The Township of Greater Madawaska

Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater

Madawaska River, Calabogie
Madawaska River, Calabogie
The 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.