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Pembroke (Ontario)

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Pembroke (Ontario)

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Pembroke [2] is a city of 15,000 in Ontario, Canada along the Ontario-Quebec border.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Greyhound operates out of Laundromat Plus, 425 Pembroke St. E (Behind Moncion's Grocers), 613-732-2865. 8am-9pm. There are 3 buses daily to Ottawa, 3 to North Bay and 1 to Toronto.  edit

By car[edit]

Pembroke is accessible by 4 exits off Highway 17, also known as the Trans-Canada Highway. Along this highway, it is 160km (100 mi) west of Ottawa and 215km (135 mi) east of North Bay. It is also about 400km (255 mi) northeast of Toronto.

Get around[edit]

Pembroke is small enough that almost everything is within a comfortable walking distance, and cycling as well.

There is a public transit bus [3] that runs in a loop throughout the city from morning through early evening.

Taxis are common and cheaper than big cities for moving around within the city and to nearby towns. Calling a taxi service - by using a phone book or asking a store owner to do so - will save time over trying to hail one. Try Danny's Taxi, 613-735-7007.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

  • Pembroke Welcome Centre, 2 International Dr, 613-735-3951.
  • Heritage Murals [4] are the 25 murals located within the city which deal with numerous aspects of local culture and history.
  • Champlain Trail Museum [5], 1032 Pembroke St. E, 613-735-0517. Displays and artifacts from the area's past, with a school house, log pioneer home, and other period buildings.
  • Murray L Moore Hydro Museum [6], 283 Pembroke St. W, 613-732-3687. Light fixtures and artifacts dating back to 1884, when Pembroke was the first place in Canada to have street lights.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Kiwanis Waterfront Trail [7] is a 1.5km trail which follows the waterfront from the city's marina to Riverside Park. Includes outdoor theatre, historic "pointer boat" monument, outdoor chapel and lookout points.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park is just west of Pembroke and offers a variety of interior camping, canoeing and hiking.
  • Some of the world's best whitewater rafting and kayaking is available east of Pembroke, near the village of Beachburg, by several different companies. A variety of packages are available - inquire within the city.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • East End Mall.  edit
  • West End Mall.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Mostly chain restaurants. Groceries are available cheapest at discount groceries at the malls at either end of town, or less cheap at Moncion's downtown. For a little taste of authentic Pembroke cuisine try the deep-fried Mars bars from Colbourne's chip truck, located on Boundary Road.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The two bars most popular with locals are located near City Hall on Pembroke St.

  • Shots Serves free hotdogs on Friday nights.
  • The Lasso Known for its karaoke.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotels and motels[edit]

Usually, no reservations are necessary, except possibly during major hockey tournaments (weekends in November and early December). There are also several B&Bs on the outskirts of town.


Algonquin Portage Ltd. [8] is located outside of Pembroke towards Algonquin Park (613-735-1795). $30/night, linens not included. Breakfast for $9. Camping for $5/night. Offers pickup and dropoff at the Pembroke Greyhound station.


Tent or trailer camping is available from May 24 long weekend through Canadian Thanksgiving at Riverside Park, on Pembroke St. in the west end. Includes washrooms and showers, playground, beach and tourist information centre. $27.82/night (tax included) for serviced sites, $21.40/night for non. Lower rates for stays of longer than 2 weeks. There are also three provincial parks with campsites a half-hour's drive away: Algonquin, Bonnechere [9] and Driftwood.


  • Pembroke Public Library, 237 Victoria St. (South of Pembroke St.), 613-732-8844 (), [1]. Mon-Thurs 10-9, Fri-Sat 10-5.30, Sun 1-4.30, Sun closed May-Sept. Offers free wireless internet and reservable computer terminals. Conveniently, wireless is still available outside the building during closed hours. Free.  edit
  • Cafe Olé, 20 Pembroke St. W (West of Muskrat River bridge), 613-629-5102. Offers locked wireless internet to customers.  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Pembroke
North BayPetawawa  W noframe E  RenfrewOttawa

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