Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, is a town on the Bonnechere River in Renfrew County. Located one hour west of Ottawa in Eastern Ontario, Renfrew is the third largest town in the county after Petawawa and Pembroke. The town is a small transportation hub connecting Highway 60 and Highway 132 with the Trans-Canada Highway. It lies about 5 kilometres from the Quebec border, about 10 kilometres by road.
The town of Renfrew makes the claim to be the birthplace of the NHL. One of the four original teams in the National Hockey Association, the precursor to the NHL, was based in Renfrew. The Renfrew Millionaires, fought to be allowed to play in the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association, but with no success. The team’s owner M. J. O’Brien eventually financed and put together his own league, the NHA. The Renfrew Millionaires played two seasons of hockey in the NHA, 1911 and 1912, until M. J. O’Brien pulled out to pursue his interests in the railroad.
McDougall Mill Museum
This beautiful stone mill was built in 1855 by fur trader and Hudson’s Bay Company agent, John Lorne McDougall. Used originally as a grist mill, the building was renovated and reopened as a museum in 1969. Situated in picturesque O’Brien Park, the mill cradles the second chute of the Bonnechere River and overlooks the town’s historic Swinging Bridge.
The O’Brien Theatre
The O’Brien Theatre was a balconied and elegantly decorated town landmark that was converted from a live theatre to a movie theatre, then upgraded in the 1990s to accommodate two screens, but maintains much of the original appeal.
For area happenings: http://town.renfrew.on.ca/community-calendar.cfm