Welcome to Our Community!

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

C. S. King

Adjusting into a new community comes with many questions and changes. The Welcome to Our Community category can provide insight into topics such as: what type of weather conditions to expect in Canada and how to navigate the changing of seasons - how to find specialty foods and restaurants locally, and information on how to connect with neighbours or local culture.

How to Avoid Culture Shock

Snowperson with scarf and hat

The Four Seasons in Canada: What to Expect & Tips

Learn more about what winter is like in our community including the type of winter clothing to have.

Two neighbors having a friendly chat.

Connect With Your Neighbours

Your relationships with your neighbours may be some of the most important ones you have in day-to-day life.

Indian cultural dance.

Cultural Events

Your relationships with your neighbours may be some of the most important ones you have in day-to-day life.

French words and phrases on index cards.

Francophone Settlement Services Available to Support You

Learn about the francophone support services available to you through Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’est de l’Ontario (RSIFEO).


Pembroke Public Library

Where to Find Your Local Library

Website links to the libraries in Lanark and Renfrew counties

Front steps of Pembroke Public Library.

What Types of Services Are Available

Services available at libraries in Lanark and Renfrew counties.


A person driving their car

What Transportation is Available

Learn more about the transportation options available to you locally.

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Transportation Best Practices: 5 Things You Need to Know

These 5 tips are designed with the safety of motorists and pedestrians in mind.


Group of people dining at a restaurant.

Specialty Foods & Restaurants

Lanark and Renfrew counties are full of delicious restaurants and eateries. Continue on to find lists of restaurants compiled by community partners and tourism services in each region.

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Local Grocery Stores & Farmer’s Markets

There are many different grocery store options to fit every budget in our communities. Some stores are considered more economic usually when they do not have a fresh deli or bakery.