Ottawa Valley people are fond of poking fun at each other, and there are as many nicknames for Arnprior as there are for folks who live in the upper part of the Valley. But kidding aside, Arnprior really does have the best of both worlds — urban and rural.
The town of close to 8,000 people is a hop away from the country’s capital — making it easy and accessible to slip into the city for some night life, a Senators hockey game, theatre, shopping galore, or even a skate or boat ride on the Rideau Canal.
For those who enjoy recreation and leisure activities, Arnprior and the surrounding countryside offer a gamut of opportunities. You name it, the place has it! Want to try bungee jumping or whitewater rafting? No problem. Just head to nearby Beachburg for the best whitewater in the entire world (and that’s not just us blowing our own horn!). Want to get in a game of golf or take a run down the slopes? Again, the area offers up scores of golf courses and two ski resorts. If your tastes run to canoeing, kayaking or rowing, the area offers up a host of lakes and two main rivers, the Ottawa and Madawaska.
Located at the juncture of these two rivers, Arnprior boasts a number of terrific facilities: a recreation centre with two ice surfaces and a swimming pool; a marina; a first-class 40-bed community hospital that continues to receive one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the annual provincial report card; and a 60-bed nursing home.
Both the hospital and nursing home are operated under one organizational umbrella. Fourteen family physicians provide services to the hospital, and most of these doctors operate their practices in the medical centre, which is physically connected to the hospital. The hospital offers inpatient, emergency and ambulatory care; a wide range of outpatient clinics, radiology and laboratory services, and a physical therapy department.
The hospital serves a catchment area of 25,000 people.
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