Arnprior’s central location offers a quick drive to many large attractions located both in the Capital Region and the Ottawa Valley. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, golfer or hoping to explore Canada’s Capital, Arnprior’s location along highway 417 offers you easy accesses to something for everyone!
Incorporated as a village in 1862 and, thirty years later (in 1892), as a town.
Arnprior has several historical landmarks together with the many required modern conveniences, including shopping, hospital, recreation, restaurants, water sport facilities, and beaches.
Recreation facilities include walking trails, ball diamonds, year-round ice surfaces and indoor pool, a curling rink, two municipal beaches, 14 parks covering 126.6 acres, and an airport that offers charter tours, skydiving and flying lessons.
Arnprior also has a large number of cultural groups include historical organizations, live theatre, chamber music, dance & choir, service clubs and an active artistic community with numerous studio tours and exhibits.
Some main attractions for the town are:
- Robert Simpson Park. The park houses a guarded beach, a splash pad, a canteen and a band stand where free live music can be found June through August on Sundays from 2 – 4 pm. Enjoy beautiful views of the Ottawa River and many activities take place at the park such as the annual Priorpalooza Music Festival (12 hours of music, celebrating local artists, held the first Saturday in June annually) beach volleyball, and yoga on the beach.
- A Dragon Boat Festival is held at Robert Simpson Park in July
- There are many walking trails in Arnprior including the Millennium trails and Macnamara Trail which provides 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. Gillies Grove is also home to the Tallest Tree in Ontario. Additionally the rivers and local lakes encourage boating, fishing and canoeing.
- Arnprior & District Museum is housed in the former Arnprior Post Office Customs House, built in 1896. Open Tuesday afternoons.
- White Pine festival, a three-day event held all around town that includes vendors, music, food, a highland dance competition and a movie in the park.
- The Arnprior Fair, a mix of musical entertainment, livestock showing, educational displays and rides.
- The Sunday market.
The Galilee Centre, which is the former McLachlin Estate along the Ottawa River, is a holistic spiritual life centre that hosts programs, groups and individuals. On site is a Royal Oak planted in 1860 by His Royal Highness, Edward Prince of Wales.