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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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WE ARE SLOWLY REBOOTING! HERE IS WHAT IS HAPPENING SO FAR:
MASKS MUST BE WORN UNLESS MEDICALLY UNABLE OR UNDER 2 YEARS OF AGE, IN ALL INDOOR VENUES IN RENFREW COUNTY.
Saturday Socials are back 10 am - noon Baked goods, tea and coffee.
November 28 - NU 2 U Christmas Time Market and Social Click for poster
December 12 ~ Christmas Caroling and Tree Lighting Evening 4:30 to 6:00 outdoors. Hot chocolate and cookies available for a donation to the Hall.
January ~ 9th and 30th morning socials.
February ~ 13th Valentine's Social
February 27th morning social.
Healthy Living in the 21st Century Sustainability Group. FIRST AND THIRD MONDAYS at the Matawatchan Hall. SPECIAL EVENT - Apple Pressing Social Thanksgiving Saturday Oct. 10, 10 - Noon Bring your own apples (wild apples are plentiful this year) and a food grade bucket or large pot. Bill Graham will have his trusty old apple press ready. Baking, tea, and coffee available.
Aerobics, Cardio Dance and Light Weights Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am at the Matawatchan Hall Maximum 10 people including instructor Andrea Levy. Email her. Only the first 9 confirmations will be accepted. Social distancing will be maintained and all participants to sanitize equipment used after each class.
The Matawatchan Hall Outdoor Walking Club is still going strong and meets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the G'Day board (mailboxes) parking lot at 10 am. Walks are generally an hour long and walkers go at their own pace. Walkers are keeping their two meter distance while still engaging in welcome and much needed social interaction. New people welcome if they have been through 14 days of self-isolation with no visits to local stores, etc. if coming from a Red Zone. Bring your well-behaved dog on a leash.