The City of Clarence-Rockland is a modern municipality perfectly aligning rural charm with urban vitality. Clarence-Rockland is located on the banks of the historic Ottawa River to the north, and beneath the shadows of the towering pines of the Larose Forest to the South. Amidst these two extremes you will find several communities with their own individual colours and charms.
Ever since its humble beginnings as a forested city over 140 years ago, Clarence-Rockland has flourished into a beautiful city of nearly 23,000 residents. Situated 32 kilometres east of Parliament Hill and 145 kilometres west of Montreal, the region offers an outstanding quality of life and countless business opportunities.
With its varied professional services led by a skilled workforce, its constant residential growth, its numerous sports and cultural activities, its restaurants, its retail stores and specialty shops, the City of Clarence-Rockland is a great place to Live, Work and Invest.
The Ottawa River has always played an important role in the development of the City of Clarence-Rockland. In the 1800s, the river was the main livelihood for settlers who worked at the W.C. Edwards Sawmill, named after the founder of Rockland. Nowadays, the river is an unrivalled jewel for residents and tourists who love to do water sports or simply stroll along the main tributary of the St. Lawrence. Residents and tourists can access boat ramps at Moulin Park.
In order to regulate the streams and manage soil humidity, in the early 1900s, the provincial government created a forest within the confines of the Village of Bourget. This vast operation was led by the agronomist Ferdinand Larose, and made possible by a collective effort. This initiative saw the planting of trees on 10,540 hectares of dry lands. Several sports activities can now be practiced in Larose Forest such as:
- Cross-country skiing
- Nature studies
Recreational Trails of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell
You can take a walk there both in summer and in winter amidst rural surroundings urbanized by charming little villages, and explore a multitude of natural and historic attractions. The trail covers a distance of 72 kilometres and occupies part of the former railway corridor between Ottawa and Montreal.