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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.
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Photo Credit: Donnie Mcalear
Sunrise over frozen lake in Matawatchan, March 2022 by Derek Roche
Sunrise over frozen lake in Matawatchan in March by Derek Roche
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Pancake Brunch Saturday April 30 10am to 1pm Matawatchan Hall See poster for details.
Traditional Ham Supper - UCW Style! Saturday May 28, 10am to 1pm Matawatchan Hall See poster for details.
Plant Sale & Market & Lunch Saturday May 14, 15 pm - 7 pm Matawatchan Hall See poster for details.
Open Mic Night - Let's make Music! Saturday June 18, 7 pm Matawatchan Hall See poster for details.
The Greater Madawaska Public Library and Learning Centre is working on expanding services to the Griffith and Matawatchan area and at the Hall. Take a look at the February newsletter here It is full of amazing things like free science kits for kids, providing books for book clubs, and a lot more that's available if you have a library card. You just have to be a township resident, which includes renters. We have a volunteer who picks up materials at the library in Calabogie and delivers them to either the General Store or the Pine Valley in Griffith every two weeks for you to pick up. The kids' science kits don't have to be returned. The rest does, but if you need more time with anything, just contact the library to extend the time. Choose your books online or give the a call.
The Matawatchan Hall would like to be the location for STORY TIME, BOOK CLUB meetings, and GUEST SPEAKERS. We need to gauge interest and pick dates and times to get things going. LET US KNOW if you are interested, or contact the library. When the library has guest speakers and BIAK Early ON Indigenous cultural presentations they will try to also have them come to the Hall.
The library will fully support us. Contact the GMPLLC to get a card and start ordering your books, movies, science kits, free passes to Ottawa's 7 museums for you and the family, and get on a mailing list for their newsletters to stay up to date.
Aerobics and Cardio Dance is back on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am at the Matawatchan Hall, 1677 Frontenac Road. $5 donation to the Hall suggested. New people welcome. Please contact Andrea if you would like to join or have questions. Exercises are tailored to your ability.
First Aid and Defibrillator Certification Courses will be scheduled as soon as we can have them, at the Matawatchan Hall. Please contact Sandy at 333-1932 or by email if you are interested.