The Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre, known to area residents as “The Centre,” has been around for many years under various forms. The original 1963 centre was burned in a fire in 2005. This was a great loss for the entire community and surrounding area. When asked if they wanted to rebuild or simply cease operations, the community gave a unanimous thumbs up to rebuild. And that’s what they’ve done. Thanks to grants and generous local donations of material, cash and over 25,000 volunteer hours, the new centre has been thriving for almost ten years.
The community of Rankin is proud of its centre, which was truly built by the people for the people. Today, the centre is busy with rentals for weddings, dances, meetings, workshops, private parties, car shows, anniversaries, trade shows, and much more. It also produces its own events, including the Rankin Winter Carnival. Concerts are always an important event here, as Rankin is a great supporter of the arts, particularly the treasure trove of live music and dance coming from the Ottawa Valley.
The Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre is located at 20 Rankin Rink Road outside Pembroke, Ontario.