Cobden is a beautiful and very friendly community. It is part of the Township of Whitewater Region of Renfrew County. Located halfway between Renfrew and Pembroke on Highway 17 and is only one hour from Ottawa. Whitewater Region is a township on the Ottawa River located within the scenic Ottawa Valley. The Region is made up of Beachburg, Cobden, Ross and Westmeath, which were amalgamated on January 1, 2001.
The Whitewater Region provides an ideal location for new businesses and families to thrive. Being centrally located within Renfrew County, the community is home to local education and health service options and many employment opportunities within commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors. The Town is fortunate to have the Bruce McPhail Memorial Airport. Cobden is on the shores of scenic Muskrat Lake. The many lakes and rivers, including the Ottawa River, provide unlimited opportunities for all water sports.
Reasons to Move to Cobden and the Whitewater Region
REAL ESTATE 2020
Average Sale Price Residential & Condominium Combined : $242,632
Up 32.48% over 2019
* based on MLS districts 582* OREB 2019 vs 2020
Explore life in Cobden
The Algonquin Nation inhabited the Whitewater Region. The first European explorer in the area was Samuel de Champlain in 1613. At the time, Champlain explored an alternative route to Hudson Bay to bypass the treacherous rapids along the Ottawa River. During his explorations, he lost his astrolabe. It was found in 1867 by Edward George Lee. The astrolabe eventually passed to the New York City Historical Society in 1942, staying there for 47 years, until acquired for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1989. Cobden’s very existence is a circumstance of location. As Pembroke and Ottawa grew, so, it seemed, did the gap between them. In the 1800s, the easiest route between the two was the Ottawa River. However, the presence of rapids near Portage du Fort showed that a land route was necessary.
There are many historical sites worth visiting in the Region. The Westmeath Lookout allows people to scan the beautiful Whitewater Region and beyond. The lookout is unique because the viewer can look in all directions and enjoy the magnificent panorama of forests, fields and streams of Renfrew and the Pontiac Counties.
The Village of Cobden initially bought Veteran Memorial Park property. In 2000 the Park was renamed Veteran Memorial Park. The monument honours the memory of the brave men and women from Cobden and District who volunteered their services for Canada.
427 Lion Squadron Cenotaph is in Veteran Memorial Park. The Squadron was formed on November 7, 1942 as the eighth of fifteen Royal Canadian Air Force Bomber Squadrons. The Squadron conducted many missions during the war. Think of them when you see their helicopters flying over the Region from their base at CFB Petawawa.
Muskrat Lake plays a significant role in the life of Cobden. Like many other lakes in the Ottawa Valley, Muskrat Lake formed roughly 10,000 years ago when the last ice age glaciers receded. It is highly valued for its fish and wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and residential development opportunities. The Lake supports many species of fish; pike, pickerel, bass, lake and rainbow trout, smelt and perch. The Lake also hosts a wide variety of waterfowl, aquatic, and other animal species and provides drinking water for some shoreline property owners and Cobden.
Cobden and the Whitewater Region have a great selection of homes. These range from beautiful historic houses to brand new homes on large and smaller lots. They include very affordable one-bedroom homes to large three garage waterfront houses. The available homes cater to everyone from singles, families with children and retirees. There are several beautiful new build bungalows ideal for seniors in the Region. You can have the waterfront country lifestyle with all the amenities you could ever want or need close at hand. You can even buy a farm.
There are many great restaurants in Cobden. However, the Whitewater Brewing Company has become a favourite of many people from near and far. It is found next to Muskrat Lake at 78 Pembroke Street Cobden. The menu is changed regularly to maximize the use of fresh Ottawa Valley natural ingredients. Lunch and dinner are served, and their award-winning craft beer can be purchased at the Brew Pub.
Take the short drive to Cobden, walk down to Muskrat Lake, and enjoy the beautiful setting in the Region. There is affordable housing, natural scenery, and a very friendly community. There are all types of homes to choose from and even living on a lake or river is possible. It is a special place to play any sport and take part in many cultural and outdoor activities. At the same time, you are only one hour from Ottawa.
Take the short drive to Cobden, have a meal at the Lakeside Brew Pub, and you will be back.
There are five elementary schools located within the Township that fall under the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board jurisdiction or the Renfrew County District School Board. The Mennonite community has also established and built its own school called Riverside Parochial School. Secondary schools are in Pembroke, Renfrew, and between Cobden and Eganville
The Cobden fair takes place in late August each year. The Fair offers several days of activities that include exhibits, cattle and horse shows, midway rides, and a demolition derby. In December, Cobden has its own Santa Claus Parade.
The Farmers Market is an outdoor market that runs from May to October. It offers a wide variety of crafts and foodstuffs, and everything is grown or handmade locally. The market takes place at the Fair Grounds. There is also an excellent Christmas Market that takes place in the Memorial Hall.
Logos Land is close to Cobden; it features five water slides, paddle boats, mini-golf, and a representation of Noah’s Ark. The water park is open mid-June to Labour Day. It’s also home to Canada’s tallest Christmas tree, standing 22 meters high. Every year over 3,000 local children decorate the tree, which is dedicated to children around the world.
The Whitewater Region has some of the best golf courses in Eastern Ontario. There are two golf courses in Renfrew and another ten courses in the area; These include The Oaks of Cobden Golf Club, Dragonfly Golf Links, Renfrew Golf Club, the Pine Lodge Golf Course. All the courses are open to the public.
Since the 1950’s Royal LePage O’Neil has been helping members of the Ottawa Valley fulfill their real estate needs and dreams. The same is said for Royal LePage Gale Real Estate which first planted roots in Almonte in 1948 and since 2015 has operated under the name of Royal LePage Team Realty along with many other Ottawa Valley and City of Ottawa locations.
With our office located directly on Main St, our real estate professionals know the community and surrounding area well. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about real estate in the Cobden area please reach out to us anytime!
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