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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
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MATAWATCHAN HALL SATURDAY SOCIALS Saturdays during the summer from 10am - noon.
July 10 – Featuring Maple Syrup – John Reid baker
July 17 - Essential Oils explained, by John Neale – Gitte Chess and Debbie Licaribakers)
July 24 - Denbee Honey products - Denbigh Farms – bakers TBA
July 31 - Yard Sale (no lunch) Grab and Go Baked Goods + Coffee & Tea. – bakers Lois Thomson with gluten free and Judy Kitching with butter tarts AND special guests the Annual United Church Rummage and Bake Sale from 10am - 1pm See poster here
NU 2 U SHOP Open and accepting donations Saturdays and Wednesdays from June 19 to September 25 1 - 4 pm. at the recreation Centre in Griffith
Ontario Festival of Small Halls SAVE THE DATE: Saturday October 2nd at the Matawatchan Hall, pending pandemic situation
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Saturday, August 28 from 10 am - 4 pm, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is hosting a day of woodland fun at High Lonesome Nature Reserve 867 Carbine Rd, Pakenham. A fantastic opportunity for families to participate in nature-inspired Scavenger Hunts.This event will provide thematic scavenger hunts along wooded trails and by ponds to learn, explore and engage with the natural world. Five unique hunts have been developed on different trails. This festival is free for children under 18 years. Wild Child adults are requested to pay $10 for admission and donations will be welcome. (Rain date is August 29th). Full event details and registration information available at www.mmlt.ca/events. The event will take place from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Attendance is by Pre-registration only.
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Have you had an accident or near miss on "The Griffith Mile"? Are you afraid to cross the highway on foot? Currently, high-speed passing is allowed through the Village of Griffith, except on the bridge. Many drivers routinely exceed the speed limit through there, where there are multiple homes and businesses. Left turns into them are common, leaving drivers vulnerable to being T-boned by passing cars. People turning right out of the Matawatchan Road don't get up to speed when they are about to turn right again into the General Store on the other side of the bridge, risking a rear-end collision. The Griffith & Matawatchan Recreation Centre Post Office, and Pine Valley Restaurant are all across the street from the residential part of the village and a senior citizen had a near miss while crossing there.
Concerned citizens have been working with the Township of Greater Madawaska to ask the MTO and OPP for change, but so far have been told that the status quo is fine. This survey will give the township valuable information ahead of a public meeting with OPP and MTO, to be scheduled as soon as it's safe to do so.
Please fill out this survey and watch for a public meeting to be scheduled. There you also will have a chance to speak and have your say.