Township of Madawaska Valley
Township of Madawaska Valley Township website
The railway station, which was originally built in the 1890s and restored in the 1990’s, is home to an arts centre and gallery, heritage museum and the visitor information centre.
The area features many rivers and lakes, for recreation – canoeing, beaches, sailing and abundant wildlife. The Madawaska River is world-renowned for whitewater canoeing.
Miles of abandoned rail bed offer easy biking and hiking, and 175 kms of groomed snowmobile trails run through the township.
There is a hospital in Barry’s Bay – St. Francis Memorial Hospital provides emergency, palliative and long-term care. Other services include home support services, a nursing home and long-term facility, and a residential retirement facility.
Residents have access to community centres and organized sports, museums, a public golf course, library, swim programs, community organizations and a senior’s centre that caters to an active retirement community.
Barry’s Bay is a community in the township of Madawaska Valley, Ontario, Canada, located two hours west of Ottawa on the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake, with a population of approximately 1,300 people. Originally named ‘Kuaenash Ne-ishing’ (Algonquin for ‘beautiful bay’) Barry’s Bay was later named after James Barry, a foreman for McLaughlin’s Lumber in Arnprior who constructed a cabin as his headquarters in the area where St. Hedwig’s Church currently stands. The town was officially incorporated in 1933.
Barry’s Bay can be visited from Ottawa by heading west, on the Trans-Canada Highway route #17, then turning onto route #60 at Renfrew.
The historic Train Station is home of the South of 60 Arts’ Centre, a host of a variety of Art & Craft Shows, Musical events & festivals. In 2008, the town re-opened the Radcliffe Hills Ski Area for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Barry’s Bay was the Central Canada finalist in the 2006 CBC Hockeyville competition.
In 2000, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, a Catholic liberal arts post-secondary institution was established in the town. In 2017, the Academy had a student body of 109 full-time students. It is located in Karol Wojtyla Square, occupying two buildings near St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Parish.