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Travel and travel options to/from the Deep River area

(Rental Cars, Taxis, Bus, Airport Limo, Flying)

Getting to and things to do in the Deep River, Upper Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada area

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General advice received from those who claim to know (including Winter options)

  • Check the weather in the Deep River, Ontario, Canada region

  • Atlas of Canada - http://atlas.gc.ca/site/english/index.html

  • If you don't like the idea of driving from Ottawa or Toronto to Deep River/Chalk River, consider getting the airport van or bus to Deep River, then renting a car at the Deep River office of National Car Rentals. It is also possible to get a taxi to and from the lab (cost is supposedly around Cdn $25 for a one-way trip from Deep River to Chalk River labs) if you hate driving yourself or don't have a drivers licence.

    Another option is to get a local flight from Toronto to Pembroke airport - then rent a car at Pembroke airport which is around a 30 minute drive to Deep River. There is a National Car Rentals and a Budget Car Rental at Pembroke airport.

  • If you're visiting for more than a few days and arriving in Ottawa Airport; using a rental car from the airport would make the Ottawa-Deep River cheaper and quicker compared to taking a bus to Pembroke or Deep River (and then renting a car). Plus the car is much faster than the bus (~2 hours by car from Ottawa to Deep River vs more than 3 hours using the bus).

  • As to how many free mile etc that you get with the rental car, this seems to vary. Often you seem to get about 200km/day.

  • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

  • However, there is the option of getting public transport (air, bus or airport limo) to Pembroke or Deep River and then renting a car. For those who want to minimize on the driving, especially in Winter.

  • AAA Limosine and Van Services, 243 Laurentian Drive, Petawawa, Ontario, Canada, K8H 2N2. Tel: (613) 687-1471 ; Fax: (613) 687-4821 (approx Cdn $180 for single trip from Ottawa International Airport to Deep River - May 2003)

  • "Winter Driving Survival Kit: it is a good thing to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded. Recommended items are: ice scraper/snowbrush, shovel, sand or other traction aid, tow rope or chain, booster cables, road flares or warning lights, gas line antifreeze, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, small tool kit, extra clothing and footwear, blanket, non-perishable energy foods (chocolate or granola bars, juice, instant coffee, tea, soup, bottled water), candle with a small tin can and matches."

  • "Chimneys: We urge you to make sure your chimney is in safe working order. Fires often result from a build-up of creosote in the chimney. A blocked chimney can also cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your home, so check for signs of corrosion or deterioration and for birdsí or squirrels nests. Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year by a professional wood energy technician. "

  • "Fire Safety . Gift Idea: Looking for that special gift for family and friends? What better way to show you care than to give a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector to someone you love. You must have a fire alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Every home should also have a carbon monoxide detector that will alert occupants to the presence of these deadly gas. "

  • "Bears: Along with the nice weather also comes the bears. I have been informed that several bears have been sited on Jennings road. Please be extra careful with children when at Old Mackey's Park. Bears are attracted to any food source. If that attractant is removed, the nuisance bear problem usually disappears. Property owners, cottagers, campers and local residents can minimize the chance of encountering bears by following some simple steps:"
    • Store garbage in steel bear-proof containers, or in airtight containers inside a storage area that is not accessible to bears.
    • Put garbage out on the morning of collection, not the night before
    • Wash garbage containers and dumpsters frequently and use disinfectant to cut odours
    • Wait until fall to fill birdfeeders
    • Do not leave pet food outdoors
    • Clean outdoor grills after every use
    • Do not put meat, fish or sweet goods in your composter
    • Rinse containers before disposal
    • Keep meat scraps in the freezer until garbage pick up day
    • Do not feed any wildlife
    • Always be alert for signs of bear activity

  • Freezing temperatures blamed for deaths in Eastern Canada
    • http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/01/09/deepfreeze040109

    • Doctors warned people to be aware of the signs of frostbite in extremities such as fingers, toes, noses and ears.

      Dr. Luc Bessette, who works in the emergency room at St. Luc Hospital in Montreal, said people should stay inside when temperatures drop below -30 degrees unless it's crucial to go outside.

      Frostbite acts like a severe burn, he said, damaging soft tissues to the point they can't heal on their own. "There is destruction of the tissue to the extent that some people every year need amputation," he said.


Other Canadian Travel Hints Received

Via visitors to Canada (July/August 2006):

You can add Quebec City to your list of big towns/cities to avoid. It is a sprawling ugly conglomerate. Even the old city is a bit of a hodgepodge of different architectures. Things weren't helped by massive public works going on everywhere so the traffic was a shambles.

Compared to Quebec City, Ottawa was an oasis of tranquillity and style. On the other hand we really liked Montreal. We arrived there on Friday and our hotel was in the Latin Quarter in the middle of various social activities so it was a lively weekend with drag concerts etc. and we found a great bistro to hang out in - the Jardin Nelson, with courtyard dining and continuous jazz from different small groups.


Distances to Chalk River:

Chalk River to ???? km Miles Ontario Map

Chalk River

N/A

N/A

Map 10 (L30)

Deep River

10

6

Map 10 (L30)

Petawawa

15

9

Map 10 (L30)

Pembroke

40

24

Map 10 (M30)

Ottawa

203

125

Map 10 (N33) | Map 11 (N33) |
Ottawa

Montreal  417  258  ??
Kingston (USA Bridge)  349  216 

Map 6 (P32) | Kingston

Toronto  448  277 

Map 3 (Q26) | Toronto

North Bay 173 107

Map 8 (L26) | Map 9 (L26)
Map 12 (J16) | North Bay

Sudbury (SNO) 290 179

Map 8 (L23) | Map 12 (J15)
Sudbury | Sudbury Area


Airlines and Closest Airports to Chalk River and Deep River

Deep River Airport/airfield - for those who have their own light planes (between Deep River and Point Alexander)


Other Lesser Airports (but possibly more relevant for those without their own airplanes)


Airport Limosine and Vans from Toronto Airport/Ottawa Airport to Deep River

  • AAA Limosine and Van Services, 243 Laurentian Drive, Petawawa, Ontario, Canada, K8H 2N2.

  • Tel: (613) 687-1471 ; Fax: (613) 687-4821

  • approx Cdn $180 for single trip from Ottawa International Airport to Deep River - May 2003

  • Once you get to Deep River, for a rental car option, refer:


Rental Car options


  • Rental Car options in Pembroke

    • National Car Rentals

      • http://www.nationalcar.com/
      • Murdoch Group Inc. is Canada's largest franchise operator of National Car Rental: http://www.murdochgroupinc.com/
      • National Car Rentals (Pembroke station codes seems to be "Pembroke Airport": YTAO01 and "Pembroke ST W": YTAC01 and ):
      • PEMBROKE YTAC01 : 379 PEMBROKE ST. W. K8A 6X9; Pembroke; Manager: Paul Revenboer; Tel: 613-732-4332; Fax: 613-732-2120; 800: 800-960-2432;
        Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:00pm Sat 8:00am-5:00pm Sun 10:00am-5:00pm Holidays 10:00am-5:00pm
      • Ballpark costs: Cdn $35 to 45 per day
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

    • Budget Car Rental
      • http://www.budget.com/
      • https://www.budgetcanada.com/
      • 282 Christie St. Pembroke
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $?? per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.


  • Rental Car options at Ottawa International Airport

    • Car Rental at Ottawa International Airport (YOW): http://www.ottawa-airport.ca/groundTransportation/carRental-e.php

    • AVIS Car Rental
      • http://www.avis.com/
      • Airport code for Ottawa Airport is YOW
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $35 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

    • Budget Car Rental
      • http://www.budget.com/
      • https://www.budgetcanada.com/
      • Airport code for Ottawa Airport is YOW
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $30 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

    • Enterprise Car Rental
      • http://www.enterprise.com/
      • Airport code for Ottawa Airport is YOW
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $25 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

    • Hertz Car Rental
      • http://www.hertz.com/
      • Airport code for Ottawa Airport is YOW
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $?? per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

    • National Car Rental
      • http://www.nationalcar.com/
      • Airport code for Ottawa Airport is YOW
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $37 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.

    • Thrifty Car Rental
      • http://www.thrifty.com/
      • Airport code for Ottawa Airport is YOW
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Ottawa starts around Cdn $25 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.


  • Rental Car options at Toronto International Airport (YYZ)

    • Car Rental at Toronto International Airport (YYZ): http://www.lbpia.toronto.on.ca/travellerinfo/car_agencies.asp

    • 4.5 to 5 hours drive by car from Toronto airport to Deep River / Chalk River. Depends on suicidal tendencies and which route you go.

    • AVIS Car Rental
      • http://www.avis.com/
      • Airport code for Toronto airport is YYZ
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Toronto starts around Cdn $30 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.
      • 4.5 to 5 hours drive by car from Toronto airport to Deep River / Chalk River. Depends on suicidal tendencies and which route you go.

    • Budget Car Rental
      • http://www.budget.com/
      • http://www.budgettoronto.com/
      • https://www.budgetcanada.com/
      • Airport code for Toronto airport is YYZ
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Toronto starts around Cdn $?? per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.
      • 4.5 to 5 hours drive by car from Toronto airport to Deep River / Chalk River. Depends on suicidal tendencies and which route you go.

    • Hertz Car Rental
      • http://www.hertz.com/
      • Airport code for Toronto airport is YYZ
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Toronto starts around Cdn $?? per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.
      • 4.5 to 5 hours drive by car from Toronto airport to Deep River / Chalk River. Depends on suicidal tendencies and which route you go.

    • National Car Rental
      • http://www.nationalcar.com/
      • Airport code for Toronto airport is YYZ
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Toronto starts around Cdn $?? per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.
      • 4.5 to 5 hours drive by car from Toronto airport to Deep River / Chalk River. Depends on suicidal tendencies and which route you go.

    • Thrifty Car Rental
      • http://www.thrifty.com/
      • Airport code for Toronto airport is YYZ
      • Ballpark economy car rental from Toronto starts around Cdn $25 per day (Feb 2003) - can vary depending on duration of rental (daily/weekly) and extra costs and taxes
      • At least a midsize car is recommended for winter driving as it would be more stable on the road.
      • 4.5 to 5 hours drive by car from Toronto airport to Deep River / Chalk River. Depends on suicidal tendencies and which route you go.


Buses to Deep River/Pembroke

  • GreyHound Canada - Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa to Deep River (also Sudbury/North Bay to Deep River)

    • At http://www.greyhound.ca/

    • (information correct on 6th January 2004) To buy tickets near Deep River, you now have to go to the Greyhound Canada agent at Tree Top Restaurant in Chalk River (which is open 24 hours a day). The Greyhound bus stops here for pickups. If you want to board the bus at Deep River you have to flag it down - and it looks like you need to purchase tickets prior to boarding the bus, or have correct change.

    • For Ottawa to Deep River, adult cost is Cdn $39.06 for single busfair and Cdn $78.11 for a return busfair (Feb 2003- check the Greyhound website)

    • There are also direct buses (though a long ride) from Toronto to Deep River, refer to the Greyhound website at http://www.greyhound.ca/.

    • (information was accurate during January 2003) You catch the Deep River to Ottawa Bus at the "Petro Canada" on Highway 17. You can buy bus tickets at the Quik Stop Convenience Store at Petro Canada on Highway 17. If you were dropped off here - you would walk back up the highway to the traffic lights and turn left to get to the Deep River Downtown Business District and/or the Neutron Users apartment on Troyes Street.

      • From the North Renfrew Times (July 9, 2003): "Town loses bus stop"

      • "Vacationers looking to get away from Deep River for the weekend or visitors on their way home may have noticed that leaving town has recently become a difficult task.
        Petro-Canada Quickstop on Highway 17 is no longer the designated Greyhound location in Deep River.
        Passengers are currently being picked up outside the Bear's Den Lounge and Motel, but tickets cannot be purchased there or anywhere else in town. Instead, exact change must be given to the driver.
        Deep River is no longer a regular stop on Greyhound routes, but a "flag stop" where passengers must wave down the bus. "

    • Once you get to Deep River, for a rental car option, refer:

  • Timetable as of January 2003:
    From:Ottawa, ON   To: Deep River, ON  
    Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Frequency 
         00:01         02:50     02:49   Daily 
         10:00         13:20     03:20   Daily 
         17:35         20:50     03:15   Daily 
    
    From:Ottawa, ON   To: Pembroke, ON  
    Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Frequency 
         00:01         01:50     01:49   Daily 
         10:00         12:05     02:05   Daily 
         17:35         19:55     02:20   Daily 
    
    
    From:Deep River, ON   To: Ottawa, ON  
    Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Frequency 
         04:05        07:10      03:05   Daily 
         07:10        10:30      03:20   Daily except Sun 
         11:20        14:30      03:10   Sunday Only 
         14:10        17:15      03:05   Daily 
         17:15        20:30      03:15   Daily 
    


Taxis in the Deep River/Chalk River and Pembroke/Petawawa area (if needed to get too and from the lab)


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