The Township of Greater Madawaskahttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/Fri, 20 Oct 2017 6:50:34 -0700en-us<![CDATA[2017 Council Agendas and Minutes]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/agenda-and-minutes/2017-council-agendas-minutes/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/agenda-and-minutes/2017-council-agendas-minutes/Fri, 20 Oct 2017 6:50:34 -0700<![CDATA[Blood Donor Clinic]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/blood-donor-clinic-9640.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/blood-donor-clinic-9640.htmlThu, 19 Oct 2017 12:09:49 -0700<![CDATA[Newsletters]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/newsletters/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/newsletters/Tue, 17 Oct 2017 5:40:36 -0700<![CDATA[Kids Halloween Party - Calabogie]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/kids-halloween-party-calabogie-6516.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/kids-halloween-party-calabogie-6516.htmlTue, 17 Oct 2017 5:17:38 -0700<![CDATA[Kids Halloween Party - Calabogie]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/kids-halloween-party-calabogie-6773.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/kids-halloween-party-calabogie-6773.htmlTue, 17 Oct 2017 5:16:36 -0700<![CDATA[The Black Donald Story - Order Forms ]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/the-black-donald-story-order-forms-512.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/the-black-donald-story-order-forms-512.htmlMon, 16 Oct 2017 5:52:53 -0700<![CDATA[Fundraiser - Greater Madawaska Library]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/fundraiser-greater-madawaska-library-970.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/fundraiser-greater-madawaska-library-970.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 11:57:26 -0700<![CDATA[Planning]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/planning-9030.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/planning-9030.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 6:47:34 -0700<![CDATA[Administration]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/administration-6876.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/administration-6876.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 6:44:18 -0700<![CDATA[Greater Madawaska Pickle Ball League]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/greater-madawaska-pickle-ball-league-1942.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/greater-madawaska-pickle-ball-league-1942.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 6:36:04 -0700Looking for something fun and active to do this winter? Greater Madawaska has a pickle ball league! For more information please contact Jordan Wall - Recreation Coordinator at jwall@renfrew.ca

http://globalnews.ca/video/904110/pickleball-anyone

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<![CDATA[Lotteries]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/lotteries/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/lotteries/Fri, 13 Oct 2017 6:18:59 -0700The eligibility of your organization will be determined by the licensing office. The licensing authority will review all relevant documentation to determine eligibility. These decisions are based on what is considered charitable in law according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Your organization may qualify for a lottery license if it provides a charitable service to Ontario residents under one of these categories:

  • Relieve Poverty
  • Advance Religion
  • Advance Education
  • Benefit the Community

The following pre-requisites are mandatory to be considered eligible for a lottery license.

  1. Organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year before being considered eligible for lottery licenses.
     
  2. The organization must have a place of business in Ontario, demonstrate that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario and use proceeds for objects or purposes which benefit Ontario residents.
     
  3. Completion of the Application for Licensing Eligibility form.

Lottery licensing refers to lottery schemes permitted by the license under the Criminal Code of Canada. Typically, these may include Bingos, Raffles, Break Open Tickets and social gaming events held by charitable or religious organizations. Licensed Charitable or Religious Organizations must conduct and manage their events in accordance with licensing policies and the terms and conditions of the licenses and fulfill all prescribed reporting requirements. It is illegal to print tickets, promote or conduct a charitable gaming event without a license.

For more information to go to the AGCO WEBSITE and read all the policies and procedures for lotteries.

For information on lotteries please contact Jess Schroeder

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<![CDATA[Canada Day Commmittee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/canada-day-commmittee-1557.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/canada-day-commmittee-1557.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 6:09:10 -0700The Canada Day Committee is a volunteer committee appointed by Council.  To advise and assist the Council and the citizens of the Township of Greater Madawaska in the planning and implementation of Canada Day festivities. The committee will provide advice and assistance to Council and Township staff in order to facilitate Canada Day for the community. 

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<![CDATA[Seniors Advisory Committee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/seniors-advisory-committee-3458.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/seniors-advisory-committee-3458.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 6:07:19 -0700<![CDATA[Recreation Ward 3 - Griffith & Matawatchan Recreation Committee ]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/griffith-matawatchan-recreation-committee-ward-3-3862.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/griffith-matawatchan-recreation-committee-ward-3-3862.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 6:06:40 -0700The Griffith and Matawatchan Recreation Committee is a volunteer committee appointed by Council. The Committee's role is to advise and assist Council and the citizens of the Township of  Greater Madawaska on matters associated with recreation and provision of services to residents. The committee will provide advice and assistance to Council “to optimize recreational opportunities available to and within the Municipality by aggressively working towards the implementation of activities focused on a whole life recreational activities model.

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<![CDATA[Barnet Park Committee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/barnet-park-committee-1771.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/barnet-park-committee-1771.htmlFri, 13 Oct 2017 5:58:17 -0700The role of the Barnet Park Committee is to review all existing reports and other relevant materials and make recommendations for the Municipality to consider in future development, planning, management and operations regarding Barnet Cottage and Park. Additionally, the Committee may also make recommendations concerning the continuing restoration of the Barnet Cottage as a community facility highlighting the significance to the community. The Committee also assists in developing the  facility with volunteers and in the most cost-effective way while maximizing community use of the facility and its surrounding lands.

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<![CDATA[2016]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2016/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2016/Fri, 13 Oct 2017 5:51:20 -0700<![CDATA[2016]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/agenda-and-minutes/2016-council-agendas-and-minutes/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/agenda-and-minutes/2016-council-agendas-and-minutes/Fri, 13 Oct 2017 5:42:28 -0700<![CDATA[2017 Complaints]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/cmp-noise-complaints/2017-complaints/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/cmp-noise-complaints/2017-complaints/Thu, 12 Oct 2017 7:40:52 -0700<![CDATA[2017 ]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2017-by-laws/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2017-by-laws/Thu, 12 Oct 2017 5:57:37 -0700<![CDATA[Council Remuneration and Expenses]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/council-remuneration-and-expenses-7636.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/council-remuneration-and-expenses-7636.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 11:54:41 -0700<![CDATA[Finance]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:35:11 -0700Treasurer/Depty Clerk: Bill Piasetzki ext. 203
Finance Clerk : Jenn Fleming ext.205

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<![CDATA[Home]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/home/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/home/Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:09:25 -0700

Greater Madawaska Township, located in the Ottawa Valley, is the most picturesque and diverse tourist destination area in Eastern Ontario, offering opportunities for four seasons of outdoor adventure: alpine skiing to snowmobiling, flat water canoeing to fishing, championship golf to rock climbing, from mountain biking to ATVing. The options limited only by your energy and sense of adventure.

If relaxing is your preference, the sheer beauty of our natural landscapes is a joy to experience. Take a leisurely drive on the myriad of country roads, curl up with a book by the river, enjoy a picnic in one of our waterside parks, listen for the call of the loon, enjoy starry nights and reconnect with Mother Nature! Celebrate the end of an exciting day in one of our local restaurants or pubs, enjoying fine cuisine to simple home cooked food.

Be Careful! Our wealth of beauty, combined with an abundance of warmth and hospitality, inherent to the "Valley", just may convince you to make Greater Madawaska your country home.

Welcome! Enjoy! Take part in our adventure!


Accessible Information:

If you require information in an alternate format, please call 613-752-2222 ext. 204 or email the Community Affairs Officer. The Township will work with you to understand your specific information and accessibility needs and to provide for them within a reasonable timeframe.

No Fire Ban

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<![CDATA[Emerald Ash Borer News Release]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/emerald-ash-borer-news-release-25.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/emerald-ash-borer-news-release-25.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 6:51:04 -0700<![CDATA[Media Release - West Nile Virus]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/west-nile-virus-430.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/west-nile-virus-430.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 6:40:14 -0700<![CDATA[Ontario Renovates Accepting New Applications]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/ontario-renovates-accepting-new-applications-6140.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/ontario-renovates-accepting-new-applications-6140.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 6:36:51 -0700<![CDATA[OPP Information - Break and Enters]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/opp-news-break-and-enters/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/opp-news-break-and-enters/Wed, 11 Oct 2017 6:35:56 -0700<![CDATA[Current Notices under the Planning Act]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/planning/notice-of-public-meeting-3973.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/planning/notice-of-public-meeting-3973.htmlTue, 10 Oct 2017 1:26:29 -0700<![CDATA[Contact]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/contact/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/contact/Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:48:28 -0700>

19 Parnell Street, PO Box 180
Calabogie, ON
K0J 1H0

Tel: (613) 752-2222
Toll Free: (800) 347-7224
Fax: (613) 752-2617
General email: admin@greatermadawaska.com


Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4pm


Chief Administrative Officer
Allison Holtzhauer  - ext 207
cao@greatermadawaska.com

Treasurer/Deputy Clerk
Bill Piasetzki - ext 203
bpiasetzki@greatermadawaska.com

Manager of Planning and Development
Luke Desjardins - ext 202
ldesjardins@greatermadawaska.com

Fire Chief/Chief Building Official
Darryl Wagner - ext 225
cbo@greatermadawaska.com
firechief@greatermadawaska.com

Public Works Manager
Jamie Doering - ext 201
roads@greatermadawaska.com

Finance Clerk
Jenn Fleming  - ext 205
jfleming@greatermadawaska.com

Administrative Assistant
Cathy Appleyard - ext 206
cappleyard@greatermadawaska.com

Community Affairs Officer
Teri McDonald - ext 204
community@greatermadawaska.com

Receptionist
Jessica Schroeder - ext 200
admin@greatermadawaska.com

Animal Control Services
Phone: 613-281-3773  Email: bylaw.mles@gmail.com
Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES) provides animal control services to the Township of Greater Madawaska. For dogs at large, dog attacks and other dog related complaints please call or email MLES.

Track Noise Complaints
1-866-790-2249

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<![CDATA[Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2017]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/fire-prevention-week-october-8-14-2017-3369.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/fire-prevention-week-october-8-14-2017-3369.htmlTue, 10 Oct 2017 12:42:36 -0700<![CDATA[Administration]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/administration/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/administration/Tue, 10 Oct 2017 6:02:19 -0700CAO/Clerk Treasurer: Allison Holtzhauer ext. 207
Deputy Clerk/Treasurer: Bill Piasetzki ext. 203
Community Affairs Officer: Teri McDonald ext. 204

Administrative Assistant: Cathy Appleyard ext.206
Receptionist: Jessica Schroeder

Please click on any name to email directly to them:
To contact via phone or mail:

19 Parnell St., P.O. Box 180
Calabogie, ON K0J 1H0
Phone: (613)752-2222
Toll free: 1-800-347-7224

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<![CDATA[Animal Control]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/animal-control/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/animal-control/Tue, 10 Oct 2017 5:54:21 -0700Dogs
The Township of Greater Madawaska’s Animal Control By-law 09-2008 regulates the ownership and activity of dogs in the Municipality. Please take time to review the By-laws as well as the Provincial legislation that regulates your dog. 

For dogs at large, dog attacks and other dog related issues please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES) by phone at 613-281-3773 or by email: bylaw.mles@gmail.com

Animal Control Services are for domestic animals only. Your dog is not to trespass even when on a leash!

Dog Licences
All residents must purchase an annual licence for their dogs.  Landlords, please notify your tenants.  Dog tags are sold at the Township Office at a discounted rate before the end of March.  Tags can be mailed. 
•    Before March 31st - $15
•    After March 31st - $20

Cats
The Township of Greater Madawaska does not have a By-law for the activity of cats

Bears
For nuisance bears, call BEARWISE at 1-866-514-2327.  If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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<![CDATA[Blood Donor Clinic]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/blood-donor-clinic-5676.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/blood-donor-clinic-5676.htmlFri, 06 Oct 2017 11:25:43 -0700<![CDATA[Lions Club Wine and Cheese]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/lions-club-wine-and-cheese-9975.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/lions-club-wine-and-cheese-9975.htmlThu, 05 Oct 2017 1:35:46 -0700<![CDATA[Community News]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/Thu, 05 Oct 2017 1:32:49 -0700<![CDATA[Volunteers Wanted - Calabogie and Area Recreation Committee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/volunteers-wanted-calabogie-and-area-recreation-committee-1255.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/volunteers-wanted-calabogie-and-area-recreation-committee-1255.htmlTue, 03 Oct 2017 10:26:26 -0700<![CDATA[Calabogie United Church Roast Beef Dinner]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/calabogie-united-church-roast-beef-dinner-4896.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/calabogie-united-church-roast-beef-dinner-4896.htmlTue, 03 Oct 2017 8:08:07 -0700<![CDATA[Seniors Community Grant]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/seniors-community-grant-645.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/seniors-community-grant-645.htmlTue, 03 Oct 2017 7:50:11 -0700<![CDATA[Calabogie Christmas Craft Sale]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/calabogie-christmas-craft-sale-7484.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/calabogie-christmas-craft-sale-7484.htmlFri, 29 Sep 2017 6:07:33 -0700<![CDATA[Ontario Power Generation Biodiversity on the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/ontario-power-generation-biodiversity-on-the-madawaska-and-ottawa-rivers-2047.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/ontario-power-generation-biodiversity-on-the-madawaska-and-ottawa-rivers-2047.htmlFri, 29 Sep 2017 6:06:19 -0700<![CDATA[Roast Beef Dinner]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/roast-beef-dinner-1870.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/roast-beef-dinner-1870.htmlFri, 22 Sep 2017 7:50:16 -0700<![CDATA[RVH Young Professionals 3rd Annual Curling Bonspiel]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/rvh-young-professionals-3rd-annual-curling-bonspiel-4635.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/rvh-young-professionals-3rd-annual-curling-bonspiel-4635.htmlFri, 22 Sep 2017 7:43:25 -0700<![CDATA[Asset Management Plan]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/asset-management-plan-302.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/asset-management-plan-302.htmlWed, 13 Sep 2017 5:37:14 -0700<![CDATA[Autumn Watch - Your handbook for a safer autumn]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/autumn-watch-your-handbook-for-a-safer-autumn-844.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/autumn-watch-your-handbook-for-a-safer-autumn-844.htmlWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:22:51 -0700<![CDATA[2017 Library Board Minutes & Librarian's Reports]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/meeting-minutes/2015-library-board-minutes-librarian-s-reports/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/meeting-minutes/2015-library-board-minutes-librarian-s-reports/Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:47:02 -0700<![CDATA[Planning]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/planning/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/planning/Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:57:49 -0700Manager of Planning and Development: Luke Desjardins ext. 202

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<![CDATA[Agenda and Minutes]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/agenda-and-minutes/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/agenda-and-minutes/Tue, 29 Aug 2017 8:01:57 -0700

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<![CDATA[TD Summer Reading Club]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/9904.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/9904.htmlFri, 28 Jul 2017 8:35:03 -0700<![CDATA[Children's Programs]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/Fri, 28 Jul 2017 8:34:34 -0700Storytime

Bring along the little ones for a fun and interactive storytime experience every Thursday from 10:30am – 11:30am. Stories and crafts will sometimes be focused on special themes such as spring, fall, Easter, and more!

Children will be invited to sing along to songs, engage in interactive stories, and test their creative abilities during fun craft sessions. There's no charge and we'd love to see you - the more the merrier!

No registration is required, but if you would like more details, please call 613-752-2317, or send us an email at gmpl@bellnet.ca

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<![CDATA[Library]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/Wed, 26 Jul 2017 8:50:25 -0700Welcome to the Greater Madawaska Public Library.  It was founded as the Bagot & Blythfied Public Library in 1978 by four ladies dedicated to literacy at the request of the then Reeve, Bob Knight. Since then it has evolved as amalgamations occurred, to the Bagot, Blythfield and Brougham Public Library and finally in 2001 to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. 

Though tight for space, we offer many services to the public. A weekly Preschool Storytyme introduces children from 0-6 to the joys of reading through finger plays, songs, movement and crafts. In the summer, the older children search various themes through books, plays, art and other activities. Incidental programmes arise if volunteers are available to present them. We have 6 public access computers for high-speed internet use. In 2005, we initiated an Outreach Programme to Wards 2 and 3 utilizing 3 Country stores.

Materials include a good collection of children's literature, both adult and children's nonfiction, magazines for all ages, reference materials, graphic novels, electronic books and DVDs. Through the inter-library loan service, materials may be borrowed from other libraries.

We acknowledge the help from The Township of Greater Madawaska, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Industry Canada for its funding of electronic resources, the Southern Ontario Library Services, TD Toronto Bank & Toronto Public Library, the Calabogie Lions, Calabogie Seniors, Calabogie Book, Women's Institute Clubs, and the many citizens who have donated time and money through support of our Book Sales and Memorial Donations. None of the efforts would be possible without our loyal volunteers, who serve as trustees, in-house library workers and on-the-spot folks when the needs arise.

For information about the volunteer program and Memorial donations, contact the library.

Please come in, visit, join and tell all your friends. It is your library. You pay for it in your taxes at all levels, so why not get your money's worth at your library!


Hours & Contact

Sunday & Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday  10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Free WiFi is available 24/7 from the library parking lot in the designated areas.

The wireless network to connect to is called library. No password or network key is required. We ask that users please jot down on a piece of paper how long they used the service for and drop it in the library book drop located next to the library door. This helps the library to know how frequently the service is being used. WiFi is also available within the library during open hours.Pre-school Story time is held every Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location:

In lower level of building located at:
4984 Calabogie Road
PO Box 160
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0

Contact:

Sharon Shalla
Librarian/CEO
Phone: (613) 752-2317
Fax: (613) 752-1720
Email: gmpl@bellnet.ca

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<![CDATA[Waste & Recycling]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:08:47 -0700

We encourage you to take ownership for our landfill sites. We have a responsibility to our youth to recycle as much as possible in order to leave a healthy environment . Our landfills are filling up rapidly and have only 3-5 years left with good management.

We therefore encourage you to recycle everything possible, compost at home and prolong the life of our landfills. We have this responsibility to protect our world and environment. We Should all take pride in the recycling process.

Blue Boxes available at the Municipal Office for $10.00.

Present hours

Norway Lake Transfer Station, 574 Norway Lake Rd
Wednesday : 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Sundays May (Victoria Day) - October (Thanksgiving): 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Mondays 2017: May 22, August 7, September 4, October 9: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Griffith Site, 6 Finns Road
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Mondays 2017: May 22, August 7, September 4, October 9: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Mount St. Patrick Site, 134 Flat Road
Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Mondays: Closed

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<![CDATA[Compensation Grid]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/compensation-grid-9424.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/compensation-grid-9424.htmlMon, 17 Jul 2017 5:31:16 -0700<![CDATA[Budget Presentations]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/budget-presentations-8273.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/budget-presentations-8273.htmlMon, 17 Jul 2017 5:30:08 -0700<![CDATA[Draft Final Development Charges Background Study March 2017]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/planning/draft-final-development-charges-background-study-march-2017-2108.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/planning/draft-final-development-charges-background-study-march-2017-2108.htmlTue, 11 Jul 2017 12:55:17 -0700<![CDATA[Public Education and Fire Prevention]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/public-education-and-fire-prevention-593.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/public-education-and-fire-prevention-593.htmlTue, 11 Jul 2017 8:50:57 -0700Your Greater Madawaska Fire Department is available for fire prevention, safety and public education presentations to groups, clubs and associations within our Township.  Please feel free to contact our Department or the Township Office take advantage of this service. 

Public Education and Community Involvement

The Greater Madawaska Fire Department is proud to be involved with community events. Whether it’s a static information display, a Pumper on location or Sparky the fire department mascot, the department is always eager to assist the community with the various non-profit events that are held throughout the year.

All requests for community assistance/displays must be made to the Greater Madawaska Fire Department at least one month prior to the event. All requests will be treated on a first come, first served basis, manpower and weather permitting.

All for-profit requests will be charged a nominal fee.

Fire Prevention

Our Department also conducts fire inspections to identify safety and fire hazards which need to be addressed relative to applicable codes.

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<![CDATA[Tourist Information Booth]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/tourist-inforamtion-booth-6892.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/tourist-inforamtion-booth-6892.htmlWed, 28 Jun 2017 7:49:14 -0700<![CDATA[Financial Information Return / Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP)]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/financial-information-return-municipal-performance-measurement-program-mpmp-8786.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/financial-information-return-municipal-performance-measurement-program-mpmp-8786.htmlWed, 21 Jun 2017 10:55:21 -0700<![CDATA[Financial Statements]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/financial-statements-5254.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/finance/financial-statements-5254.htmlMon, 12 Jun 2017 11:59:22 -0700<![CDATA[Recreation]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:46:04 -0700<![CDATA[Building]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/building-997.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/building-997.htmlFri, 09 Jun 2017 8:42:18 -0700<![CDATA[Building]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/building/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/building/Fri, 09 Jun 2017 8:41:32 -0700


BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS

A Building Permit Application and attached forms must be completed prior to obtaining a building permit.  Building Permit Application packages are available at the Municipal Office for pickup or Online under Forms. Building Permit Application - ACCESSORY is for garages, sheds, Demolition, Renovations. Please circle appropriate one in Section B.

PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING BUILDING PERMIT

  1. The Building Permit Application is to be completed and delivered to the Building Inspector or left at the Municipal Office. Building Permit Requirements No. 1 to No. 9 that are outlined in the application must be met prior to submitting completed building permit application. Note: Some of these steps may not be necessary for an accessory building.
     
  2. Notification will be given from the Building Inspector that the application has been completed satisfactorily and the applicant will then be given the amount of the Building Permit Fee, Sewage Permit Fee and Lot Development Fee.
     
  3. The Building Inspector will notify the Front Desk of the amount of the fee(s) owing by applicant and they will accept payment of these.
     
  4. Only after payment is received by the Municipal Office will the Building Inspector be notified.
     
  5. The Building Inspector will contact the applicant when building/construction can commence.
     

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<![CDATA[Trails Committee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/trails-committee-3467.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/trails-committee-3467.htmlWed, 07 Jun 2017 1:26:50 -0700The Trails Committee works to maintain, monitor and promote trail networks in Greater Madawaska. The Committee provides recommendations to the Municipality that compliment the County of Renfrew (and other relevant sources) trail usage guidelines and development.

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<![CDATA[Senior Advisory Committee Survey-2017]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/senior-advisory-committee-survey-2017-7042.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/senior-advisory-committee-survey-2017-7042.htmlWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:13:30 -0700<![CDATA[Municipal Staff]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/municipal-staff/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/municipal-staff/Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:01:22 -0700<![CDATA[Council]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:59:49 -0700

Glenda McKay
Mayor

Phone: 613-401-7722
Email: gmckay@greatermadawaska.com

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<![CDATA[Fire]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:30:40 -0700

Our Mission

To provide a wide range of effective fire suppression, rescue, safety and related services to the residents of and visitors to Greater Madawaska to make it is a safe place to live, work and play!

Our Values

  • Service
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork

Our Vision

To achieve organizational excellence by:

  • Utilizing customer centered service provision strategies
  • Developing fire prevention and emergency operations programs that address the needs of our community
  • Acquiring, allocating and deploying community appropriate resources
  • Investing in staff development to develop appropriate skill sets
  • Advancing an organizational culture that embraces safety, openness and teamwork
  • Investing in new and emerging technologies as a means to achieve greater operational and communicative efficiency and effectiveness

Risk Management Philosophy

  1. We will risk our lives a lot, if necessary, to protect saveable lives.
  2. We will risk our lives a little, and in a calculated manner, to protect saveable property.
  3. We will not risk our lives at all to protect lives or property that is already lost.

Everyone Goes Home is our organizational motto!!

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<![CDATA[Public Works]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/public-works/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/public-works/Wed, 07 Jun 2017 8:12:25 -0700Public Works Manager
Jamie Doering
613-752-2222 ext. 201

Clerk/Receptionist
Teri McDonald
613-752-222 ext. 204

Public Works Lead Hand — Griffith
Steve Inwood

Public Works Staff
Danny Cameron, Harold Vernick, Adam Reddy, Bert Brydges, Gary Guilmette, Nathan Guilmette, Chris Norlock, Anne Lawrence


Public Works Department
Phone: 613-752-2214
Phone 2: 613-333-1197 (Griffith)
24 Hour Road Emergency: 1-855-244-5186
Fax: 613-752-1459
Email: roads@greatermadawaska.com
Website: www.greatermadawaska.com

Calabogie Garage
12470B Lanark Rd.
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0

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<![CDATA[Finance]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/finance-4935.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/finance-4935.htmlWed, 07 Jun 2017 7:20:38 -0700<![CDATA[Calabogie Home Support]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/calabogie-home-support/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/calabogie-home-support/Fri, 02 Jun 2017 7:16:25 -0700<![CDATA[Emergency Management]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/emergency-management/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/emergency-management/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:56:30 -0700“Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Prepare your emergency survival kit today for a safer tomorrow.”

Knowing the risks and developing practical plans can help reduce fear and aid in recovery from an emergency situation.  Ensuring business continuity, protecting information and updating emergency plans are all crucial in assuring community preparedness.

All levels of government have an important role to play in emergency preparedness and response. But emergency preparedness starts with the individual. An Emergency Survival Kit Checklist and other emergency preparedness information is available at the Township Office and at www.emergencymanagementontario.ca

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<![CDATA[Tenders]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/tenders/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/tenders/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:49:44 -0700All bidders who download any bid opportunity from the Township of Greater Madawaska Web Page are to check this page often for any changes or addendums. It is the bidders sole responsibility to access this Web Page and download any changes or addendums to any bid opportunity. Any bids received that do not include posted addendums and/or change notices may be rejected.

LOWEST OR ANY TENDER OR BID NOT NECESSARILY ACCEPTED

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<![CDATA[Algonquin Land Claim]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/algonquin-land-claim/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/algonquin-land-claim/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:35:29 -0700<![CDATA[Strategic Plan]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/strategic-plan/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/strategic-plan/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:35:12 -0700<![CDATA[Calabogie Rink Committee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/raise-the-roof-committee-1997.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/raise-the-roof-committee-1997.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 10:23:26 -0700The mission of the Calabogie Community Rink Committee is to work in collaboration with community partners to provide an inclusive and modern venue that will allow for four-seasons outdoor recreational activities; the vision of the Committee is to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages by promoting an active lifestyle in Calabogie and area.

The first five stages include boards, a slab, a roof, a storage facility and an ice resurfacer.  Much of the work has been completed by volunteers and with funds raised by the Committee.  A loan with interest for the roof will be paid off before the due date of 2024.

The Committee is developing some follow-on ideas to further enhance the appeal of the facility to encourage more private and community events in a safe and inviting environment.  The Committee remains true to its motto that this project has been :

"By Your Community, For Your Community"

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<![CDATA[Recreation Ward 1- Calabogie Recreation Committee ]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/recreation-committee-3073.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/recreation-committee-3073.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 10:23:26 -0700The Calabogie Recreation Committee is a volunteer committee appointed by Council.  The Committee’s role is to advise and assist the Council and the citizens of the Township of  Greater Madawaska on matters associated with recreation and provision of services to residents. The Committee will provide advice and assistance to Council to optimize recreational opportunities available to and within the Municipality.

We are always looking for new members! Please contact the Township office if you would like to join our group.

Follow us on facebook!

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<![CDATA[Beautification Committee]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/beautification-committee-5515.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/beautification-committee-5515.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 10:23:26 -0700The role of the Beautification Committee is to make recommendations for the development and implementation of strategies and plans for community beautification initiatives. The Beautification Committee aims to showcase community pride through ongoing initiatives fueled by public engagement and business sponsorships. 

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<![CDATA[Committees ]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/committee-meeting-minutes/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:23:26 -0700<![CDATA[CMP Noise Complaints]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/cmp-noise-complaints/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/cmp-noise-complaints/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:21:05 -0700To file A CMP Noise Complaint Please Call 1-866-790-2249 ]]><![CDATA[2016 Complaints]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/cmp-noise-complaints/2016-complaints/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/cmp-noise-complaints/2016-complaints/Thu, 25 May 2017 10:20:34 -0700<![CDATA[Departments]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/Thu, 25 May 2017 9:53:55 -0700<![CDATA[History: The Madawaska River]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-the-madawaska-river.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-the-madawaska-river.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 9:52:36 -0700Please find the following historical stories:


A river flows by us
By Bill Graham Editor: The Madawaska Highlander

More than anything it is the river-The Madawaska-that binds us. It flows through all of the geographic townships that were amalgamated into Greater Madawaska. It is fundamental to the history of this area since it is the first highway by which people first travelled here. It is not a particularly long river but it was once among the fiercest rivers of the region. The Madawaska River is 230 kilometres long and drains an area of 8,740 square kilometres. From its beginning at the aptly named Source Lake in Algonquin Park, to where it joins the Ottawa River at Arnprior, the Madawaska River drops 224 metres. This sharp descent gave it the dangerous reputation it had in the past and even today it is one of the best white-water rivers in Eastern Ontario.

One tends to think that the river is a constant that never changes, but like everything else it also changes. Most recently it has been hydro electric development that has changed the Madawaska. Dams and reservoirs have tamed the river by flooding some of its rapids and changed the very look of the landscape by creating new bodies of water like the creation of Centennial Lake during the 1960s. Old settlements like Black Donald Mines are now under 80-feet of water.

It was 8,000 years ago that modern drainage of rivers in Eastern Ontario became established. In geological time that makes the Madawaska River very young. At one time the southern end of the Canadian Shield was raised more than 15-kilometres along a world-famous fault zone called the Grenville Front. As a consequence of this uplift, rivers fl owed north from the Gatineau area to the Arctic Islands! With erosion, continental glaciations and other geological processes the land and the waterways were reshaped into their present form.

The first people

Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been travelling The Madawaska that we know today for about 5,000 years. Europeans have been travelling the river for only a few hundred years. There are a number of ideas about the derivation of the name Madawaska. One source say the name derives from the Algonquin word "Madoueskak", which means "Land of the Porcupine." Another source says that the name derives from the Algonquin sub-nation who lived in the Upper Ottawa Valley along the Madawaska River. They were called the "Matouweskarini" or the "People of the Shallows."

Too far north for agriculture, most Algonquin were loosely organized into small, semi-nomadic bands of hunter-gatherers. In this, they resembled the closely related Ojibway. The Algonquin lived somewhat outside the wild rice region, which provided an important part of the diet for other tribes in the northern Great Lakes. Although a few southern bands were just beginning to grow corn in 1608, the Algonquin relied heavily on hunting for their food, which made them excellent hunters and trappers, skills that quickly attracted the attention of French fur traders after 1603.

The Algonquin also made good use of their birch-bark canoes to travel great distances for trade, and their strategic location on the Ottawa River became the preferred route between the French on the St. Lawrence River and the tribes of the western Great Lakes. Groups of Algonquin would gather during the summer for fishing and socializing, but at the approach of winter, they separated into small hunting camps of extended families.

The first contact the Aboriginal People of this area had with Europeans was probably with Samuel de Champlain in 1613 or 1614. It was not long be fore the French became allies of The Algonquin in their long-standing war with the Mohawk in exchange for a monopoly on their furs. Increasingly firearms became a factor in these "Indian Wars" and other European rivals like the English and the Dutch became involved. The Mohawk prevailed and drove the French and Algonquin from the Lower Ottawa River and during 1650 the remaining Algonquin in the upper Ottawa Valley were attacked and overrun. The survivors retreated, far to headwaters of the rivers, like the Madawaska, feeding the Upper Ottawa River where the Cree afforded a certain amount of support and protection.

Local history buff Garry Ferguson believes that some of the bands fleeing the Mohawk may have ended up in the Matawatchan area. When he was a boy his teacher brought his class to meet an old local woman by the name of Julie-Leclair-Harrison. She spoke a mixture of English, French and Algonquin and was part Algonquin herself. She told the class that the word Matawatchan meant "hidden village" in the Algonquin language. Garry conjectures that if the village was hidden then it was hiding from something and that historically it was most likely that the village was being hidden from the Mohawks who had driven most of the Algonquin from the Ottawa Valley.

Timber on the Madawaska

Nothing is recorded concerning life along the Madawaska until the early 1800s. However, it can be resumed that the river was a transportation route for Aboriginal people and for Europeans involved in the fur trade. The decline of the fur trade coincided with the Napoleonic Wars and the disruption of the timber trade with Scandinavia. The British navy found a new source of timber in Canada to build and repair its growing navy.


Huge pines were harvested

During the first half of the nineteenth century logging companies worked along the tributaries of the Ottawa River. Lumbermen harvested white pine, red pine and oak along the Petawawa, the Bonnechere and the Madawaska, water routes that made access easy for logging companies and exits easy for timber they felled. Settlements followed the shanty-men who worked the river and the surrounding forest. They would bring their families and settle close by. Settlers were also moving up the trails cut by the loggers and along the way the land was cultivated, farms were established and soon small settlements sprang up to provide services for the men working in the bush.

The Madawaska River witnessed some of the earliest commercial lumbering activities in Ontario, with the greatest activity occurring in the period from 1860 to 1890. As early as the 1840s, the government was providing assistance to lumber companies by building slides and booms to facilitate log drives on the river. By 1867, the logging companies had built dams on the upper main reservoirs including the Bark Lake and Palmer Rapids Dams. Dams were also constructed at Highland Chute, Mountain Chute, Calabogie and Arnprior to assist operations.

Hydro development

By 1920 the use of the Madawaska for the transportation of timber had declined and the river was again exploited by ambitious men, this time for hydro-electric power. Private interests had built a number of dams on the tributaries of the river. Ontario Hydro first became involved on the river in 1929, with the purchase of the Calabogie Generating Station from the M.J. O'Brien interests, along with the two upper reservoir dams at Bark Lake and Palmer Rapids.

Ontario Hydro, as it was called then, describes the history of hydro development on the Madawaska this way: "By 1940, the demand for energy was growing as a result of World War II. Bark Lake Dam was re-constructed raising the level by 8-metres and creating a significant storage reservoir. The lake was operated to provide flood storage and moderate flows in the river. Barrett Chute Generating Station was constructed and became operational in 1942. Building of Stewartville Generating Station began in 1946 and it was opened in 1948. Energy demand in Ontario continued to grow during the 1960s requiring additional resources. Mountain Chute Generating Station was built in 1965-66. Barrett Chute GS and Stewartville GS were re-developed by adding generators. The capacity of the stations was increased by a factor of four. Arnprior Generating Station was the last dam constructed and began operating in 1976."

Hydro development has tamed the Madawaska considerably. It is no longer the very dangerous river that it once was. There are many loggers who paid the ultimate price while working on this river. You can still see markers along the river that name loggers lost to the Madawaska. Flooding created, in places, a deeper river, which eliminated some rapids and also created new lakes. Today tourism, recreation and cottage life is a major benefit that the Madawaska River provides to those who live along its shores. 


The Log Drivers
By Garry Ferguson

Come all you bold young shantyboys, And listen while I relate, Concerning a brave young river boss And his untimely fate, Concerning a young river boss So handsome true and brave, T'was on the jam at Gerry's Rock That he met with a watery grave.

My parents taught me these lines from a ballad that stayed on the Ontario Top Ten for at least a hundred years. The Jam on Gerry's Rock(s) is a tale of tragedy from the days when our ancestors floated timber down the wild rivers of Eastern Canada. These river drivers were more daring, suffered more hardships and probably lost more lives, per capita, than those from most Canadian endeavours outside of war.

From the square timber days, in the early nineteenth century, until the advent of modern machinery, "the winter cut" was hauled onto lakes and creeks which drained into rivers. When spring came, the log drivers made use of the runoff to drive their timber down these swollen rivers to market.


Squaring timber

Portable camps were usually set up near rapids where several days would be needed to put the logs through. It was here that the drivers encountered their worst nightmare - the log jam. With peaveys and pike poles - sometimes dynamite - they'd work to break these jams. It was here also that rivers turned timber into match sticks and men's bodies into "pieces the size of your hand" (old folk song).

Only rough wooden crosses marked the graves of these casualties. They were wrapped in blankets and buried near the chutes and rapids that did them in. My father, and several men of his generation, told me of seeing old crosses in the bush around the treacherous Colton Rapids on the Madawaska, but by my time, they had rotted away.

One of my ancestors, who drove the Madawaska, was more valuable to the lumber barons than most because of his skill with a broadaxe. He was taken to Quebec City, each year, to reshape square timber bruised and gouged on rocks, but most were "paid off" by the time spring floods had subsided.

We seldom hear of the river drivers now that we're inundated with Hollywood hype and our educators appear hesitant to teach much Canadian history in case they offend someone. It would be a crime however, to let this romantic part of our heritage become as forgotten as the unmarked graves along the Gatineau, Miramichi and hundreds of other rivers from Ontario to Newfoundland.


Shantymen on the Madawaska
By Bill Graham, Editor: The Madawaska Highlander

Shantyman is a generic term that describes a person living and working in a logging camp. It derives from the French word chantier, which described a log-build living quarters of a gang of loggers. In the early days of logging on the Ottawa River and tributaries such as the Madawaska and the Bonnechere rivers, many of the loggers were Canadien (French). In later years as settlers began colonizing the wilderness, the men would often work as shantymen in the winter. This provided employment for these farmers while they were unable to work the land. It provided cash to purchase supplies and equipment that their farming operation could not realize.

It was the policy of the British government to grant forest lands to settlers, although white pines were reserved to the Crown for the use of the British Navy. However, lumbering in North America remained on a sawmill scale until the Napoleonic Wars when the French Emperor's continental system cut off wood exports from the Baltic to Great Britain. Without timber, the wooden ships of the British Navy would soon be helpless. 


A camboose (Shanty) of the Barnet Company in the early 1800s

The old growth White Pine forests of the Ottawa Valley soon became the lumber of choice. Harvesting began on both sides of the Ottawa River and then up its tributaries. The Madawaska River witnessed some of the earliest commercial lumbering activities with the greatest activity occurring between 1860 and 1890. The Madawaska was not developed earlier because it was considered too dangerous. By 1867, the logging companies had built dams along the length of the river to assist logging operations. Reservoirs behind the dams would slow the descent of logs and allow them to be separated according to company brands. It was at this time that Calabogie Lake was created.

As the major buyer of lumber in the early 1800s, the British navy demanded specific specification for the logs that they would buy. Logs were to be cut in lengths of about 35 feet and a minimum of 12 inches square. In this way the logs, called sticks, could be efficiently stored in the holds of timber ships for transport to England. However, there was terrible waste with only one third of a tree actually being used. The trimmed branches and discarded wood also became fuel for forest fi res. Lumber Baron J.R. Booth estimated that fires claimed twenty trees for every one that was harvested. Each year between 1863 and 1877 and estimated 400,000 sticks were rafted down the Ottawa River.

As late as 1850 the White pine of the Ottawa Valley were felled using only an axe. The cross-cut saw had not yet been developed. When felled the headman used an auger to bore into the log to check for rot. Any rotten parts were of no commercial value and left in the woods. The log was cut to the specified length (35-feet) then marked for scoring and squaring. A chalk line was used in this process. Shantymen then used a broad axe to remove the outer slabs in two to three foot increments that had been previously scored. Squared logs were then transported and assembled on the frozen lakes and rivers in preparation for the spring thaw and the drive down the river.

A selection of quotes from the period provides insight into the lives of shantymen. For example this opinion of the Commissioner of Crown Land for the Province of Ontario in 1879:

Shantymen: "The men employed in getting out square timber are generally without fixed homes or continuous employment. Their engagements terminate in the spring; in the interim until they re-engage for the following winter, they too frequently remain idle, and spend their earnings in a reckless manner, and are penniless, and often in debt, when they return to the woods".

Log Size: "... last month a gang of men in Louis Charron's shanty cut down two pine trees on Messrs McLachlin's Bros.' limits at Coolas Lake which made twenty one logs. The largest

log measured 49 inches at the large end, and the small end 22 inches. Out of the twenty one logs there were eighteen which measured 16-1/2 feet long and three 13-1/2 feet. These are probably the largest logs felled on the Madawaska this year". June 8, 1883

Shantymen Wages: "I expect to go up on Thursday evening with from 50 to 60 men, ... log cutters ... $20 to $24 to drive all through, 2 cooks from $30 to $35, 2 teamsters ... $18, 1 foreman ...$50, 25 general hands from $16 to $18, 1 Hewer ... $30". October 24, 1887

Discovery of the Bodies of the drowned men: The search for the bodies of the two men who were drowned at the Snake Rapids on the Madawaska, while engaged on J.R. Booth's drive, was continued for eighteen days without success. On Sunday, the 4th inst., the body of John Davidson, of Ottawa was found near Batson's and Currier's, about twelve miles below the Snake Rapids: and on the Tuesday following, the body of Archibald McFadyen was recovered about six miles further down the stream. Their remains were temporarily but decently buried close to the spots where they were found: and there they will remain till the winter when they will be removed for final internment by their friends. June 16, 1876

Returning Home: On Monday night, some 250 of the men who have been employed on the "drives" of the various firms of lumbermen operating on the Madawaska, came into Renfrew on their way home. Their services are dispensed with for the present, as the water is too low for the logs to be brought further down this season.

Their arrival in the village was announced by the usual amount of music and fun, and enough of noise generally during the night. August 16, 1872.

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<![CDATA[History: Mount St. Patrick & Dacre]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-mount-st-patrick-and-dacre.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-mount-st-patrick-and-dacre.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 9:52:36 -0700Please find the following historical stories:


Early days in Mount St. Patrick and Dacre
By Bill Graham, Editor: The Madawaska Highlander

The first settlers to appear in what would become the Parish of Mount St. Patrick probably arrived in the 1830s. No one knows for certain because these settlers could be considered squatters since there was no land registry until the 1850s. Some were certainly shanty men who lumbered the pines of what would become Brougham Township. Some of these men took land and brought their families to the area. Others were genuine immigrants who in this case arrived from Ireland. 

One account left in a history by Father Tom Hunt, who was a third generation resident of Mount St. Patrick born 1895, says that his own family, arrived with sixteen other Irish families in the early 1800s. They arrived at the Mountain "coming in the back door by way of Perth." It wasn't long before Mount St. Patrick was almost entirely undiluted Irish Catholic. 

The Catholic Church played a central role in the history of this community. In the first years there was no church but the people were served by visiting missionary priests. These men would move between many far-flung communities of Catholics in the days when there were no real roads and often only the rivers and creeks provided a means of travel.

Among the first of these pioneer priests was Father John McNulty. He arrived from Ireland in 1842 and was supposed to be headquartered in Renfrew and visit Springtown, Eganville, Douglas and Osceola from there, but instead chose to centre his activities around what is now Mount St. Patrick because he had family living there who had arrived during the 1830s. His family originated from the Dioceses of Tuam in County Mayo (Ireland), which is the location of the original Mount St. Patrick. 

By the 1850s the building of settlement roads was a priority of the government of Upper Canada. One of these roads was the Ottawa-Opeongo Road, which began at Farrell's Landing on the Ottawa River near Renfrew and passed within a few kilometres of the present site of Mount St. Patrick. It was in the village that Crown Land Agent T.P. French decided to set up his headquarters. 

In September 1855, T.P. French took up residence at the John Brady Hotel in Mount St. Patrick, which placed him 16 miles from Renfrew and 2 miles from the Opeongo Road. His duties as Crown Land Agent included promoting settlement through advertising, giving the settlers aid and advice and ensuring that their obligations were fulfilled, supervising road improvements, selling Crown lands and reporting on progress. Today T.P. French is especially noted for his marketing abilities and his creative writing. His prospectus, which described the terms for gaining "indisputable title" to 100 acres of land for free, were circulated throughout Europe. He was eloquent, believable and engaging, but often the reality did not measure up to his prose. 

Regardless, many came to settle and whether disappointed or not French contributed to the growing importance of Mount St. Patrick during this period. Another important factor was the building of a stone church in the village in 1869. This is the church that exists to this day. Before this date there was a chapel of log construction located near the McNulty farm high up on the mountain. For reasons of accessibility the local place of worship was moved to the village. 

Over the generations parish priests strongly influenced the life of the community. After Father McNulty left the parish in 1852 a number of priests served the community and outlying areas until the arrival of the next influential priest-leader of the community in the form of Father John McCormac. 

Father McCormac arrived in Canada in the same year as his ordination in Ireland in 1865 at the age of 24 years. He arrived in Mount St. Patrick in January 1867 and was parish priest until his untimely death in 1874 at the age of 33 years. He oversaw the building of the present church in 1869 and was responsible for the Holy Well, which remains a notable landmark in Renfrew County. Holy wells are a part of an ancient tradition in Ireland that goes back to the Celts. Certain pools and springs were thought to have spiritual power. Father McCormac found what he believed was such a spring near Constant Creek, which he blessed as a holy well, in the Irish tradition. Ironically, it was in this same Constant Creek that Father McCormac died by drowning in 1874 while fishing.

In its heyday at the end of the 19th Century, Mount St. Patrick boasted a number of hotels, stores, blacksmiths and at least one harness shop. It was also an important spiritual draw for local Catholics. Today, not a single commercial enterprise exists within the village. It was probably the automobile that sealed its fate as a viable commercial centre. Between 1956 and 1962 Highway 132 was paved and the residents of Mount St. Patrick now had easy access to Renfrew and beyond.

Constant Creek

Lying between Mount St. Patrick and Dacre is Constant Creek. This waterway is important to the history of both villages. It was the first highway in the area, which allowed people and goods to be easily transported from place to place along its shore. Mount St. Patrick's famous Holy Well is located near its shore and the village of what was Balaclava owed its existence to the Creek.

Like many place names in the region, there are two possible derivations to the name. One version says Constant Creek and Constant Lake were named for Simon Constant, an Indian who lived in the area until his death in 1899. The other version says Constant refers to Constant Penency (Pennaissez) an Algonquin who was born around 1786 near the Ottawa River. His hunting territory was said to be 10 square miles in what is now the City of Ottawa. After his land was expropriated by the British, he remained in the historical record by advising Alexander Shirreff during his 1829 explorations. It is said that he spent his final years with his sister in the Springtown area.


Dacre 1927

Balaclava, which shared Constant Creek with Mount St. Patrick and Dacre, began as a mill town built on Constant Creek in 1855. By 1860 a blacksmith shop, hotel and homes were added. The mill was acquired by the Richards family in 1868 who operated the mill for the next 91 years. The mill was rebuilt in 1936 after a good deal of the original edifice was destroyed by fire. In 1957, Donald Dick took over the mill, however the supply of timber was very much depleted and the mill was only producing a few thousand board feet a year (compare this with one million board feet a week at the mill's peak). In 1959, the mill was shut down, the store closed and all that exists today is a ghost town.


MOUNT ST. PATRICK
by Wes Bomhower

Editor's note: Wes Bomhower is responsible for gathering these personal recollections about Mount St. Patrick from a few residents who have memories that go back to an earlier time.

Mount St. Patrick and the surrounding area, probably more than any place in Ontario, is like a little piece of Ireland itself, with what is left of the village, the beautiful old church and ancient burial grounds, the Holy Well, and most of all the big mountain in the background. The view from up there is spectacular any time of year and in autumn when the leaves are in full colour, it would bring a lump to any man's (or woman's) throat, be they Irish or not. Mount St. Patrick was a settlement, complete with church and school, long before many other villages in Renfrew County, but for unknown reasons there is little remaining except the church and a few houses. It is off the beaten path, so to speak, but probably the automobile had more influence on the decline of the village and the business establishments that may have flourished at that time. It is a wonderful place to remember and come back to, nevertheless. Just attend the autumn dinner held usually in late September and it is like Old Home Week. People are coming from all corners of the Earth to be with kith and kin once more, and to relive their childhood memories of "The Mountain".

MOUNT ST. PATRICK-Bernardine (Sheedy) Murphy's story

"Bernie", now a retired school teacher living in Calabogie, was born in the village of Mount St. Patrick right across the road from the church in 1939. Her mother was Katie Hunt from the Mountain and her father Michael Sheedy, who built a house and store in 1934 across from St. Patrick's church and operated the store until 1965. Business was good, especially on Sunday mornings during summer when Mass was held twice, and they would sell gallons of ice cream. The building still stands today though badly in need of repair, and it breaks Bernie's heart to see it so. Bernie recalls Father John Harrington, followed by Father Kennedy and Father Jones in her childhood. She lived in Mount St. Patrick until her marriage to Leo Murphy in 1960. The Holy Well, which was near the shore of Constant Creek and a little distance behind the church, was known for its healing qualities since long before Bernie's time and is still in operation. Over the years, several priests and nuns originated from Mount St. Patrick and surrounding area. There are those mentioned in Margaret Hunt's story, which follows, plus Father Bernard Hunt from up on the Mountain itself, Sister Alberta (Leona Colterman) from the flats toward Dacre, Father Lynch from the new road built out to132 Highway and Father Kylie from the English Road, just east of the village, to name a few. Incidentally, Father Kylie was an uncle to Mickey Bolger whose story will be appearing in Out on the First Concession at a later date.


Church renovation in 1929

MOUNT ST.PATRICK, Margaret (Norton) Hunt's Story

Margaret bas born in 1909 and spent most of her early years with her grandfather, Dan Kennelly, just west of Calabogie where Jim Mercer now lives. With the aid of an old chair, she could harness a horse at the age of five years and drive the horse too. Margaret still loves horses. Her first memories of Mount St. Patrick were in 1925, and were connected with the wedding of Beazie Hunt of Ferguson Lake to John Pat Maloney who lived on the Mountain. They were real celebrities because after the wedding at St. Patrick Church, the couple went to live in Detroit, Michigan, practically on the other side of the planet everyone thought. There were two stores operating then, Mary Hunt's variety store and John Carter's general store. Jack Hunt did a thriving business with a blacksmith shop in the village, and this same man fathered four important clerics in later years, namely: Father Tom Hunt, Sister Hilda, Sister Gerard and Sister Bertille. Margaret married Dennis Hunt in 1930 and took up residence at Ferguson Lake, just a bit east of the village where Margaret lived until going into Quail Creek Retirement Centre in Renfrew a few years ago. She now resides in Bonnechere Manor. She well remembers Father Harrington, the priest who officiated at her wedding.

He did the hiring and firing of the crews who were building the road from the village to what is now Highway 132. If you were not in church on Sunday morning, you had better have a damn good reason or you would not have a job on Monday morning. A new crew was hired every two to three weeks, enabling everyone a chance to work in those hard times. Margaret's husband, Dennis, worked on the hoists at Black Donald Mines for many years.

Shortly before Margaret's marriage, a couple by name of James and Katie Legree sold part of their property below the Mountain-1000 acres, to purchase a new Star automobile.

She recalls one day at her grandfather Dan Kennelly's home when Jim Kelly of Black Donald drove up with his mother to visit. Kelly's mother went in the house and Kelly tried to put his horse in an outbuilding but the door was too small. Grandad Kennelly, who could swear like a trooper was watching from the house and he called out: "You stupid Irish so and so, can't you tell a hen house from a horse stable?"

Back in those years, Margaret knew everyone on both mountains (St. Patrick and Kennelly), Maloneys, Hunts, Kennellys, Scullys, Mulvihills, etc. and she knew all the families for miles around below the mountains too. One family on the flats, the Salmons, held frequent parties and dances at their house. This continued for some time until one night Father Quilty and Father Harrington took a drive out, and that was the end of that. The priests certainly held a lot more authority in those times, and life centred on the church much more than today.

Margaret loved the general area and the people of Mount St. Patrick, and though she remembers a lot of hard work and many more hard times, she does not regret one minute of her life and would not have it any other way.

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<![CDATA[History: Griffith & Matawatchan]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-griffith-and-matawatchan.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-griffith-and-matawatchan.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 9:52:36 -0700Please find the following historical stories:


A look back on Griffith and Matawatchan
By Bill Graham, Editor: The Madawaska Highlander

This is the story of two townships, which have been closely linked for many years. Before the political organization of this part of Eastern Ontario there were many small settlements, which were isolated communities of people trying to eke out a living from a stony landscape.

The first settlers in the area were shanty men. They were the loggers who worked the Madawaska River and decided to settle their families along the river. Settlement was located mainly near the river and they were predominately French from what was then Lower Canada (Quebec). Around 1850 there were already some settlers-MacDonalds, Wilsons and McLellans -in what is now the Village of Matawatchan.

In the 1850s a number of events conspired to open up the area to settlers. In 1852 the government passed the Public Lands Act, which made it lawful to give genuine agricultural settlers free grants of land along public roads in newly surveyed townships. It is interesting to note that while the Crown gave the land, it retained the rights to the pine trees. To administer these grants Mr. T.P. French was appointed Crown Land Agent in 1852. He dispensed his largess from Mount St. Patrick and was said to be overly generous in his description of the land being granted. This might explain why family names that existed in a community in one census year no longer exist in that community in the next census year, ten years later. Many were probably disillusioned by their granted land and moved on. Happening at this same time was the development of settlement roads, which were critically important for bringing settlers into the area.

 


Early Matawatchan in winter

Griffith Township was the first to be politically organized. In 1858, Griffith Township was established as a township and joined Grattan, Algoma and Sebastopol as a united township. Around the same time (1866) Renfrew County split from the United Counties of Lanark and Renfrew to become a county on its own. The township of Griffith at that time had three communities: Griffith, Balvenie and Khartum. Griffith is named for Sir Thomas Griffith who served in the Crimea War, including the Battle of Balaclava. Many of the first officials (especially Post Masters) in the area were ex-military officers who had received land grants from the Crown in recognition of their military service. This probably explains the unlikely names given to some of the villages and postal stations; including Balaclava and Khartum.

It is an interesting footnote that Crown Land Agent T.P. French became the first reeve of Griffith Township in the mid-1860s.

It is unclear when Griffith Township separated from Grattan, Algoma and Sebastopol to become a township on its own, but we do know that in 1871 the Township of Matawatchan, which was a union of several sparsely populated settlements, joined Griffith as a united township.

The Township of Matawatchan had two communities; the Village of Matawatchan and Camel Chute. Camel Chute was originally named Campbell Chute after a local logger, but when surveyors arrived and asked residents the name of the place the local brogue was misheard as Camel. Matawatchan is an Indian name (probably Algonquin) and in some records it's spelled as 'Mataouschie'. Some believe it means "running through rushes", but Indian Affairs says it means "first settlement." Some current long-time residents think the name should be translated as "hidden village." It suggests that there may have been an Aboriginal settlement here before the Europeans arrived.

While Griffith was primarily Irish and French in the early days, the population of the geographic township of Matawatchan was primarily Scots and French. Local memory says that the first settler in the Village of Matawatchan was a MacDonald, but soon after there were Wilsons, MacPhersons, McLellans, Hutsons and many others. Many of the French families are still here but their names have become anglicized over the years. The LeClaire family were very early settlers and they are still prominent in the area.

 


Early Matawatchan: General Store and cheese factory in the foreground

With the shanty men and the early farmers a population developed and with it a small service industry to serve that population. There were blacksmiths, cheese makers, store owners, carpenters and even two dress makers and a weaver are identified in the 1891 Census for the Village of Matawatchan. It was a local economy where, for example, any milk remaining after a settler's cow had provided milk and butter for the family would be turned over to a local cheese maker who would provide cheese for a little cash back to the family. It was very much a barter economy. This type of transaction happened for many commodities and it happened throughout Renfrew County.

The Townships of Griffith and Matawatchan were very isolated for much of their history. It was not until the mid-1930s that there was a modern road to Dacre through to Renfrew with the building of Highway 41. It was not until then that a concrete bridge over the Madawaska replaced one made of wood. Before then most of Matawatchan's supplies came from Perth via the Lanark and Calabogie Roads. Supplies for Griffith probably came via Denbigh and the Addington Road. Depending on the merchant involved both communities may have been supplied by both these routes. Who now can say?

Traveling beyond their immediate community happened seldom for residents. Local Matawatchan residents Annie Thomson and Olive Parks (nee Thompson), who are sisters now in their 90s; report that they first visited Renfrew for the Renfrew Fair, when they were in their teens. It was a two-day trip by wagon with a night spent at a 'stopping place' in Dacre. Former Griffith residents Eric and Irene Boeltge reported that: "Travelling by rough wagon roads was quite difficult in earlier times and it usually took two days to travel to Eganville, which we travel today in not much less than an hour! At Tooey's Lake, there was a large stove and always wood, where a traveler could stop to have their lunch. Coming back from Eganville in the evening, travelers sometimes stopped about three miles this side of Eganville and stayed the night. In the morning they could resume their journey and arrive back in Griffith in the afternoon."

Often residents would travel with the mail, which would arrive about once weekly. It was an antiquated form of hitch hiking. Mail was often the only form of communication outside of the immediate community. Post Office locations and postmasters were significant in these times.

Many of the historical highlights of this area are connected to communication with the outside world. According to Alvie Strong the first telephone arrived in Matawatchan in the 1920s though not everyone had one. Calls could only be made in Matawatchan or as far as Griffith, according to Bill Thomson, but you had to shout. In addition, in those days you had to buy your own telephone and supply some telephone poles. The first car arrived in the 1920s but it was years before it was a common means of transportation. The arrival of Highway 41 in the mid-1930s was significant for this area and finally in the mid-1950s hydro arrived here.

Today residents have communications and access to the world outside the community, but it is still an isolated area. However, today that might be more a blessing than a curse.


Early memories of Matawatchan
By Audrey Copeland

Let's for the moment place ourselves in the mid-1920s, without hydro electricity and without motorized machinery or vehicles, living in the isolated village of Matawatchan; Olive and Annie's world in their young teens. Life was centered on family, farm and the immediate community on which all of their survival, social and spiritual needs, depended. Each person had a role within the family and within the community. Family members ate all their meals together (except for lunches at school), worked together for the common good, and played together. There was closeness and purposefulness to all that they did. Olive states that it was a lot of work, but it wasn't a hardship. They had a lot of fun.

The Matawatchan community consisted of 20 to 25 families. These families supported the same general store, which remains at its original location today. They supported a one room school house and a cheese factory both southeast of the store on the other side of the road. To the west of the store across the street was Eli Troke's place and Billy Smith's hall (where many social activities occurred). The protestant church was at the present St. Andrew's church's location. Eli Troke is mentioned as he owned a team of small black horses that he made available for any one in the village who needed emergency transportation to see the doctor in Denbigh. He also provided a place for some of the student's horses that were used for transportation to school. For example, the MacPherson children lived more than 3 miles away down a logging road off Matawatchan Rd. The Thompson children, who lived at the far end of Hudson Lake Road just had one and a half miles to walk to school, barefoot mind you, until the frost came, to save on the wear on their shoes.


Billie, Bob and Walter Ferguson in front of Matawatchan General Store.

Speaking of school, most children started at about the age of 7 years. The classes were divided into five groups rather than grades: Primary, First, Second, Third and Fourth Class. There were entrance exams to write to get into high school in either Denbigh or Renfrew when the 4th class was completed at the age of 14 or 15. Many students couldn't afford nor had the inclination to leave home to board in either of these towns, so their formal education came to a close and there was much need for their help with the chores at home.

Activities of daily life were very much dictated by the seasons and what Mother Nature could provide within her cycles. And as we examine more closely this way of life, it becomes amazingly evident how interdependent and inter connected the domesticated animals and their owners were in their every day lives.

Most families had their own team of horses for ploughing, hauling logs out of the bush, pulling the sleighs / wagons for going to church, school or social function, for hauling ice from the lakes for the year's supply for their ice boxes, carrying the gathered sap through the maple bush, and carrying filled milk jugs to the cheese factory.

Raising cattle was a main source of outside income, since the farmers were fairly self sufficient. The cows would calve in the spring and graze all summer and in the fall the calves that would not be kept would be sold to a cattle buyer that came around once a year. There were the 14 milking cows that supplied the Thompson family's needs with the extra going to the cheese factory. This money would go toward buying what they didn't produce, like flour, sugar, tea, shoes and some clothing, although most was made at home. The Thompson family had 25 sheep for wool that was sheared in the spring when it would be washed and dried. Then it would be teased, carded and spun into thread, usually in the winter months by the women. There were pigs, chickens and turkeys as well. Most of the livestock that was needed to supply the table for the winter were killed in November. The pork would be cured and salted, stored in barrels, the beef hanging, then frozen as it became frigid outside. Annie pointed out that having unexpected extra company at mealtime was never a problem as there was always plenty of food available to share.

In general, the men did all the barn and outside work that related to looking after the animals and maintenance of the buildings, fences and tools. The children would pitch in with feeding the smaller livestock, milking the cows, and washing the milk pails and cans twice a day. The men, with the help of the boys would maintain the fires and look after boiling the sap for the maple syrup. In the fall and winter the men would gather and cut the firewood.

The mother was the leader of the household, running the home, looking after the children, preparing meals, keeping the wood stove going, looking after the laundry and making bread twice weekly. The daughters would wash the clothes on Saturdays. The late summer and fall brought the harvest where again the outside chores were relegated to the males doing the haying and the women would be busy with indoor activities like canning and drying the fruits and vegetables from the garden. Various chores like churning the butter, the daily filling of the oil lamps and cleaning their globes and bringing in the firewood were shared. In the summer, the children cleaned away the Burdock, purple weeds and wild mustard from around the buildings and especially in the grain fields where the wild mustard could ruin the crop.

In the early spring, when the sap began to run, the children came home from school and helped with the gathering of the sap from the pails on each tree (300 in the Thompson's case). The sap was poured into large barrels on the sleigh pulled by the horses. It was quite the job and sometimes they needed to go around twice a day when the sap was really flowing. Any extra maple syrup was sold for 50 cents a gallon!

Just before the yearly Matawatchan picnic, the girls would make the trip to Rose Hill to pick wild strawberries, enough to sell and earn the 50-cent 1 admission to the picnic. They got 25 cents for each 10-pound honey pail they filled. Then there was the picking to supply the family's store of jam and preserves for the winter. The raspberry picking came next and included PUM taking the boat on Hudson Lake to the Narrows, where they would leave the shore and find their way up the hills to the raspberry bushes. Later in the summer, would be time for the blueberry picking in the mountains in Griffith, which would be a full day's activity with picking and travel. Those picking excursions created fond memories for the Thompson sisters.

The July 1st picnic was a highlight for the community where each family would bring homemade breads, cookies and special treats to share, all spread out on outdoor tables. In those days, Heman Towns would cook the beef, part of the traditional meal that is still served at the picnic to this day. Annie remembers when Charlie Strong would offer the children a ride in his truck for 10 cents and also remembers that she couldn't afford it the next year as he'd put the price up to 15 cents a ride!

Life was different back then. Closer to the earth and all it has to offer. As teenager Annie and Olive would have needed two days if they wanted to travel to Renfrew. As seniors they can travel to anywhere in the world in less time. However, it is in Matawatchan where they spend most of their time. It is the place where they still find the fun in their lives.


 

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<![CDATA[History: Black Donald]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-black-donald.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-black-donald.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 9:52:36 -0700Please find the following historical stories:


Black Donald Mines
By Bill Graham, Editor: The Madawaska Highlander

At one time, a vibrant community named Black Donald Mines flourished in Brougham Township. Today there is no evidence of it-it has been literally removed from the face of the earth. The name Black Donald is now used for a lake but once referred to a mining village located on the shores of White Fish Lake, 13 kilometres from Calabogie. Like the village, White Fish Lake was also removed from the map with the creation of the hydro dam at Mountain Chutes in the mid-1960s. The back water from the dam flooded 8500 acres and placed both the town of Black Donald Mines and White Fish Lake under 80 feet of water.

All that is left are an historical plaque, a few old photographs; a book entitled The Black Donald Story by Rita Quilty and the memories of a few people who lived there. One of those people is Garry Ferguson who was born there and has many boyhood memories of the place. He shares some of those memories in an accompanying article.

When you look out over Centennial Lake, which was formed from the back flow of the hydro dam, it is hard to believe that hundreds of people lived and farmed on land that is now lake bottom. Local ghost towns, like Glenfield, can be visited and a feeling for what the village was like can be imagined. But no one will ever visit Black Donald Mines. It is lost forever.

BLACK DONALD CREEK

Before Black Donald Mines and the village that sprung up around it, there was the settlement of Black Donald Creek. The village was created by the river drivers who built their shanties and homesteads on the shores of the Madawaska and White Fish Lake. The assessment rolls from as early as 1871 show that Black Donald Creek was probably a French speaking village. When the graphite mine opened around the turn of the century many left the river for the less dangerous work in the mines. It is another lost village.

BORN FROM GRAPHITE

The village of Black Donald Mines existed because of the discovery of a large and high grade seam of graphite that was discovered in the vicinity of White Fish Lake in 1889. The story goes that a homesteader named John Moore literally tripped over rock containing graphite while searching for his cows. It took until 1895 to interest "money people", but in that year Moore sold the mineral and surface rights to the Honourable George McKindsey for the princely sum of $4,000. This made Moore and his wife very well off compared to their neighbours. However, the very next day McKindsey sold the same rights and land to a group of men who would form the Ontario Graphite Company for $42,000. The interest of "money people" had definitely been engaged.


Mill block at Black Donald Mine (1905)

Graphite is used for lead pencils, stove polish, metallic paints and especially as a lubricant for heavy machinery. The graphite at Black Donald was one of the largest deposits in North America and was extremely pure-84% pure. The graphite was also in the flake and compact form at one site; which was very unusual. Graphite mines usually produced one form or the other, but not both.


Power house for Black Donald line at Mountain Chute on the Madawaska

During the first year of production, the Ontario Graphite Company produced 100 tons of refined graphite and 200 tons of crude. In these first few years, the company treated the ore chemically at their plant in Ottawa. However, in 1902 a three-story refinery was built at the Black Donald site and a 400 horsepower power generation plant was constructed two miles to the south-west on the Madawaska River. It is amazing to consider that the village of Black Donald Mines had electrical power for the mine and all the residents in 1902 and electrical power didn't reach the neighbouring townships of Griffith and Matawatchan until the early 1950s.

A SELF-SUFFICIENT TOWN

According to the Canadian Foundryman in 1919, there were 77 buildings in Black Donald Mines. They included a three-story refinery, boiler house, compressor house, hoist house, warehouses, a blacksmith shop, machine shop, garage, three barns, a granary, unloading storehouse, superintendent's house, kitchen, dining room, three sleeping houses for the single men and 36 dwelling houses for the married men and their families. There were 118 workers at the mines.

There was also a commissary building, which handled food and supplies, a barber shop, public school house and a Catholic church. For entertainment in later years, the village boasted an amusement hall where plays were staged and motion pictures were screened. The seating was removed for the Saturday night dance. It became a magnet for attracting the local farmers and homesteaders from miles around.

MANY UPS AND DOWNS

With over a half century of mining in its history the village of Black Donald Mines had many ups and downs. The years of war during 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, were good years for Black Donald since graphite was in increased demand. However, there were other years when the mine was closed seemingly for good, only to be reopened when the demand for graphite rose. There were other years when the mine, which followed the seam of ore right under White Fish Lake, caved in. Collapses in the mine happened in 1902, 1905 and again in 1950. The cave in of 1950 sealed the fate of the village of Black Donald Mines. Luckily it happened on a Sunday and no one was killed. Within two years mining operations came to a standstill and without the mine as an employer the town also diminished.


Right stope of mine 700 feet from mouth (circa 1934)

Gradually the town was deserted and Ontario Hydro moved in with plans to buy property for a multi-million dollar dam project. They recognized the potential for hydro electric power that was demonstrated in 1902 at the same site. From 1959 onward Ontario Hydro implemented their plan for the Mountain Chutes dam. Property that was to be flooded by the headpond of the dam was purchased, buildings were bulldozed and the land was cleared.

When the dam was built and flooding commenced it took six months to fill and enlarge White Fish Lake. Eighty-five hundred acres were flooded, in some places to a depth of 150 feet. In 1967, the new lake was renamed Centennial Lake in honour of Canada's 100th birthday. A new landscape had been created, but Black Donald Mines was lost forever.


Memories of Black Donald (print version)
By Garry Ferguson

A plaque is the only reminder of an era when Canada was a major producer of graphite. The village of Black Donald, built around the mining operation on the shores of Whitefish Lake in the Madawaska Valley, was burned down, obliterated to make way for the headpond of a hydro project.

The waters of Black Donald Lake, part of a larger reservoir raised by Ontario Hydro, have added eighty feet to the depth of Whitefish and cover the spot where our house once stood.

In 1889, a farmer named John Moore discovered graphite ore on his land. Mining operations began in 1896 and ran sometimes intermittently, through a depression and two world wars. A village, with a company boarding house and a store, grew up around the operation, but the digging ended on a November Sunday in 1950. With a roar, heard throughout the village, the lake smashed through the roof of the pit. Fortunately, the miners had observed the Sabbath so no one was killed.

My maternal grandparents earned a down payment for their farm by working at that boarding house in its early days. My father was working in the mine when the stork appointed me the first new 1937 addition to the village. Since my birthday is in August, I can only speculate that the good folk of Black Donald stuck mainly to the fishing and fighting that year. R.F. Bunting, owner and president of the graphite company drove to the Renfrew hospital to bring me home and terrified my mother by insisting on carrying her precious firstborn out to his car.

We left Black Donald before I became interested in more than warm milk and dry diapers but moved back again in 1943 when my father took a job in the refinery. It was here that I had my first introduction to book learning at the one room schoolhouse. In the spring of 1945, we moved away again.

 

Given my ties to this place and the memories relating to it, I still remember every house and the people who lived in it. You can bet I was delighted when I was given a book called The Black Donald Story. This well-researched record of an era, written by Rita Quilty, is an interesting mix of historical narrative, anecdotes and photos. It not only provides an insight into the graphite industry as it existed then, but portrays the joys and hardships of our lives. It didn't really matter that we were all poor. We didn't know it.

I don't imagine that any of the older kids in the photos, including Rita, remember much about a little white-haired ankle biter who got into his share of trouble. I remember though, her older brother hauling my young brother out of a hole filled with water. Probably saved his life. I also remember her older sister catching several of us skinny-dipping at the Swimming Rock. We tried to submerge, but since we were afraid of depths beyond a foot we couldn't have been too successful.

The book permitted me to put faces to the names of people who were my parents' best friends during their first stay at The Mines and to that of a man who went back into an evacuated pit to carry my father out after he'd been knocked unconscious by falling rocks.

There are pictures of Irving Moore, grandson of the man who made the first find, and of George Kelly. These patient men, along with Leonard Leclaire, allowed a mob of us urchins to ride on their sleighs as they went about their work. Irving was the milkman, so he was stuck with us during his morning rounds. George and Leonard, who did hauling jobs for the company, ended up with us in the afternoons. Those people who we considered old now look so young in those photos. The soldiers going off to war, such as Walter Brydges the boy from next door, who never came back, were, in truth, children.

Canadian communities often change so gradually that they serve as constants against which errant natives may return to gauge their own personal change. It is possible for several consecutive generations to share a relatively unaltered setting for their childhood memories. For the expatriates of Black Donald, this setting exists only in the mind's eye. There will be no sharing with succeeding generations. This realization seems to have turned them into rebels against time and circumstances. They had an historic marker erected and maintain contact with each other by holding periodic reunions.

When the last of the Mines people are remembered only through faded images in musty photograph albums, Rita's book might be all that tells of our time in this place. It's somehow reassuring to know that scrawled on some corner of our history's austere wall will be the message: .We were here.
 

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<![CDATA[History: Calabogie]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-calabogie.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/history-calabogie.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 9:52:36 -0700Please find the following historical stories:


Calladh bogaidh: Marshy Bay
By Bill Graham, Editor: The Madawaska Highlander

By some accounts, this Gaelic phrase is said to be the derivation of the name of what is now Calabogie. Early documents list the place as Calaboga. In those days it referred to the lake and not the town. During the 1840s, at the time of early settlement in what would be Bagot and Blythfield Townships, Springtown was by far the most important community. It was only with the coming of the Kingstown and Pembroke (K & P) railway in the 1870s that the settlement, now know as Calabogie supplanted Springtown in importance.

According to Alfred Clarke, a long time resident of the area who wrote "A History of Calabogie" in the mid-1960s, Barryvale was first called Calabogie and the railway station at what is now Calabogie was called Madawaska. However, the Ottawa-Arnprior and Parry Sound Railroad Company (OA and PS), which crossed the upper valley around Barry's Bay, also had a station named Madawaska, so the name of the station at Calabogie Lake was renamed Calabogie.

According to Mr. Clarke the derivation of the name Calabogie was from the Indian name for Sturgeon. The Sturgeon came up the river to spawn. They were not able to go above the high falls, about a mile from the lake, and so they congregated in the lake.

FIRST THERE WAS THE RIVER

The Madawaska River is fundamental to the history of Calabogie. Without it there whole area would have been settled much later. Some of the earliest commercial lumbering in Ontario took place along the Madawaska between 1860 and 1890. In addition to the demand for lumber by a growing population in Upper Canada, many of the tall white pine of the area became ship's masts in the British navy. The Madawaska River was one of the important water routes to the remotely located stands of timber and a water highway for shipping the felled trees to market.

As early as the 1840s, the government was providing assistance to lumber companies by building slides and booms to facilitate log drives on the river. Dams were also constructed at Highland Chute, Mountain Chute, Calabogie and Arnprior to assist operations. It was the damming of the Madawaska around Calabogie that created Calabogie Lake. The lake became a place where logs from the various drives were separated and stored before being floated down to the Ottawa River.

 


Calabogie sawmill early 1900s

One of the first saw mills in Calabogie was built by a man named McFarlane. To quote Alfred Clarke from his history: "It was a water mill and had an upright saw that ran up and down. It was seven feet long, about eight inches wide and one-quarter inch thick. It had a spring pole attachment to help pull it up after the down stroke. Reports said that Mr. McFarlane would start the saw into a log and then harness his horses and plough for a couple of hours then go back and move the log for another board."

In the earliest days the village developed around the timber men from the sorting camps around the lake. Hotels were opened and a general store. According to Alfred Clarke, the first store was opened by Sam Dempsey and was located at Grassey Bay since all the supplies came up from Perth on a road that probably paralleled the current Highway 511.

THE RAILWAY CHANGED EVERYTHING

The K & P Railway, which was also known as the Kick & Push, reached Calabogie in the 1880s. The line was originally built to give local entrepreneurs access to outside markets.

It also provided access for people.

In 1879 the K & P Railway only went as far as Lavant Township in Lanark County where the contractor who was supposed to bring the K & P to Calabogie had gone broke. A new contractor by the name of M.J. O'Brien, who had little money got bank loan and committed to building what was called the Renfrew Extension. The first section, which would bring the line across the Madawaska to Calabogie, was considered the most difficult part. Part of the challenge was building a causeway over Grassey Bay to accommodate the track. The causeway is still a permanent landmark in the area. In 1883 the K & P arrived in Calabogie and a year later in Renfrew.

 


M.J. O'Brien as a young man

Some years later M.J. O'Brien would again contribute to Calabogie by building a dam and power house for a factory he planned to build. The factory never did get built but O'Brien did supply Calabogie and Barryvale with electricity and also installed a telephone system. Few places in Renfrew County had such amenities at this early date. With the railroad came lumber and lathe mills, grist mills for grinding local grain, shingle makers, mining and the service industries to serve a growing work force. There was an iron ore mine in the area, but it soon shut down because of the ore's sulphur content. But then there was graphite from Black Donald Mines that carted to Calabogie and shipped out by rail. The railroad also brought cottagers. In the early 1990s holidaying in the country had become fashionable.

Today it is one of the mainstays of the local economy.


CALABOGIE, IN THE THIRTIES & FORTIES
By Wes Bomhower (January 2005 issue of the Madawaska Highlander)

Writer's note: As told by my good neighbours, Tony Senack and his wife Thelma (Emon) Senack. Thelma was born on Emon Lane, just a bit south of Calabogie, close to County Road 511, originally known as the Lanark Road. Thelma's grandfather, Andrew Crawford, was section foreman on the K. & P. Railroad in those years, and lived in the next house on Mill Street to where Tony and Thelma now reside.

Mill Street, just a gravel trail back then, was called High Falls Road and was the main east-west thoroughfare in Calabogie, long before the bypass, County Road 508, was completed. There was a short stretch of wooden sidewalk running from Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, up past the old Town Hall, a distance of 400 yards or so.

On the waterfront, on Madawaska Street, there was Moran's Hotel, Legree's Hotel and another hotel, which would later become the Whippletree Shanty. This of course was also a gravel road, and was never ploughed in winter until sometime after the Second World War. In the late Thirties and early Forties, Tom Gorrah or maybe George Peddie would use a bulldozer to plough whatever streets or roads needed clearing for a funeral or other important events.

On December 8, 1938, (a day that stands out in Thelma's memory) apparently the roads were still passable by car to Renfrew. On that fateful day, her father, Roy Emon, was badly injured by a flywheel of a circular saw that shattered, breaking his jaw, all his teeth and one of his wrists. This happened on the Stones Lake Road, about three miles south-east of Calabogie. He was rushed, bleeding badly, by team and sleigh to the village. The parish priest, who had one of the first cars in town, drove Mr.Emon into the Renfrew Hospital.

There were five stores operating then, and all did a thriving business, especially on Saturday nights when they stayed open until 9 or ten p.m. Boxes store, located in front of Willard McDermiad's on the waterfront and next to Moran's Hotel, was a general store, as was Braden's, now Sullivan's Apartments across from the old convent. Charboneau's Store specialized in meat products and was located on the Lanark Road, straight south of the Catholic Church.

Belanger's Store, on the same street, was located where the Village Bistro Restaurant now stands and Scully's Store was right beside the K.& P. Railroad, where Richard and Skippy Hale, the librarian, now reside.

A little footnote here concerning the Scully's who lived in the house, which also contained the store. Moe (Glen) Mathews, who recently passed away, was just a young lad back then and he told us this story.

Apparently Mr. and Mrs. Scully did not get along well for some years and finally agreed to separate. However, times being what they were, money was scarce and Mrs. Scully had no other place to live, so she lived in part of the house, her husband in another part. Mr. Scully had never learned to cook and when mealtime came he would hear a little bell from his wife's part of the house and his dinner would be slid under the door separating them. Sounds rather unique, but we doubt if it would work today.

The building where Sharon Ladouceur lives was a convent for the nuns who taught school and music right up to Grade 13 in St.Joseph's Separate School nearby. The Calabogie Public School, behind Steve Wimble's Village Bistro, had classes up to Grade 8 and some of the children then attended the Separate School rather than having to board in Renfrew. Remember, these were still horse and buggy days and if you went any distance out of the village, it would likely be by train. The old K. & P carried a lot of passengers.

The United Church, on the waterfront, had its own sheds or stable for sheltering the horses, when church functions were on, as did the Catholic Church. Life was a lot slower and certainly much less stressful, but time marches on and there are some wonderful memories of Calabogie in the Thirties and Forties.


Tales of Calabogie
By Alfred Clarke

Editor's note: Alfred Clarke was born in 1880 and first came to Calabogie for school in 1887. He related his history of Calabogie to his nephew Peter Clarke as a centennial project in 1967. Tales of Calabogie draws from this history.

Jas Brouton was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery and later was dug up by a couple of grave robbers. But they had made a mistake in the grave they wanted and so reburied him. They were seen by a young man passing the cemetery and he gave the alarm. There was a midnight train at that time from Renfrew to Kingston and the robbers took it. The police in Kingston were notified and met the train, but the men had left it along the line somewhere and they were not caught.


Another mysterious death was that of a young part Indian girl, Lucy La Grave. Her parents had died and she came to Calabogie to live with her aunt and uncle. Her aunt and uncle had some family of their own and were not very able to support her but she helped out by working in the Village, She would do any kind of work she could get outside or in. She had worked as a housemaid for a family for some time and they thought a lot of her. One Sunday night they all went to church together and returned home. They had a light lunch and retired. The man had to be in his office at 7 a.m. He got dressed and called the maid. But when she didn't appear he told his wife to go and see. Perhaps the maid was sick. She was worse than that she was dead. They called the Doctor and after he examined her, he said it was partly his fault. She had a sore foot and he had given her a liniment to rub on it and some medicine to take inwardly; she had taken the dose of liniment inwardly.

When the people from the Village gathered at the Cemetery, some of them noticed that there was a white handkerchief tied to the marker at Miss La Grave's grave. With the possibility that grave robbers had marked the grave, the girl's Uncle lifted her body and buried it beside his own house and tied his dog beside it. He broadcast that any prowler that was seen round would be shot without warning.


There were two cases of murder. In one case, an Indian woman who sold liquor to support herself, Mag Constant, was killed by two river men who called there, got drinking and quarreled. One put the other out and the beaten man stood at the door with his club waiting for his chum to come out. But it was Mag who came out and he hit her on the head and killed her.


Another case of murder also involved two river men. They were camped at the head of the lake and held up by head winds. So a boatload came down to the village for a few drinks: Two of the men had been quarrelling and one of them said they wouldn't both go back alive. The other man went to the store and forced the clerk, a young man, to sell him a revolver and ammunition. He went back to the hotel and shot his enemy. The wounded man lived three days. The case was called self defence. A couple of other cases could have been murder but were just put down as accidents-suspicious to me.

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<![CDATA[History]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/history/Thu, 25 May 2017 9:52:36 -0700The Township of Greater Madawaska is relatively recent history, having been created as a political entity, in 2001. It is made up of five former townships that had themselves been amalgamated, at various times, in their history. You will find them mentionned in the historical sketches that follow, but it is the towns and villages of the area that are the focus of these stories. One of these villages, Black Donald Village, no longer exists, as it is under the Madawaska River in 80-feet of water. History on the village of Springtown is currently not available but will be added at a later date.

This history and associated memories were published between October 2004 and the summer of 2005 in the Madawaska Highlander, which is a community newspaper located in and serving Greater Madawaska.

For the most part, this history is that of roughly 160 years of European settlement of the area, but in the section on the Madawaska River, attention is also paid to the original aboriginal inhabitants of the region.

The material is organized by locality as follows:

  • The Madawaska River
  • Black Donald
  • Calabogie
  • Mount St. Patrick and Dacre
  • Griffith and Matawatchan

This material may be freely used, but acknowledgement of The Madawaska Highlander as its source would be appreciated.
 

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<![CDATA[The New Olympia Ice Resurfacer]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/the-new-olympia-ice-resurfacer-1406.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/the-new-olympia-ice-resurfacer-1406.htmlFri, 12 May 2017 9:15:51 -0700

Big Day at the Calabogie Community Rink!

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the students and staff of St. Joseph’s School, Rink and Recreation committee members, Greater Madawaska Township staff, and local residents were all on hand to welcome the latest addition to the Community Centre facility. We were excited to accept delivery of an Olympia ice resurfacer from Andy Schlupp, founder of Resurfice Corp, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ice resurfacers. Andy says that it is a real pleasure to donate "gently used” machines to community projects such as ours, where he knows they will be appreciated and put to very good use. In fact, the machine arrived just in time for our first hockey tournament on February 3 and 4 and players report that they were thrilled with the quality of the ice, especially on an unrefrigerated surface.

Our motto is “By Your Community, For Your Community.” The Calabogie Community Rink is a labour of love made possible through the efforts of dozens of dedicated volunteers and a high-energy fundraising campaign to ensure the completion of this outstanding facility. Thanks to grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Farm Credit Canada, and OPG and numerous generous corporate and private donors, the covered, NHL-sized rink is a community hub, not only for winter sports, but also for a wide variety of other all-season events.

In 2010, Greater Madawaska Township Council stood up a committee to replace the deteriorated existing rink structure and replace it with something that could better serve the needs of the community. With Council approval, and enthusiastic support from area residents, the Committee developed a multi-phased approach to tear down the old rink, fortify the infrastructure of the existing site, acquire all the required materials, and assemble and build a serious outdoor rink. Lacking sufficient funds for this far-reaching project, the Committee turned to the community to make up the difference in terms of volunteer labour and donated materials and equipment.  The response was truly outstanding. By January 2011, a new rink opened to the enjoyment of the entire community.

On the strength of this success, the Committee identified further projects to expand the facility to a four-season, all-weather venue that provides our community with a safe, affordable, inviting recreational facility that will enhance the quality of life for people of all ages by promoting an active lifestyle in Calabogie and area. Over the next three years following the installation of the boards, a reinforced slab replaced the existing gravel surface and an insulated steel roof was added over the entire rink area to include sufficient overhang on the south side to block the sun’s rays from melting the ice during the latter part of the season. Again, all of this is entirely funded by grants and private donations. The original cost of $400,000 for the roof is covered by a ten-year, low-interest loan that is being repaid through a series of annual fundraising events, including a hockey tournament, the Community Spirit Bogie Style ball tournament and community fair, the Raise the Roof Golf Tournament, a business showcase, the Calabogie Christmas Concert, and more. The current balance stands at $178,000 after only three years. In 2016, a $95,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation allowed modifications to ensure barrier-free access and the construction of a utility building to house the new Olympia ice resurfacer. Once again, where possible, much of the work has been accomplished by volunteers. We are truly grateful to Trillium for its generosity and commitment to the development of Ontario communities. A huge thanks also to all of the volunteers and donors and other supporters who contribute so much to our community in so many ways.

Future items on the Rink Committee wishlist include improved lighting, an audio system, and portable bleachers for spectators. For more information about this project, visit our website http://www.greatermadawaska.com/recreation and Community Spirit Bogie Style on Facebook.

An attendant is on duty from 6-10 PM weekdays and noon-10 PM on weekends. Skating is free of charge or available for group rental.

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<![CDATA[Glen MacPherson]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/glen-macpherson-9525.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/glen-macpherson-9525.htmlFri, 12 May 2017 8:23:12 -0700Councillor Ward 3
Phone: 613-333-1956
Email: gmacpherson@greatermadawaska.com

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<![CDATA[Harold Murphy]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/harold-murphy-2326.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/harold-murphy-2326.htmlFri, 12 May 2017 8:22:38 -0700Councillor Ward 2
Phone: 613-649-2236
Email: hmurphy@greatermadawaska.com

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<![CDATA[Wayne Fraser]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/wayne-fraser-7315.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/wayne-fraser-7315.htmlFri, 12 May 2017 8:22:01 -0700Councillor Ward 1
Email: wfraser@greatermadawaska.com

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<![CDATA[Brian Hunt]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/brian-hunt-439.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/brian-hunt-439.htmlFri, 12 May 2017 8:19:29 -0700Councillor Ward 1
Phone: 613-752-0246
Email: bhunt@greatermadawaska.com

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<![CDATA[Mayor]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/mayor.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/mayor.htmlFri, 12 May 2017 8:17:59 -0700Glenda McKay
Mayor

Phone: 613-401-7722
Email: gmckay@greatermadawaska.com

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<![CDATA[Mayor and Council]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/mayor-and-members/Fri, 12 May 2017 7:57:08 -0700<![CDATA[Hydro One pole replacement]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/hydro-one-pole-replacement-6549.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/hydro-one-pole-replacement-6549.htmlWed, 10 May 2017 12:31:45 -0700<![CDATA[Policing Costs - AMO Presentation to Minister Orazietti]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/policing-costs-amo-presentation-to-minister-orazietti-6495.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/policing-costs-amo-presentation-to-minister-orazietti-6495.htmlWed, 10 May 2017 12:26:17 -0700<![CDATA[Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/municipal-freedom-of-information-and-protection-of-privacy-act-mfippa-9597.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/municipal-freedom-of-information-and-protection-of-privacy-act-mfippa-9597.htmlWed, 10 May 2017 12:25:29 -0700The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act applies to all local government organizations, including municipalities, school boards, public utilities, transit and police commissions, fire departments, conservation authorities, boards of health and other local boards. There are separate Acts that apply specifically to Provincial Ministries, agencies and Federal Government institutions.

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<![CDATA[Ombudsman Ontario Information Flyer]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/ombudsman-ontario-information-flyer-4664.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/ombudsman-ontario-information-flyer-4664.htmlWed, 10 May 2017 12:23:06 -0700The Ombudsman is an independent officer of the Ontario legislature and a watchdog who resolves and investigates complaints about provincial government bodies and municipalities. They are an impartial investigator that makes recommendations to improve public services, with full confidentiality given to complaintants who submit reports to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Click here to learn more about Ontario's Ombudsman services and to view contact information.

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<![CDATA[Business Directory]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/business-directory/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/business-directory/Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:49:27 -0700<![CDATA[Seniors]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:52:02 -0700<![CDATA[Waste Disposal Site Annual Reports - 2015]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/waste-disposal-site-annual-reports-2015-2238.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/waste-disposal-site-annual-reports-2015-2238.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:44:18 -0700<![CDATA[Links of Interest]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/links-of-interest-5780.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/links-of-interest-5780.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:44:18 -0700Ministry of Environment: www.ene.gov.on.ca/

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<![CDATA[Township's Waste Recycling Strategy (WRS)]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/township-s-waste-recycling-strategy-wrs-477.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/waste-and-recycling/township-s-waste-recycling-strategy-wrs-477.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:44:18 -0700The attached document is your Township's "Waste Recycling Strategy" This document will provide you with information and insight as to how your Township plans to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its Blue Box recycling program and maximize the amount of Blue Box material diverted from disposal. Specifically, the purpose of this WRS is to maximize waste diversion from disposal to the most feasible extent possible within the Township.

The Township intends to provide waste and Blue Box recycling services to all residents, property owners and IC&I generators within the Township limits in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible, as part of the long-term sustainablility and self-sufficiency strategy of the Township.

The Township faces a number of waste management challenges, which this WRS will help address. In particular, the priority factors and drivers for the Township's development of a WRS are population growth, improving costs and service efficiencies and increased public awareness of the importance of waste diversion.

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<![CDATA[Senior Exercise Falls Prevention Program at the Wellness Natural Health Center in Calabogie]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/senior-exercise-falls-prevention-program-at-the-wellness-natural-health-center-in-calabogie-6957.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/recreation/senior-exercise-falls-prevention-program-at-the-wellness-natural-health-center-in-calabogie-6957.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:43:57 -0700Through the Champlain Community Care Access Center, there is a senior exercise Falls Prevention Program being offered twice weekly at the Wellness Natural Health Center in Calabogie. This program is free for those over the age of 65 or for those with a physical disability. It is funded through Ministry of Ontario. The program is a "chair program", so all exercises are carried out sitting or standing using a chair for support. There is no equipment involved. This program started the end of April 2014 with about 7-8 participants. Now the program has grown and typically there have been 15-19 participating.

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<![CDATA[Capital Projects for 2107]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/public-works/projrcts-for-2107-8200.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/public-works/projrcts-for-2107-8200.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:43:35 -0700<![CDATA[Links of Interest]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/public-works/links-of-interest-6745.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/public-works/links-of-interest-6745.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:43:35 -0700Ministry of Natural Resources: www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/

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<![CDATA[Home Escape Plan]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/home-escape-plan-8309.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/home-escape-plan-8309.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:41:45 -0700Survive A Fire In Your Home … Plan Your Escape Today!

Anyone who has lived through a fire will tell you what a terrifying experience it is. Unfortunately, many people who experience fire never get a chance to tell their story – to warn others of the dangers of fire.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning – a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

The Greater Madawaska Fire Department wants you to be prepared if a fire strikes your home. Please take a few minutes with your family to make a fire escape plan by following the nine simple instructions listed below. Every household must have a fire escape plan and a working smoke alarm to help ensure survival in a fire. Begin your plan by checking your smoke alarm to make sure that it is working. The smoke alarm will wake you up if a fire occurs while you are asleep.


Home Escape Plan

1. Draw a floor plan of your home

Use a grid to draw a floor plan of your home, following the example provided as a guide. You should draw a floor plan for each floor of your home.

2. Include all possible emergency exits

Draw in all walls, doors, windows and stairs. This will show you and your family all possible escape routes at a glance.

3. Include any important features that could help with your escape

Doors and windows are escape exits from your home. Are there any other features that could help you get out safely?

4. Mark two escape routes from each room

There is a main exit from every room. This will be the exit to use if there is no apparent danger. If you are unable to use the main exit because of smoke or fire, you must have an alternate exit. The second exit is usually the window. Special consideration should be given to planning escape routes from the bedrooms as most fires occur at night when everyone is sleeping. This second exit must be practical and easy to sue. Make sure that the occupant of that bedroom is able to use the second exit.

5. Remember – some people may need help to escape

Decide in advance who will assist the very young, elderly or physically/mentally challenged members of your household. A few minutes of planning will save valuable seconds in a real emergency.

6. Choose a place outside where everyone will meet

Choose a meeting place that everyone will remember. It is a good idea to choose a spot at the front of your home or close to your neighbour’s house. Everyone must know to go directly to this meeting place so they can be accounted for. No one should go back into a burning building for any reason.

7. Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home or a safe location

Once at the meeting place, someone can be sent to the neighbour’s home to call the fire department, include the neighbour’s name and the fire department phone number on your plan. Mark the street address of your home on your fire escape plan. Always keep the Fire Department’s number by your own phone in case a neighbour needs to call.

8. Make sure everyone is familiar with the home escape plan

Go over the entire plan with everyone. Discuss primary and secondary escape routes from each bedroom. Ensure that all children know the plan. Walk through the escape routes for each room with the entire family. Use this walk-through exercise to check routes, making sure all exits are practical and easy to use.

It is important that all windows will open and that no heavy furniture blocks any escape route. If escape ladders or ropes are to be used, make sure the area is accessible and that the appropriate individual is capable of using them.

9. Practice your escape plan

After reviewing the floor plan with the members of your household, have an actual practice to ensure that everyone knows what to do. Practice your escape plan every six months. In a real fire, you must react without hesitation as your escape routes may be quickly blocked by smoke or flames. Your practice drills will ensure that everyone knows what to do when fire strikes.

10. Crawl don’t walk

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<![CDATA[Fire Education and Safe Living Partners]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/fire-education-and-safe-living-partners-4362.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/fire-education-and-safe-living-partners-4362.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:41:45 -0700Fire Departments across Ontario have developed alliances with various organizations and resource agencies to make information and services available to the residents of the jurisdiction which they serve. Please take some time to visit these sites and take advantage of the resources available through them! Each is a valuable source of information on various topics that can help you you’re your family safe and informed.

Quick Links

Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshall
Ontario’s Technical Safety Standards
Ontario’s Fire Safety Council
Sparky our friendly fire and safety dog!

Other useful links:

CO ALARMS NOW MANDATORY IN ALL HOMES
Ontario's New CO Alarm Law: A Call to Action for Homeowners

Make it Stop!
Use the Hush Feature
Maintaining your Alarm
Move the Alarm
Try a different type of smoke alarm

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<![CDATA[Smoke and CO Alarms]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/smoke-and-co-alarms-4501.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/smoke-and-co-alarms-4501.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:41:45 -0700It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. With this previously announced Fire Code amendment now in effect, it is hoped there will be a reduction of the number of preventable fire-related injuries and fatalities. The amendment covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.

Smoke alarms are critical safety devices that have been in existence for at least 30 years, however, Ontarians still continue to die in homes without working smoke alarms. This is why the provincial campaign Working Smoke Alarms: It’s the Law was developed to communicate help make homeowners, landlords and tenants of residential occupancies aware of their responsibilities to comply with the smoke alarm requirements that will significantly increase public safety in Ontario.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements is against the law but more importantly, could result in unnecessary loss of life! Smoke alarms must, also be replaced every 10 years in order to comply with the law…

It is also the law in Ontario to have working Carbon Monoxide detectors on each floor of your home!!

Our goal is to ensure that everyone is safe in their own home…


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) has been called the “silent killer”. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas. Because of this, many people never know that they have been poisoned. It is estimated that 1,500 people are killed each year in North America and many more are injured with tragic disabilities, thus making carbon monoxide the leading cause of accidental poisoning in North America.

Carbon Monoxide Can Cause Illness Or Death

Carbon monoxide is the result of incomplete combustion of a fossil fuel such as natural gas, gasoline, propane and wood. Carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in the blood, a condition known as carboxhemoglobin (Cohb) saturation. As the level of carbon monoxide rises in the blood, the percentage of COhb gets higher and people get sicker. Just how sick people will get varies from person to person, depending on age, overall health, and the concentration of exposure and the length of exposure. The people most at risk are the very young or the elderly. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms., commonly confused with the flu, include:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vomiting

At higher levels or larger concentrations a person will become unconscious and death may result.

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<![CDATA[Fire Extinguisher Awareness]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/fire-extinguisher-awareness-4300.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/fire-extinguisher-awareness-4300.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:41:45 -0700It is an objective of the Greater Madawaska Fire Department to have all residents of our Township who may be required to use a fire extinguisher capable of doing so with confidence.

The Greater Madawaska Fire Department is capable of providing theory based public education sessions toward achieving this objective. The session will utilize visual and lecture based learning to educate residents on portable fire extinguishing methods, types of extinguishers, proper selection of the type right for your situation, proper location and maintenance. When possible, there will be a practical component to the session, as well.

For any questions or concerns regarding portable fire extinguishers or any other fire related topics please feel free to contact the Greater Madawaska Fire Department.

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<![CDATA[Seniors And Special Needs Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/seniors-and-special-needs-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarm-program-6675.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/seniors-and-special-needs-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarm-program-6675.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:41:45 -0700Between the years of 1998 and 2014, 29% of all fatal fires in Ontario involved persons 65+. These statistics show when it comes to fire, adults over age 65 are at greater risk than any other group. As most fire deaths occur in the home, it is important that older people know how to protect themselves.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can greatly increase your chances of surviving a fire in your home. Seniors and disabled traditionally have unique needs when it comes to installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Many live on their own and are cautious to ask for assistance. Our smoke and carbon monoxide alarm program is designed to break down these barriers and ensure that alarms are installed in all residences, especially those of senior and disabled citizens.

If you would like your home reviewed by a member of the Greater Madawaska Fire Department, please contact the Department or the Township Office.

Purpose

The overall purpose of a senior and disabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarm program is to reduce both the frequency and severity of fire and CO incidents in the homes of senior citizens. Through this program the Greater Madawaska Fire Department supports these citizens residing in their own homes that have limited domestic support, to live independently and confidently in their community.

Procedure

Any senior or special needs resident who may require assistance with installing or testing of their smoke or carbon monoxide alarms can contact the Greater Madawaska Fire Department.

A member of the Greater Madawaska Fire Department will handle the query. If the problem cannot be resolved over the phone a site visit will be arranged where the smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm(s) can be inspected and the appropriate action taken to ensure the alarms are located in the proper location and fully operational.

Free and available to residents of the Township of Greater Madawaska that are at least 65 years of age or have special needs to assist in determining if your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working condition.

If you are or know of anyone who is a senior citizen or a special needs adult and you would like the Greater Madawaska Fire Department to assist in ensuring the smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms in your /their home are in proper working order and located in the correct locations, please contact the Greater Madawaska Fire Department and arrangements will be made to have a member of the Fire Department visit your home.

This service is free of charge to both seasonal and year round residents of the Township of Greater Madawaska.

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<![CDATA[Spring/Summer Burn Season]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/spring-summer-burn-season-690.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/departments/fire/spring-summer-burn-season-690.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 12:41:45 -0700April 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016

The Fire Department would like to share a reminder that effective April 1st, 2016 – October 31st, 2016 there no day time burning is permitted in the Township of Greater Madawaska.

During the Spring/Summer Burn Season burning is permitted – with the purchase of a fire permit issued by the Township only from to 2 hours before sunset through to 2 hours after sunrise the next day (dusk until dawn). From April 1. 2016 - October 31, 2016 there is to be NO DAY TIME BURNING. For more information on regulations pertaining to burning in Greater Madawaska please refer to By-Law 14-2015 on the Township website or contact the office to obtain a copy.

Campfires do not require the purchase of a burn permit

“Campfire” means an open air fire having a maximum fuel volume of 1 metre X 1 metre X 1 metre ( 3 feet X 3 feet X 3 feet), that is set or maintained in an approved pit or outdoor fireplace and is used solely for the purposes of cooking food, providing warmth or recreational enjoyment.

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<![CDATA[Storytime Celebration]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/storytime-celebration-1370.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/storytime-celebration-1370.htmlMon, 06 Mar 2017 7:24:22 -0700<![CDATA[Welding]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business-directory/welding/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business-directory/welding/Tue, 24 Jan 2017 9:59:17 -0700<![CDATA[Business Directory]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business-directory/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business-directory/Fri, 20 Jan 2017 1:56:45 -0700

Thank you for visiting the Township of Greater Madawaska's Business Directory!

In this section you will find listings with contact information of businesses you can find in Greater Madawaska and surrounding area.

We welcome businesses to add and edit their own listings. If you need any help please contact Esther Roberts, Community Affairs Officer at eroberts@greatermadawaska.com  or 613-752-2222 ext.204

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<![CDATA[Greater Madawaska Library Board Meeting Minutes]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/meeting-minutes/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/meeting-minutes/Mon, 16 Jan 2017 6:50:34 -0700<![CDATA[2016 Library Board Minutes & Librarian's Reports]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/meeting-minutes/2016-library-board-minutes-librarian-s-reports/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/meeting-minutes/2016-library-board-minutes-librarian-s-reports/Mon, 16 Jan 2017 6:48:34 -0700<![CDATA[Skate]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/skate/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/skate/Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:25:03 -0700During Winter months, Greater Madawaska maintains 2 public outdoor skating rinks:

Calabogie – Calabogie Community Centre, 574 Mill Rd.
Griffith – 15 Ginza St.

The Griffith Rink is open and ready for a great weekend  January 13 2017

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<![CDATA[By-Laws]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/Thu, 12 Jan 2017 9:37:49 -0700If the PDF documents are not accessible, please download Free software to view and print Adobe PDF files:

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<![CDATA[Forms]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/forms/Mon, 19 Dec 2016 8:01:12 -0700<![CDATA[Willis College - Arnprior Campus]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/willis-college/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/willis-college/Wed, 14 Dec 2016 1:08:24 -0700Willis College is a private career college located at 39 Winners Circle Drive in Arnprior. 

http://williscollege.com/campus/arnprior-campus/

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<![CDATA[Things To Do]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700<![CDATA[Renfrew County ATV Club]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/renfrew-county-atv-club/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/renfrew-county-atv-club/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700The Renfrew County ATV Club works with the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance offering ATVing excitement on its many kilometres of managed trails that meander through forests, lake view vistas and remarkable Ontario Lanscapes.

Explore a 400+ kilometre network of trails built on a foundation of abandoned rail lines and forest access roads. This adventurous route winds its way across the countryside passing through numerous rural communities that provide riders with convenient access to a wide variety of supplies, services and accommodations.

Located in the Ottawa Valley/Eastern Ontario, the natural beauty of these lands is unsurpassed. Our trail systems cuts through muddy wetlands, shaded forests, shimmering lakes and verdant farmlands.

Link to the Renfrew County ATV Club's Website: http://www.renfrewcountyatv.ca/

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<![CDATA[Ice Fishing]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/ice-fish/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/ice-fish/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700In Winter, ice fishing is a very popular activity here in Greater Madawaska. The fish are plentiful and with so many lakes from which to choose there is no end of scenic locations to enjoy this fun winter sport.

The season culminates in late February and early March with an Ice Fishing Derby held at either end of the Township.

Calabogie – The Jamie Wright Memorial Ice Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Calabogie Fish & Game Club is held annually on the last Saturday in February.
 
Griffith/Matawatchan – Ice Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Griffith & Matawatchan Fish & Game Club, is held annually on the first Saturday in March.
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<![CDATA[Calabogie to Burnstown]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-to-burnstown-432.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-to-burnstown-432.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700At Calabogie the Madawaska River continues downstream past the hamlets of Springtown and Burnstown before joining the Ottawa River at Arnprior.  A popular day trip along this picturesque section of the Madawaska is the 13 km. paddle downstream from Calabogie to Burnstown.  Launch your canoe or kayak at the picnic area 3 km. east of Calabogie on the Calabogie Rd./#508. Because you will be travelling with the current it’s not a strenuous paddle. 1 km. after passing the Burnstown bridge look for Burnstown Beach, a public beach area on your left, where your journey ends. For this outing it is recommended that a vehicle shuttle be used. Leaving a vehicle at the Burnstown Beach before starting your river trip eliminates the need of having to paddle back upstream to your starting point.  

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<![CDATA[Calabogie Lake/Grassy Bay]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-lake-grassy-bay-108.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-lake-grassy-bay-108.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700For “naturalists,” an interesting outing is a ½ day paddle around Grassy Bay, a provincially designated significant wetland separated from Calabogie Lake by the abandoned K&P railroad causeway. In Grassy Bay you’ll find a lot of interesting vegetation and wildlife particularly in the shallow reeds at the far end of the bay. During spring and fall the bay is often very active being a favourite rest stop for migrating ducks and geese.

Put your canoe in the water at the Information Centre near the Madawaska River bridge on #511 in Calabogie. Paddle along the shoreline out into Calabogie Lake and enter Grassy Bay on your left via the open gap in the causeway. 
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<![CDATA[Wabun Lake]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/wabun-lake-701.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/wabun-lake-701.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Located at the end of Wabun Lake Rd, Wabun Lake is a small but very pretty lake. A fun paddle with lots of places to stop for a rest or swim break.  Many paddlers combine paddling with a short hike to the top of the cliff dominating one end of the lake where you get a spectacular view of Wabun Lake and the nearby Madawaska River. Land your canoe at the end of the bay below and to the right of the cliff. The trail to the cliff top runs past the bay a little way in from the water.

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<![CDATA[Between The Dams/Norcan Lake]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/9977.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/9977.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700The Madawaska River between the Mountain Chute and Barrett Chute Dams, including Norcan Lake, is a beautiful stretch of water. This area is largely crown land and fairly remote such that wildlife is plentiful making for a very interesting paddle.

River access can be found off both the Wabun Lake and Greens Landing roads.  
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<![CDATA[Centennial Lake & Black Donald]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/centennial-lake-black-donald-8885.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/centennial-lake-black-donald-8885.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700For flatwater paddlers, a scenic adventure awaits as you explore the Madawaska downstream from Griffith and into Centennial Lake and on to Black Donald Lake. Access to these lakes is easy from several sites along the highway running between Griffith and Calabogie. Both are very scenic lakes surrounded mostly by crown land with lots of places to stop and rest. ]]><![CDATA[Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/canoe-kayak-flat-water/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/canoe-kayak-flat-water/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700The Madawaska River Paddle Trail
 
One of Ontario’s great rivers, the Madawaska River, flows 230 km. eastward from its origins in Algonquin Park before merging with the Ottawa River at Arnprior. Along the way it passes through some of the most rugged and most beautiful countryside in the province. It’s history is rich and varied. In the 1800’s it was used by the lumber industry to float logs to the mills downstream. In the 1960’s, with the building of five generating stations along its route, it became a major source of hydroelectric power. Today it attracts paddlers, both whitewater and flatwater, from around the world and is rapidly becoming one of the Ontario’s primary paddling destinations.
 
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and easily accessible sections of the Madawaska River is the 60 km. stretch of river from Griffith to Burnstown. Here paddlers can find an outstanding paddling experience to match their interests and skills. Whether you’re looking for an outing lasting several hours or several days; for whitewater or flatwater paddling; you’ll find it here in Greater Madawaska.
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<![CDATA[Calabogie - Lanark]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-lanark-6021.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-lanark-6021.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700This challenging 100 km return cycle on Lanark Rd/#/511 takes cyclists through rolling mountainous and forest terrain before descending into flatter farmland approaching Lanark.

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<![CDATA[Calabogie - Griffith]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-griffith-9790.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-griffith-9790.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700This more challenging 110 km return cycle via Calabogie Rd/#508, Centennial Lake Rd/#65 and Matawatchan Rd/#71 between Calabogie and Griffith takes cyclists alongside Calabogie Lake and climbs into and through rugged forest wilderness, passes by Black Donald Lake and Centennial Lake and then follows alongside the Madawaska River into Griffith.

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<![CDATA[Calabogie - Burnstown]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-burnstown-1068.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-burnstown-1068.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700This scenic 30 km return cycle on Calabogie Rd/#508 parallels the picturesque Madawaska River between Calabogie and Burnstown.

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<![CDATA[Bike/Cycling]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/bike-cycling/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/bike-cycling/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700

Good roads, light traffic, variety, challenging mountain terrain and scenic beauty are all reasons why Greater Madawaska has become a popular cycling destination.

Good start and end points with ample parking for these outings can be found in Calabogie at Barnet Park (5179 Calabogie Rd/#508) and Heritage Point (12517 Lanark Rd/#511).

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<![CDATA[Morrow Lake Road]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/morrow-lake-road-3276.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/morrow-lake-road-3276.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Located 11 km beyond Tipperary Camp Rd on Centennial Lake Rd., this scenic back  road runs 17 km before connecting with Hwy 132.

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<![CDATA[Tipperary Camp Road]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/tipperary-camp-road-5197.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/tipperary-camp-road-5197.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Desciption

Located 11 km along Centennial Lake Rd from the end of Calabogie Rd, this is a rough but interesting road to ride. Park at the highway. The road becomes an ATV trail after 4 km allowing you to explore deep into the forest.
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<![CDATA[Wabun Lake Road]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/wabun-lake-road-693.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/wabun-lake-road-693.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Desciption

Wabun Lake is a pretty lake located 3 km in from Hydro Dam Rd at the end of Wabun Lake Rd. The road is rough but fun to ride. Stop for a swim at Wabun Lake or the nearby Madawaska River. You might also consider hiking or riding the ATV trail 1.5 km to the Wabun Lake Lookout. You won’t be disappointed....there is a spectacular view of Wabun Lake and the Madawaska River valley.

Hydro Dam Rd runs off of Calabogie Rd 10 km south/west of Calabogie Peaks Resort.
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<![CDATA[Unnamed Trail]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/unnamed-trail-5505.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/unnamed-trail-5505.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Desciption

This old 4 km return logging road, 0.2 km west of Limestone Lake Rd, winds its way slowly uphill through the forest before arriving at a picnic area between 2 small but scenic lakes.
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<![CDATA[Limestone Lake Road]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/limestone-lake-road-7110.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/limestone-lake-road-7110.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Desciption

Limestone Lake Rd, 5 km beyond the Eagles Nest Lookout Trail, connects to the Calabogie West Snowmobile Trail after a short ride in from Calabogie Rd.
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<![CDATA[Eagles Nest Lookout Trail]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/eagles-nest-lookout-trail-7200.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/eagles-nest-lookout-trail-7200.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

At the top of the mountain on Calabogie Rd. 2.4 km west of Calabogie Peaks Resort you’ll find the Eagles Nest Lookout Trail. This is another rough snowmobile trail that will allow you to explore deep into the forest. As part of your ride stop and enjoy the Eagles Nest Lookout located 1 km in from Calabogie Rd.
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<![CDATA[Calabogie West Snowmobile Trail]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-west-snowmobile-trail-5213.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-west-snowmobile-trail-5213.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Desciption

A 30 km return trail running S/W from Calabogie to Mountain Chute Dam. Although the trail starts at the intersection of Calabogie Rd and Viewmount Drive, just east of Calabogie Peaks Resort, the best place to access the trail is from the Madawaska Nordic X-C Skiing trailhead where ample parking can be found. Follow the main X-C ski trail 1 km to the crossroads where the Madawaska Nordic trails intersect with the Calabogie West snowmobile trail. Turn left and you are on your way.

This lovely rough and tumble forest trail runs somewhat parallel to Calabogie Rd and Hydro Dam Rd crossing over both at several points before arriving at the base of the Mountain Chute Hydro Dam where scenic views of the Madawaska River can be found. Access to the trail can be gained at any of these crossover points should you wish a ride of shorter duration.
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<![CDATA[Old Logging Roads/Snowmobile Trails]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/old-logging-roads-snowmobile-trails-1788.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/old-logging-roads-snowmobile-trails-1788.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

For mountain bikers seeking more challenge and adventure, Greater Madawaska offers no end of choice. Not only is it largest Township in Ontario but 60% of Greater Madawaska is Crown Land. With a history steeped in logging there are literally hundreds of miles of abandoned logging roads and snowmobile trails waiting to be explored.
Although many of these trails are not currently named, signed or available on downloadable maps; they are, however, easy to find, easy to follow and fun to ride.

Directions
Many of these trails can be found running off Calabogie Rd/#508, Hydro Dam Rd and Centennial Lake Rd/#65 between Calabogie and Griffith.
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<![CDATA[Madawaska Nordic]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/madawaska-nordic-1089.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/madawaska-nordic-1089.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

In Spring, Summer and Fall the 18 km of Cross Country Ski trails at Madawaska Nordic become an excellent location for mountain biking. These trails, at one time old logging roads, wind their way through a picturesque forest landscape with lots of ups and downs to keep the riding challenging and lots of fun.

Directions
The Madawaska Nordic is located west of Calabogie near Calabogie Peaks Resort. From the intersection of Hwy. 508 and 511, drive 7 km west on Hwy 508 to Viewmount Dr. Turn right on Viewmount Dr. and then right again at Crestview Dr. where you will find parking at the trailhead.
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<![CDATA[K&P Trail South]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/k-p-trail-south-6301.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/k-p-trail-south-6301.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

Like the North K&P, the South KP Trail is a multi-purpose trail running 40km south from Calabogie. It is also flat and easy to ride and perhaps more visually interesting than its northern counterpart. The trail passes by Calabogie Lake (on your right) through rock cuts and old forest and by a number of scenic lakes and wetlands…... a very interesting trail to ride.

How to get there
From the intersection of #508 and #511 in Calabogie, drive 4.5 km south on #511 to Barryvale Road. Turn right on Barryvale Road and follow it 5 km. to the Calabogie Highlands Golf Club where Barryvale Road ends at the KP South trailhead.
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<![CDATA[K&P Trail North]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/k-p-trail-north-2100.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/k-p-trail-north-2100.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

The North KP Trail is a 20 km multi-purpose trail using the rail bed from the abandoned K&P railroad originally built in the mid 1800’s. The trail runs north from Calabogie, crosses the Madawaska River and then winds its way through rock cuts and old forest passing wetlands and lakes before emerging into farmland as it nears Renfrew. It is well marked and being mostly flat makes for an easy ride.
 
How to get there
From the intersection of # 508 and #511 in Calabogie, drive 1.5 km south on #511 to the tourist information centre located on your right where there is ample parking. The K&P Trail sign across the road marks the start of the trail.
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<![CDATA[Dirt Bike]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/motorcycle-off-road/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/motorcycle-off-road/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Greater Madawaska is known for its extensive and diverse trails network - the abandoned K&P rail line, the network of ATV and snowmobile trails and the many forest access roads. In addition, and of particular interest to dirt bikers, are the 150 km's of hard core, single track, level 4 & 5 trails maintained by volunteers of the Bytown Motorcycle Association. These trails are challenging, fun to ride and scenically beautiful.

For more information on trail riding in Greater Madawaska contact the Bytown Motorcycle Association:
www.bytown-motorcycle-assoc.ca
woody@woodys-cycles.com
Phone: 1.800.991.2453

Ontario Federation of Trail Riders

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<![CDATA[Trails at Calabogie Peaks]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/trails-at-calabogie-peaks-6169.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/trails-at-calabogie-peaks-6169.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Bear Claw Trail

Great for children, families and seniors, this trail is an easy, 2.5 km self-guided interpretive hike through a hardwood forest exploring the local history of the area.
 
Lost Valley Trail
 
The Lost Valley, medium level of difficulty trail, explores a majestic forest setting. It first ascends to the Juniper Ridge Lookout with a panoramic view of Calabogie Lake and then continues as a moderately undulating  4km loop encompassing various rock outcroppings, small wetland ponds and towering pockets of old white pine. The ascent may be “challenging” for some people.
 
The Manitou Mountain Trail can also be accessed from the Lost Valley Trail.
 
Directions
 
The trailhead is located behind Dickson Manor at Calabogie Peaks Resort. The trails share a common path up the mountain until they split and go their separate ways. The first split occurs as you cross the walk out/ski out to the condos located part way up the mountain. The Skywalk hiking trail goes off to the right (blue markers) while Bear Claw and the Lost Valley trail (red markers) continue on together until they too split further into the woods.
 
NOTE: THE SKYWALK TRAIL IS CLOSED TO SNOWSHOEING. THIS TRAIL IS DANGEROUS AS IT MERGES WITH THE DOWNHILL SKI TRAILS.
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<![CDATA[Griffith Uplands]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/griffith-uplands-1140.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/griffith-uplands-1140.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

The Griffith Uplands Trail is a physically challenging 10 km snowshoeing loop encompassing four mountains in the Madawaska Highlands - Lake, Buck, Spring and Godin. This rewarding wilderness route traverses a rugged Area of Natural and Scientific Interest composed of marble bedrock with open upland forests of large tooth aspen, red oak, white pine and remnant red pine. This undulating backcountry trail features lichen covered stone barrens, glacial erratics and expansive bald rock ridges ripe with blueberries and breathtaking views of the Madawaska River Valley below.
Hiking time: 5-5 1/2 hrs.
 
How to get there
At the bridge on Hwy. 41 in the village of Griffith turn north on Highland Creek Rd. and drive 2.2 km to the trailhead.
 
Information
This trail is not recommended for beginners. A trail map is essential. A GPS or compass is also highly recommended.
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<![CDATA[Manitou Mountain]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/manitou-mountain-9497.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/manitou-mountain-9497.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

Manitou Mountain is a 9 km, medium level of snowshoeing trail passing through picturesque pine forests and spectacular wilderness scenery. Along this shoulder width trail you will encounter 3 spectacular mountain top vistas...Eagles Nest, Manitou Mountain and Red Arrow Rock.
How to get there
Trailheads are located at the eastern and western ends of the Manitou Mountain corridor. The eastern trailhead is found on Barrett Chute Rd., 1.6 km east of Calabogie Peaks Resort. The western trailhead is found on Calabogie Rd/#508 2.7 km west of Calabogie Peaks Resort.
Information
Following ancient glacial spillways this trail begins at the Barrett Chute Trailhead with a 4 km ascent to the pristine vista lookouts at Red Arrow Rock and Manitou Mountain . The trail then continues westward 3.5 km to the peaceful Eagle’s Nest Lookout and another 1.5 km out to the Calabogie Road Trailhead. This diverse trail also links to the enchanting Lost Valley Trail and the Juniper Ridge Lookout behind Calabogie Peaks and to the scenic Skywalk Trail atop Dickson Mountain.
This trail is not recommended for beginners. A trail map is essential. A GPS or compass is also recommended.
Suggestion: in order to avoid having to retrace your steps back to the car park, consider a car shuttle. Leave a car at the Barrett Chute Trailhead and drive to the Calabogie Rd. Trailhead to begin your hike. After completing the hike drive the 2nd car back to the Calabogie Rd. Trailhead to pick up the other car.
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<![CDATA[Griffith Uplands]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/griffith-uplands-5839.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/griffith-uplands-5839.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

The Griffith Uplands Trail is a physically challenging 10 km hiking/snowshoeing loop encompassing four mountains in the Madawaska Highlands - Lake, Buck, Spring and Godin. This rewarding wilderness route traverses a rugged Area of Natural and Scientific Interest composed of marble bedrock with open upland forests of large tooth aspen, red oak, white pine and remnant red pine. This undulating backcountry trail features lichen covered stone barrens, glacial erratics and expansive bald rock ridges ripe with blueberries and breathtaking views of the Madawaska River Valley below.
Hiking time: 4 ½ hrs.
 
How to get there
At the bridge on Hwy. 41 in the village of Griffith turn north on Highland Creek Rd. and drive 2.2 km to the trailhead.

Hiker Notes
Being a new trail with limited foot traffic to date and with singificant growth of low ground vegetation cover, the trail is not well defined in areas. It is extremely important that hikers pay attention to and follow the blue trail markers, supplemented with organge tape markers, along with the rock inukshuks that mark the trail
This trail is not recommended for beginners. A trail map is essential and a GPS or compass is highly recommended. Hiking poles will prove helpful

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<![CDATA[X-C Ski]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/x-c-ski/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/x-c-ski/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700X-C Ski – Madawaska Nordic

Often referred to as a best kept secret, Madawaska Nordic has quietly emerged as one of the premiere cross country ski facilities in the Ottawa Valley. With 18 km. of groomed trails, Madawaska Nordic offers classic cross country skiers of all abilities a wide range of trail options.

For more information visit:
www.madawaskanordic.org

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<![CDATA[Wabun Lake]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/wabun-lake-5225.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/wabun-lake-5225.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

 The Wabun Lake Trail is a 3 km return hike leading to a lookout with spectacular view of Wabun Lake and the surrounding Madawaska River basin. It is medium difficulty trail and should take approx. 1 ½ hours. The trail slowly climbs the mountainside and then drops down into a valley before climbing again to the summit.

How to get there
From the intersection of Highways 508 and 511 in Calabogie drive 15.6 west on Calabogie Rd/#508 to Hydro Dam Rd. Continue 1.5 km on Hydro Dam Rd to Wabun Lake Road then take Wabun Lake 2.6 km in to Wabun Lake. As you approach the lake, take the right fork 0.3 km. to the trail head/camping area close to the Madawaska River.
Note: The road is rough and is best driven in a vehicle with good ground clearance (i.e. SUV or pick up).

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<![CDATA[Water Sports]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/water-sports/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/water-sports/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700If you love water sports, you’ll love Greater Madawaska.

With the Madawaska River and associated lakes - Centennial, Black Donald, Norcan and Calabogie, extending across the entire 65km breadth of the Township along with the many smaller lakes that dot the countryside, enthusiasts have a lot of locations from which to choose when it comes to enjoying their favourite pastime.

Whatever your personal interest...boating, jet skiing, water skiing , wakeboarding, tubing, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, etc. ; you can do it here in Greater Madawaska.

It is no wonder Greater Madawaska is a favourite destination for water sports enthusiasts.
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<![CDATA[ATV]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/atv/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/atv/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Especially during the late fall and throughout the winter and into spring, anything other than self-propelled travel on the Madawaska Nordic Trails tends to make the trails difficult, if not impossible, to prepare and maintain for their intended use -- cross country skiing. Your cooperation in limiting motorized travel to the volunteers who maintain and groom the trails for skiers is requested.

This will significantly reduce the formation of bog and mud holes in low areas where the original forest floor and root mat has been destroyed. The surface drainage is interrupted so that the area no longer drains and the surface stays soft even in dry weather. As the condition worsens, the holes get progressively deeper and retain water longer. The result is very unpleasant for skiers and requires significant effort to correct.


Noted for the unsurpassed natural beauty of its extensive trails network, Calabogie and the Township of Greater Madawaska is one of Ontario’s premiere ATV destinations. Using a combination of abandoned rail lines and forest access roads, here you’ll find some of the most scenic trails in the province as you pass through muddy wetlands, beautiful forest, alongside pristine lakes and rivers and over rolling hills and mountains. Stunning panoramic views abound. Literally hundreds of kilometers of trails are here for you to explore. 

Interactive Trails Map
www.bing.com/maps/Default.aspx?v=2&cp=44.98560592634284~-76.69260406506248&lvl=8&sty=r&cid=FFF40924343813D0!784

For more information contact one of the area ATV clubs:

Note: Legislation/Regulations governing the use of Off-Road Vehicles:

Township of Greater Madawaska – ATV Use on Municipal Roads
Please see attached By-Law No.: 38-2015
Ontario Ministry of Transportation Legislation/Regulations
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<![CDATA[Swim]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/swim/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/swim/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Barnet Park, 5179 Calabogie Rd.

Barnet Park is open to the public and boasts approximately seven acres including a public boat launch, two beaches, two gazebos, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, and lots of grassy areas for the public’s enjoyment.

Almost all of our resorts, motels, B&B’s, rental accommodations and campgrounds are located on the water and have swimming available for their guests.

With some 60% of Greater Madawaska being Crown land and with the Madawaska River and the many lakes within the township, one can find an almost endless number of locations for swimming in our beautiful natural environment.

Access to most of these locations is generally not available by road and requires water access. See the downloadable Madawasaka River Trail map for water access locations.
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<![CDATA[Snowmobile]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/snowmobile/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/snowmobile/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Noted for the natural beauty of its extensive trail network and the quality of its trail maintenance and grooming, Calabogie and the Township of Greater Madawaska have long been one of Ontario’s premiere snowmobile destinations. Here you’ll find some of the most scenic trails in the province as you pass through beautiful forest landscapes, alongside pristine lakes and rivers and over rolling hills and mountains. Stunning panoramic views abound. It’s all right here.

For more information visit Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs at www.district1ofsc.ca

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<![CDATA[Snowshoe]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/snowshoe/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/snowshoe/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700With so much of our Township being rugged and scenic Crown Land, Greater Madawaska offers snowshoe enthusiasts an almost limitless array of trails from which to choose. Marked and unmarked hiking trails, snowmobile trails, abandoned rail beds and old forest access roads dot the landscape between Calabogie and Griffith. Trail choices range from easy to very challenging.

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<![CDATA[Ski/Snowboard]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/ski-snowboard/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/ski-snowboard/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Without doubt, the finest skiing, snowboarding in Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec can be found here in Greater Madawaska at Calabogie Peaks Resort and nearby Madawaska Nordic.

Ski/Snowboard - Calabogie Peaks Resort

With Eastern Ontario’s highest vertical (760 vertical feet), 29 runs, 2 quad lifts, magic carpet lift, 3 terrain parks and state of the art snowmaking, not to mention the lovely panoramic views from the top of Dickson Mountain, there’s something here for everyone at Calabogie Peaks. Add to this the best ski & ride programs, terrain, ski in/out accommodations and casual fine dining and it’s no surprise that Calabogie Peaks is the premiere winter sports destination in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais Region.

For more information visit:
www.calabogie.com
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<![CDATA[Scenic Drives]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/scenic-drives/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/scenic-drives/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700The Ottawa Valley is noted for its scenic drives and one of the most scenic, most interesting drives is located here in Greater Madawaska.

Calabogie Road: Calabogie-Griffith-Dacre-Mount St Patrick.

This 140 km scenic drive is a lovely drive at any time of year but it is particularly beautiful in the Fall when the autumn colours are at their peak. The drive begins on Hwy. 17, mid-way between Arnprior and Renfrew, and follows Calabogie Rd. to Burnstown, Calabogie and on to Griffith, Dacre and Mount St. Patrick before returning to Calabogie and then back to Hwy 17. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, along the way you’ll find a number of points of interest worth a stop.
 
Beginning at Hwy. 17, Calabogie Rd. (#508) winds its way alongside the beautiful Madawaska River to Burnstown, a charming and picturesque hamlet dating back to the 1800’s well known for its art and artisans. Don’t miss the views from the Burnstown bridge high above the Madawaska River.
 
The drive from Burnstown to Calabogie is very pretty as it winds its way along the Madawaska River. Consider stopping at the Cherry Point picnic area 3 km north of Calabogie for outstanding views of the river. A.Y. Jackson, one of Canada’s famous Group of Seven, was known to have painted here.
 
As you pass through Calabogie and alongside Calabogie Lake a stop at Barnet Park to enjoy the panoramic lake views is worthwhile. Your drive then takes you past Calabogie Peaks Resort and into the rugged mountains and forest of the Calabogie wilderness.
 
9 km’s later Calabogie road ends and becomes Centennial Lake Road (#65).  Just before that look for Hydro Dam Rd. An interesting side trip is the 6 km drive to the bridge over the Madawaska River at the base of the Mountain Chute Hydro Dam. Here you’ll find a lovely view of the Madawaska River with the 180ft. high, 1300 ft. wide hydro dam as a back drop. It’s a sobering thought knowing the Mountain Chute Dam standing high above you is holding back the 200 ft deep Black Donald Lake.
 
Returning to the main highway and continuing on Centennial Lake Rd (#65) you pass Black Donald Lake and Centennial Lake before once again coming alongside the Madawaska River. The highway winds through old forest and past rock cuts along the way. Centennial Lake Road ends at Matawatchan Rd. (# 71). Turn right and follow the river road 10 km to Griffith.
At Griffith turn right on Hwy 41 and drive 22 km North then stay right onto Hwy.132 to Dacre. At Dacre, turn right on Flat Rd. following it 8 km to its end at Kennelly Mountain Rd.
 
At this intersection you should consider a short side trip to the Holy Well. Turn left and take Mount St Patrick Rd. 2 km into Mount St. Patrick. Just beyond the church, on your left, take Holy Well Rd. to the Holy Well. The religious history of the Holy Well and its importance to the local area is documented in the small building surrounding the well and makes for a very interesting read.
 
Retracing your steps back to the Flat Rd. intersection, continue 1km on Kennelly Mountain Rd. to Ferguson Lake Rd. Follow Ferguson Lake Rd. 9 km ending at Calabogie Rd. Turn left and follow Calabogie Rd. back into Calabogie and on to Burnstown and your starting point at Hwy. 17.
 
Enjoy your outing!
 
Note: A shorter variation on this drive (total distance 85 km) can be had by using Kennelley Mountain Rd. as a connector between Calabogie Rd. and Mount St. Patrick. (Kennelly Mountain Rd. is a seasonal road, not maintained in winter, located approx. 20 km south/west of Calabogie off Calabogie Rd.)
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<![CDATA[Motorsports]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/motorsports/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/motorsports/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Calabogie MotorSports Park

Since the fall of 2006, Calabogie MotorSports Park has become the preferred destination for North American motorsports enthusiasts. This world-class facility is home to Canada’s longest track, consisting of 20 turns, measuring 40 feet wide and features a 2,000 ft. straightaway.
 
Whether a driver, rider or enthusiast, the road course at Calabogie MotoSports Park is host to a large number of club events for both cars and motorcycles. Track days, corporate events, race team testing, driver education, major manufacturer product launches and races are examples of the many activities that take place at this facility.
www.calabogiemotorsports.com
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<![CDATA[Hunt]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/hunt/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/hunt/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Hunting is an extremely popular sport in Greater Madawaska and enjoys a ‘right-of-passage’ status. Hunters anxiously await their favourite hunting season and are attracted here from far and wide. The Township is home to a multitude of hunt camps; the game is varied and plentiful. A large part of the area’s appeal is the vast tracts of rugged, scenic and accessible Crown Land making for a hunters paradise.

Hunters should make themselves aware of all applicable provincial and local hunting regulations and requirements (ie: regulations, outdoor cards and licences, local hunting seasons, WMU maps, etc.). This information can be found at:
www.ontario.ca/hunting

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<![CDATA[Ironwoods at Calabogie Peaks]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/ironwoods-at-calabogie-peaks-8926.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/ironwoods-at-calabogie-peaks-8926.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700A scenic and fun 9 hole executive golf course at the base of Dickson Mountain on the shores of Calabogie Lake. 

www.calabogie.com/summer-fun/golf/green-fees.html

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<![CDATA[Golf]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/golf/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/golf/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Two scenic and challenging golf courses can be found in Greater Madawaska - both located in Calabogie.

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<![CDATA[Geocache]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/geo-cache/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/geo-cache/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

In the Township of Greater Madawaska you’ll find more than 70 geocache sites. To get to them you can walk, hike, ride or paddle; they range from easy to difficult. There’s a geocache for you.
To find a geocache(s):
  1. Go to: www.geocaching.com
  2. Log in. If you’re not already a member you’ll need to join. It’s easy and it’s FREE.
  3. Select: Play - Hide & Seek a Cache
  4. In the dialogue box, search by Postal Code. Enter the postal code for the desired area within Greater Madawaska and enter 10 for Mile(s) radius. Then select GO.
            Calabogie                             K0J1H0
            Griffith/Matawatchan            K0J2R0
            Dacre/Mount St. Patrick      K0J1N0

A comprehensive list of geocaches will be displayed along with descriptive information from which to choose. Have fun!
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<![CDATA[Fish]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/fishing-ice-fishing/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/fishing-ice-fishing/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700You’ll find excellent fishing in Greater Madawaska. The fish are plentiful; the fish species diverse. Game fish species include walleye (pickerel, doré), northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, channel catfish, rock bass and various species trout.

Here in Greater Madawaska the 65 km Madawaska River system with its associated lakes - Centennial, Black Donald, Norcan and Calabogie, is the most popular and most easily accessible area for fishing.
In addition, the Township has literally hundreds of smaller, more remote lakes for those fishermen wanting something a little different.
 
Fishing maps of the area lakes are highly recommended:
Fishing Maps - Calabogie Lake, Black Donald Lake, Norcan Lake and Centennial Lake:
www.adventurefishingmaps.on.ca/mrv1.htm
Renfrew County Fishing Maps: 
www.fishingmapsplus.com/ontario/renfrewcounty.htm
Fishermen should be familiar with Local (Zone 15) and Provincial Fishing Regulations:
2012 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary:
www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish/Publication/STEL02_163615.html

Zone 15 Regulations (Greater Madawaska):
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/stdprodconsume/groups/lr/@mnr/@letsfish/documents/document/mnr_e001334.pdf

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<![CDATA[Canoe/Kayak - Whitewater]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/canoe-kayak/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/canoe-kayak/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700 800x600

Whitewater Paddling at Griffith

The Ottawa Valley is Canada's whitewater capital and you’ll find some of the best whitewater paddling in Ontario on the Madawaska River upriver from Griffith.

A highly recommended day trip starts at Aumond Bay with a 20 km paddle downstream to Griffith. En route you'll experience 10 sets of rapids. Early in the season these rapids are classified as Class 11-111 diminishing to Class 1-11 as the season progresses. Portages around all of the rapids are well marked if you should decide that any of the rapids are a bit too challenging.

This stretch of the Madawaska River also flows through Lower Madawaska Provincial Park where there are 36 well maintained campsites for those wishing to extend their whitewater adventure.

You don’t even need your own canoe or kayak. Don Adams at Greater Madawaska Canoe Rentals in Griffith (613-333-2240), will rent you equipment and/or shuttle you upriver to one of several locations where you start your trip downstream to Griffith.

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<![CDATA[Things To Do]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700<![CDATA[Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-highlands-golf-resort.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/calabogie-highlands-golf-resort.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700A 27 hole championship golf course noted for its scenic vistas of Calabogie Lake and Grassy Bay. Undoubtedly one of the most scenic golf courses in the Ottawa Valley.

www.calabogiehighlands.weebly.com

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<![CDATA[Bike/Mountain Biking]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/biking-trails/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/biking-trails/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Whatever your biking interest.....off-road mountain biking or on-road cycling, Greater Madawaska has a trail for you.

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<![CDATA[K&P Trail South]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/kandp-trail-south.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/kandp-trail-south.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

Like the North K&P, the South KP Trail is a multi-purpose trail running 40km south from Calabogie. It is also flat and easy to hike and perhaps more visually interesting than its northern counterpart. The trail passes along Calabogie Lake (to your right) and through rock cuts and forest until it reaches Mile Lake after 6 km. Hikers looking for more of a challenge will find the next 12 km., from Mile Lake to Flower Station, passing by a number of scenic lakes and wetlands.

How to get there
From the intersection of #508 and #511 in Calabogie, drive 4.5 km south on #511 to Barryvale Road. Turn right on Barryvale Road and follow it 5 km. to the Calabogie Highlands Golf Club where Barryvale Road ends at the KP Trail trailhead.
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<![CDATA[K&P Trail North]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/kandp-trail-north.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/kandp-trail-north.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

The North KP Trail, more of a walking trail than a traditional hiking trail, is a 20 km multi-purpose trail using the rail bed from the abandoned K&P railroad originally built in the mid 1800’s. The trail runs north from Calabogie, crosses the Madawaska River and then winds its way north through rock cuts and forest passing wetlands and lakes before emerging into farmland as it nears Renfrew. It is well marked and being mostly flat makes for an easy hike. Hikers can vary the distance traveled before retracing their route to Calabogie. A 10 km return trip hike to Norway Lake makes for a fun and interesting days outing.

How to get there

From the intersection of # 508 and #511 in Calabogie, travel 1.5 km south on 511 to the tourist information centre located on your right immediately after crossing the second bridge. Park at the information centre. The K&P Trail sign across the road marks the start of the trail.

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<![CDATA[Madawaska Nordic]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/madawaska-nordic-trails.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/madawaska-nordic-trails.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

Cross country ski trails in winter, hiking and mountain bike trails in summer; Madawaska Nordic offers 18 km. of easy hiking trails. These trails, at one time old logging roads, wind their way through a picturesque forest landscape with lots of gentle ups and downs to keep the outing visually interesting and lots of fun.
How to get there
The Madawaska Nordic Trails are located west of Calabogie near the Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort. To find the trailhead, drive 6.2 km west from the intersection of Highways 508 and 511 in Calabogie to Viewmount Drive. Turn right on Viewmount Drive and take the second right onto Crestview where you will find parking at the trailhead.
Information
From the trailhead, all hikers begin their outing on the Red Pine trail that takes them 1 km slowly uphill to where it intersects with the local ATV trail. At the Crossroads, hikers then have the choice of continuing on Red Pine (and taking any of the other trails that branch off Red Pine) or Snow Bunting.
Combinations of the well-marked trails can be used to create hikes of different lengths.

For more information visit:
www.madawaskanordic.org

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<![CDATA[Manitou Mountain]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/manitou-mountain-trail.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/manitou-mountain-trail.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

Manitou Mountain is a 9 km, medium level of difficulty hiking/snowshoeing trail passing through picturesque pine forests and spectacular wilderness scenery. Along this shoulder width trail you will encounter 3 spectacular mountain top vistas...Eagles Nest, Manitou Mountain and Red Arrow Rock.
“A must do hike”, “spectacular”.......John Cornish, Editor, Rideau Trail Newsletter.
How to get there
Trailheads are located at the eastern and western ends of the Manitou Mountain corridor. The eastern trailhead is found on Barrett Chute Rd., 1.6 km east of Calabogie Peaks Resort. The western trailhead is found on Calabogie Rd/#508 2.7 km west of Calabogie Peaks Resort.
Information
Following ancient glacial spillways this trail begins at the Barrett Chute Trailhead with a 4 km ascent to the pristine vista lookouts at Red Arrow Rock and Manitou Mountain . The trail then continues westward 3.5 km to the peaceful Eagle’s Nest Lookout and another 1.5 km out to the Calabogie Road Trailhead. This diverse trail also links to the enchanting Lost Valley Trail and the Juniper Ridge Lookout behind Calabogie Peaks and to the scenic Skywalk Trail atop Dickson Mountain.
This trail is not recommended for beginners. A trail map is essential. A GPS or compass is also recommended.

Suggestion
In order to avoid having to retrace your steps back to the car park, consider a car shuttle. Leave a car at the Barrett Chute Trailhead and drive to the Calabogie Rd. Trailhead to begin your hike. After completing the hike drive the 2nd car back to the Calabogie Rd. Trailhead to pick up the other car.

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<![CDATA[Eagle's Nest]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/eagles-nest.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/things-to-do/eagles-nest.htmlTue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Trail Description

An easy 1.5 km hike along an old logging road that climbs gradually uphill, through the woods, leading to a spectacular lookout at the top of a 120 metre cliff. 

For those of you with a GPS, there is a geocache in the immediate area. Difficulty is rated 1 of 5 (easy); the terrain is rated 2 of 5. Find it at:

N 45 ° 16.231 W 076° 48.673
UTM 18T E 357921 N 5014597 

How to get there

From Calabogie, take Hwy. 508 west and go 2.2 km past the Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort to the top of the mountain where you will parking on your right on the side of the road. 

Information

Across the road, on your left, you will note the Eagle’s Nest trail sign marking the entrance to the trail. Follow the trail for about 20 minutes. Note the eagle’s head, painted signs in the trees above you on the right. As you pass a pond on your left, look for a large, colourful and informative sign, just off to your right. Follow the short trail up the hill to the right to the cliff site and enjoy the view.

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<![CDATA[Hike]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/hiking-trails/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/community-news/things-to-do/hiking-trails/Tue, 29 Nov 2016 7:01:43 -0700Greater Madawaska has emerged as one of the Ontario’s premiere hiking destinations. Choose from 11 unique hiking trails.....there’s one or more ideally suited to your interests and abilities.

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<![CDATA[St. Joseph's Elementary School]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/st-joseph-s-elementary-school/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/st-joseph-s-elementary-school/Thu, 10 Nov 2016 9:54:55 -0700 Website: http://rccdsb.edu.on.ca/our-schools/st-josephs-calabogie/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/stjosephscalabogie/

Principal’s Message

Welcome to beautiful Calabogie! St. Joseph’s Catholic School lies in the heart of one of the great natural playgrounds of Ontario. At St. Joseph’s we truly believe that the education of your children is a partnership between home, school and parish. We provide for the academic, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of our students.

While St. Joseph’s is a “small school”, our dedicated staff and parent community work closely together to ensure our students are provided with every opportunity available to students at larger schools. Because of our small size, our students thrive with “one-on-one” attention from their teachers in technology rich classroom environments. With our emphasis on high academic achievement, and our dedication to our faith through service to others, we truly live up to the RCCDSB motto, “Schools to believe in”.

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<![CDATA[Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Network Exchange]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/ontario-age-friendly-communities-network-exchange/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/ontario-age-friendly-communities-network-exchange/Thu, 10 Nov 2016 9:48:48 -0700An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in a secure and accessible physical and social environment. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to continue to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat of the Government of Ontario is helping to implement AFCs across the province through its Action Plan for Seniors and the Finding the Right Fit AFC Planning Guide and the AFC Planning Grant Program. 

The AFC Planning Outreach Initiative builds on these initiatives.  It was established by the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat to offer assistance to Ontario communities in the planning process. This project includes the development of partnerships, web resources, and the creation of a network for knowledge exchange across Ontario.

http://shrtn.on.ca/age-friendly-communities

Please visit the link below to access the Ontario Age Friendly Community Network Exchange Monthly Updates & Resources

November 2016

http://shrtn.on.ca/age-friendly-communities

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<![CDATA[Library Book Club]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-book-club/library-book-club/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-book-club/library-book-club/Mon, 24 Oct 2016 2:03:44 -0700Library Book Club

The library's Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Book Club serves as a casual discussion of selected books and authors you may want to recommend to others.  New members are welcome!

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<![CDATA[Library Book Club]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-book-club/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-book-club/Mon, 24 Oct 2016 2:03:19 -0700<![CDATA[Well Baby Drop In Program]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/well-baby-drop-in-program/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/well-baby-drop-in-program/Mon, 24 Oct 2016 1:59:38 -0700The Well baby Drop In happens the first Thursday of each month. A Renfrew County and District Health Unit Nurse is at the library from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to weigh and measure your baby, discuss your baby's development, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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<![CDATA[Outdoor Fun at the Library]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/outdoor-fun-at-the-library-2894.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/children-s-programs/outdoor-fun-at-the-library-2894.htmlFri, 07 Oct 2016 8:48:36 -0700On October 6th, the Early Literacy Specialist for the County of Renfrew, Angela Kuehl, visited the library to do an Outdoor Literacy Program with the children.  Here are some of the children who discovered that literacy is fun in the great outdoors.

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<![CDATA[Age Friendly Community Plan]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/age-friendly-community-plan/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/seniors/age-friendly-community-plan/Fri, 22 Jul 2016 6:11:09 -0700In June of 2016 Council approved the Greater Madawaska Age Friendly Community Plan. The Plan was developed with the help of a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from seniors interest groups and service organizations from throughout the Municipality. 

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<![CDATA[Contact and Hours]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/about/contact-and-hours/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/about/contact-and-hours/Tue, 24 May 2016 8:53:22 -0700
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sharon Shalla
CEO/Librarian

Phone: (613) 752-2317
Email: gmpl@bellnet.ca
Website: www.greatermadawaska.com/library/

4984 Calabogie Road
PO Box 160
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0 

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<![CDATA[Genealogy & Ontario Resources]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/genealogy-and-ontario-resources/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/genealogy-and-ontario-resources/Fri, 29 Apr 2016 7:43:00 -0700

Ancestry Library Edition features unparalleled coverage of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, including census and vital records; church, court, and immigration records; as well as directories, catalogues, histories, and more.

This broad range of more than 7,500 databases with billions of records is the best place to research Canadian ancestry online. Searches can be narrowed to include the Canadian Census - 1851-1911, Ontario & Nova Scotia Census Records – 1800-1842, Ontario marriage Index – 1801-1926, Ontario Birth Index – 1869 – 1911 & much more! The new Ancestry Library Edition search interface has been updated with improvements including location filters that allow searching across adjacent counties, map filters and improved country and province pages.

Note: Ancestry Library Edition can only be accessed from within the library. Please visit us during regular hours to access the database FREE of charge.

OurOntario.ca: An easy-to-use one-stop discovery portal to images, maps, videos, text, podcasts, collections and more — with customizable search results you can share with friends and colleagues. Also available in French. You can search across hundreds of sites – digital collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, government agencies, and content organizations – in seconds!

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<![CDATA[Electronic Resources]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:31:25 -0700

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<![CDATA[2015]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2015/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2015/Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:00:14 -0700<![CDATA[OverDrive Electronic Books]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/overdrive-electronic-books/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/overdrive-electronic-books/Wed, 13 Apr 2016 9:08:47 -0700<![CDATA[2014]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2014/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2014/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:04:33 -0700<![CDATA[2013]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2013/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2013/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:49:43 -0700<![CDATA[2012]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2012/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2012/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:14:03 -0700<![CDATA[2011]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2011/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2011/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:13:10 -0700<![CDATA[2010]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2010/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2010/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:12:12 -0700<![CDATA[2008]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2008/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2008/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:11:28 -0700<![CDATA[2007]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2007/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2007/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:10:55 -0700<![CDATA[2006]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2006/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2006/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:09:41 -0700<![CDATA[2005]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2005/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2005/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:07:18 -0700<![CDATA[2004]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2004/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2004/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:02:53 -0700<![CDATA[2003]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2003/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/council/by-laws/2003/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 9:55:05 -0700<![CDATA[Algonquin College Pembroke/Perth]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/algonquin-college-pembroke-perth/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/algonquin-college-pembroke-perth/Mon, 31 Aug 2015 1:02:05 -0700Welcome to Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley!

Our brand-new Waterfront Campus is located in the City of Pembroke, approximately 140 km. northwest of downtown Ottawa.  We’re surrounded by beautiful countryside, forests, lakes and rivers–the perfect location for some of the most exhilarating outdoor programs on earth.  We also offer a wide variety of full and part-time programs in Business, Technology, Health, and Community Studies.

Join us and learn first-hand the advantages of studying at a smaller campus where we offer our students exceptional learning opportunities and a friendly, supportive environment.

Jamie Bramburger, Manager of Community & Student Affairs
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley
1 College Way, Pembroke, ON  K8A 0C8
Phone: (613) 735-4700
Fax: (613) 735-8805
Fax: (613) 735-8805

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<![CDATA[Local Statistics]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/economic-development/local-statistics/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/economic-development/local-statistics/Wed, 19 Aug 2015 1:04:34 -0700Population Information:
Total Population in 2011
Total Population in 2006
2006 to 2011 population change %
Total private dwellings
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents
Population density per square kilometer
Land area (square km)
Population within 15 min. catchments area:
Population within 30 min. catchments area:
2,485
2,751
-9.7%
2,215
1,117
2.4
1,034
7,113
81648

Labour Force:

Total Labour Force Size:
Labour Force Size within 15 min. catchment area:
Labour Force Size within 30 min. catchment area:
400
3195
46885

Transportation Access: 

Access to commercial airports with scheduled service:
1 hour from the Ottawa International Airport.

Access to scheduled rail service:
Ottawa Central Railway ,Ottawa Valley Railway.

Access to major road systems:
20 min to the Hwy 17.

Elementary Education:

  • Catholic school grades PreK (4yr) to Grade 8
     

Post Secondary Education:

Local proximity to college training: Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology-Pembroke and Ottawa Campuses - 1hr 15 minutes. Within 1hr 15 minutes hours Proximity to University Education Facilities including Carleton University and University of Ottawa

Business Sector (number of businesses)

Manufacture
Commercial
Tourism
Service
Social Organizations
10
22
25
25
10

Top Area Employers (Renfrew County Business Directory)

Calabogie Peaks
Calabogie Highlands Resort
Calabogie Lodge Resort
Ont. Hydro Barrett Chute
200
30
30
15

Building Permit Values

Year

2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996

Number of Permits

119
104
102
121
89
91
115
109
95
98

Total Value

$10,973,000
$13,484,500
$10,369,400
$9,095,900
$6.893.500
$8,336,100
$13,425,300
$7,544,000
$7,106,500
$6,357,200
$5,256,300
$3,575,000
$3,189,549
$3,880,530
$3,001,850
$1,152,250

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<![CDATA[Local History Digitization]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/local-history-digitization/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/local-history-digitization/Thu, 14 May 2015 9:28:03 -0700It's no secret that the municipality now known as Greater Madawaska is rich in history. There are many stories to tell and photos to share of the people and places from the geographic townships of Bagot, Blythfield, Griffith and Matawatchan. In February 2011 the Greater Madawaska Public Library pursued a local history project with the focus being on a digital collection. With funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the project came to life in November 2011 and can now be viewed as part of the Our Ontario digital collection at:

http://vitacollections.ca/GreaterMadawaska/search

Some Highlights of the collection include

• songs (including the full CD), stories and poems by Wesley Bomhower
• stories and certificates from Howard Popkie's scrapbook during, and after his time of service in the Korean War
• The Corporation of the Municipality of Bagot & Blythfield Township Review, 1977-78, of Municipal Affairs
• A scanned copy of Bagot and Blythfield Public Library's First 5 Years
• Scanned newspaper clippings from old Renfrew Mercury files dating as far back as the late 1890's
• a Black Donald Mines DVD

and much more! Check it out soon at the link provided above.

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<![CDATA[Book Chat Group]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-events/book-chat-group-8526.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-events/book-chat-group-8526.htmlThu, 14 May 2015 9:26:26 -0700The group meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Program Room to “chat” about their favourite authors and books. For more details please contact the library

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<![CDATA[Thursday Storytime]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-events/thursday-storytime-6270.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-events/thursday-storytime-6270.htmlThu, 14 May 2015 9:26:09 -0700This is a great way to introduce your little one to literacy and have fun meeting other children. No child is too young to attend. We have a baby change table for your convenience. It’s a perfect time for parents and caregivers to connect and network. Storytime runs from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Thursdays.

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<![CDATA[Nancy Gorra Baby Book Bag Program]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-events/nancy-gorra-baby-book-bag-program-2886.htmlhttp://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/library-events/nancy-gorra-baby-book-bag-program-2886.htmlThu, 14 May 2015 9:25:41 -0700Baby Book Bags will be presented in October 2015 to infants born between December 2014 and October 2015. To receive one of these lovely hand-painted bags for your child please call, email, or drop in to the library to register your baby for the presentations in October at the library. Family members as well as extended family are invited to attend. The library gratefully acknowledges the Calabogie Women’s Institute for their financial support of the Baby Book Bag Program in memory of Nancy Gorra.

Our contact information is as follows:
Phone: 613-752-2317
Email: gmpl@bellnet.ca
Location: 4984 Calabogie Road (lower level), across from Calabogie Pizzeria.

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<![CDATA[FREE Museum Passes]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/free-museum-passes/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/free-museum-passes/Thu, 14 May 2015 9:13:35 -0700Greater Madawaska Public Library has partnered with various museums to offer you FREE museum passes to the following museums:


Bob the Builder Project

Get your FREE pass to the Bob the Builder Project at the Canadian Children’s Museum, within the Museum of History at 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec. Your one pass also gives you access to the Canadian War Museum at 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario. Each pass is good for a family of 5 (maximum 2 adults, and 3 children.)

Passes are FREE with your Greater Madawaska Public Library membership card. For more details on the Bob the Builder Project and the individual museums including their hours, check out the following links

http://www.historymuseum.ca/bobthebuilder
http://www.historymuseum.ca/home
http://www.warmuseum.ca/home/


Canada Aviation and Space Museum

http://www.casmuseum.techno-science.ca/


Museum of Civilization

(also includes the War Museum, the Canadian Postal Museum, and the Canadian Children’s Museum)

http://www.historymuseum.ca/home


Canada Agriculture And Food Museum

http://www.cafmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/index.php


Canada Science and Technology Museum

http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/English/index.cfm


Ottawa Museum Network

(please check individual museum websites for hours of operation)

http://ottawamuseumnetwork.com/index.php?page=our-museums&hl=en_CA

(pass is for a maximum of 3 adults & 2 children) including:

• Bytown Museum
• Diefenbuker : Canada’s Cold War Museum
• Billings Estate National Historic Site
• Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
• Goulbourn Museum
• Nepean Museum
• Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum
• Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
• Vanier Musepark
• Watson’s Mill

…..and our newest addition


The Canadian Museum of Nature

www.nature.ca
Passes have now arrived!

Please note: Unless otherwise stated above, each pass admits a family of up to 3 children and 2 adults for FREE! Parking is not included.

Passes are available at the library and will be checked out on your library card for a period of 1 week.

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<![CDATA[Economic Development]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:09:44 -0700The Township of Greater Madawaska has become home for many successful businesses within the tourism and hospitality industry such as ski hills, golf courses, art galleries, campgrounds and high caliber timeshare and motel facilities. Located in the south-eastern end of Renfrew County, the Township of Greater Madawaska is one of the largest Townships. Significant crown owned lands afford visitors and residents alike hundreds of excellent fishing lakes and thousands of acres for outdoor activities all year long.

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<![CDATA[Catalogue]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/catalogue/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/catalogue/Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:51:21 -0700<![CDATA[Interlibrary Loan ]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/interlibrary-loan/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/interlibrary-loan/Wed, 09 Nov 2011 6:27:24 -0700To place an interlibrary loan request, contact our librarian at library@greatermadawaska.com.  Requests should include author, title, and edition information (if required), as well as your name and phone number.

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<![CDATA[About]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/about/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/about/Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:18:38 -0700Welcome to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. It was founded as the Bagot & Blythfied Public Library in 1978 by four ladies dedicated to literacy at the request of the then reeve, Bob Knight. Since then it has evolved as amalgamations occurred, to the Bagot, Blythfield and Brougham Public Library and finally in 2001 to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. It has moved locations over the years and is presently located downstairs in the Township Office building.

Though tight for space, we offer many services to the public. Twice a year if numbers permit, we offer a computer course. A weekly Preschool Storytyme introduces children from 0-6 to the joys of reading through finger plays, songs, movement and crafts. In the summer, the older children seach various themes through books, plays, art and other activities. Weekly visits to the two elementary schools add continuity to the other sessions. Incidental programmes arise if volunteers are available to present them. We have 6 public access computers for high-speed internet use, the funds for which are generously provided by Industry Canada as part of their Community Access Program (CAP). In 2005, we initiated an Outreach Programme to Wards 2 and 3 utilizing 3 Country stores.

Materials include a good collection of children's literature, both adult and children's nonfiction, magazines for all ages and reference materials. Through the inter-library loan service, materials may be borrowed from other libraries.

We acknowledge the help from The Township of Greater Madawaska, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Industry Canada through its CAP program, the Southern Ontario Library Services, TD Toronto Bank & Toronto Public Library, the Calabogie Lions, Calabogie Seniors, Calabogie Book, Women's Institute Clubs, and the many citizens who have donated time and money through support of our Book Sales and Memorial Donations. None of the efforts would be possible without our loyal volunteers, who serve as trustees, in-house library workers and on-the-spot folks when the needs arise.

For information about the volunteer program and Memorial donations, contact the library.

Please come in, visit, join and tell all your friends. It is your library. You pay for it in your taxes at all levels, so why not get your money's worth @ your library!

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<![CDATA[Gale Databases PowerSearch]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/gale-databases-powersearch/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/electronic-resources/gale-databases-powersearch/Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:47:55 -0700Choose to search across all the Gale databases or select individual databases including:

Computer Database with news and reviews regarding computer hardware, software, electronic and more

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection with nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping and other areas of horticulture

Criminal Justice Collection with access to 150 journals

Check out the many valuable resources!

Important:  the login password to enter is "trillium".

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/ko_pl_gmpl

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<![CDATA[Gallery]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/gallery/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/library/gallery/Thu, 19 May 2011 7:31:03 -0700<![CDATA[Demographics]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/economic-development/demographics/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/economic-development/demographics/Mon, 12 Apr 2010 7:58:19 -0700The 2001 amalgamation of the Townships of Bagot, Blythfield, Brougham, Matawatchan and Griffith made Greater Madawaska the largest township within Renfrew County, with approximately 1200 km of rolling terrain. A very significant Crown-owned land segment affords a multitude of excellent lakes and waterways for fishing and hunting, as well as hundreds of kilometres of land for year-round recreational enjoyment. Whether visiting or planning to stay on permanently, come and enjoy the beauty and tranquility our township offers.

Our quality of Life

  • clean and healthy environment
  • rural agriculture setting
  • abundance of lakes, rivers
  • Spring, Summer, Fall , and Winter activities
  • clean fresh water
  • recreational playground, for hiking, trails, boating, skiing, golfing and much more
  • safe neighbourhoods
  • elementary educational facilities
  • public library and programs
  • historical attractions and monuments
  • parks, beaches, sand, and water
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<![CDATA[Economic Development]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/economic-development/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/business/economic-development/Mon, 12 Apr 2010 7:51:10 -0700The Township of Greater Madawaska has become home for many successful businesses within the tourism and hospitality industry such as ski hills, golf courses, art galleries, campgrounds and high caliber timeshare and motel facilities. Located in the south-eastern end of Renfrew County, the Township of Greater Madawaska is one of the largest Townships. Significant crown owned lands afford visitors and residents alike hundreds of excellent fishing lakes and thousands of acres for outdoor activities all year long.

  • Private water supply
  • Private sewage
  • Residential & commercial hydro
  • Volunteer Fire Department
  • O.P.P. Police Department
  • Residential & commercial zoned vacant land
  • 4 internet access providers (some areas High Speed)
  • Elementary education
  • 3 Municipal recreational parks
  • Access to commercial and private area airports
  • Municipal public library - public internet access
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<![CDATA[Education]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/education/Wed, 31 Dec 1969 5:00:00 -0700<![CDATA[Residents]]>http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/http://www.greatermadawaska.com/residents/Wed, 31 Dec 1969 5:00:00 -0700