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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.


We have several facebook groups you might like to join: 



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

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

Addington Highlands/North Frontenac Buy Nothing Group

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Matawatchan Sunset
Matawatchan Sunset

Photo Credit: Donnie Mcalear

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View of the Madawaska River in Matawatchan

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Tree Lighting, caroling, bonfire, hot chocolate social at the Matawatchan Hall. Although people will be singing carols, the event is open to everyone. Singing is nice, but what's important is to gather with friends and bring a little light into the dark days of December, by a fire, with cocoa & cookies. A nice way to start the winter season. Download poster here.

The Denbigh Griffith Lions Club is having its annual Christmas Hamper program to serve individuals and families in the Denbigh, Griffith, Matawatchan and Vennachar area.  If you feel you need a Christmas Hamper or know of someone or a family in need please call Lion Gail at 613-333-2224.  The deadline to apply is December 10, 2021.  If you would like to make a donation to this program please call Lion Jan at 613-333-1748, or Lion Gail at 613-333-2224

You can also make a donation via e-transfer DGLionsClub@hotmail.com   Your contributions will help make Christmas this year a joy for someone or family in need.


The Denbigh Griffith Lions Club is hosting an Outdoor Christmas Market on Saturday December 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lions Hall in Griffith.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at noon and they will be busy visiting and handing out Loot Bags.  We are looking for Vendors and would love to have you join in the Christmas fun. Please call 613-333-1984 or 613-333-1094 for information.  At this market, the Lions Club will also be celebrating the season by selling homemade Tourtieres for $15 each; if possible pre order them by calling 613-333-1984 or 613-333-1409


The Denbigh Recreation Committee is hosting a Christmas Lights Contest for Addington Highlands Ward 1.  Get into the Christmas Spirit by decorating your home and you could win 1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$25.   Please have your Christmas lights on the evenings of December 19 until 22 as that is when Santa’s helpers will be driving around checking out all the wonderful decorations.  Winners will be notified before Christmas.  Good Luck!


The Denbigh Recreation Committee is also hosting a stationary Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday December 11 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Heritage Park in Denbigh.   The intent is keep all the activity outdoors, space the stationary floats out around the park, spread the volume of people out over a longer period of time, ensure the event is accessible to everyone, respect the health and safety of all, and to meet all the Covid rules in place at the time.   Santa will be there visiting and giving out Loot bags.  There will also be free treats for everyone.  Help us celebrate the Christmas season by entering a float or joining in the fun.  If you wish to enter a float please call 613-333-2224.  We hope to hear for you.

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.



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