In 2008, the City of Pembroke celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding, as well 180 years of settlement on the shores of the mighty Ottawa River where it is joined by the Muskrat River. Pembroke was first built by the forestry industry and the towering white pine has, without doubt, played an important role in our history, influencing our growth and development.
The early years of settlement were rough and ready years, as lumber prospectors arrived in the area seeking the huge trees to fuel growth in the New World. The lumberjacks came soon after with their lively frontier spirits and ingenuity to match. As they established the saw mills along the river our special community was created.
This video is a tribute to the enterprise, hard work and determination to succeed that these early settlers brought with them. Founding families like the Shaws of Pembroke have helped to create the unique spirit of the Ottawa Valley that has thrived for over 5 generations.
Over the past 180 years, there have been many cycles of boom and bust and the Algonquin forest continues to quietly preserve while sustaining the families that depend upon it. The Mighty timber crib and the pointer boats have assumed historic importance, while the forestry industry has seen dramatic changes through technology. But still, it continues to help define the City of Pembroke and shape its future.
Through this video we pay tribute to our past, and herald in the next 180 years, knowing that we are blessed by the land and waters around us that we will respect and protect into the future.
Mayor Ed Jacyno
Pembroke, Ontario 2009