Barry’s Bay, Combermere, and Wilno are part of the beautiful and very friendly community that is part of the Valley of Madawaska Valley in Renfrew County. Residents enjoy the comfort of small-town living along with the security of excellent health and education services.
The Madawaska Valley is a healthy, growing, and culturally rich community that values the contribution that residents and business owners make towards providing affordable and accessible amenities and unparalleled quality of life. The Madawaska Valley is nestled beside the beautiful Algonquin Park and shares much of the majesty of its neighbour. In many ways, local employers use the rural setting to create a livelihood second to none in Eastern Ontario.
The Madawaska Valley is known for its world-class natural beauty. This, combined with its rich heritage, culture, and outdoor recreation facilities, enhances the exceptional quality of life. It provides an ideal location for new businesses and families to thrive. Being located within Renfrew County, the community is home to local education and health services, including its own hospital. There are many employment opportunities. The Valley is fortunate to have the Valley Airpark Airport in the town of Barry’s Bay. Barry’s Bay is on the northern shore of scenic Kamaniskeg Lake. The many other lakes and rivers provide unlimited opportunities for all water sports.
Neighbourhoods: Barry's Bay & Madawaska Valley
Reasons to Move to Barry’s Bay and the Madawaska Area
Barry’s Bay and Madawaska Valley
REAL ESTATE 2020
Average Sale Price Residential & Condominium Combined : $311,384
Up 14.39% over 2019
* based on MLS districts 570* OREB 2019 vs 2020
Explore life in Barry’s Bay and Madawaska Valley
The Algonquin Nation loved this area long before any European settlers arrived. The logging industry was an essential part of the economy in the early days. With improved rail and road facilities, the industry continued to gain importance. James Barry built a logging camp on the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake. After that, it was called Barry’s camp on the bay, which became known as Barry’s Bay. By the late 1850s, the authorities of Upper Canada looked to expand colonization in this Region by building the Opeongo Line, a series of roads extending westward from Renfrew. In 1860 the first settlers arrived from Ireland and Poland to build these roads.
The Polish settlers played a crucial role in the development of the area. Barry’s Bay is a centre of Kashubian culture in Canada. Kashubians are a West-Slavic ethnic group from north-central Poland. Also, there is a Karol Wojtyla Square in Barry’s Bay. They have always been a vital element of the community. Their importance and contribution are still evident today. In the 19th century, the logging industry cut the large white pine and red pine trees to produce lumber for Canadian, American and UK markets. Small numbers of homesteaders and farmers followed the loggers. The Opeongo railway line was completed in 1863-64. The historic former railway station still stands and is now a tourist information office at 19503 Opeongo Line.
In 1879 the first hotel was built by James Drohan. It was located on the corner of what is now Highway 60 and 62. In 1893 the first general store opened in Barry’s Bay. The village of Barry’s Bay was incorporated in 1933. In World War II, men and women from the area joined the Canadian War effort.
Southwest of Barry’s Bay, at the intersection of Siberia and Kartney Roads, you will find gravestones of the first Polish settlers. Water Tower Park features an outdoor museum of railway and farm artifacts. The water tower is one of only two free-standing wooden railway water towers remaining in Ontario. The historic train station is also home to the South of 60 Arts’ Centre, host to various arts and craft shows, musical events and festivals.
The community dedicated a park and monument to honour the construction of the Canadian Avro CF-105 Arrow and its chief test pilot, local resident Janusz Żurakowski. The CF-105 was an advanced Canadian designed-and-built interceptor that was instrumental in advancing aviation technology in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Bark Lake near Barry’s Bay has 2.5 km of shoreline and almost 500 hectares of wilderness. There are incredible views across the lake. The lake is 2.5 kilometres wide, 14 kilometres long, and the area is 90 % crown land.
Barry’s Bay is just 45 minutes away from the world-famous Algonquin Park. It is a large area of forests, bogs, lakes and rivers. The only way to explore the interior of this park with its vast area of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes is by paddle or on foot. The Radcliffe Hills Ski Area is available for snowboarding and downhill skiing. There is also a wide range of hiking and biking trails and superb fishing opportunities, including world-class trout fishing. There are many wildlife viewing and photography opportunities.
Madawaska valley also boasts some breathtaking greenery and waterways. Whether you paddle, sail, motor or fish, it has over 60km of navigable waterways to explore. Featuring the Upper Madawaska River Provincial Park between Whitney and Madawaska as well as Lower Madawaska River Provincial Park flowing between Latchford Bridge and Griffith. Madawaska also has plenty to offer in terms of beaches, parks and museums for those who prefer to appreciate their natural surroundings from dry land. Known for its heritage, culture, natural beauty and outdoor recreation Madawaska Valley will not disappoint.
Barry’s Bay and Madawaska Valley have a great selection of homes. These range from beautiful historic houses to brand new homes on large and small lots. They include very affordable lots available to build the home or cottage of your dreams, one-bedroom homes to large three garage waterfront estates, and commercial opportunities. The available homes cater to everyone from singles, families with children and retirees. There are many homes ideal for seniors in the Region. You can have the waterfront country lifestyle with all the amenities you could ever want or need close at hand.
Spring, Summer and Autumn are great for hiking, swimming, cycling, white-water rafting, golfing, ATVing, and boating. Winter in Barry’s Bay provides snowmobile enthusiasts with some of the best trails in Ontario. There are also many cross-country skiing trails and outdoor rinks in the area. They offer the opportunity to partake in a multitude of activities and sights.
When you come to Barry’s Bay, walk down to scenic Kamaniskeg Lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the Region. There is affordable housing, natural scenery, and a very friendly community. There are all types of homes to choose from and even living on a lake or river is possible. It is a special place to play any sport and take part in many cultural and outdoor activities.
It is time you visited the Madawaska Valley to see if you, too, will stay for a lifetime.
While the population of Barry’s Bay and Madawaska is minimal in comparison to other suburbs or Ottawa, the amenities within the city are here to serve. Whether you’re interested in the outdoors, adventure, history, or just enjoy experiencing the local atmosphere through shopping in local stores, there is something for everyone to do in the Madawaska Valley and its surrounding area.
There are many fantastic places to enjoy a great meal in the area. One of the favourites is the Ash Grove Inn, 42524 Combermere Rd in Barry’s Bay. Across the road from the Inn, there is a public beach and playground for families to enjoy. A boat launch is located just around the corner for those who enjoy water activities, and the Ash Grove dock allows you to leave your watercraft in the water during your stay. The restaurant, open year-round, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They feature home-style meals, and there is always something for everyone.
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