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Embrun (Ontario)

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Embrun (Ontario)

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For other uses of the name Embrun, see Embrun

Embrun is a town in Prescott-Russell. It is situated in between the towns of Casselman and Russell. It is located about 30 minutes southeast of Ottawa. It has a population of about 11,500.

Get in

Basic map showing how to get to Embrun


There is pretty much only one way to get to Embrun: By car. If you are coming from Ottawa, travel east (in the direction of Montreal) on Highway 417 and get off at Exit 88. The sign for Exit 88 says "Rockdale Road: Vars, Embrun". It takes about 25 minutes to get to Embrun from the Innes-Walkley area, 30 minutes from the St. Laurent area, 35 minutes from Orleans, 35 minutes from Downtown Ottawa, 40 minutes from the West End, and 50 minutes from Kanata.

If you are coming from Montreal, travel west (in the direction of Rigaud and Ottawa-Hull) on Highway 40. Once you hit Ontario, it will become Highway 417. Get off at Exit 79. The sign for Exit 79 says: "Limoges Road: Limoges, Embrun".

It takes about 90 minutes to get to Embrun from the West Island, 100 minutes from the Dorval/Saint-Laurent/Pierrefonds/Cartierville area, 110 minutes from the Mont-Royal/Centre-Ville area of Montreal, 115 minutes from Vieux-Montreal and 120 minutes from the Montreal-Est area.

Get around

A map of the town of Embrun can found at http://prescott-russell.on.ca/documents/alacarte/map_embrun.pdf (note: that file is a pdf file, so you need adobe acrobat reader to view it)

By car

Getting around Embrun by car is easy. Most of the town's tourist-related buildings and areas are accessible off the main road, called Notre-Dame Street.

On foot

While harder, one can get around Embrun on foot. The business park area in the western part of the town (near where Exit 88 hooks up with Embrun) has many stores fairly close together. However, walking from the western part of the town to the eastern part of the town can take almost an hour.

By bicycle

Traveling around Embrun by bicycle is quite convinent. In the western part of the town, a bike trail links several streets. In the central part of the town, a pedestrian lane on the side of Blais Street hooks up with the bike trail. From there, one can travel on Centenaire Street, a relatively traffic-free road, to get to the eastern part of the town.

Talk

Embrun is mainly francophone. 60% of the town's population speaks french at home. Despite this, however, many signs are bilingual (although bilingual signs are not required in Embrun) and in store cashiers will often understand English.

Even so, knowledge of a few basic words in French is useful. See the French phrasebook to learn basic words in French.

See

  • The Église St. Jacques -- A beautiful 19th-century church located in the heart of the town.
The Église St. Jacques.

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Get out

While in Embrun, you can also visit the small town of Russell. Russell is a short drive away from Embrun. Russell is a beautiful town with a more rural feel than Embrun. To get to Russell, drive west on Notre-Dame Street. It becomes Castor Street, which leads into Russell.

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