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Located between the Algonquin Provincial Park and the mighty Ottawa River, Petawawa is a hub for outdoor adventures of every type. Winter offers downhill and cross-country skiing, while summer is a festival of beach days and kayaking. But Petawawa is more than just a launch-pad for wild excursions; the town boasts plenty of culture and heritage too. It’s a base for the Canadian Forces, and has an excellent military museum, while the city center will take you back in time.

Things to see

Petawawa’s city center is as compact as it is attractive, so it’s perfect for a leisurely stroll, taking in views of the crystal clear river and enjoying East Ontario’s legendary fresh air. At the Civic Center, there are children’s playgrounds and sports courts, so the whole family can get active. Here, you’ll also discover the Petawawa Heritage Village, a restored settler village, where local actors bring the schoolroom, rail station, and woodworking shop to life. Fans of military paraphernalia can enjoy a contented afternoon exploring the CFB Petawawa Military Museums, which feature uniforms, weaponry, and even light aircraft. In the summer, why not soak up the sun at Petawawa Point? The river is wide and slow here, so swimming is possible, and there’s a sandy beach to relax on. In the winter, you can hit the powder at Mount Molson, a small but popular ski slope that’s ideal for beginners

Hotels in Petawawa

The hotels in Petawawa are a touch more upmarket than many of the budget hotels in Eastern Ontario, and the prices reflect this. This does mean, however, that you get a few more perks for your money. Leisure facilities include indoor pools, fitness centers, and even onsite fishing – they know how to make the most of the river here. For dining and entertainment, there are onsite restaurants, coffee shops, and even a nightclub. Freebies including parking and WiFi come as standard, and some rooms have self-catering facilities. Rollaway beds are widely available, so you can fit all the family in.

Where to stay

Petawawa has a couple of hotels on offer, and by staying here, you’ll have access to the city’s full range of conveniences, often located right by or within the hotel complex. River activities are offered onsite, so you can just get up and go, and hotel staff can help with organizing other outdoor excursions in the surrounding area. The museums and cultural attractions are within walking distance, or a short drive away. If you’re searching for a cheaper hotel, then consider staying in nearby Pembroke. It has a wider selection, including budget hotels, and is just a 20-minute drive away.

How to get to Petawawa

Petawawa is located along the Trans-Canada Higway 17, making it easily accessible by road from elsewhere in Canada and Northeastern USA. It is located about 180 kilometers from Ottawa, and Ottawa International Airport is the closest main airport to Petawawa. From there, the journey takes about 2 hours by road. If you plan to explore the region, it’s best to hire a car to give you the freedom to do so – it’s also by far the most efficient option. Alternatively, you can book a shuttle service in advance – there are numerous Petawawa companies who can provide roundtrip airport transfers.