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Embrun, Ontario
—  Community  —

Coat of arms
Motto: Fibri Ad Exemplar
Location of Embrun, Ontario
Country Canada Flag of Canada.svg
Province Ontario Flag of Ontario.svg
Counties Prescott and Russell United
Township Russell Township
Settled 1845
Named 1857
 - Mayor Ken Hill
 - Governing Body Russell Township
 - MPs Pierre Lemieux
Area [1]
 - Community 81.694 km2 (31.5 sq mi)
 - Urban 9.05 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (197 ft)
Population (2006 Census)[2][3]
 - Community 8,048
 - Urban 5,655
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code K0A 1W0 and K0A 1W1
Area code(s) 613

Embrun (ˈɛmbrən in English; French pronunciation: [ɑ̃bʁœ̃]), UN/LOCODE: CA EBU, is a community in the Canadian province of Ontario in the Eastern Ontario region. Embrun is also part of the National Capital Region. Embrun is part of the larger Russell Township in Prescott and Russell United Counties. With a population of 8,048 (entire town)[2] or 5,655 (urban area)[3], it is the largest community in Russell Township. Embrun is largely (but not exclusively) francophone. The urban area grew by 26.6% from 2001 to 2006[3].

The community is located approximately a twenty-five minute drive from Ottawa, an hour and a half from Montreal, and a five hour drive from Toronto. Embrun is located near Trans-Canada Highway 417.

Politically, the community is situated in the electoral district of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell both provincially and federally.



The first residents of Embrun settled the town in 1845 [4]. François Michel named the town in 1857 after Embrun, France [4]. A railroad was built in 1898 that contributed to the growth of Embrun [4].

However, much of the 20th century was spent in a period of economic stagnation [4]. Embrun has since recovered and is now experiencing economic prosperity [4]. The population of the town was 8,048 in 2006[2].


Embrun's economy is largely agricultural. It is one of the major distributors of dairy products and bovine in the region. These farms also include hundreds of sheep, corn (sold to local grocery stores and markets) and numerous other products. Despite the importance of agriculture to the region's economy, the majority of the town's residents now work in the service industry [5].


Three newspapers[6] are published in Embrun: La Nouvelle[6] (weekly newspaper published in French), Le Reflet[6] (another weekly French language newspaper) and The Prescott-Russell News[6] (in both English and French).

A newspaper that is published in Rockland called Vision is delivered in Embrun as well. The Villager, a newspaper that is published in the neighbouring town of Russell, is also delivered in Embrun. Unlike Vision, The Villager is a paper that people must subscribe to or buy at a local store.


Being a primarily French-Canadian community, the community is well-served with francophone schools. There are three French-Catholic schools in Embrun: École St. Jean is an elementary school, La Croisée is a middle school, and École Secondaire d'Embrun is a high school. There is also a French public school: École Publique de la Rivière Castor. There is no French public secondary school in Embrun. Instead, a French Public High School in nearby Casselman serves Embrun.

The anglophone minority in Embrun typically relies on the primarily English speaking nearby town of Russell for education. English Catholic students in Embrun attend Mother Theresa Elementary School and St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, both in Russell. Non-Catholic anglophones in Embrun go to Russell High School. When attending elementary school, they have the choice of attending either Russell Public School or Cambridge Public School (the latter of which is in Embrun[7]), depending on whether they would prefer French Immersion or Core French[8] (Russell Public provides French immersion, while Cambridge Public provides Core French).

The Ottawa Carleton E-School is based out of Embrun.


The neighbourhoods of Embrun colour-coded

Embrun has several distinct neighbourhoods and several smaller neighbourhoods.

In the map to the right, the neighbourhoods of Embrun are colour-coded. Below is a legend as to what neighbourhood each colour represents.

  • Yellow - Industrial Park
  • Red - Business Park
  • Green - Chantal Development
  • Light Blue - Centre ville (town centre)
  • Purple - Bourdeau Development
  • Pink - Lapointe Developement and Mélanie Construction
  • Orange - Maplevale

The smaller community of Brisson may be considered part of Embrun, as it is no longer recognized by any municipal entity. [9]


Business Park

The place d'Embrun shopping mall

The Embrun Business Park is located in the extreme western part of Embrun, west of the Chantal Development. The area is home to nearly all of the town's major businesses. In this area is the Place d'Embrun Shopping Centre as well as some of the town's chain restaurants (e.g., Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen) and large businesses such as renovators, grocery stores and automobile garages. However, this part of Embrun lacks small businesses. Most of the small businesses are in other parts of Embrun.

This part of Embrun, however, has almost no permanent residents due to the fact that it is almost exclusively commercial. There are a few people living on Notre-Dame Street in this area, however, these people are counted as part of the Chantal Development in population counts. The area is paved with many asphalt roads crisscrossing the area. However, these "roads" don't have official names, and aren't registered in the Russell Township list of roads. Instead, the businesses here are addressed to as being on Notre-Dame Street, even though some are over a kilometre from it.

Industrial Park

Embrun also has an Industrial Park. Despite the name, the Industrial Park doesn't really have any industry, just semi-industrial commerce such as warehouses. The Ontario Provincial Police Station is also located here. The Industrial Park is located just to the north of the Embrun Business Park.

The Industrial Park is one of the westernmost areas of Embrun. It has three streets: Industriel Street, New York Central Avenue, and Bay Street.

Chantal Development

The Chantal Development

Chantal Development is a rather quiet residential area in the Western part of Embrun. To the east of Chantal Development lies the town centre (officially called Town Centre-Ville). To the west lies the Business Park and the Industrial Park.

There are several streets in the Chantal Development: Olympic Street, Domaine Street, Menard Street, Isabelle Street, Loiselle Street, Chantal Crescent, Promenade Boulevard, and Chateau Crescent.

Town Centre/Centre-Ville

Town Centre/Centre-Ville is home to three of the town's schools (École Publique de la Rivière Castor, St. Jean and La Croisée). Also, the Église St. Jacques is in this part of town. To the west of Town Centre/Centre-Ville is Chantal Development. To the east is Lapointe Development. To the south is the neighbourhood of Embrun South. To the north is Brisson.

The Town Centre/Centre-Ville area has many streets, too many to list here. The major ones are: Ste Jeanne d'Arc Street, Blais Street, Centenaire Street (also in Lapointe Development), St Jean Baptiste Street, Castlebeau Street, St. Augustin street and Lamadeleine Boulevard.

Lapointe Development

The Lapointe Development is in the eastern part of Embrun. To the west is Town Centre/Centre-Ville and to the south is the small neighbourhood of Maplevale. To the north is Brisson. The Lapointe Development is currently undergoing expansion.

There are several streets in the Lapointe Development: Lapointe Boulevard, Fleurette Street, Sophie Street, Alain Street, Chateauguay Road, Filion Street, La Prairie Street, Centenaire Street (also in Town Centre/Centre-Ville), Frontenac Boulevard, Citadelle Street, Louis Riel Street, La Croisée Street, Radisson Drive and Normandie Street.

Embrun South

The neighbourhood in the southern part of Embrun is called Embrun South. The area has several streets (like St-Jacques road). To the north lies Town Centre/Centre-Ville. To the east, west and south lies Forget. The area is near the Embrun Water Tower(St-Jacques road). The Norm's Gym summer camp (St-Jacques road). Also, École secondaire catholique Embrun is in this area (St-Jacques road).


The small neighbourhood of Maplevale, located to the immediate south of the Lapointe Development, can be defined as a more upscale and elite neighbourhood than the Lapointe Development, with features such as 19th century streetlights and high-class style homes.


In the 2006 Russell Township election, citizens of Embrun showed a particularly strong support for current mayor Ken Hill[10], with 1,431 Embrun voters voting for Ken Hill compared with 678 for Denis Bourdeau and 560 for Michael McHugh [10].

Lorraine Dicaire, Jean-Paul St. Pierre, Donald St. Pierre and Jamie Laurin received the most votes in Embrun for councillors, in order of most votes to least votes [10]. These four councillors were also the ones who received the most votes in the township as a whole [10]. The candidates that ran for councillor, but didn't get into council were Charlie Harland, Jean-Serge Brisson, Pierre Brulotte, and Marthe Lepine.

The newly elected mayor was tested when major blackout (caused by a freezing rain storm which was part of the Early Winter 2006 North American Storm Complex) affected the town from December 1-2, 2006, which left virtually the entire town without electricity. Hill declared a state of emergency, which lasted for several days[11].


As the community of Embrun grows, traffic concerns also grow. The community's primary road, Notre-Dame Street, is projected to reach a level of traffic volume beyond its design capacity in the near future [12]. The municipal council considered either expanding Notre-Dame Street into a 4-lane roadway or by re-routing traffic on Notre-Dame Streets' collector roads[12]. The latter option is considered preferable by the municipal government[12].

St. Guillaume Road, which connects Notre-Dame Street with Trans-Canada Highway 417, is projected to start nearing its design maximum capacity in the near future as well. Widening St. Guillaume Road was discussed as an option during a study by the Prescott and Russell United Counties government, as well as introducing a new corridor to connect Notre-Dame Road with Highway 417.


Although Embrun is situated in Canada, which has a reputation for being very cold, Embrun is located in the "Long Summer/Short Winter" belt of Southeastern Ontario and Southwestern Quebec, which is the only part of Canada in which the summer is significantly longer than the winter.

Summers in Embrun usually last about 4 months long, and winters are about 5-5 1/2 months long. Autumn and spring are very short (especially Autumn).

The first snowfalls of the year usually occur in mid-to-late November, but snow doesn't actually cover the ground until December. Before that, snow usually melts as soon as it hits the ground.

In the spring, the snow usually starts melting in March, although occasional "warm breaks" with temperatures as high as 10°C (50°F) usually occur once or twice in January and February.

Also, in the spring, the area tends to smell of cow manure, and the run-off into the Castor River begins.

In recent years, winters have gotten much warmer, so often in the winter freezing rain will occur. This makes driving very hazardous and often cancels school buses and makes the roads very icy for a few days.

In the summer, humidity is often common, especially in July. Although temperatures are usually just under 30°C (86°F), with the humidity it can feel as hot as 35°C or higher.

See also

References and Footnotes

  1. ^ Industry Canada (2006). "Broadband Canada". Broadband Canada, Industry Canada. Retrieved 2006-08-29.  
  2. ^ a b c The figure of 8,048 assumes that Embrun is defined as the Census Tract 5050184.00 and the Census Dissemination Areas 35020145, 35020163, 35020166, 35020168. This area is coterminous with Canada Post's definition of Embrun.
  3. ^ a b c Statistics Canada
  4. ^ a b c d e (French)Paroisse St. Jacques (2007). "Historique (History)". Paroisse St. Jacques. Retrieved 2007-01-15.  
  5. ^ Russell Township (2006). "Our Communities: Embrun". Russell Township Municipal Government. Retrieved 2006-01-15.  
  6. ^ a b c d Russell Township web site
  7. ^ Government of Ontario (2007). "School Board Profiles - Upper Canada District School Board - Cambridge Public School". Government of Ontario. Retrieved 2007-07-11.  
  8. ^ Students in a Core French program take a French class that is of normal length, while students in a French Immersion program study French far more extensively.
  9. ^ Brisson is not on the list of communities supplied by the United Counties of Prescott and Russell at this url and is not recognized as a community by Russell Township according to this url.
  10. ^ a b c d The candidate with the second most votes in Embrun was Russell Township's previous mayor, Denis Bourdeau. The candidate with the least amount of votes in Embrun was Michael McHugh, the previous mayorOfficial Results
  11. ^ Ottawa Sun
  12. ^ a b c Township of Russell (2007). "Township of Russell, Master Plan, Transportation chapter". Township of Russell Municipal Council. Retrieved 2006-08-29.  

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Coordinates: 45°16′27.60″N 75°16′54.51″W / 45.274333°N 75.2818083°W / 45.274333; -75.2818083

Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Embrun is a town in Ontario in Canada. While Embrun is part of the officially designated National Capital Region, it is usually considered to be part of Eastern Ontario.

It is situated in between the towns of Casselman and Russell. It is located about 30 minutes southeast of Ottawa. It has a population of about 8,000 (2006).

Embrun is a growing town and new businesses and homes are being built. Embrun is one of the fastest-growing towns in Eastern Ontario by doubling its population in 25 years (Embrun had just 3,800 people in 1980). This has led to confusion about how big Embrun is since many data sources are out of date.


Status as an unincorporated town

Embrun is an unincorporated community. This means that although Embrun does exist, it does not have its own municipality. Instead it is part of the Russell Township, sometimes just called Russell. This has led to confusion between Russell Township and the village of Russell, a small village also located in Russell Township.

The important thing to understand here is that Embrun and Russell are separate towns and that both of them together form the municipality of Russell Township (sometimes called Township of Russell).


Embrun follows the small town stereotype of "everyone knows everyone". Many people know or have acquaintances with most other residents of the town. This is especially true among senior citizens.

If you have any questions about how to get somewhere, then many people will be glad to help. Senior citizens are particularly helpful.

There are several social clubs which are very active in activities in the community such as: The "Club Optimiste Club", Knights of Columbus, Octogone club, Carnival committe and Celebrons ensemble committe. These social clubs organize community related activities for children, young adults and seniors during the holiday season, during the "Embrun Carnival"(usually the last week of January each year) and Celebrons ensemble(yearly summer celebration of community).

Activities are all sponsored by local businesses and encourage solid community relations.


Embrun is mainly francophone. 60% of the town's population speaks french at home. Despite this, however, many signs are bilingual (although bilingual signs are not required in Embrun) and in stores cashiers will often understand English.

Even so, knowledge of a few basic words in French is useful. See the French phrasebook on Wikitravel to learn basic words in French.

Get in

There is pretty much only one way to get to Embrun: By car. If you are coming from Ottawa, travel east (in the direction of Montreal) on Highway 417 and get off at Exit 88. The sign for Exit 88 says "Rockdale Road: Vars, Embrun". It takes about 25 minutes to get to Embrun from the Innes-Walkley area, 30 minutes from the St. Laurent area, 35 minutes from Orleans, 35 minutes from Downtown Ottawa, 40 minutes from the West End, and 50 minutes from Kanata.

If you are coming from Montreal, travel west (in the direction of Rigaud and Ottawa-Hull) on Highway 40. Once you hit Ontario, it will become Highway 417. Get off at Exit 79. The sign for Exit 79 says: "Limoges Road: Limoges, Embrun".

It takes about 90 minutes to get to Embrun from the West Island, 100 minutes from the Dorval/Saint-Laurent/Pierrefonds/Cartierville area, 110 minutes from the Mont-Royal/Centre-Ville area of Montreal, 115 minutes from Vieux-Montreal and 120 minutes from the Montreal-Est area.

Map of Embrun (click to enlarge)
Map of Embrun (click to enlarge)

By car

Getting around Embrun by car is easy. Most of the town's tourist-related buildings and areas are accessible off the main road, called Notre-Dame Street. In addition, there are several parking lots along the road.

On foot

While harder, one can get around Embrun on foot. The business park area in the western part of the town (near where Exit 88 hooks up with Embrun) has many stores fairly close together. However, walking from the western part of the town to the eastern part of the town can take almost an hour.

Overall, travelling around Embrun on foot is the least desirable means of getting around town.

By bicycle

Traveling around Embrun by bicycle is quite convinent. In the western part of the town, a bike trail links several streets. In the central part of the town, a pedestrian lane on the side of Blais Street hooks up with the bike trail. From there, one can travel on Centenaire Street, a relatively traffic-free road, to get to the eastern part of the town.

Bicycle rentals are available at Vélo Xpress, located at 968 Notre-Dame Street. Vélo Express can be reached at 1-613-443-5500.

The Église St. Jacques
The Église St. Jacques
  • The Église St. Jacques -- A beautiful 19th-century church located in the heart of the town at the junction of St. Augustine Road and Notre-Dame Street. This is sometimes called the "Paroisse St. Jacques" or among the anglophone population, "St. Jacques Church". It is very hard to miss. It is located along the Main Road. They have a website:, but the website is in French only.
  • New York Central Recreational Trail -- Pedestrian trail lined with trees that block the view of the urban features of the town. The New York Central Recreational Trail is free to access. A parking lot in the central part of the town is the start of the trail, which continues for several kilometres into Russell. Be sure to use insect repellent in the summer as mosquitos and black flies are common among the bike path. Walking or bicycling down the bike path is a relaxing experience.
  • Monument to Embrun, Ontario from Embrun, France -- Monument dedicated to Embrun, Ontario from Embrun, France. This is a public monument, so there is no price in seeing it. Is it located at the parking lot at the start of the recreational trail. Written on both sides is a message from Embrun, France that discusses about how Embrun, France is grateful for the Allied liberation of France in 1945, which soldiers from Embrun, Ontario contributed to. However, this text is in French only.
  • Picking strawberries at Fraisière Cosmos. 1407 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun, ON, K0A 2M0. 1-613-443-3725. Fraisière Cosmos is a strawberry farm along Notre-Dame Street east of the town. Strawberry picking is available in late June only.
  • Bay Street Salon & Spa 170 Bay Street, Embrun, ON K0A 1W1. 1-613-443-7700, [1].. A beautiful day spa. Massages and treatments are offered. Packages are available.
  • La Chocolatière, 1110 Notre-Dame, Embrun, ON. K0A 1W0. 1-613-443-7262, [2]. Open Thursdays from 5PM-8:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-noon. Handmade truffles and fine chocolates. Gift boxes are available.
  • Lucky 7 Sports Bar Restaurant, 767 Notre-Dame Street, 1-613-443-1221,[3]. Restaurant located in the Place d'Embrun mall in the business district. The food is quite good and the prices are fair, but recently the restaurant has gotten less customers, so it may close or lower its prices over the course of the next few years. This restaurant serves a variety of foods, from Soup to Pizza and Potato Skins to Shrimp and Salad. Mid-range prices.


The Lucky 7 (contact information above in the eat section) serves as a sports bar.

  • Au Boisé Bed and Breakfast,2048 Route 600, P.O Box 382, 1-613-443-2010, [4]. Good Bed and Breakfast, located just to the southeast of the town.
  • La Clé de Champs Bed and Breakfast, 1566 Ste. Marie Road, 1-613-443-5348 [5]. Bed and breakfast located in a victorian style home south of the town.

Get out

Other Destinations

While in Embrun, you can also visit the small town of Russell. Russell is a short drive away from Embrun.Russell is a beautiful town with a more rural feel than Embrun. To get to Russell, drive west on Notre-Dame Street. It becomes Castor Street, which leads into Russell.

Departing the town

Like getting in, the best way to depart the town is by car. Refer to the Get in section above for directions and travel times.

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