Welcome to The Nation Municipality where life is good in a rural setting, relaxed and pleasant.
The Nation Municipality, which is situated in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in Eastern Ontario, has an area of 661 square kilometres and a population of approximately 11,000. The Nation was formed on January 1st, 1998, with the amalgamation of the Townships of Cambridge, South Plantagenet, Caledonia and the Village of St. Isidore. It is comprised of the communities of Limoges, Cambridge Forest Estates, Forest Park, St. Albert, St. Isidore, Fournier, St. Bernardin, Riceville, Ste. Rose de Prescott, Caledonia Springs, McAlpine, Routhier, Ettyville, Pendleton, Westminster, Lemieux, Séguinbourg and the outskirts of Casselman. It was an ominous beginning, the Ice Storm of the Century hit in January 1998 causing a massive power outage in the whole area. In spite of this disaster, there was a positive outcome in that it created a situation where team work was essential in order to provide help to the general population.
A new logo was needed for the new municipality. The shape of the logo represents the geographic shape of the four former municipalities with the colour green being the new colour of The Nation. The logo itself is made up of the Ontario emblem, the Canadian emblem and other symbols: the trees represent the forests, the farm and silo represent the agricultural importance of the area, the river represents the South Nation River which flows through a large portion of the municipality, the bridge represents the large number of bridges within the municipality, the buildings represent the residential, multi-residential and industrial activities and the birds and ducks represent aquatic fauna found in the bog close to Caledonia Springs.
The Nation Municipality is situated close to several large centres. The Quebec border near the City of Montreal is a twenty minute drive to the east, the City of Cornwall and the American border is a 35 minute drive to the south and the City of Ottawa, Canada's Capital is just to the west.
Several fully bilingual services are offered such as libraries, community centres and halls, senior citizens homes and banking institutions. The staff of The Nation Municipality is also fully bilingual.
Several tourist attractions in The Nation make this a great place to visit and to live. The Larose Forest, being 11,000 hectares in size, is the second most important man made forest in North America. There are walking trails, cross-country ski trails, snowmobile trails and a bicycle trail in Larose Forest. The Moose Creek Bog and the Alfred Bog are also of significant importance. The Alfred Bog offers walking paths to observe the rare aquatic flora and the fauna of this important natural resource. There are two golf courses within The Nation Municipality, an 18 hole located near Casselman and a 9 hole located in Fournier. We also have camping sites, such as Kittawa in Limoges and Summer's Nest on County Road 8, offering a variety of services and rental options. We boast very active recreation associations who work hard to promote the well-being of the community.
There are activities organized throughout the year in different villages such as carnivals, summer festivals and community dinners just to name a few. Some of these activities have become quite renown. The "Festival de la Curd" in St. Albert, the Canada Community Day in Limoges, the Duck and Feather Festival in St. Isidore, and the Slasa Fiesta in St. Bernardin attract large crowds every year. The fair sponsored by the Riceville Agricultural Society is one of the oldest fairs in Ontario.
Several residential developments are located in attractive settings and many are serviced with municipal water and sewers. The Nation Municipality is also made up of large areas of rich agricultural lands which support agricultural industries such as the St. Albert Cheese Factory which is renown for its delicious cheese and other milk products. Some communities, such as Limoges, also have fully serviced industrial parks.
In closing, The Nation Municipality has a great deal to offer its tourists, residents and future residents. For further information, please contact us at the Municipal Office at 613-764-5444 or 1-800-475-2855 and we will be pleased to be of assistance.
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