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Madawaska Valley

Community Life

The railway station, which was originally built in the 1890s and restored nearly 100 years later, currently houses an arts centre and gallery, a heritage museum and the visitor information centre.
Summertime relaxation demands water. With dozens of rivers and lakes, Madawaska Valley is the place to be. Whether you paddle, sail, motor or fish, from Combermere you can explore over 60 kms of navigable waterways on the York and Madawaska Rivers, Kamaniskeg Lake, and Conroy’s Marsh. Our Madawaska River is world-renowned for whitewater canoeing. Those who prefer sun and sand will enjoy the many public beaches. Moreover, our waterways are the best places to encounter wildlife – whether you watch birds, catch fish, or howl at wolves.
Madawaska Valley offers everything necessary for outdoor fun – sparkling lakes and rivers, majestic hills and forests, finned, feathered and furred wildlife.
Our wilderness comes in all flavours. Those who prefer to explore in comfort can stick to bush lined roadways, while the more adventurous use bikes, boats, or feet to investigate marked trails or trackless bush.
The many miles of abandoned rail bed offer easy biking and strolling, as well as motorized travel in all seasons. From the 175 kms of groomed snowmobile trails that run through our township, you can access the over 4000 kms in the provincial trail system for winter adventure beyond your wildest imagination.
Our St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay provides emergency, palliative and long-term care. With home support services, a nursing home and long-term facility, and a residential retirement facility located right here, family members needing care are not forced to move far away.
An active retirement community is based in a busy senior’s centre, while residents of all ages enjoy our first-class community centres and organized sports, museums, a challenging and scenic public golf course, our public library, swim programs and community organizations.