Hawkesbury residents get around mainly by car, moped, bicycle and on foot.

Driver's license

Getting an Ontario driver’s licence is a three-step process. Drivers graduate from G1 to G2 and then ultimately to G driver’s licences. Conditions apply for G1 and G2 licence holders. To apply for a driver’s licence in Ontario, you must be 16 years of age or older and pass a vision test and a knowledge test. Certain documents are also required.

If you have two or more years of driving experience, you should know that Canada has a reciprocal driver’s licence agreement with various countries. This agreement allows you to obtain a Class G licence. You will still be required to pass a vision test and provide acceptable proof of your driver’s licence status and driving experience.

The countries participating in this agreement are:

  • The United States
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Germany
  • Isle of Man
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Switzerland

Are you from one of these countries but have less than two years of driving experience? Your experience will be assessed and you will automatically be issued an Ontario G2 licence. Once you have accumulated two years of experience, you can take the knowledge test and then the practical test to obtain a G licence.

Please note that different types of vehicles, such as motorcycles, mopeds and trucks, require different classes of driver’s licences. For more information on getting a driver’s licence in Ontario, visit the websites of and the Government of Ontario.

Public transit

There is no public transit system (bus, metro or tram) within the Town of Hawkesbury, but taxis are always available. If you’re travelling between Hawkesbury and the surrounding municipalities, you can use the Prescott and Russell inter-municipal transit system, PR Transpo. The Leduc Bus Line Ltd’s Route 520 provides weekday round-trip shuttle service to Ottawa and Gatineau. The nearest train station is in Alexandria, just over 30 minutes away by car.

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