The launch of Ottawa Valley Culture.ca is the culmination of a year long project that was lead by the City of Pembroke in partnership with the County of Renfrew and the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association.
With funding assistance from the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund we were able to create a cultural asset inventory of over 900 tangible and intangible, built and man-made, places, people, events, organizations, structures, etc that collectively define the PLACE we call the Ottawa Valley. All of that information is now part of a an online data base, and visitors and prospective investors will now be able to visit the Ottawa Valley, and formulate their own interests of things they would like to see and do -so if you’re interested in music events, you can select that on the regional map, and all of the events/contact info/websites, etc appear, creating a tour map. Same oges if you’re interested in special architectural structures, cemeteries, and so on.
There is also the beginning of a collection of the stories – Facts and Fictions of the Ottawa Valley – and visitors can add to the existing stories, or submit their own oral histories that speak of the local lifestyle.
That’s just the website – even more important is the development of a Municipal Cultural Framework for Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley – a document that has been endorsed by the City of Pembroke , and will be as well by the other municipalities of Renfrew County. This framework addresses the importance of cultural heritage conservation as one of the pillars of sustainability in healthy vibrant communities.
We plan to continue building on this work, and a regional Cultural Heritage Roundtable will be established to help formulate new tools to develop the creative economy in Pembroke and Renfrew County, as well as to help educate local citizens, organizations and governments about project.
The project is an outstanding example of what can happen when we work together across the entire region. The City of Pembroke was the lead applicant for the CCPF funding, and we received $67,150 from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to do all of the work above.
Please, visit www.ottawavalleyculture.ca to see what the Ottawa Valley is up to.