Welcome to the Westmeath & District Recreation Association Website


As you move through the website, we hope that our sense of pride in our community and our dedication to making this a fantastic place to live shows.  We want it to.

The WDRA is the all-volunteer group providing recreational and community activities for the citizens of the northern section of the Township of Whitewater Region in the Upper Ottawa Valley of Ontario.  Click on Map to see the “Thumbs Up”.

We are very active and welcoming.   The hub is the handicap accessible Westmeath Recreation Centre housing an Arena, a Community Hall, and the adjacent Ball Diamond. With plenty of parking, well maintained arena ice surface and change rooms, and full catering and bar facilities in the well appointed modern auditorium/banquet Hall; this Recreation Centre is the heart of the community.

Browse through this website and revisit it often. Bookmark it for your convenience. Or better yet, if you are in our area, check our Map section and come out to one of our events and say G’Day.  You’ll find the warmest of welcomes.

Something for Everyone

Does your family…

Enjoy hockey?  Westmeath Warriors are the local house league and we work alongside Muskrat Minor Hockey!
Enjoy baseball?  Our ball diamond hosts all ages of ball!
Celebrate holidays?  Come celebrate CANADA DAY, New Year’s Eve, St Patrick’s Day and many more with us!
Need a venue for a wedding/reunion/special event?  Our hall is booked regularly and comes complete with bar facilities and a kitchen!  Our ice pad is also available for rent – great for birthday parties!  Check out the Rental Rates Brochure for further details.
Have tweens?  We host regular tween dances with a fantastic local DJ!

***Free wireless internet connection is available  to the community  both inside and outside the building. ***

Cottagers or residents without internet access are welcome to make use of this at any time.
This is also a great addition to our facility for business meetings, trade shows!!


The Town Crier will tell you of items not in the monthly Newsletter and information that needs your special attention.

When Trouble Strikes – Preparedness Pays Off

The WDRA’s Mission Statement includes community well-being.

Under the Whitewater Region’s “Emergency Response Plan”,   the municipality www.whitewaterregion.ca, has designated the use of the WDRA Community Recreation Centre as an emergency registration or reception and evacuation centre.  According to the Plan, emergencies are defined as situations or impending situations caused by forces of nature, accident or an intentional act that constitutes a danger of major proportions to life and property.  They affect public safety, meaning the health, welfare and property, as well as the environment and economic health of the Township of Whitewater Region.

Since the Recreation Centre is situated adjacent to the municipality’s Fire Hall in the Village of Westmeath, easier coordination in an emergency would occur.  Our Whitewater firefighters are trained in life saving measures, but the WDRA hosts courses in CPR and other emergency health training for the general public.

Heart Defibrillator

An Automated External Defibrillator can serve the same purpose as an internal defibrillator but it is not implanted. They can only be used when a patient is suffering from cardiac arrest or severe heart fibrillation, since the electrical shock they produce can damage a beating heart.

Because it can take several minutes for an emergency responder to get to the scene and treat someone with their defibrillator, many communities are acquiring one.  The WDRA has a portable unit at the Recreation Centre, and more and more locals are taking the training.  It is a key piece of equipment in this community’s emergency response.