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Arnprior is a town along the Madawaska and Ottawa rivers in Eastern Ontario.


Arnprior's population is about 7,158 and an urban population of 9,076.

Arnprior, aka "the Prior", is the gateway to tourism in the Upper Ottawa Valley and the Western gateway to Ottawa and Canada's National Capital Region.

Arnprior takes its name from the village of Arnprior Stirlingshire, Scotland (UK) from where its founding fathers originated.

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Arnprior is located on Highway 417/17 (the Trans-Canada Highway), about 45 km northwest of Ottawa. If driving from Ottawa, take highway 417 westbound.

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Robert Simpson Park is located on the edge of the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers off of John st. This Park/Beach is great for family picnics and swimming, Arnprior also has a Mall and retail outlet area on Daniel st. in the upper part of the town. If you are looking to take in some Hockey or go for a skate in Arnprior, the Nick Smith Centre is the place to go.

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 encourgae boating, fishing and canoeing.

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