Business View Magazine | March 2018

132 CLARENCE-ROCKLAND, ONTARIO A JEWEL OF A COMMUNITY G uyDesjardins,Mayor of Clarence-Rockland,Ontario, describes hismunicipalityas a“jewel”with a plethora of desirable attributes.Indeed,anyone who’s had the pleasure of visiting,doing business,or living in the communitywill wholeheartedlyagree.Located only45minutes fromdowntown Ottawa,an hour and a half fromdowntown Montreal,and one hour from the U.S.border,this eastern Ontar- io gemoffers the best of all worlds. According to theMayor,“We startedas a sawmill town be- causewe are next to theOttawa River.Within a 10-minute walk, you can be at the river,which is a real jewel for us now.Back then,it was a place that brought thework,but nowwe use it as a draw.We even have a summertime festival for it.” Clarence-Rockland was amalgamated in 1998 and consists AT A GLANCE CLARENCE-ROCKLAND, ONTARIO WHAT: An Eastern Ontario municipality, population approx. 24,500 WHERE: In the United Counties of Prescott and Russell on the Ottawa River. WEBSITE: