The Township of Greater Madawaska, 26 Nov 2020 8:47:35 +0000en-us<![CDATA[2020 Council Agendas and Minutes]]>, 26 Nov 2020 8:47:35 +0000<![CDATA[Help for Businesses impacted by unexpected costs of PPE]]>, 26 Nov 2020 4:29:05 +0000In recent days, The Ontario Government announced COVID-19 funding Under the Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant to help with the unexpected costs of PPE (Personal protective equipment).

We would ask that you share the following link

in order to reach as many small businesses within Renfrew County.

The Main Street Relief Grant is now live.
The application process is online and user friendly.

<![CDATA[Warden's Community Service Awards Announcement]]>, 25 Nov 2020 7:41:06 +0000<![CDATA[County of Renfrew New Release - Top-Up Announcement ]]>, 25 Nov 2020 7:39:31 +0000<![CDATA[Griffith Flu Shot Clinic - December 5, 2020]]>, 23 Nov 2020 4:46:43 +0000<![CDATA[2020]]>, 23 Nov 2020 2:16:55 +0000<![CDATA[Delegation Request Form]]>, 20 Nov 2020 6:38:40 +0000Please read the Delegation Information Sheet. If there is further information to be presented to Council, please attach it to this sheet.

Download: Delegation Information Sheet

Please note that this form and any information provided may be attached to the agenda and circulated publicly (unless otherwise requested). The form must be completed prior to 4pm on the Wednesday preceding the meeting you wish to speak at.

<![CDATA[Delegations]]>, 20 Nov 2020 6:38:07 +0000Council welcomes the opportunity to hear from citizens and community groups. If you wish to address Council as a whole, you are welcome to attend a Council or Committee of the Whole meeting as a delegation.


Send a letter/fax/email to the Clerk by end of day on the Tuesday prior to the meeting (or fill in a delegation request form (attached). Include your name, phone number and brief details on what you would like to speak to Council about (information contained on the form, including any attachments, will become public documents and listed on Township Meeting Agendas and posted to the Township’s website).

Please note, your request and any additional information you would like Council to have may be attached to the agenda and circulated publicly, unless otherwise requested.


Council meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at 3:00 pm. via ZOOM and live-streamed on our Youtube channel. There are no in person meetings being held until further notice. A link to the ZOOM meeting will be emailed to you prior to the scheduled meeting. In the event that Monday is a Statutory Holiday, the meeting is held on Tuesday. Council meetings are formal meetings, covered by the media and open to the public.

You may want to contact the Clerk to see which meeting may be most appropriate for you.


You will be given up to ten minutes to address Council, Council may ask questions after the delegation. Groups are asked to have one appointed speaker. Parliamentary procedure will be followed and coarse language or criticism of individuals will not be tolerated (there is no “parliamentary immunity” against slanderous or libelous statements). If your concerns relate to an individual, please contact the Clerk to discuss your options.


Information provided to the Clerk will be circulated to the members of Council prior to the meeting and included as part of the agenda package. Please provide information electronically.


You may appear once before Council on any given issue. If there is significant new information or lapse of time, exceptions may be permitted.


If you are requesting action of Council, the issue will be considered at that or the following Council meeting.

Please contact the Clerk for further information – we look forward to hearing from you!

Excerpt from By-law 64-2020 (Procedural By-law) which provides more details on the delegation procedure:

10.2     Persons wishing to address Council shall make application in writing to the Clerk prior to end of day on the Tuesday preceding the regular Council meeting, by reviewing and completing the Delegation Information Sheet and Request Form found in Appendix B. Such application shall contain the subject matter to be discussed and the name, address and telephone number of a spokesperson chosen by the delegation to make the delegation. Comments from members of the delegation, other than the spokesperson, shall be prohibited unless and until the Presiding Officer has authorized such additional speakers. The delegation shall be permitted a maximum of (10) minutes to make the delegation unless and until the Presiding Officer has extended such time allotment. Any person addressing Council as a presentation shall rise, state his/her name and make his/her presentation. Following the delegation, the Presiding Officer may ask for questions from Council which shall be addressed by the spokesperson to the best of his/her ability.

Delegations failing to meet the above application requirements may be heard upon the verbal consent of the majority of Council present.

The inclusion of a presentation on the Council Agenda shall be determined on a first come, first serve basis and regard shall be given to the length of the Agenda.

<![CDATA[16-2020 Website Re-Design]]>, 20 Nov 2020 6:28:20 +0000<![CDATA[Current Notices under the Planning Act]]>, 19 Nov 2020 7:56:56 +0000Public Meeting December 14, 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM via ZOOM.

<![CDATA[Seniors Advisory Committee]]>, 18 Nov 2020 3:30:03 +0000Council Representative - Glen MacPherson

The purpose of the Committee is to develop and promote public education programs relating to seniors issues and to prepare a directory of community resources available to seniors.

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[Finance]]>, 18 Nov 2020 3:09:08 +0000Treasurer-Deputy CAO/Clerk: Renee Mask 752-2261

Finance-Tax Department: Lisa Branje 752-2274

Finance Clerk: Jessica Schroeder 752-2222

<![CDATA[Contact]]>, 18 Nov 2020 3:05:47 +0000>

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:

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4pm - Closed on Statutory Holidays

Chief Administrative Officer
Allison Holtzhauer  - ext 207
Direct line: 613-752-2240

Treasurer-Deputy CAO/Clerk
Renee Mask  - ext 203
Direct line: 613-752-2261

Finance-Tax Department
Lisa Branje  - ext 205
Direct line: 613-752-2274

Manager of Planning and Development
Luke Desjardins - ext 202
Direct line: 613-752-2029

Fire Chief/Chief Building Official
Darryl Wagner - ext 225
Direct line: 613-752-2277

Facilities Manager
Leonard Emon
Direct line: 613-752-2249

Administrative Assistant
Cathy Appleyard - ext 206
Direct line: 613-752-2229

Committee & Managerial Assistant
Teri McDonald - ext 204
Direct line: 613-752-2263

Finance Clerk
Jessica Schroeder - ext 200
Direct line: 613-752-2849

Public Works Department Road Emergency 
Outside of Regular Business Hours: 1-855-244-5186
During Regular Business Hours: 613-752-2222

Roads in the Township of Greater Madawaska ONLY

Animal Control Services
Phone: 613-281-3773  Email:
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.

By-Law Enforcement
Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES)
Phone: 613-281-3773  Email:

Track Noise Complaints

Mayor and Council
Brian Hunt, Mayor
Phone: 613-752-0246

Lucie Perrier, Councillor Ward 1
Phone: 613-282-8247

Chuck Rigelhof, Councillor Ward 1
Phone: 613-433-2688

John Frost, Councillor Ward 2
Phone: 613-649-2668

Glen MacPherson, Councillor Ward 3
Phone: 613-333-1956

<![CDATA[Christmas Online Auction fundraiser for Calabogie Animal Rescue]]>, 18 Nov 2020 1:01:48 +0000Christmas Online Auction

<![CDATA[Homemade Christmas Tourtiers Fundraising Event for Calabogie Animal Rescue]]>, 18 Nov 2020 1:00:40 +0000Home made christmas tourtieres

<![CDATA[Light Up the Bogie Nights - December 5, 2020]]>, 18 Nov 2020 1:00:00 +0000Light up the night

<![CDATA[Newsletters]]>, 17 Nov 2020 1:17:22 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Generating Station Construction - Blasting Revision 1]]>, 10 Nov 2020 3:48:49 +0000<![CDATA[Notice - Street Sign Theft, July 27, 2020]]>, 10 Nov 2020 3:48:08 +0000<![CDATA[Christmas Sale at the Matawatchan Hall - November 28]]>, 10 Nov 2020 3:46:20 +0000<![CDATA[RFP - PW 2020-05 - Environmental Monitoring and Reporting]]>, 09 Nov 2020 6:25:25 +0000The Townships of Admaston/Bromley, Greater Madawaska and Whitewater Region are working in collaboration on a request for proposal for environmental monitoring and reporting at waste sites.

The three (3) Townships request that the proponents prepare individualized pricing and proposals for each of the Townships.

Issue RFP: November 6th, 2020
Deadline for Questions: November 20th, 2020
Proposal Due Date: November 27th, 2020 at 2 p.m. local time
Selection of Proponent: Prior to December 19th, 2020

<![CDATA[Hiking During Hunting Season]]>, 30 Oct 2020 3:20:25 +0000Hiking during hunting season

<![CDATA[Library Reopening Status]]>, 30 Oct 2020 3:19:46 +0000Library re-openning status

<![CDATA[Library]]>, 29 Oct 2020 8:25:04 +0000Missing your friends at the Library?

We miss you too! Here’s the scoop on the status of reopening

COVID-19 has thrown all of our lives into upheaval since March – and for book lovers and fans of our Greater Madawaska Public Library programs, having to close our doors for so long has been hard.  Many of you have expressed frustration that while larger libraries in neighbouring jurisdictions have re-opened in a limited way, we remain shuttered.  No one is more upset than the Library Board, staff and volunteers who keep the Library operational.

Here’s why we’re still closed:  While sharing facilities at St Joseph School is a great community partnership and economical in many ways, we are strictly governed by the safety protocols put in place by the School Board for the protection of students and staff. The public is still not able to access the school building when children are present, and we have not yet been given permission to open outside school hours as access is restricted to essential services only.  Even volunteer access has been significantly controlled, which means we’ve not been able to make our own safety modifications.  We too need to sanitize, process and re-shelve all the library materials that were out on loan and are slowly being returned.

The good news: when we DO come back, it will be with expanded services and programs!  Our long closure helped us to reassess and redefine how we can improve the resources we offer to the community.  We plan to expand into a fully fledged learning centre offering speakers, workshops, programs, and seminars as well as all the books and periodicals you’ve been missing.  These plans have challenged some of our staff and volunteers – but we’re pleased to say our current team has embraced the proposed changes with excitement and enthusiasm.

So, here’s where we are right now: We’re continuing to work with the School Board to increase building access and operational hours when it is safe to do so.  Staff and volunteers are developing internal protocols to re-open safely.  We hope to re-start limited services – such as curbside delivery – as soon as we can.  And we’re continuing to develop the program expansion we hope you will be delighted with when we relaunch.

We know it’s frustrating – and we appreciate your continued support and patience.  Please be assured we’re all working as hard as we can to open our doors and welcome you back as soon as we can do it safely.  If you’re interested in the nuts and bolts of Library operations, you can read our annual report, reopening plan, and rebranding proposal on the Township website. 

In the meantime, stay safe!  Please return any outstanding books to the Township office NO FINES WILL BE INCURRED Send comments, or suggestions to our email: or visit our Website:


Hours & Contact 

Due to COVID-19 the Greater Madawaska Public Library is currently CLOSED.

More information regarding reopening will come in the future 


In St. Joseph's Separate School located at:
12629 Lanark Road
PO Box 160
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0


Councillor Lucie Perrier
Library Board Chair
Phone: 613-282-8247

<![CDATA[Hike]]>, 27 Oct 2020 3:12:19 +0000Greater 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.

<![CDATA[OVTA - offering free membership]]>, 19 Oct 2020 12:27:30 +0000In light of the effect that COVID-19 has had on tourism businesses, and as a gesture of tourism partnership, the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) would like to offer a complimentary membership to local businesses in the County of Renfrew and City of Pembroke. 

See pdf above for details.

<![CDATA[Small Business Recovery Webpage]]>, 16 Oct 2020 2:44:55 +0000The government has launched Ontario's Small Business Recovery Webpage to provide single window access to small business supports.

Please encourage entrepreneurs to visit the new Small Business Recovery webpage for up-to-date information, programs and resources

<![CDATA[Kids Fire Safety Poster Contest]]>, 15 Oct 2020 5:06:04 +0000<![CDATA[Fire Department]]>, 02 Oct 2020 1:27:19 +0000Open Air Fire Permit (Online)

NOTE: No daytime burning from April 1st to October 31st, every year, pursuant to Ontario Regulation 207/96.

The fire shall be started no earlier than two hours before sunset, and extinguised no later than two hours after sunrise the following day.

<![CDATA[Bake Sale - Calabogie Animal Rescue - October 10, 2020]]>, 29 Sep 2020 5:24:35 +0000<![CDATA[DACA Skate Lace Hoodies]]>, 24 Sep 2020 12:44:44 +0000Daca is putting together an order for these Skate Lace Hoodies, You may have seen one hanging in the Hall. The order will be submitted by October 1st which should be received by Christmas. The cost is $75, any size can be ordered. Contact Betty (613-649-2668) or Lonnie (613-585-0639). We will accept etransfers.

<![CDATA[Building]]>, 23 Sep 2020 2:06:37 +0000<![CDATA[Asset Management Plan]]>, 22 Sep 2020 6:59:37 +0000<![CDATA[Message from the MNRF - Wild Pigs]]>, 16 Sep 2020 7:21:06 +0000Please see the message below from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry regarding wild pigs:

Invasive wild pigs are not native to Ontario and can have a negative impact on the natural environment and agricultural industry.

The term “wild pig” refers to any pig outside of a fence, including domestic pigs or pot bellied pigs that have become feral, Eurasian wild boar, or hybrids.

Have you seen a wild pig?

Please report sightings of wild pigs or damage caused by wild pigs to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at See for more information.

<![CDATA[Home]]>, 11 Sep 2020 12:20:57 +0000The Township office is open to the public, with physical distancing protocols in place. Masks are mandatory inside the building.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rocks and lakeGreater 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!

Fire Ban information:

No fire ban is in effect. 

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.


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.

<![CDATA[Fire]]>, 08 Sep 2020 5:14:16 +0000

Effective September 8, 2020 Level 1 Fire Ban has been lifted. Burn Permits are now require as defined in our Burning By-Law 81-2016 found in the link below.

Daytime burning regulations remain in effect.

Click here for a message from the Fire Chief to be Fire Safe during COVID-19 Pandemic 

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!!

Current Burning By-Law 81-2016

<![CDATA[Wag 'N' Walk September 20, 2020 ]]>, 02 Sep 2020 7:53:58 +0000<![CDATA[White Lake United Church: Fish Fry Drive-Thru - Sept 25]]>, 02 Sep 2020 3:54:02 +0000 WHITE LAKE CHURCH:  FISH FRY DRIVE-THRU

Pre-Order Meals:  613-433-3389

Curbside Pickup on:  Friday, Sept. 25th 2020  from 4pm-8pm

Adults: $15

Kids (5-7): $7

Kids under 5: Free

$ Donations Welcome

Public Health Precautions will be taken!

<![CDATA[Agenda and Minutes]]>, 27 Aug 2020 1:32:35 +0000<![CDATA[Library Book Drop Off at the Township Office]]>, 18 Aug 2020 3:06:23 +0000<![CDATA[Administration]]>, 17 Aug 2020 5:16:02 +0000

<![CDATA[Administration]]>, 14 Aug 2020 6:59:13 +0000CAO/Clerk-Deputy Treasurer: Allison Holtzhauer 752-2240
Treasurer-Deputy CAO/Clerk: Renee Mask 752-2261
Community and Managerial Assistant: Teri McDonald 752-2263 
Administrative Assistant: Cathy Appleyard 752-2229
Receptionist: Jessica Schroeder 752-2222

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

<![CDATA[Military Training in Calabogie - Aug 15th - 18th]]>, 13 Aug 2020 1:18:25 +0000<![CDATA[Waste & Recycling]]>, 10 Aug 2020 1:55:55 +0000

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.

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
Extended Summer hours - May 20 (Victoria Day) - October 7 (Thanksgiving): Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Mondays 2020: May 18, August 3, September 7, October 12: 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 2020: May 18, August 3, September 7, October 12: 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

<![CDATA[2020 Library Board Agendas]]>, 06 Aug 2020 6:47:12 +0000<![CDATA[Free Waste Site Day 2020 - postponed]]>, 06 Aug 2020 6:46:14 +0000<![CDATA[Township office opening June 15, 2020]]>, 06 Aug 2020 6:45:15 +0000<![CDATA[Renfrew's Hazardous Waste Depot Closes Saturday August 29, 2020]]>, 06 Aug 2020 6:12:11 +0000<![CDATA[PAST EVENTS 2020]]>, 06 Aug 2020 6:09:32 +0000Past Events


Notices 2020

<![CDATA[Burnstown Church Fish Fry Drive-Thru - Order now for August 14th]]>, 06 Aug 2020 6:00:54 +0000Pre-order your Fish Fry meals NOW by calling 433-3389 or 808-1053. You get a time for curbside pickup between 4 to 7 PM on August 14, a Friday. It's a drive-thru so you never leave your car. Cost is Adults $15, Kids 5-12 $7 and Under 5 Free. Public Health prescuations will be taken!

<![CDATA[Calabogie Animal Rescue]]>, 29 Jul 2020 2:05:13 +0000<![CDATA[Contact and Hours]]>, 28 Jul 2020 12:20:15 +0000Due to COVID-19 the Library is currently Closed. We hope to be open soon for curbside pickup only.

Phone: (613) 752-2317

12629 Lanark Road
PO Box 160
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0 

<![CDATA[Annual Report 2019 - The Year in Review]]>, 23 Jul 2020 12:58:34 +0000<![CDATA[Rebranding our Public Library as a complete learning centre]]>, 23 Jul 2020 12:54:35 +0000<![CDATA[Notification of Blasting Operations - Calabogie Generating Station Redevelopment]]>, 21 Jul 2020 7:06:32 +0000<![CDATA[Finance]]>, 20 Jul 2020 1:39:50 +0000<![CDATA[Lake 88.1 Radiothon]]>, 17 Jul 2020 3:46:20 +0000<![CDATA[RCDHU Directive for Mandatory Face Masks/Coverings]]>, 10 Jul 2020 1:30:45 +0000<![CDATA[2020 Complaints]]>, 07 Jul 2020 4:46:08 +0000<![CDATA[NOTICE - Tow-away zone Calabogie Road at Eagle's Nest Trailhead]]>, 26 Jun 2020 6:31:34 +0000<![CDATA[May 15, 2020 Transfer Stations update]]>, 22 Jun 2020 1:11:57 +0000<![CDATA[May 19, 2020 Building Permits can be issued ]]>, 22 Jun 2020 1:11:15 +0000<![CDATA[May 22, 2020 Media Release]]>, 22 Jun 2020 1:10:07 +0000<![CDATA[May 22, 2020 Opening of Trails Update]]>, 22 Jun 2020 1:09:29 +0000<![CDATA[Reconstruction of Ferguson Lake Road Municipal Class EA (Phase 1)]]>, 22 Jun 2020 1:07:58 +0000The Township of Greater Madawaska is undertaking a study to determine the most suitable alternative to reconstruct Ferguson Lake Road, from approximately Campground Side Road to Kennelly Mountain Road.

The project is being implemented in order to improve road safety, efficiency, drainage, and active transportation uses.

<![CDATA[Public Works]]>, 22 Jun 2020 1:04:49 +0000Public Works Supervisor
Steve Inwood 

Public Works Department - Road Emergencies
For Road Emergencies Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm please call 613-752-2222

For Road Emergencies outside regular office hours please call 1-855-244-5186 
This number is for Road Emergencies Only in the Township of Greater Madawaska

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

Griffith Garage
25991C Highway #41
Griffith, Ontario
K0J 2R0

<![CDATA[Complaint Form - general non-emergency]]>, 19 Jun 2020 7:36:58 +0000<![CDATA[Barnet Park/Beach Update - June 18, 2020]]>, 18 Jun 2020 3:15:53 +0000<![CDATA[Greater Madawaska Public Library Board Meeting Agenda]]>, 09 Jun 2020 2:15:36 +0000<![CDATA[Compensation Grid]]>, 08 Jun 2020 2:46:28 +0000<![CDATA[Council Remuneration and Expenses]]>, 08 Jun 2020 1:17:27 +0000<![CDATA[Budget Presentations]]>, 04 Jun 2020 8:05:03 +0000<![CDATA[OPP Resource Guide]]>, 03 Jun 2020 1:38:55 +0000This resource guide was developed through the Killaloe OPP Detachment as a means to provide citizens with alternate contacts for events such as Landlord Tentant Disputes, Anti-Fraud (Scams), Firearm Regulations, ATV/Snowmobile Regulations ect. 

The guide is developed to assist residents in Municipalities have alternates to 9-1-1.

<![CDATA[NEW Resource - January 2020 updated Community Services for Older Adults booklet]]>, 03 Jun 2020 1:28:09 +0000<![CDATA[Load Restrictions are lifted as of Monday May 11, 2020]]>, 03 Jun 2020 1:20:57 +0000<![CDATA[Tumble Books]]>, 19 May 2020 6:50:15 +0000<![CDATA[Waste Disposal Site Annual Report - 2020]]>, 19 May 2020 3:39:59 +0000<![CDATA[Waste Disposal Site Annual Reports - 2017]]>, 19 May 2020 3:34:25 +0000<![CDATA[Facilities]]>, 19 May 2020 3:30:22 +0000<![CDATA[Building]]>, 19 May 2020 2:38:51 +0000


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.


  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.

<![CDATA[2020 Emergency Management Plan]]>, 19 May 2020 1:25:39 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Food Bank]]>, 15 May 2020 1:55:00 +0000<![CDATA[ROAD CLOSURES]]>, 15 May 2020 1:51:18 +0000<![CDATA[Community Support Services]]>, 11 May 2020 6:05:22 +0000<![CDATA[Community Support Services]]>, 11 May 2020 6:03:19 +0000<![CDATA[New Release - Fire Related Fatalities Across Ontario Increase - May 8, 2020]]>, 08 May 2020 1:15:31 +0000<![CDATA[Emergency Preparedness Week May 3-9 2020]]>, 01 May 2020 3:09:23 +0000<![CDATA[County of Renfrew Services Availability Update during COVID-19]]>, 22 Apr 2020 2:59:55 +0000<![CDATA[Fines for burning during Fire Ban]]>, 21 Apr 2020 7:20:13 +0000<![CDATA[Township Media Release Updated April 16, 2020]]>, 16 Apr 2020 6:37:23 +0000<![CDATA[Message from The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada Student Committee]]>, 16 Apr 2020 3:19:13 +0000<![CDATA[Spring Freshet Information 2020]]>, 15 Apr 2020 2:29:52 +0000<![CDATA[COVID-19]]>, 14 Apr 2020 5:58:18 +0000The Township is taking steps to keep our residents informed regarding COVID-19. You may reduce your chances of being infected by following the guidelines set out in the posters below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact CAO Allison Holtzhauer at We will be keeping up to date and posting information on our website and Facebook page as the virus progresses or declines over the coming weeks.

Please feel free to share the posters.

The Greater Madawaska Public Library is also closed until further notice. Please see notice below.

<![CDATA[List of Matawatchan, Griffith and Denbigh Businesses]]>, 14 Apr 2020 1:28:37 +0000<![CDATA[County of Renfrew Media Release - Community Financial Support]]>, 07 Apr 2020 6:01:42 +0000<![CDATA[Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association]]>, 07 Apr 2020 5:27:04 +0000The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association has released information and advisments if your are considering travelling to your cottage during the current pandemic. For more information please view the link below:

<![CDATA[Township Media Release - April 7]]>, 07 Apr 2020 3:44:24 +0000Includes new information regarding Building and Waste Site update

<![CDATA[Greater Madawaska Library Closure]]>, 07 Apr 2020 3:07:37 +0000<![CDATA[Pickleball Cancelled]]>, 06 Apr 2020 6:45:07 +0000<![CDATA[Ontario Government - Expansion of Business Closures]]>, 03 Apr 2020 7:54:31 +0000<![CDATA[Township Media Release - April 2, 2020]]>, 02 Apr 2020 3:10:18 +0000<![CDATA[Renfrew County & District Health Unit - Case Update - March 31, 2020]]>, 31 Mar 2020 5:37:32 +0000<![CDATA[County of Renfrew Declares a State of Emergency - March 30, 2020]]>, 31 Mar 2020 1:56:20 +0000<![CDATA[Media Release - Renfrew County Virtual and Assesment Centre]]>, 27 Mar 2020 5:00:48 +0000<![CDATA[Emergency Funding through Ontario Works]]>, 26 Mar 2020 7:05:42 +0000<![CDATA[Ontario News Release - Business Information Line now open]]>, 25 Mar 2020 3:34:16 +0000<![CDATA[Interest charges on 2020 property tax postponed]]>, 25 Mar 2020 1:22:55 +0000<![CDATA[Tender Results]]>, 24 Mar 2020 7:45:27 +0000<![CDATA[Renfrew County & District Health Unit - Case Update]]>, 24 Mar 2020 4:55:47 +0000<![CDATA[Know the Difference - Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation, Isolation for COVID-19]]>, 19 Mar 2020 3:34:45 +0000<![CDATA[Transfer Station Information - March 19, 2020]]>, 19 Mar 2020 3:28:49 +0000<![CDATA[Media Release - March 17, 2020]]>, 18 Mar 2020 2:15:20 +0000<![CDATA[Memorandum from the Renfrew County & District Health Unit]]>, 18 Mar 2020 2:10:55 +0000<![CDATA[Media Release - March 14, 2020]]>, 14 Mar 2020 3:55:08 +0000<![CDATA[Symptoms - COVID-19, Flu or Cold?]]>, 13 Mar 2020 6:56:12 +0000<![CDATA[Cover your Cough]]>, 13 Mar 2020 6:55:21 +0000<![CDATA[Prevent the Spread]]>, 13 Mar 2020 6:54:08 +0000<![CDATA[Hand Washing]]>, 13 Mar 2020 6:53:22 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Chili Cook Off - Calabogie Home Support Fundraiser March 7, 2020]]>, 10 Mar 2020 1:17:56 +0000<![CDATA[Financial Information Return / Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP)]]>, 06 Mar 2020 2:38:41 +0000<![CDATA[Pickleball]]>, 05 Mar 2020 2:24:19 +0000Tuesdays and Thursdays

St. Joseph's School Gym

<![CDATA[Library Fundraiser at the Valley Food & Drink]]>, 04 Mar 2020 3:43:47 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Recreation Committee Presents The Rash Comedy Bash!-February 16, 2020 -- SOLD OUT]]>, 13 Feb 2020 6:55:17 +0000<![CDATA[Ontario Summer Jobs]]>, 11 Feb 2020 3:37:53 +0000<![CDATA[DACA'S Valentine BINGO]]>, 04 Feb 2020 2:24:58 +0000<![CDATA[DACA Winter Carnival]]>, 04 Feb 2020 2:23:52 +0000<![CDATA[DACA Valentine's Day Trivia Night]]>, 04 Feb 2020 2:22:51 +0000<![CDATA[Library Fundraiser - February 28, 2020 ]]>, 03 Feb 2020 5:53:21 +0000<![CDATA[2019 Council Agenda and Minutes]]>, 28 Jan 2020 8:11:59 +0000<![CDATA[Bogie Trivia Night February 7, 2020]]>, 23 Jan 2020 7:41:26 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Lions Club - Winter Carnival February 7-9, 2020]]>, 23 Jan 2020 7:41:00 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Home Support Fundraiser - February 9, 2020]]>, 23 Jan 2020 7:33:25 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie United Church Stew Night]]>, 16 Jan 2020 1:59:20 +0000<![CDATA[Recreation]]>, 15 Jan 2020 3:46:55 +0000<![CDATA[By-Laws]]>, 10 Jan 2020 9:22:20 +0000If the PDF documents are not accessible, please download Free software to view and print Adobe PDF files:


<![CDATA[Matawatchan Hall Winter 2020 Events]]>, 07 Jan 2020 12:01:43 +0000<![CDATA[2019]]>, 18 Dec 2019 7:47:24 +0000<![CDATA[Debbie Robinson New County of Renfrew Warden]]>, 12 Dec 2019 3:00:38 +0000<![CDATA[Recreation Ward 1- Calabogie Recreation Committee ]]>, 09 Dec 2019 3:44:38 +0000Council Representative - Lucie Perrier

The purpose of the Committee is to organize and deliver a minimum of three (3) programs (i.e. skating, soccer, T-Ball) as well as a minimum of four (4) events (i.e. Winter Carnival, Bogie Days, Canada Day, Halloween Party).

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[Calabogie Santa Claus Parade - December 8th]]>, 28 Nov 2019 2:04:34 +0000<![CDATA[NU2U CLOSES FOR THE WINTER - December 7th]]>, 28 Nov 2019 1:58:23 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie and Area Home Support - NEW website]]>, 28 Nov 2019 1:50:06 +0000Calabogie and Area Home Support is available to take you for rides to appointments, shopping or to long-distance transportation depots: bus, airport. There is a slight charge depending on distance. If finances are a problem contact the Office Coordinator at (613) 752-2828 or

We also provide Healthy frozen meals for $5.50. Stop at the office at 4984 Calabogie Road under the new Pharmacy. Office Hours Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Check the website for frozen meals available

NEW! Meals can be delivered within the Township for the cost of the meal plus $5.00 

We are also recruiting new Board Members and Drivers

<![CDATA[Flood Preparation Statement]]>, 28 Nov 2019 1:47:37 +0000<![CDATA[Flood 2019 Information]]>, 28 Nov 2019 1:47:08 +0000

<![CDATA[Catalogue]]>, 20 Nov 2019 7:35:23 +0000We have gone to a new ILS system called Insignia.  Please click on the link below.

Try it out!! Choose Title, Subject, Author, Keyword or ISBN from the drop down menu and then type your search word(s) in the box. Then hit the magnifying glass at the end of the box to begin the search.
If there are no results for what you entered in the box you will get a message saying 0 results.

You can log in to your account to view what you currently have checked out, reserve an item, renew your checkouts, and view your loan history.  Please call the library to get your login information. 

Note to electronic book users: You don't need to add zeros to the front of your number to view our in-library collection.

<![CDATA[DACA Walking Program]]>, 19 Nov 2019 2:22:12 +0000<![CDATA[Electronic Resources]]>, 15 Nov 2019 9:30:07 +0000Download free eBooks and Audiobooks from OverDrive.  

  • Selections include fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children.  
  • You can download books to your desktop, laptop or mobile device absolutely free with your Greater Madawaska Public Library membership number  
  • Please remember that if your number isn't five digits long, just add enough zeros in front of your number to make it 5 digits  
  • Please note that OverDrive ebooks are not compatible with Kindle in Canada

Take a look at the selection here

<![CDATA[Accessible Customer Service Feedback Form]]>, 13 Nov 2019 2:16:59 +0000<![CDATA[Accessible Customer Service Feedback]]>, 13 Nov 2019 2:16:19 +0000<![CDATA[Request for Accessible Documents]]>, 13 Nov 2019 2:15:25 +0000<![CDATA[Radon Information Session and Fact Sheet]]>, 12 Nov 2019 7:39:17 +0000<![CDATA[Christmas Bazaar November 23rd, 2019]]>, 31 Oct 2019 5:17:42 +0000<![CDATA[Bogie Lights November 15th]]>, 30 Oct 2019 5:34:01 +0000<![CDATA[Lucie Perrier]]>, 22 Oct 2019 6:54:19 +0000Councillor Ward 1
Phone: 613-282-8247

<![CDATA[Barktoberfest in support of Valley Animal Rescue]]>, 22 Oct 2019 1:34:16 +0000 Chilli Lunch, music by Lola Sine and browse the many vendors just in  time for Xmas!

In support of Valley Animal Rescue

<![CDATA[2016]]>, 18 Oct 2019 5:59:18 +0000<![CDATA[Griffith-Matawatchan Recreation - Escape the Room]]>, 08 Oct 2019 5:46:25 +0000<![CDATA[NU2U Basement Sale! October 12th]]>, 02 Oct 2019 8:35:40 +0000 What treasures will you find this time at the NU2U shop during our Basement Sale? We have so many unique and gently used items at the best prices in town! We’ll be closing soon for the season so please stop by to say hello.

when? Saturday October 12, 1-4pm

<![CDATA["Taste of the Manor" Event coming October 4th ]]>, 30 Sep 2019 7:58:45 +0000<![CDATA[Matawatchan Hall Annual Halloween Party October 26th]]>, 27 Sep 2019 6:20:11 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Lions Club Pancake Breakfast October 6th]]>, 27 Sep 2019 6:12:16 +0000<![CDATA[Fall Roast Beef Dinner October 26th, 2019]]>, 26 Sep 2019 1:59:00 +0000<![CDATA[GMSHC AGM and Fall Dessert Challenge October 20th]]>, 18 Sep 2019 7:18:02 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie & Area Home Support - Autumn Celebration October 5th]]>, 17 Sep 2019 7:46:59 +0000<![CDATA[Small Hall Festival at Matawatchan Hall September 27th]]>, 17 Sep 2019 7:46:16 +0000Devin Cuddy Band will be performing on Friday September 27, 2019 at the Matawatchan Memorial Community Hall as part of a three week Small Halls Festival.

Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Click the link below for ticket information:

<![CDATA[Small Halls Festival at DACA Centre September 21st]]>, 17 Sep 2019 7:45:47 +0000Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will be performing on Saturday September 21, 2019 at the DACA Centre as part of a three week Small Halls Festival.

Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Click the link below for ticket information:

<![CDATA[Small Halls Festival at Denbigh-Griffith Lions Hall September 20th]]>, 17 Sep 2019 7:45:24 +0000Cassie & Maggie will be performing on Friday September 20, 2019 at the Denbigh-Griffith Lions Hall as part of a three week Small Halls Festival.

Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Click the link below for ticket information:

<![CDATA[PAST EVENTS 2019]]>, 17 Sep 2019 7:35:57 +0000<![CDATA[Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarian's (DRAO) Support Sessions]]>, 09 Sep 2019 1:23:31 +0000<![CDATA[Public Meeting - Information Session]]>, 09 Sep 2019 1:22:42 +0000<![CDATA[2019 Complaints]]>, 06 Sep 2019 7:40:13 +0000<![CDATA[Financial Statements]]>, 28 Aug 2019 5:18:49 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Motorsports Park Noise Complaints]]>, 12 Aug 2019 1:59:59 +0000To file A CMP Noise Complaint Please Call 1-866-790-2249 ]]><![CDATA[Calabogie Lions Club Membership Drive]]>, 29 Jul 2019 1:04:44 +0000<![CDATA[Canada Day at DACA]]>, 24 Jul 2019 7:14:38 +0000<![CDATA[Burnstown Fish Fry - August 9, 2019]]>, 24 Jul 2019 7:04:24 +0000Come to FISH FRY at Burnstown United Church from 4:30 to 7 PM on August 9, a Friday. Adults: $15, Children 5-12: $7 and Under 5: Free. Takeout available.

<![CDATA[2019 Emergency Response Plan]]>, 17 Jul 2019 6:35:56 +0000<![CDATA[The Redhill Valleys at Matawatchan Hall]]>, 16 Jul 2019 3:44:02 +0000Tickets for the Redhill Valleys in concert are are on sale now at Look for the Tickets button on the top menu bar. Capacity for concerts is 130. The Redhill Valleys show sold out last time they were in Matawatchan, so get your tickets early. Don't forget to check out other great events and activities on the Welcome page and Events page, especially the Devin Cuddy Band on September 27, part of the Festival of Small Halls.

<![CDATA[Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan 2019]]>, 10 Jul 2019 5:46:30 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Lakeside Camping Fishing Derby]]>, 02 Jul 2019 5:21:10 +0000Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. The Derby will start at 7:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on the beach will follow.
If your interested in joining please contact the Calabogie Lakeside Campground at (613) 899-1313 or reach out on their Facebook page. 

Fees are as follows:
$20.00 / Adult
$10.00 / Child

<![CDATA[Calabogie Snowmobile Club Pancake Breakfast]]>, 26 Jun 2019 3:03:24 +00008 am to 11 am
at the Calabogie Community Hall
574 Mill St. 

<![CDATA[By-Law Enforcement]]>, 24 Jun 2019 7:51:34 +0000For By-Law enforcement issues, please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES) 

Phone: 613-281-3773 or by email:

<![CDATA[Wool Day at the Calabogie Summer Market]]>, 21 Jun 2019 7:14:18 +0000<![CDATA[Canada Day by the Lake - July 1, 2019]]>, 14 Jun 2019 6:39:21 +0000<![CDATA[Canada Day Open Mic - Let us know by June 25]]>, 14 Jun 2019 6:36:20 +0000<![CDATA[Strawberry Social June 22nd, 2019]]>, 11 Jun 2019 7:55:06 +0000<![CDATA[Raise the Roof Golf Tournament - June 14, 2019]]>, 10 Jun 2019 5:22:51 +0000<![CDATA[OPG Community Information Session June 10, 2019]]>, 10 Jun 2019 5:14:33 +0000<![CDATA[NU2U yard sale - June 29, 2019]]>, 10 Jun 2019 5:13:11 +0000fill a box for $5.00

all proceeds benefit the GMSHC


NU2U shop Griffith Community Hall  

<![CDATA[Forest Life Expo - June 14, 15, 16 2019]]>, 03 Jun 2019 12:27:44 +0000SHOW OVERVIEW

Click on the link below to view entire website

Sawtech Log Expo is evolving, we have expanded the theme of the event to include more activities related to the forest. Such as Outdoor Recreation, Off-Grid living, Wood Artisans, Value-Added Manufacturers, Non-Timber Forest Products, Creative Rural businesses, Logging/Milling, Woodlot Management,and Family Fun. The Forest Life Expo showcases businesses who are connected to the forest where we Work-Play-Live.
This event is all about the experiences that enrich our lives, the Expo will offer a smorgasbord of experience related exhibits that will fill the appetite of any Forest Loving enthusuiast. The event is about connecting to your passions by viewing and seeing the latest products and services, connect with experts and be awed with the levels of innovation, beauty that will guide your own dreams and asperations.
<![CDATA[Showcase Trivia Challenge - Listen to Valley Heritage May 28 - June 28, 2019]]>, 31 May 2019 3:02:41 +0000<![CDATA[Free Waste Site Day 2019 - June 1st]]>, 31 May 2019 2:59:47 +0000<![CDATA[Renfrew Chamber of Commerce Community Awards - May 30, 2019]]>, 28 May 2019 3:01:11 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Summer Market Plant Sale - June 1, 2019]]>, 28 May 2019 1:10:46 +0000<![CDATA[Canada Day in Matawatchan - June 29, 2019]]>, 27 May 2019 12:50:55 +0000<![CDATA[Mom & Pop Bingo May 26, 2019]]>, 24 May 2019 6:50:38 +0000<![CDATA[Showcase Paradise - June 29, 2019]]>, 24 May 2019 6:45:53 +0000<![CDATA[PAST EVENTS 2018]]>, 24 May 2019 2:34:47 +0000<![CDATA[Denbigh-Griffith Lions Children's Easter Party]]>, 24 May 2019 1:16:32 +0000<![CDATA[Food Fashion and Fun - June 15, 2019]]>, 21 May 2019 6:27:09 +0000The Greater Madawaska Seniors Housing Corporation invites you to an afternoon of Food Fashion and Fun!

Griffith Community Hall Hwy 41, Griffith, Ontario

Join us for a BBQ, fashion demonstration, silent auction and more.  Buy Clothing from Nygar, Alia and TanJay. For men and women.

Tickets for the BBQ are $10 and are available at the NU2U shop or at the event.

This is a fundraising event for the GMSHC.

<![CDATA[Planning]]>, 14 May 2019 12:55:04 +0000Manager of Planning and Development: Luke Desjardins 613-752-2029

<![CDATA[Elvis and Roy Orbison - June 22, 2019]]>, 10 May 2019 3:13:47 +0000<![CDATA[Burnstown Church Plant, Bake New-to-You Sale - May 24 & 25]]>, 08 May 2019 3:14:43 +0000Burnstown United Church is holding its annual spring sdale at our little church on Friday, May 24 3 to 7 pm and Saturday May 25 8 to Noon. Variety of perennial plants for your garden, yummy baked treats and great bargains.

<![CDATA[Calabogie United Church Yard Sale & BBQ May 25th, 2019]]>, 06 May 2019 6:52:39 +0000<![CDATA[St. Joesph's Separate School Dine & Paint Night]]>, 29 Apr 2019 7:14:15 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt Rescheduled - May 4, 2019]]>, 29 Apr 2019 5:28:10 +0000<![CDATA[County of Renfrew Flood Preparation and Recovery]]>, 16 Apr 2019 7:48:58 +0000<![CDATA[Accessibility Plan 2019 - 2022]]>, 16 Apr 2019 6:13:08 +0000<![CDATA[Accessibility ]]>, 16 Apr 2019 6:11:30 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Winter Carnival - February 9, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 2:27:04 +0000<![CDATA[Ryan Cook at Matawatchan Hall Feb 23, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:45:31 +0000<![CDATA[DACA Winter Carnival - February 9, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:45:16 +0000<![CDATA[DACA Valentine Bingo - February 10, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:45:03 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Home Support Fundraiser Dance - March 2, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:44:12 +0000<![CDATA[Safe Food Handling Course in Griffith May 9]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:30:57 +0000<![CDATA[Flying Fathers April 7, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:30:25 +0000<![CDATA[Daffodil Luncheon - April 28, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:27:09 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt April 21, 2019]]>, 10 Apr 2019 1:26:16 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Summer Market ]]>, 25 Mar 2019 2:41:29 +0000The Calabogie Summer Market will be held every Saturday from June 1st to September 28th, 2019, at the Calabogie Community Centre under the roof of the ice rink, from 9 am to 1 pm. Set up starts at 8 am for registered participants.

The market is open to local farmers, gardeners, artists, crafters, artisans, makers, bakers, service groups, community organizations and local business.

We accept full time and occasional vendors, there is no fee to participate however registration is required and can be done online through this link

Vendors must supply their own tables and displays but do not require market tents as it is under the roof of the Calabogie rink. Please clean up at the end of the day.

The market management is currently working on a number of events/festival days that focus on vendor products and themes along with including demonstrations and other aspects for the visitor’s enjoyment.  We plan to have at least six events.


·        {C}(June 1st) Plant Sale and Opening Day: Gardening Educational displays, books & speakers with more…

·        {C}(June 22nd) Wool Day: Sheep shearing, felting, weaving  , and more…

·        {C}(July 13th) Wood, Clay, Glass & Metal Craft: Chainsaw carving, showcasing some of the wood, clay, glass and metal artisans the Ottawa Valley has to offer and more…

·        {C}(Aug.10th) Flavour of the Season: Celebrating local farmers, food systems, it’s benefits, food diversity along with local chefs, restaurants, recipes, caters, etc.. Included in that day is Tomato Fest which showcases many kinds of tomatoes and heirloom varieties. Educational displays, etc..

·        {C}(Sept.7th) Art Show: Celebrating The Ottawa Valley artists, photographers, makers, artisans, along with kids crafts and more

·        {C}(Sept.28th) End of Market Celebration: Bulk food harvest fest, fall flower and garlic bulb sale, celebrating the market season with live music and more

·        {C}~You can learn more about them on our website and newsletter signup~ 

 We look forward to see you and your family out there

 Best Regards,
    ~Calabogie Summer Market~

For further information:
Phone: Johnny at (343-998-8654) or Natalie at (613-899-3650)

<![CDATA[2018]]>, 20 Mar 2019 6:21:29 +0000<![CDATA[Barnet Park Committee]]>, 06 Mar 2019 7:46:28 +0000Council Representative: Chuck Rigelhof

The purpose of the Committee is to organize and implement the annual park clean up as well as bring to the Township’s attention any repairs that are to be made to Barnet Cottage.

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[Trails Committee]]>, 06 Mar 2019 7:37:57 +0000Council Representative - Chuck Rigelhof

The purpose of the Committee is to inspect and maintain the trails on a regular basis and to request repairs, signage and pamphlets/brochures as needed.

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[Recreation Ward 3 - Griffith & Matawatchan Recreation Committee ]]>, 06 Mar 2019 7:34:14 +0000Council Representative - Glen MacPherson

The purpose of the Committee is to organize and deliver a minimum of two (2) programs (i.e. skating, soccer, T-Ball) as well as a minimum of two (2) events (i.e. Winter Carnival & Halloween Party).

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[Raise the Roof Committee]]>, 06 Mar 2019 7:29:18 +0000Council Representative - Brian Hunt

The purpose of the Committee is to organize and implement a minimum of two fundraising events annually (i.e. Bogie Days and Golf Tournament) to raise funds for the roof over the rink in Calabogie.

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[Economic Development - Internet & Cell]]>, 06 Mar 2019 7:28:21 +0000Council Representative - Brian Hunt

The purpose of the committee is to make broadband high-speed Internet and cell phone coverage accessible in all areas of the Township, including rural and remote areas.

Terms of Reference

<![CDATA[2018 Council Agenda and Minutes]]>, 06 Mar 2019 5:42:40 +0000<![CDATA[Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing]]>, 06 Mar 2019 2:22:19 +0000Working with local governments and partners across Ontario to build safe and strong urban and rural communities with dynamic local economies, a high quality of life and affordable and suitable homes for everyone.

<![CDATA[Integrity Commissioner]]>, 06 Mar 2019 1:57:35 +0000The Municipal Act permits Council to appoint an Integrity Commissioner who performs specified functions regarding the application of the Code of Conduct which applies to all members of Council and members appointed to Boards and Committees to promote accountability and transparency in municipal governance. As of April 23, 2018 Council for the Township of Greater Madawaska appointed Guy Giorno as its Integrity Commissioner for a period of four years ending April 23, 2022. By-Law 23-2018

All elected officials are required to follow the Code of Ethical Conduct for Members of Council. The Integrity Commissioner’s primary role is to ensure the code is followed, this includes:

  • addressing any violations made against the code
  • assessing requests and complaints made by a member of the public or Council
  • educating Council Members on the code
  • outlining recommendations to deal with any violations

To lodge a complaint please provide your name, address, phone number, email and send to Guy Giorno at:

<![CDATA[Denbigh-Griffith Lions Club Bingo]]>, 26 Feb 2019 4:10:08 +0000Held every second Tuesday

Denbigh-Griffith Lions Club

25911B Highway 41

Griffith ON  K0J 2R0


<![CDATA[Events]]>, 26 Feb 2019 3:42:04 +0000<![CDATA[Denbigh Griffith Lions Club Calendar]]>, 19 Feb 2019 7:59:59 +0000<![CDATA[Oh Canada]]>, 30 Jan 2019 3:55:43 +0000

<![CDATA[Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan 2014]]>, 22 Jan 2019 7:52:46 +0000<![CDATA[Election 2018]]>, 08 Jan 2019 3:42:56 +0000<![CDATA[Glen MacPherson]]>, 02 Jan 2019 4:04:07 +0000Councillor Ward 3
Phone: 613-333-1956

<![CDATA[Declaration of Election Candidates 2018 and Results]]>, 02 Jan 2019 3:49:19 +0000<![CDATA[An AED and You (can save a life)]]>, 12 Dec 2018 8:19:13 +0000AEDs and You…  A Potential Life Saving Combination

Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death.  To assist an individual who in experiencing cardiovascular distress an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) may be used.   An AED is a device that delivers electric shocks to assist with re-establishment of constant heart rhythms of a cardiovascular distress victim.

An AED is a portable device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, allows a rescuer to deliver an electric shock to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victim.   The act of “Defibrillation” is intended to halt the rapid chaotic heart activity of SCA and help the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm of its own.

An AED works with the fibrillation of the heart.  When an individual goes into cardiac arrest, the AED completes an assessment and will only work when an individual has a shockable rhythm.  The AED is very accurate in assessing heart rhythms and determining if a shock is required.  When a person first starts experiencing the onset of SCA, it is critical they receive immediate medical attention because the chance of survival usually decreases 10% for every minute that medical assistance is not given. However, early defibrillation could raise survival rates 20% or more!

An AED allows even an inexperienced rescuer to rapidly administer defibrillation to a SCA victim.

A major health concern one could experience from a cardiac arrest is lack of oxygen to the brain. Thus, besides preventing death or cardiac arrest complications, AEDs also provide great assistance in preventing brain damage. The brain is able to survive for approximately 4-6 minutes after the heart stops beating (, 2006).  After four minutes without oxygen, brain cells have already started dying and the first stages of brain damage may have already occurred. The average human will begin to experience brain damage after 4 minutes without oxygen and by the 6th minute, brain death starts to occur.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of early medical intervention, an AED used with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) should be implemented! 

Early CPR is an integral part of providing lifesaving aid to people suffering sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). CPR helps to circulate oxygen-rich blood to the brain.   After the AED is attached and delivers a shock, the typical AED will prompt the operator to continue CPR while the device continues to analyze the victim.  

The combination of AEDs and CPR is a vital tool when assisting an individual who is experiencing cardiac distress. CPR should always be used with an AED.  An AED is not beneficial to a SCA victim when the body is not receiving oxygen.

The power to save a life could be in your hands… please know where the AED is in your community and trust it could help you save a life!  All you have to do is turn it on and follow the easy, clear verbal instructions!

<![CDATA[John Frost]]>, 11 Dec 2018 7:43:43 +0000Councillor Ward 2
Phone: 613-649-2668

<![CDATA[Chuck Rigelhof]]>, 11 Dec 2018 7:42:41 +0000Councillor Ward 1
Phone: 613-433-2688

<![CDATA[Emergency Response Plan]]>, 06 Dec 2018 2:53:40 +0000<![CDATA[Mayor]]>, 03 Dec 2018 3:40:30 +0000Brian Hunt

Phone: 613-752-0246

<![CDATA[Fish Fry August 24th, 2019]]>, 19 Nov 2018 2:38:01 +0000<![CDATA[Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Small Business Access]]>, 13 Nov 2018 6:46:08 +0000Small Business Access

Have a question? Call us toll-free within Ontario - Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time: 1-888-999-5970

<![CDATA[Phoenix Centre Walk-in ]]>, 13 Nov 2018 6:22:19 +0000<![CDATA[Community News]]>, 07 Nov 2018 2:25:49 +0000<![CDATA[2018 Library Board Minutes]]>, 01 Nov 2018 7:19:27 +0000<![CDATA[Link to MNRF]]>, 01 Oct 2018 7:43:46 +0000Ministry of Natural Resources:

<![CDATA[Home Fire Sprinkler Information]]>, 17 Sep 2018 7:07:01 +0000<![CDATA[Well Baby Drop In Program]]>, 17 Sep 2018 2:57:29 +0000Parent-Child Drop-in Program

The Parent-Child Drop-in happens the second 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 child's development, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. The program is geared to children from birth to age 6.  No previous appointment is necessary and there is no fee.

<![CDATA[Interlibrary Loan ]]>, 17 Sep 2018 2:55:31 +0000To place an interlibrary loan request you can call the library at 613-752-2317 or send an email to   Requests should include author, title, and edition information (if required), as well as your name and phone number.  

Please note the following regarding Interlibrary loans:

  • Requests can take up to two weeks to arrive at our library  
  • Interlibrary loan books are non-transferable between patrons and can't be passed on to another patron before returning the book to us 
  • If you would like to request a renewal, please notify us 5 business days in advance so that we may send the request to the lending library and await their response 
  • The renewal of Interlibrary loans is not up to us, but rather to the lending library
<![CDATA[About]]>, 17 Sep 2018 2:52:22 +0000Welcome 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 in St. Joseph's Separate School, 12629 Lanark Road, Calabogie.

We offer a weekly Preschool Storytime every Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. that introduces children from 0-6 to the joys of reading through finger plays, songs, movement and crafts. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Calabogie Lions Club for their financial donation to the Lego Program, and to the Calabogie Women's Institute for their sponsorship of the Nancy Gorra Baby Book Bag Program.  Incidental programmes arise if volunteers are available to present them. 

In 2005, we initiated an Outreach Programme to Wards 2 and 3.  Please call the library to arrange pickup and delivery if you would like to take advantage of the free service in your ward.

Materials include a good collection of children's literature, both adult and children's fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, DVD's, audiobooks, CD's, large print books, and reference materials. Through the inter-library loan service, materials may be borrowed from other libraries.

We have 3 public access computers for high-speed internet use.  We also provide wireless access within the library.

We acknowledge the help from The Township of Greater Madawaska, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Southern Ontario Library Services, TD Toronto Bank & Toronto Public Library, the Calabogie Lions Club, Calabogie Women's Institute, 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. 

<![CDATA[Lotteries]]>, 17 Sep 2018 12:59:30 +0000The 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

<![CDATA[Calabogie 55+ Club]]>, 27 Aug 2018 12:24:16 +0000The Calabogie 55+ Club is chartered by, and affiliated with, the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO). We are an active social club with 159 members that meets on the last Thursday of each month. These meetings are dinner meetings and are either catered, potluck or held at local restaurants in Calabogie.

Our club is what we make of it – not more, not less. For some, it is a nice venue to meet friends periodically, and socialise. For others, it is the catalyst for activities of interest, and for community engagement.

Membership is open to any person 55 years of age and over and a resident or ex-resident of the Townships of Greater Madawaska or fringe areas. A member’s spouse who has not reached the age of 55 may also join as an associate member. Annual membership fee is $13.00.

Please visit our website

<![CDATA[Library Book Club]]>, 21 Aug 2018 6:54:20 +0000Library Book Club

Call the library for details

<![CDATA[FREE Museum Passes]]>, 21 Aug 2018 6:51:55 +0000Greater Madawaska Public Library has partnered with various museums to offer you FREE museum passes to the following museums:

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Museum of Civilization

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

Canada Agriculture And Food Museum

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Ottawa Museum Network

(please check individual museum websites for hours of operation)

(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
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.

<![CDATA[Senior Exercise Falls Prevention Program in Calabogie]]>, 10 Aug 2018 5:23:44 +0000Through the Champlain Community Care Access Center, there is a senior exercise Falls Prevention Program being offered twice a week in Calabogie from 8:30 - 9:30 am. During the summer months it is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at Barnet Park and during the rest of the year it is held Mondays and Wednesdays at the Calabogie Community Centre.This program is Heart Wise Certified and is free for those over the age of 65 or for those with a physical disability. It is funded through the 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.

For further information please contact Susan Veale, Wellness Natural Health Centre

Phone: 613-752-1540


<![CDATA[2018 Complaints]]>, 10 Aug 2018 2:20:17 +0000<![CDATA[Greater Madawaska Pickle Ball League]]>, 08 Aug 2018 7:02:42 +0000Looking for something fun and active to do this winter? Greater Madawaska has a pickle ball league! For more information please contact Teri McDonald, Committee & Managerial Assistant

<![CDATA[Pharmaceuticals and Medical Sharps Disposal]]>, 13 Jul 2018 12:31:29 +0000The Health Products Stewardship Association administers the Ontario Medication Returns Program (OMRP) and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP). Both programs are offered across the province and are free to the public. 

  • Visit your local pharmacy to return the medications/prescription drugs and medical sharps. Find the pharmacy nearest you by visiting: or by downloading the Recyclepedia App on your device.
  • Pharmacies will not accept medical sharps that are not in an approved sharps container. You can pick up an approved sharps container at your local pharmacy, free of charge.
  • The Health Products Stewardship Association operates programs locally through participating pharmacies to collect medications/prescription drugs and medical sharps
<![CDATA[Lottery Licencing]]>, 25 Jun 2018 6:53:27 +0000<![CDATA[By-Law 21-2018 Waste Disposal]]>, 16 May 2018 6:31:43 +0000<![CDATA[Tenders]]>, 02 May 2018 6:42:06 +0000All 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.


<![CDATA[Business Directory]]>, 24 Apr 2018 3:57:16 +0000

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 Cathy Appleyard, Administative Assistant at  or 613-752-2222 ext.206

<![CDATA[Employment Opportunities]]>, 19 Apr 2018 6:20:40 +0000We thank all applicants and advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Township of Greater Madawaska is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request. Please contact Allison Holtzhauer at 613-752-2222 ext. 207 or at

<![CDATA[10 Year Building Trend]]>, 06 Apr 2018 5:05:07 +0000<![CDATA[Smoke Alarm Recall - Kidde]]>, 27 Mar 2018 4:57:47 +0000This recall involves two models (PI2010CA and PI9010CA) of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms manufactured between September 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017. The model number and date code are located on the back of the unit. The affected smoke alarms have a pill shaped design on the front of the unit. The affected models have a yellow cap visible through the opening on the side of the alarm.

For more information, please clidk the link below:

<![CDATA[Generator Safety]]>, 21 Mar 2018 3:59:15 +0000<![CDATA[2017 Council Agenda and Minutes]]>, 15 Mar 2018 3:53:58 +0000<![CDATA[Carbon Monoxide]]>, 14 Feb 2018 5:13:31 +0000<![CDATA[Business Directory]]>, 07 Feb 2018 3:04:14 +0000<![CDATA[Clothes Dryer Safety]]>, 06 Feb 2018 8:53:58 +0000The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

<![CDATA[2017 Library Board Minutes & Librarian's Reports]]>, 26 Jan 2018 3:47:08 +0000<![CDATA[2017 ]]>, 22 Jan 2018 4:36:04 +0000<![CDATA[Install Smoke Alarms & Practice Home Fire Escape Plans]]>, 15 Jan 2018 3:15:36 +0000<![CDATA[Madawaska Nordic]]>, 05 Jan 2018 3:04:01 +0000Trail 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.
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:

<![CDATA[Madawaska Nordic]]>, 05 Jan 2018 3:02:01 +0000Trail 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.

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.
<![CDATA[Swim]]>, 05 Jan 2018 2:15:35 +0000Barnet 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.
<![CDATA[Skate]]>, 05 Jan 2018 2:14:26 +0000During 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

<![CDATA[X-C Ski]]>, 05 Jan 2018 1:53:23 +0000X-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:

<![CDATA[Fire Safety Tips for Winter and the Holidays]]>, 11 Dec 2017 2:26:57 +0000As heaters and furnaces are switching on, and with holiday decor and cooking filling up homes, fire safety officials are sharing a host of tips with an eye toward preventing injuries and damage.

<![CDATA[Anti-litter Campaign]]>, 05 Dec 2017 2:12:47 +0000<![CDATA[Township's Waste Recycling Strategy (WRS)]]>, 05 Dec 2017 2:09:41 +0000The 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.

<![CDATA[Sightline to Safety]]>, 13 Nov 2017 2:42:36 +0000<![CDATA[Zoning By-law 22-2003]]>, 07 Nov 2017 6:33:34 +0000<![CDATA[Planning]]>, 24 Oct 2017 4:50:54 +0000<![CDATA[2016]]>, 13 Oct 2017 12:42:28 +0000<![CDATA[2017 Complaints]]>, 12 Oct 2017 2:40:52 +0000<![CDATA[OPP Information - Break and Enters]]>, 11 Oct 2017 1:35:56 +0000<![CDATA[Animal Control]]>, 10 Oct 2017 12:54:21 +0000Dogs
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:

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

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

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

<![CDATA[Community News]]>, 05 Oct 2017 8:32:49 +0000<![CDATA[Autumn Watch - Your handbook for a safer autumn]]>, 06 Sep 2017 5:22:51 +0000<![CDATA[Children's Programs]]>, 28 Jul 2017 3:34:34 +0000Storytime

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

<![CDATA[Draft Final Development Charges Background Study March 2017]]>, 11 Jul 2017 7:55:17 +0000<![CDATA[Recreation]]>, 09 Jun 2017 7:46:04 +0000<![CDATA[Municipal Staff]]>, 07 Jun 2017 7:01:22 +0000<![CDATA[Council]]>, 07 Jun 2017 6:59:49 +0000

Glenda McKay

Phone: 613-401-7722

<![CDATA[Emergency Management]]>, 25 May 2017 5:56:30 +0000“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

<![CDATA[Algonquin Land Claim]]>, 25 May 2017 5:35:29 +0000<![CDATA[Strategic Plan]]>, 25 May 2017 5:35:12 +0000<![CDATA[Committees ]]>, 25 May 2017 5:23:26 +0000<![CDATA[2016 Complaints]]>, 25 May 2017 5:20:34 +0000<![CDATA[Departments]]>, 25 May 2017 4:53:55 +0000<![CDATA[History: The Madawaska River]]>, 25 May 2017 4:52:36 +0000Please 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.

<![CDATA[History: Mount St. Patrick & Dacre]]>, 25 May 2017 4:52:36 +0000Please 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.

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.

<![CDATA[History: Griffith & Matawatchan]]>, 25 May 2017 4:52:36 +0000Please 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.


<![CDATA[History: Black Donald]]>, 25 May 2017 4:52:36 +0000Please 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

<![CDATA[History: Calabogie]]>, 25 May 2017 4:52:36 +0000Please 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.


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 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.

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.

<![CDATA[History]]>, 25 May 2017 4:52:36 +0000The 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.

<![CDATA[Mayor and Council]]>, 12 May 2017 2:57:08 +0000<![CDATA[Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)]]>, 10 May 2017 7:25:29 +0000The 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.

<![CDATA[Ombudsman Ontario Information Flyer]]>, 10 May 2017 7:23:06 +0000The 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.

<![CDATA[Seniors]]>, 03 Apr 2017 5:52:02 +0000<![CDATA[Links of Interest]]>, 06 Mar 2017 7:44:18 +0000Ministry of Environment:

<![CDATA[Home Escape Plan]]>, 06 Mar 2017 7:41:45 +0000Survive 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

<![CDATA[Fire Education and Safe Living Partners]]>, 06 Mar 2017 7:41:45 +0000Fire 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:

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

<![CDATA[Smoke and CO Alarms]]>, 06 Mar 2017 7:41:45 +0000It 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.

<![CDATA[Fire Extinguisher Awareness]]>, 06 Mar 2017 7:41:45 +0000It 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.

<![CDATA[Seniors And Special Needs Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program]]>, 06 Mar 2017 7:41:45 +0000Between 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.


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.


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.

<![CDATA[Welding]]>, 24 Jan 2017 4:59:17 +0000<![CDATA[Greater Madawaska Library Board Meeting Minutes]]>, 16 Jan 2017 1:50:34 +0000<![CDATA[2016 Library Board Minutes & Librarian's Reports]]>, 16 Jan 2017 1:48:34 +0000<![CDATA[Forms]]>, 19 Dec 2016 3:01:12 +0000<![CDATA[Willis College - Arnprior Campus]]>, 14 Dec 2016 8:08:24 +0000Willis College is a private career college located at 39 Winners Circle Drive in Arnprior.

<![CDATA[Things To Do]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000<![CDATA[Renfrew County ATV Club]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000The 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:

<![CDATA[Ice Fishing]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000In 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.
<![CDATA[Calabogie to Burnstown]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000At 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.  

<![CDATA[Calabogie Lake/Grassy Bay]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000For “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. 
<![CDATA[Wabun Lake]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Located 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.

<![CDATA[Between The Dams/Norcan Lake]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000The 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.  
<![CDATA[Centennial Lake & Black Donald]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000For 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]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000The 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.
<![CDATA[Calabogie - Lanark]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000This challenging 100 km return cycle on Lanark Rd/#/511 takes cyclists through rolling mountainous and forest terrain before descending into flatter farmland approaching Lanark.

<![CDATA[Calabogie - Griffith]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000This 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.

<![CDATA[Calabogie - Burnstown]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000This scenic 30 km return cycle on Calabogie Rd/#508 parallels the picturesque Madawaska River between Calabogie and Burnstown.

<![CDATA[Bike/Cycling]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000

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).

<![CDATA[Morrow Lake Road]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Located 11 km beyond Tipperary Camp Rd on Centennial Lake Rd., this scenic back  road runs 17 km before connecting with Hwy 132.

<![CDATA[Tipperary Camp Road]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Wabun Lake Road]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Unnamed Trail]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Limestone Lake Road]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Eagles Nest Lookout Trail]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Calabogie West Snowmobile Trail]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Old Logging Roads/Snowmobile Trails]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.

Many of these trails can be found running off Calabogie Rd/#508, Hydro Dam Rd and Centennial Lake Rd/#65 between Calabogie and Griffith.
<![CDATA[K&P Trail South]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[K&P Trail North]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[Dirt Bike]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Greater 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:
Phone: 1.800.991.2453

Ontario Federation of Trail Riders

<![CDATA[Trails at Calabogie Peaks]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Bear 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.
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.
<![CDATA[Griffith Uplands]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
This trail is not recommended for beginners. A trail map is essential. A GPS or compass is also highly recommended.
<![CDATA[Manitou Mountain]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
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.
<![CDATA[Griffith Uplands]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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

<![CDATA[Wabun Lake]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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).

<![CDATA[Water Sports]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000If 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.
<![CDATA[ATV]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Especially 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!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
<![CDATA[Snowmobile]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Noted 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

<![CDATA[Snowshoe]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000With 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.

<![CDATA[Ski/Snowboard]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Without 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:
<![CDATA[Scenic Drives]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000The 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.)
<![CDATA[Motorsports]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Calabogie 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.
<![CDATA[Hunt]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Hunting 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:

<![CDATA[Ironwoods at Calabogie Peaks]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000A scenic and fun 9 hole executive golf course at the base of Dickson Mountain on the shores of Calabogie Lake.

<![CDATA[Golf]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Two scenic and challenging golf courses can be found in Greater Madawaska - both located in Calabogie.

<![CDATA[Geocache]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Geocaching 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:
  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!
<![CDATA[Fish]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000You’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:
Renfrew County Fishing Maps:
Fishermen should be familiar with Local (Zone 15) and Provincial Fishing Regulations:
2012 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary:

Zone 15 Regulations (Greater Madawaska):

<![CDATA[Canoe/Kayak - Whitewater]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000 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.

<![CDATA[Things To Do]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000<![CDATA[Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000A 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.

<![CDATA[Bike/Mountain Biking]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Whatever your biking mountain biking or on-road cycling, Greater Madawaska has a trail for you.

<![CDATA[K&P Trail South]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
<![CDATA[K&P Trail North]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.

<![CDATA[Manitou Mountain]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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.
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.

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.

<![CDATA[Eagle's Nest]]>, 29 Nov 2016 2:01:43 +0000Trail 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. 


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.

<![CDATA[St. Joseph's Elementary School]]>, 10 Nov 2016 4:54:55 +0000 Website:

Facebook Page:

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”.

<![CDATA[Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Network Exchange]]>, 10 Nov 2016 4:48:48 +0000An 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.

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

November 2016

<![CDATA[Library Book Club]]>, 24 Oct 2016 9:03:19 +0000<![CDATA[Outdoor Fun at the Library]]>, 07 Oct 2016 3:48:36 +0000On 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.

<![CDATA[Age Friendly Community Plan]]>, 22 Jul 2016 1:11:09 +0000In 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. 

<![CDATA[2015]]>, 28 Apr 2016 5:00:14 +0000<![CDATA[2014]]>, 18 Feb 2016 6:04:33 +0000<![CDATA[2013]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:49:43 +0000<![CDATA[2012]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:14:03 +0000<![CDATA[2011]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:13:10 +0000<![CDATA[2010]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:12:12 +0000<![CDATA[2008]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:11:28 +0000<![CDATA[2007]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:10:55 +0000<![CDATA[2006]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:09:41 +0000<![CDATA[2005]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:07:18 +0000<![CDATA[2004]]>, 18 Feb 2016 5:02:53 +0000<![CDATA[2003]]>, 18 Feb 2016 4:55:05 +0000<![CDATA[Algonquin College Pembroke/Perth]]>, 31 Aug 2015 8:02:05 +0000Welcome 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

<![CDATA[Local Statistics]]>, 19 Aug 2015 8:04:34 +0000Population 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:

Labour Force:

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

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)

Social Organizations

Top Area Employers (Renfrew County Business Directory)

Calabogie Peaks
Calabogie Highlands Resort
Calabogie Lodge Resort
Ont. Hydro Barrett Chute

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<![CDATA[Local History Digitization]]>, 14 May 2015 4:28:03 +0000It'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:

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.

<![CDATA[Book Chat Group]]>, 14 May 2015 4:26:26 +0000The 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

<![CDATA[Thursday Storytime]]>, 14 May 2015 4:26:09 +0000This 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.

<![CDATA[Nancy Gorra Baby Book Bag Program]]>, 14 May 2015 4:25:41 +0000Baby 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
Location: 4984 Calabogie Road (lower level), across from Calabogie Pizzeria.

<![CDATA[Economic Development]]>, 04 Jul 2012 7:09:44 +0000The 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.

<![CDATA[Demographics]]>, 12 Apr 2010 2:58:19 +0000The 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
<![CDATA[Economic Development]]>, 12 Apr 2010 2:51:10 +0000The 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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