Things To Do
At 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.
For “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.
The 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.
For flatwater paddlers, a scenic adventure awaits as you explore the Madawaska downstream from Griffith and into Centennial Lake and on to Black Donald Lake.
This scenic 30 km return cycle on Calabogie Rd/#508 parallels the picturesque Madawaska River between Calabogie and Burnstown.
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
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 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.
This 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.
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.
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A scenic and fun 9 hole executive golf course at the base of Dickson Mountain on the shores of Calabogie Lake.
This challenging 100 km return cycle on Lanark Rd/#/511 takes cyclists through rolling mountainous and forest terrain before descending into flatter farmland approaching Lanark.
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.
Bear Claw 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...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Located 11 km beyond Tipperary Camp Rd on Centennial Lake Rd., this scenic back road runs 17 km before connecting with Hwy 132.