Neighbourhood Focus | Kemptville is calling

By Susan Legge
March 11, 2021

Located just 30 minutes away from downtown Ottawa by car, Kemptville’s small-town charm is attracting new residents in record numbers, and man’s best friend could not be happier.

Yes, there are amenities such as Kemptville District Hospital, proximity to Hwy. 416, and numerous schools, parks and shopping districts to enjoy.

Residents also rave about eQ Homes’ top-rated eQuinelle Golf Club and Kemptville’s four seasons of outdoor recreational opportunities, but it’s the Ferguson Forest Trail system, which includes the ultimate canine experience at Ferguson Forest Dog Park, that has tails wagging.

Established by the devoted volunteers of North Grenville Dog Parks Corporation, the dog park features fenced-in open grassy areas and a shady forested loop for dogs and their attentive owners.

There’s a designated dog watering station and multiple benches for humans to relax on while they watch over their pets in one of two separate fenced-in areas: one for large breeds and the other for smaller dogs.

People and their pups have been enjoying the outdoor areas in and around Kemptville for some time.
Since amalgamating with rural Oxford-on-Rideau Township and South Gower Township in 2003 to become the formal municipality of North Grenville, there are now 150 kms of impressive trails to enjoy.

In less than an hour, you can cycle River Road to historical places such as Burritts Rapids, the oldest community on the river, or enjoy the increasingly popular Kemptville Farmer’s Market.

On a summer’s day, golf at one of the various local courses, or spend some time trekking through Rideau River Provincial Park.

There are also local antique shops and several other farmers’ markets in the Kemptville area.

Along Prescott Street, the unofficial “main street” of Old Town Kemptville, you’ll discover new and historical buildings, churches, locally owned restaurants, and a scenic bridge with a view of Kemptville Creek — all great spots to visit any time of year.

But don’t be fooled by Kemptville’s small town vibe, there are plenty of modern amenities for families, singles and folks of all ages.

Schools include three elementary institutions located in town — Holy Cross Catholic School, Kemptville Public School and South Branch Elementary School — and there are two high schools — North Grenville District High School and St. Michael Catholic High School — as well as multiple parks, a library, various gyms/yoga studios, and a newly built retirement living residence.

Tucked beside Highways 416 and 43 is where you’ll find the area’s big box stores and restaurants which surround the Kemptville Colonnade Retail Centre. Everything is readily available here in retail stores such as Walmart, Giant Tiger, Canadian Tire and Dollarama, to name a few.

To keep up with Kemptville’s newest communities, check out the builder listings in the back of this issue.
Be sure to register your interest online. The new homes of Kemptville have never been more popular. Ask any dog and they will tell you why.

About Susan Legge

During her journeys around world of real estate, Susan has seen the good, the bad and the unbelievable as an investor, renovator and homeowner.

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