Perhaps most famous as "the town in North Ontario" Neil Young sings about in his classic song "Helpless", Omemee gets its name from the Ojibwa word for "pigeon". Young spent his formative years here in this town on the banks of a river surrounded by hills and farmland. Also to be noted, John Mc Rae, a former resident of Omemee , crafted a number of replicas of pioneer homes and artifacts. His work was housed at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) but is now located at the Museum of Heritage Services, Culture Division City of Toronto. With a population of 1,319, Omemee is situated close to Emily Provincial Park.