Our Community

The South Mountain-Hallville Pastoral Charge serves a large, rural, agricultural-based community in Eastern Ontario, south of Ottawa, Canada’s national capital.  Its coverage area includes parts of the townships of North Dundas and North Grenville. 

Many people who live in the area commute to Ottawa to work.  It is about 40 minutes to downtown on Highway 416, or by other routes.  This gives us ready access to urban amenities and services, while enjoying the benefits of a quiet and safe rural lifestyle.

Location

The South Mountain-Hallville Pastoral Charge serves a large, rural, agricultural-based community in Eastern Ontario, south of Ottawa, Canada’s national capital.  Its coverage area includes parts of the townships of North Dundas and North Grenville. 

Many people who live in the area commute to Ottawa to work.  It is about 40 minutes to downtown on Highway 416, or by other routes.  This gives us ready access to urban amenities and services, while enjoying the benefits of a quiet and safe rural lifestyle.

Services

The major hamlets within our Charge are South Mountain, Hallville, Heckston, Inkerman, and Mountain. Each is quiet and predominantly residential, and, with the exception of Inkerman and  Mountain, has basic services available in a general store.  South Mountain, the largest community, also has a:

  • doctor's office
  • bank
  • funeral home
  • post office
  • public library
  • golf course with a restaurant
  • the volunteer fire station

There is an auxiliary fire hall in Hallville and a post office in Mountain.  

The Kemptville area is a rapidly growing area with a wide variety of services, large supermarkets and chain stores.

Health Care

The nearby towns of Winchester and Kemptville both have newly renovated district hospitals, other medical and dental services, senior citizens facilities and nursing homes. 

Schools

South Mountain has a kindergarten to Grade 6 (K-6) elementary school.  There are several district high schools serving our area:

  • North Dundas east of Winchester
  • Seaway in Iroquois
  • South Grenville in Prescott
  • North Grenville and St. Michael's in Kemptville

Bus service also is available to French language and Roman Catholic schools.  There is easy access to a wide range of post-secondary institutions:

  • University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa
  • University of Guelph has a campus in Kemptville (formerly Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology)
  • Queen's University is nearby in Kingston
  • North Grenville and St. Michael's in Kemptville
  • Algonquin College in Ottawa, and three campuses of St. Lawrence College (Cornwall, Brockville, and Kingston) all offer a broad range of full and part-time courses.

Volunteers

Community spirit is strong. We know our neighbours, care about them, and rally around them in times of need.  Volunteers support social services as well as a wide range of recreational and cultural activities.

Recreation

The area offers many leisure and recreational opportunities.  There are local park facilities in some of the hamlets, and arenas and curling clubs in Winchester and Kemptville.  There are several local golf courses, and many others within an easy drive. 

Fishing, camping, cross-country activities on ATV, snowmobile or skis, and many organized sports are available.  (You should know there are no “'mountains” here: downhill skiing is close by, north of Ottawa.)  There are several private gym and fitness facilities.  

There is hockey in Winchester, Kemptville and Spencerville, and for NHL fans, the Ottawa Senators.

Organizations

4-H offers many activities for young people, as do Scouts and Guides.  Each local community has its own festivals.   Annual events include:

  • Dairyfest and the “Parade of Lights" in Winchester
  • the South Mountain Fair
  • the Spencerville Fair

There are also many winter carnivals, weekend dances, and special events.  Local service organizations include Mountain Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, and branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Culture

Library services are available in Winchester and Kemptville as well as a new one in South Mountain. Theatre and musical events are offered at:

  • The Old Town Hall in Winchester
  • Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg
  • the municipal hall in Kemptville

Tourism

The Seaway Valley and Ottawa Valley Tourist Regions offer many other attractions within easy driving distance. Upper Canada Village, 1000 Islands, and provincial and national parks offer outdoor activities.  There are local and regional museums. 

Many national institutions are available in Ottawa like the National Arts Centre, National Gallery and Parliament Buildings, and other arts and music venues.

Worship

In addition to our four United Churches, there is also a:

  • St. John's United Church in Kemptville
  • Wesleyan Church in Inkerman
  • Presbyterian Church in Mountain
  • Roman Catholic congregation in South Mountain
  • The Anglican community now worships in Winchester

Winchester and Kemptville have a full range of established places of worship.  There is an active ministerial association, and congregations have worked together on outreach projects and special events.