Video: A PWC Ride from Pembroke to Mattawa

A must-ride Ontario destination

For PWC enthusiasts, Ontario’s Ottawa River is a must-ride destination. You can ride the full 700-km (434-mile) round trip between Pembroke and Temiskaming Shores in four easy days. For a quick weekend overnighter, try the shorter 330-km (200-mile) return ride between Pembroke and Mattawa. Here’s what to expect…

The City of Pembroke in the Ottawa Valley is an ideal staging point. Located on Highway 17 between Algonquin Park and Quebec, it’s a charming, full-service community (pop. 15,000). For PWC riders, Pembroke has three advantages: a good municipal marina, a riverside location that accesses an uninterrupted 90-km (55-mile) cruise upriver, and a top-notch staging hotel, the Best Western.


About Craig Nicholson—The Intrepid Cottager

Popularly known in the summer as “The Intrepid Cottager,” Craig Nicholson is a freelance journalist, writer and communications consultant who specializes in motorized recreational activities, including personal watercraft. As an avid Sea-Doo rider, Craig logs over 100 hours and 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) on the water most summers on many waterways in Ontario and Quebec. His one-of-a-kind Intrepid Cottager website features his Sea Doo tour articles, PWC riding tips, product reviews and comment.

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