The Township of Greater Madawaska

Things To Do


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

Bike/Mountain Biking

Whatever your biking mountain biking or on-road cycling, Greater Madawaska has a trail for you.


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).

Canoe/Kayak - FlatwaterMadawaska River, Calabogie

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.

Renfrew County ATV Club

The 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:

Canoe/Kayak - WhitewaterMadawaska River, Calabogie

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.

Dirt BikeDirt Bike

Greater 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.


You’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.

Ice FishingIce Fishing

In 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.

GeocacheSummer Hike

Geocaching 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.


Two scenic and challenging golf courses can be found in Greater Madawaska - both located in Calabogie.

HikeEagles Nest, Manitou Mountain Trail

Greater 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.

Hunting occurs on Crown Land between October and December of each year. Below are some tips to be safe and be seen:

· Understand that trails are on Crown land and hunting is taking place

· Be visible: Wear hunter orange

· Avoid hiking at dawn and dusk and anytime visibility is limited

· Keep your pet on a leash and use a bright vest, collar or leash

· Stick to established trails

· Hike in a group or with a buddy and let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back

HuntYoung Buck

Hunting 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.


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.

Scenic DrivesMadawaska River at Chery Point

The Ottawa Valley is noted for its scenic drives and one of the most scenic, most interesting drives is located here in Greater Madawaska.


During Winter months, Greater Madawaska maintains 2 public outdoor skating rinks:

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


Without doubt, the finest skiing, snowboarding and tubing in Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec can be found here in Greater Madawaska at Calabogie Peaks Resort and nearby Madawaska Nordic.

X-C Ski

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.


Noted 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.


With 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.


Barnet 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.

Water Sports

If 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.