History - The Corporation of the Town of Laurentian Hills was formed through the second round of the Provincial Government's amalgamation process in 2000. The United Townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay and the Village of Chalk River became one.
The history of Laurentian Hills has been researched and written in a book by Jennifer Mercer. "Staying the Run: A History of the United Townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay" is available at our local libraries and the Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay historical society.
Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear is: roaming around, checking garbage cans, breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored, in a tree, pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue, moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering
* From Dec 1- March 31, please contact your local MNRF District office.
Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and: enters a school yard when school is in session, enters or tries to enter a residence, wanders into a public gathering, kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site, stalks people and lingers at the site
Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.
Local MNRF District Office Address: 31 Riverside Drive, Pembroke ON K8A 8R6. Phone: 613-732-3661 Fax: 613-732-2972
General Facts and Information about Bears Be Bear Wise and Prevent Bear Encounters (Ontario website)
TAXES - Your INTERIM bill is mailed out at the end of January. The first installment is due the third week in February and the second installment is due the third week of May. Your FINAL bill is mailed out at the end of July. The first installment is due the third week of August and the second installment is due the third week of October.
How to Pay Taxes - Taxes can be paid in person at the Town office by cash or cheque or online (at participating banks click HERE), at Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, the Credit Union or by mail. We also provide the option for monthly pre-authorized payment. Click HERE for a preauthorized form.
Property taxes are based on the assessment of your property. If you have questions regarding your property assessment, contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation at 1-866-296-6722.
💧 Water Testing Bottles
Water Testing bottles are available at 34465 Highway 17 between the double doors for residents with a well. (8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday) During the months September to April drop off your water samples on Tuesdays only During the months May to August drop off your water samples on Mondays and Wednesdays only. The day your water is taken it must be submitted the same day. Place your filled water bottle in the blue cooler located between the double doors at 34465 Highway 17 before 4 pm on the drop off day. Click HERE for Water Sample Instructions
Memorial Tree Program - The Memorial tree program provides residents with the opportunity to honor loved ones, families or groups by having a tree with a memorial plaque installed on municipal property. The Memorial tree program and application can be found HERE or by calling the office at 613-584-3114.
Bench Program - The Memorial bench program provides residents with the opportunity to honor loved ones, families or groups by having a bench with a memorial plaque installed on municipal property. Memorial bench program and application can be found HERE or by calling the office at 613-584-3114.
Donation Policy - HERE
Recreation - Laurentian Hills has a number of outdoor recreational opportunities. The municipality has three public beaches, ball and soccer fields, outdoor hockey and skating rinks, and a variety of all-season trails for outdoor enthusiasts. We are situated just minutes from Deep River and Petawawa, both with additional outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities for residents.
Library - The municipal libraries are resources for all residents and businesses in the region. The libraries offer loans, copying, printing, faxing, computers and the Internet, Service Ontario programs and more. Libraries are located in Point Alexander and Chalk River. Please click here to visit their dedicated website.
Animal Control - In Laurentian Hills, we require that all dogs and cats be registered, by having a pet tag which is a free service. By tagging your pet, should they be found, they can be returned to the owner. To report a found animal or to report animals running at large, please contact the Municipal Office at 613-584-3114.
Farmers - Resources available at M+R Feeds. Click HERE for details
Local Organizations - The following is a list of some of our local organizations that contribute to the diversity of our municipality. Please click on the names of the organizations to be taken to their websites, if available.
Residents are welcome to go to 33 Blimkie Street in Chalk River or 240 Bass Lake Road in Point Alexander to fill sandbags to be utilized for prevention and protection of your property. Use of these facilities is at your own risk.
Sandbag Filling Tips - HERE
Sandbag Disposal information HERE
Sand / Sandbags / Emergency / Road washout 613-584-3865
Red Cross will be providing support for people who are in need, who have been evacuated and need accommodations up to the first 72 hours. Individuals in need of support from Red Cross are asked to call 1-866-637-4263.
Provincial Watershed Conditions Statement Issued for Southern Ontario by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on March 21, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. HERE
THE OTTAWA RIVER REGULATION PLANNING BOARD - HERE
MNRF SURFACE WATER MONITORING https://www.ontario.ca/page/surface-water-monitoring
Flood Water Safety - For your Drinking Water- HERE
Ontario Power Generation - HERE
Renfrew County and District Health Unit Information Re: Private Wells and Septic Systems
- Private Well Disinfection HERE
- Caring for your well during and after a flood HERE
- What you should know about flooded septic systems HERE
- County of Renfrew: Flood Preparation and Recovery HERE
County of Renfrew - AECL Restructuring Presentation - HERE
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy - The Town of Laurentian Hills is committed to the tenets of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ( the Act). The Town is committed to upholding the standards of privacy established within the Act and to providing individuals with the right of access to information in its custody and control including most general records as well as records containing their own personal information, where applicable. The Town will provide information when ever possible without anyone needing to use the formal Freedom of Information request process. In actual fact the Town does not maintain files on individuals as a general practice.
The Town does however caution that if letters or information is presented to Council or its Committees of the Whole that those meetings are open public meetings, once the Council has dealt with the presented information it becomes part of the public record and may be given to any requester provided it does not release personal information.
For more information please contact the Office of the Clerk, Town of Laurentian Hills or please check out the website of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario's web site at www.ipc.on.ca.
Effective Jun 13th Criminal Record Checks (Level 1 & 2) and Vulnerable Sector Checks (all record checks) are now being done online ONLY. Each applicant will have to go to: opp.ca/recordchecks
OPP bulletin regarding Seatbelts and Car Seats. Click HERE for more information
OPP bulletin regarding Pets In Vehicles. Click HERE for more information
Fraudsters Claiming to be CRA information HERE
Notice to Residents - FALSE 911 CALLS HERE
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission - Do Not Call List
The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) gives consumers a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. The National DNCL Rules introduce new responsibilities for Canada’s telemarketers. Click HERE to remove your number.
Remote Patient Care - Coming to Renfrew County residents - Information HERE
Deep River Hospital Newsletter, the ZINGER
Click HERE for up to date copies of the Zinger
Community Living - In Touch (Summer 2022) HERE
Wild Parsnip / Invading Species
Giant Hogweed Information HERE
Giant Hogweed Fact Sheet - HERE
Wild Parsnip Fact Sheet - HERE
Poision Ivy Fact Sheet - HERE
Hazardous Plants Info - HERE