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Gillies Trail

A picture of the gillies trial map sign

A picture of the gillies trial map sign

Gillies trail takes you along the Madawaska forest, through Robert Simpson Park and one of the oldest growth forest in Canada, Gillies Grove.

The bell tower that is located in Daniel McLachlin Park

The bell tower that is located in Daniel McLachlin Park

You begin the trail at Daniel McLachlin Park and Bell Tower: The park was established in 1987 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Arnprior as a village in 1863.

Town Hall before the bell tower was removed

Town Hall before the bell tower was removed

Town Hall before the bell tower was removed: The bell in the monument came from the original town hall, constructed in 1888.

Daniel McLachlin's Mill in 1903

Daniel McLachlin's Mill in 1903

Daniel McLachlin's Mill in 1903: The stone for the bell tower in the park came from the grist mill (Baird’s Mill) which stood on this site. Constructed by Daniel McLachlin in the 1850's, the mill was lost to fire in the early 1970's.

A view of the madawaska river and weir from the trail

A view of the madawaska river and weir from the trail

As you walk through hydro park you are able to view the weir in the Madawaska River.

The arnprior wastewater treatment plant

The arnprior wastewater treatment plant

The trail takes you pass the Town's wastewater treatment plant.

Boats parked at the arnprior publice marina

Boats parked at the arnprior publice marina

You then walk through the Arnprior Public Marina.

The confluence of the madawaska and ottawa river

The confluence of the madawaska and ottawa river

You continue following the trail along the Madawaska River until you reach the confluence of the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers.

Little girl playing at robert simpson park beach

Little girl playing at robert simpson park beach

You then come to the beach at Robert Simpson Park.

View of Robert Simpson Park

View of Robert Simpson Park

Robert Simpson Park is on the site of Edgewood, the residence of Jack Usborne a member of a Ottawa Valley Lumber family, who married Jessie McLachlin, daughter of Daniel McLachlin.

View of the Ottawa River from Robert Simpson Park

View of the Ottawa River from Robert Simpson Park

The land was given to the town and named after a former mayor of Arnprior who served from 1949—1962 and 1964—1965.

Two girls playing in the splash pad

Two girls playing in the splash pad

The park is home to a splash pad, play structure, and a gazebo which acts as a stage for many events.

Couple walking up the hill at robert simpson park enterance

Couple walking up the hill at robert simpson park enterance

You exit Robert Simpson park onto John Street.

Galilee Center

Galilee Center

After following up the road from Robert Simpson Park, turn onto 398 John Street North. The stone mansion called, The Hill, was built by Daniel McLachlin (1809-1872) in 1853, and was occupied by the McLachlin families until 1933.

Galilee center sign

Galilee center sign

It severed as the venue at which Edward Albert, Prince of Whales, eldest son of Queen Victoria was entertained in 1860. It is now owned by the Galilee Mission Center of Arnprior. The mansion along with other surrounding buildings – known as the Galilee Community – is used as a catholic renewal and retreat center.

Trees in Gillies Grove

Trees in Gillies Grove

The Grove was originally used as a picnic ground by the Gillies and McLachlin families. The land came into David A. Gillies possession as the McLachlin family lost much of its land following the company’s bankruptcy. Following his death in 1967 and that of his wife Jessie, in 1980, it came into the possession of the Oblates. The Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased the Gillies Grove in 2001, with significant support of local fundraising from the Oblates to preserve this old-growth forest.

Couple walking in Gillies Grove

Couple walking in Gillies Grove

The Grove is enjoyed year round by residents and visitors alike!

Winter walk through the Grove

Winter walk through the Grove

Man biking in Gillies Grove

Man biking in Gillies Grove

One of the large trees in Gillies Grove

One of the large trees in Gillies Grove

The size and the age of many of the trees is extraordinary. Trees in the forest include Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch, American Beech, Eastern Hemlock and Basswood. Most impressive is the stand of the towering ancient White Pines. Birds that inhabit the Grove include Scarlet Tangers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls, Cooper’s Hawks and Eastern Screech Owls.

Fall walk along Gillies Grove Trail

Fall walk along Gillies Grove Trail

Entrance to Gillies Grove on Ottawa Street

Entrance to Gillies Grove on Ottawa Street

The trail ends on Ottawa Street where this nice kiosk is located.

Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail Sign

Heritage Trail Sign

The Heritage Trail begins at the corner of Madawaska Street and John Street

Downtown

Downtown

Most of the buildings are a part of Arnprior's Historic Downtown

Then and Now picture of the Museum

Then and Now picture of the Museum

35 Madawaska Blvd. This designated heritage structure, was constructed as a Federal Post Office and Customs House. Taking three years to build, it opened in 1897. Designed by Dominion Architect Thomas Fuller, the distinct Romanesque revival features are built from red sandstone from Perth Ontario, Potsdam Sandstone, a reddish sandstone, from Potsdam in northern New York State, was used for arches over the doors and windows and limestone- most likely from Aylmer.

Museum

Museum

Saved from demolition in 1963 for the town’s people by David and Jessie Gillies, the building now houses the Arnprior and District Museum.

Macnamara Residence

Macnamara Residence

153 Daniel Street North This board-and batten home with exceptional gable end detail was built by Daniel F. McLachlin (1809-1872) for his eldest son Hugh F. McLachlin. Among the fine heritage homes in Arnprior, it has been owned continuously by the Macnamara family since Richard Macnamara came to Arnprior at the request of H.F.McLachlin as his office manager. Charles Macnamara, field naturalist and photographer, also chief accountant for the McLachlin brothers lived here from 1886 – 1933.

Elgin Street then and now

Elgin Street then and now

You then turn off of Daniel Street onto John Street. This is a then and now picture of the street taken from opposite ends.

John Street

John Street

You then turn onto John Street. Here is a then and now photo of John Street taken from the intersection.

The Arcade building

The Arcade building

114 John Street North. The Arcade Department Store was considered a skyscraper when it was first built in the 1880’s. According to Leo Lavoie, “People came from across the river near and far to view the tallest building in the Upper Ottawa Valley.”

O'Brien Theater

O'Brien Theater

147 John Street North. The first theatre in Arnprior, the Theatorium, was built in 1906 on this site. The present building was built as the Casino Theatre in 1919, but with the advent of talking pictures it was completely renovated in 1930 and renamed the O’Brien Theatre. The latest renovation in 2000 added a second screen and restored the theatre to its former glory.

Where friends meet building

Where friends meet building

"Where friends meet" Building. 148-152 John Street North. Built in the late 19th century, this building has housed various businesses in the past. It has served as a ‘Chinese Laundry,’ telegraph office, men’s clothing store, dentist’s office and a shoemaker’s business.

Gallery Gift Shop

Gallery Gift Shop

Building now houses the Arnprior Bookstore, the Gallery Gift Shop and Bonnie Jane’s Scones.

Campbell Block building

Campbell Block building

39 Madawaska Blvd. This stone building was erected in 1853. Originally housing the T. McCormick and Son Grocery, Neil Campbell Insurance operated from these premises for most of the 20th century. While the current businesses include a denturist and financial planning consultant, the building continues to be known as the Campbell Block.

Kirkman House

Kirkman House

294 John Street North. This home was built in the 1870’s by Claude McLachlin, second son of Daniel McLachlin. From 1916—1995, the house was known as Sacred Heart Convent and was home to the teaching order of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Vincent de Paul. In 1996 the house became a bed & breakfast and was renamed Kirkman House.

Then and now photo of the hospital

Then and now photo of the hospital

350 John Street North. The Arnprior & District Hospital was formed in 1945 in what was originally the personal home of Daniel McLachlin (1881 – 1954), grandson of Daniel McLachlin (1809 – 1872). It took two years to convey the building and land to the Town of Arnprior and to remodel the residence into the hospital Required funds for the remodeling of the building were raised by the people of Arnprior.

St. John Chrysostom Church

St. John Chrysostom Church

295 Albert Street. The original Roman Catholic chapel in Arnprior was established in 1857. As the congregation grew, this was enlarged in 1869 and a new church constructed by 1873. As the Catholic community outgrew each successive church, the present massive Gothic-style church was constructed around the original building. One of Arnprior’s significant landmarks, this church was completed in 1908.

Priorpalooza 2013

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil and Councillor Grinstead at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil and Councillor Grinstead at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Suzie McNeil at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Dancers at Priorpalooza

Dancers at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Singer at Priorpalooza

Line Dancers dancing at Priorpalooza

Line Dancers dancing at Priorpalooza

Line Dancers dancing at Priorpalooza

Line Dancers dancing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Band playing at Priorpalooza

Openings, Ceremonies and Presentations

Group of children placing books in the Book Tree

Group of children placing books in the Book Tree

Mayor David Reid presenting Jackie from Sweet and Sassy with a photo as thanks for the cake she provided for Governor David Johnston visit to Community Living Renfrew County South in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Mayor David Reid presenting Jackie from Sweet and Sassy with a photo as thanks for the cake she provided for Governor David Johnston visit to Community Living Renfrew County South in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Mayor David Reid presenting Jacqueline Turner owner of Sweet and Sassy with a photo as thanks for the cake she provided for Governor David Johnston visit to Community Living Renfrew County South in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Book Tree Launch

Book Tree Launch

Members of Council at the Arnprior Book Tree launch on June 5, 2013

Mayor Reid placing book in book tree

Mayor Reid placing book in book tree

Mayor Reid places the first book in the Arnprior Book Tree.

Willis College Grand Opening

Willis College Grand Opening

Cutting the ribbon at Willis College's Grand Opening

Mayor David Reid presenting a congratulatory certificate at the opening celebration

Mayor David Reid presenting a congratulatory certificate at the opening celebration

Mayor David Reid presenting a congratulatory certificate at the opening celebration of Willis College

Group of people in front of the first Share the Road Sign

Group of people in front of the first Share the Road Sign

Share the Road Sign installed on Basking Drive.

Councillor Lynch presenting John Leslie, paralympian with a congratulatory certificate.

Councillor Lynch presenting John Leslie, paralympian with a congratulatory certificate.

Councillor Lynch presenting John Leslie, paralympian with a congratulatory certificate.

John Leslie is given a Town flag to take with him to the 2014 paralympics in Sochi

John Leslie is given a Town flag to take with him to the 2014 paralympics in Sochi

John Leslie is given a Town flag to take with him to the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi

John Leslie is presented with a hat supporting the Town's new logo.

John Leslie is presented with a hat supporting the Town's new logo.

John Leslie is presented with a hat supporting the Town's new logo.

World Autism Awarness Day celebration

World Autism Awarness Day celebration

Town Hall in blue for World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awarness Day celebration

World Autism Awarness Day celebration

Flag Raising for World Autism Awareness Day

Little girl placing book in book tree with the help of her grandma

Little girl placing book in book tree with the help of her grandma

Seeding the Book Tree with the first 100 books.

Governor General David Johnston Visits

The Governor General took a moment to meet with members of Council during his visit.

The Governor General took a moment to meet with members of Council during his visit.

The Governor General took a moment to meet with members of Council during his visit.

Executive Director Jennifer Creeden and the Governor General cutting the cake.

Executive Director Jennifer Creeden and the Governor General cutting the cake.

Executive Director Jennifer Creeden and the Governor General cutting the cake.

His Excellency visited Arnprior Aerospace.

His Excellency visited Arnprior Aerospace.

His Excellency visited Arnprior Aerospace.

His Excellency stopped by the Arnprior and District Museum.

His Excellency stopped by the Arnprior and District Museum.

His Excellency stopped by the Arnprior and District Museum.

Museum Curator Janet Carlile toured the Governor General through the newly renovated 2nd floor exhibit.

Museum Curator Janet Carlile toured the Governor General through the newly renovated 2nd floor exhibit.

Museum Curator Janet Carlile toured the Governor General through the newly renovated 2nd floor exhibit.

The Governor General was given a shadow box with a newspaper ad for the opening of his father's hardware store in Arnprior.

The Governor General was given a shadow box with a newspaper ad for the opening of his father's hardware store in Arnprior.

The Governor General was given a shadow box with a newspaper ad for the opening of his father's hardware store in Arnprior.

The Governor General David Johnston arrives at Town Hall where he is greeted by Mayor David Reid, his wife Tracy Reid, CAO Michael Wildman and the Town's Senior of the Year Rev. Leo Hughes and Volunteer of the Year Doreen Nicholas.

The Governor General David Johnston arrives at Town Hall where he is greeted by Mayor David Reid, his wife Tracy Reid, CAO Michael Wildman and the Town's Senior of the Year Rev. Leo Hughes and Volunteer of the Year Doreen Nicholas.

The Governor General David Johnston arrives at Town Hall where he is greeted by Mayor David Reid, his wife Tracy Reid, CAO Michael Wildman and the Town's Senior of the Year Rev. Leo Hughes and Volunteer of the Year Doreen Nicholas.

A donation of $500 was made to 3 local mental health organizations in honour of Governor General David Johnston visit.

A donation of $500 was made to 3 local mental health organizations in honour of Governor General David Johnston visit.

A donation of $500 was made to 3 local mental health organizations in honour of Governor General David Johnston visit.

Governor General Johnston was give a full tour of the facility and had the opportunity to meet with staff during his visit.

Governor General Johnston was give a full tour of the facility and had the opportunity to meet with staff during his visit.

Governor General Johnston was give a full tour of the facility and had the opportunity to meet with staff during his visit.

Mayor David Reid and Governor David Johnston cutting a cake in celebration of Community Living Renfrew County South's 50th anniversary.

Mayor David Reid and Governor David Johnston cutting a cake in celebration of Community Living Renfrew County South's 50th anniversary.

Mayor David Reid and Governor David Johnston cutting a cake in celebration of Community Living Renfrew County South's 50th anniversary.

Clara's Big Ride

Clara arriving in Arnprior on day 109 of Clara's Big Ride.

Clara arriving in Arnprior on day 109 of Clara's Big Ride.

Clara arriving in Arnprior on day 109 of Clara's Big Ride.

Clara addressing the large crowd.

Clara addressing the large crowd.

Clara addressing the large crowd.

Clara Hughes, Governor General David Johnston and Mayor David Reid biking to Robert Simpson Park.

Clara Hughes, Governor General David Johnston and Mayor David Reid biking to Robert Simpson Park.

Clara Hughes, Governor General David Johnston and Mayor David Reid biking to Robert Simpson Park.

Clara was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by His Excellency

Clara was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by His Excellency

Clara was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by His Excellency

Clara was touched by the stories the kids shared.

Clara was touched by the stories the kids shared.

Clara was touched by the stories the kids shared.

Clara receiving a warm welcome and flower presentation from Arnprior's Special Olympians

Clara receiving a warm welcome and flower presentation from Arnprior's Special Olympians

Clara receiving a warm welcome and flower presentation from Arnprior's Special Olympians

Mayor Reid presenting Clara with a certificate stating that a donation of $500 each had been give to Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres of Renfrew County, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families and TAMI (Talking About Mental Illness) in honour of her visit

Mayor Reid presenting Clara with a certificate stating that a donation of $500 each had been give to Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres of Renfrew County, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families and TAMI (Talking About Mental Illness) in honour of her visit

Mayor Reid presenting Clara with a certificate stating that a donation of $500 each had been give to Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres of Renfrew County, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families and TAMI (Talking About Mental Illness) in honour of her visit

Clara invited 6 kids on stage to display her 6 Olympic Medals.

Clara invited 6 kids on stage to display her 6 Olympic Medals.

Clara invited 6 kids on stage to display her 6 Olympic Medals.

Clara waves goodbye as she leaves Robert Simpson Park.

Clara waves goodbye as she leaves Robert Simpson Park.

Clara waves goodbye as she leaves Robert Simpson Park.

Mayor Reid and the Governor General signing the Renfrew County Stigma Free Zone agreement

Mayor Reid and the Governor General signing the Renfrew County Stigma Free Zone agreement

Mayor Reid and the Governor General signing the Renfrew County Stigma Free Zone agreement

Glenn Arthur, Town of Arnprior Recreation Director being presented with a Clara's Big Ride Jersey.

Glenn Arthur, Town of Arnprior Recreation Director being presented with a Clara's Big Ride Jersey.

Glenn Arthur, Town of Arnprior Recreation Director being presented with a Clara's Big Ride Jersey.

The crowd of nearly 3000 people that gathered to welcome Clara to Town.

The crowd of nearly 3000 people that gathered to welcome Clara to Town.

The crowd of nearly 3000 people that gathered to welcome Clara to Town.

His Excellency signing the stigma free contract.

His Excellency signing the stigma free contract.

His Excellency signing the stigma free contract.

Governor General David Johnston addressing the crowd.

Governor General David Johnston addressing the crowd.

Governor General David Johnston addressing the crowd.

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