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Chalk River (2006 pop.: 800) is a Canadianmarker rural community part of the Laurentian Hills municipalitymarker in Renfrew Countymarker, Ontariomarker. It is located in the Upper Ottawa Valley along Highway 17 (Trans-Canada Highway), 10 km inland (west) from the Ottawa River, approximately 21 km northwest of Petawawamarker, and 182 km northwest of Ottawamarker. Chalk River was a separate municipality until January 1, 2000, when the United Townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay and the Village of Chalk River were merged together.

Chalk River's area is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills and numerous small lakes all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the Canadian Shield.

St. Anthony's Elementary School is the only educational institution in the community, instructing grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7. Soon it will expand to grade 8. It provides catholic education to the children in the neighborhood, with a church next door. Students in higher grades are bussed to nearby Deep Rivermarker.

The town consists mainly of detached houses with some townhouses and an apartment building. Local services include stores (DJ's Variety and Country Meats), a gas station, and two restaurants (Treetop and the Roadhouse). The Chalk River library, the Lions Hall, and the Legion all play an important part in the community.

Local recreational activities include hiking, fourwheeling, and biking. In the winter, snowmobile and cross country ski trails can be enjoyed. A skating rink and baseball diamond are also present.


The town was first settled in the mid-1800s and named in 1875 after the Chalk River flowing just south of the community.

Chalk River played an increasingly important role in settlement of the Upper Ottawa Valley after a Canadian Pacific Railway line was constructed through the area.

Local employers

  • The Chalk River Laboratoriesmarker is a nuclear research centre named after the community. It is located on the bank of the Ottawa River in the neighbouring community of Deep Rivermarker

  • Bubble Technology Industries


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