a village flair
  • Limoges -- A town at the edge of the forest with a hamlet atmosphere
  • St. Isidore -- Small village with the feel of an agricultural community
  • Casselman -- Little village with a unique atmosphere

Northwest

The Northwest has several towns and villages, the largest of which is Rockland.

  • Rockland -- Large town "on the edge".
  • Bourget -- Quaint town just right for birdwatching
  • Alfred -- Growing village with a unique flair
  • Plantagenet -- Atmospheric village filled with wonder
  • Wendover -- Riverside village with a wonderful feel

Northeast

The Northeast is a beautiful place near the Quebec border. The largest town is Hawkesbury.

  • Vankleek Hill -- Quaint town with small shops
  • L'Orignal -- Town by the coast
  • Hawkesbury -- The largest town in Prescott-Russell still has a rural feel
  • East Hawkesbury -- A township in action consisting of such beautiful places as St. Eugene

Understand

Prescott-Russell is a county in Eastern Ontario, a region of Ontario, a province in Canada.

Prescott-Russell is officially called "Prescott and Russell United Counties" or "United Counties of Prescott and Russell" due to the fact that the county was once two seperate counties: Russell County and Prescott County.

While First Nations tribes lived here thousands of years ago, the first European settlements in the area didn't arise until the 1700s, when the village of L'Orignal was built. However, many other villages weren't built up until the 1800s. For example, Embrun, Casselman and Russell were built in the mid-19th century.

Talk

Across the river from French-speaking Quebec, the majority of the people in Prescott-Russell as a whole are francophone, but there are many anglophones, and many francophones have a good knowledge of English and vice versa. Most towns are predominantly francophone and a few are majority anglophone.

Get in

By car

Getting to Prescott-Russell by car is easy. Trans-Canada Highway 417 travels right across the county, with easy access to the South and Northeast from Highway 417.

Also, County Road 17 crosses the northern part of the county, which provides easy access to both the Northwest and the Northeast. County Road 17 continues off of County Road 174 in Ottawa and merges with Highway 417 about 6 kilometres east of Hawkesbury.

By train

While less convenient, one can enter the county by train. There is only one train station in the county, at Casselman. However, getting from Casselman to the rest of the county is difficult. The nearest car rental store to the train station is Thrifty Car Rental at 821 Notre-Dame Street in Embrun. However, the taxi fare between Casselman and Embrun is about $35, so entering the county by train is not very convenient.

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