In the Madawaska Highlands

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Matawatchan Rd.

Matawatchan Ontario

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Welcome to the Village of Matawatchan located in the Madawaska Highlands in southern Renfrew County bordering on the counties of Frontenac and Lennox & Addington. Matawatchan is part of a close knit community which includes the people of several small villages, such as Griffith, Denbigh, Slate Falls, Vennachar, Dacre, Black Donald, Camel Chute, Calabogie, Cloyne, Plevna and many more.  

This is cottage country where the population quadruples in the summer. Fantastic views of the rugged forested hills and clear lakes and streams attract nature lovers, sportspeople and vacationers, inspiring artists and songwriters alike. The Madawaska River, known for it’s fantastic whitewater rapids, is central to our history and culture.


The Madawaska Highlands area is semi-remote, dotted with B&B’s, campgrounds, hunt camps, vacation cabins, general stores, specialty shops, farmers markets, community halls and a thriving arts community. We have it all right here!  If you are homesick for the water, watch videos of your shoreline here... www.ecottagefilms.com 

For a small village, a lot happens here.

Check out our Community events here!


We have several facebook groups you might like to join: 

https://www.facebook.com/MadawaskaHighands (Matawatchan Hall)


Village of Matawatchan and Town of Griffith Ontario

Griffith & Matawatchan Fish & Game Club

Snider's Tent & Trainler Park

The Eagle’s Rest Cabin & Boat Rentals

Greater Madawaska Canoe Rentals & Shuttle Service

Pine Valley Restaurant

Pickled Chicken String Band

Pizza Farm

Julie Vincent Jewellery & Esthetics

Calvyns. Food n stuff

Denbigh-Griffith-Matawachan Buy & Sell 

Small Farm, Sustainability & Homestead Living in Ontario: Buy/Sell/Trade

Small Farm, Sustainability & Homestead Living in Ontario

Griffith-Matawatchan SnoDrifters

    Matawatchan and area news/event updates... Check the calendar, this list, and posters

    MATAWATCHAN HALL EVENTS, 1677 Frontenac Road: 


    IMPORTANT NOTICE: To help stop the spread of COVID-19 the Matawatchan Hall is closed for all activities until further notice. We will keep events marked in the calendar and on this website for now, and cancel them closer to the marked date if necessary. Thank you for your understanding. Please not there are NO CONFIRMED CASES of coronavirus in the county at this time. Hopefully measures such as this will keep it that way. 

    Tentative: Saturday April 25, 10 am - 2 pm, Pancake Brunch at the Matawatchan Hall. Celebrate spring with pancakes (gluten free available), scrambled eggs, deli breakfast sausages, baked beans, fruit, and local maple syrup. See poster for details.

    Cancelled until further notice: Aerobics, Cardio Dance, & Light Weights, Tuesdays, Thursdays at 10 am, except when there is a special event that day. Check the Events Calendar regularly  Suggested $5 donation to the hall. All ages and abilities, males and females welcome. Contact Andrea 


    Cancelled until further notice:  Sustainable Living Choices Group, every second Monday at 7 pm  (Mondays Dec. 2, 16, 30, etc.) Are you interested in talking and learning about choices we can make in our lives to create sustainable and healthy communities? Everyone interested is heartily welcome to come out and attend a meeting. We are very informal and hope that more folks might see value in doing this. Meetings are kept to one hour. 

    Ongoing: Matawatchan Walking Club  WEDNESDAYS April to October at 9am, November to March at 10am. Everyone is to meet at the G'Day Board (mailboxes) downtown. The group will wait 5 min or so then start walking. This group meets rain or shine. It’s a great way to get healthy and have a nice chat with other community members while you walk. Call Brigitte 613-318-8308. MEN AND WOMEN WELCOME

    On request only: Book Borrowing any time the Hall is open. Just sign out a book and sign it back in when you are done. Children's books available, too.

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    VILLAGE VOICES CHOIR, Saturday June 13, 7pm. Hilltop Church Griffith. Theme "Going Home"



    Walking - Monday @ 10:00 a.m.  Free  
    Yoga - Coming in January - Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. 
    $10.00 drop-in or $60.00 for 6 weeks 
    Exercise Class - range of motion, bands &  
    weights and ball Thurs @9:00 a.m. $2.00  
    per session until Dec. 12 resume in Jan.  
    Tai Chi - beginner & intermediate on Thurs. 
    @ 10:30 a.m.
    $10.00 per session until Dec. 5 
    resume in Jan.  
    Art in the Highlands - Thurs. @ 1:00 p.m. $15.00 
    until Dec. 5 resume in Jan. 
    Euchre - Northern Lights Seniors - first & third Friday 
    @ 7:00 p.m.
    $2.00 per session until Nov. 20 resume in Jan

    MAYO COMMUNITY CENTRE in Hermon Tuesdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    FREE weekly playgroup for children and their parents/caregivers called Play to Learn.  

     This playgroup offers wonderful learning opportunities for children and their parents/caregivers. Learning through play and developing new skills while increasing social knowledge and competence.  Join us for Free. Snack is provided.


    Bingo every second Tuesday 7.30 pm

    Fellowship Lunch 3rd Wednesday of every month

    The Cloyne and District Historical Society

    The Cloyne Pioneer  Museum & Archives
    Open all summer from10a.m. to 4p.m.
    Hwy #41, across from the Cloyne post office.

    We are constantly on the lookout for family histories and photos. When we receive your precious memories, we lovingly scan them and return them to you unharmed.  In some instances our archives have been able to provide families with information unknown to them. For interesting viewing you can go to our website and enjoy old photos on Flickr  or read stories in the file of past Newsletters. www.cloynepioneermuseum.ca   email  pioneer@mazinaw.on.ca


    NU 2 U Shop Hwy 41 Griffith, Beside Griffith Community Hall (map)

    The NU2U store OPENS MAY 2 for the 2020 season.


    The Nu 2 U Shop is open Saturdays from May 2 to December 5, 2020 and Wednesdays from May 28 to October 3, 2018.  Please see the calendar for the hours the shop is open (usually 1 -  4).  

    There are many ways to Support Seniors Housing in Greater Madawaska:

    1 - Drop off GOOD used items while shop is OPEN.

    2 - Pick up NU 2 U items while you’re there.

    3 - Ask us all about it. Get enthused. Become a volunteer.

    4 - Donate. If all goes well, you or someone you love might benefit. 

    Watch for postings of Special Events!

    Denbigh Firefighters Needed

    Interested in learning new skills, from firefighting and first aid, to communications and technical rescue? Anyone 16 years of age and up is welcome to attend the Denbigh Fire Department (Addington Highlands) regular meetings/training every Tuesday night at 7pm, or contact Casey Cuddy at 613-336-1851. This is a great opportunity for training, giving back to the community, and to make some friends you are likely to have for the rest of your life.


    Contact matawatchancentre@gmail.com to add your photos of events. 

    Check out our local talent here:

    If you are a local creator of art, music, fashion for sale, contact us, so we can add you to this site.


    Matawatchan EventsCLR_Mar to Aug 1 2020.
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