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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.

MANY EVENTS on our Community Events Calendar have been cancelled. We kept the calendar in place to make it easier to get back to our old schedule later.


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

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

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



Healthy Living in the 21st Century Sustainability Group. FIRST AND THIRD MONDAYS at the Matawatchan Hall.  SPECIAL EVENT - Art in the Age of COVID, Saturday September 5, 10 - 12:30 Artist Kate McLaren will share her expressions of nature and emotion in watercolour over snacks and coffee. Further discussions about how we will rebuild a better, greener society as we reopen encouraged. Let's come out of this together, better than how we came into it. Free. Donations to the Hall appreciated. Masks to be worn indoors unless socially distanced in your bubble.

NU 2 U Yard Sale.  Saturday, September 5 - 10 am to 2 pm LAST CHANCE!! Fill a box for $5.00 at the NU 2 U Shop 25991 Highway 41, Griffith 100% of proceeds go to help seniors in our area STAY WELL

Social distancing rules will apply. 

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 9 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. Bring your well-behaved dog on a leash.

NU 2 U Yard Sales for Griffith Matawatchan Seniors Housing Corp  Saturdays August 1, 15, 29 10am - 2pm.  Rain dates the day after. At 25991 Highway 41 in Griffith. 100% OF YOUR PURCHASE DOLLARS GO TO LOCAL SENIORS PROGRAMS by the Griffith Matawatchan Seniors Housing Corporation. Tons of treasures and tons of fun for everyone. Children’s clothes, toys, books, summer play toys, Adult clothing with great deals on workwear and fancier stuff too, Shoes and Boots for the entire family, Linens, camping gear. All is priced to sell! See poster for details The NU2U Shop remains closed and donations are not accepted.

Why take a risky trip to the city when we have all your necessities and more right here? Download this list here.

    The people of Griffith, Matawatchan, Vennachar, and Denbigh would like to support and thank the local business owners who are staying open so that we can all avoid trips to larger centers. Keep your distance, wash your hands and don’t leave home if you have symptoms. Ask about delivery in all cases.

    Virtual Church Services:

    https://www.hilltopchurch.ca Hilltop Church

    https://www.youtube.com/user/mummadude   Tri-charge United Church Hymn Sing

    https://musingsfromthemanse.com  Tri-charge United Church music and sermons



    We thank Chris and Jamie at the Griffith General Store, with fresh dairy, juice, eggs, frozen meat and some produce, LCBO and Beer Store, snacks, pops, canned goods, cleaning supplies, hunting and fishing, baking goods, scooped ice cream, even moccasins in case you wear out your slippers around the house. Call ahead for any inquiry. 613-333-1533 There’s a little bit of everything you need including gasoline at prices lower than in Renfrew. On Hwy 41 by the Madawaska River bridge.


    We thank Carol and Burt at the Pine Valley Restaurant, Post Office, and Grocery Store. Food takeout only, beer or wine takeout with food order, homemade baking, fresh dairy, frozen dinners including pizza, baking supplies, pet food, toilet paper, snacks and more, plus plenty of things to keep you occupied like $2 DVDs, puzzles and crafts. Open 9am – 3pm during the crisis. If you would like to pick up a meal after 3pm just call ahead and it will be ready. Delivery is available on request if you can’t get out. Find them on Facebook or call 613-333-5523. 26047 ON-41


    We thank Sue and Derek at Calvyn’s Pub n Eatery with a full takeout menu including an outstanding selection of beer, wine, and spirits for takeout with your meal (please be responsible and don’t drink and drive). Famous for their pizzas and creative main dishes, check out their menu here… And join their photo contest. If you can’t be out and about, then browse through your photo memories and send them in. 25770 ON-41


    We thank John, Shawn, Jennifer, and the whole crew at Griffith Building Supply BMR Pro. We are so lucky to have a full-scale hardware store geared to everyone from amateurs to professional builders. Once again there is no need to go into the city to find what you need. BMR delivers locally. Shop safely in the comfort of your home (where you should be as much as possible) at BMR.co and have your order delivered by mail free of charge to your home for any purchase of $35* or more, for items of 150 lb. (68 kg) or less. Or call 613-333-5596  to order ahead for quick pick up. Do not shop in store (or any store) if you are a returning traveller or show any coronavirus symptoms. If possible, come alone and stay at least 2 metres away from our employees and other customers. Cough or sneeze into your arm. Sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based solution as soon as possible. 25937 ON-41

    Darrell has been working hard at Hewitt Acres Maple Syrup...phone for maple syrup orders 613-312-9230. Porch pickup at 25306 Highway 41 (just past Finns Road) or local delivery.


    Thank you to Ken and Joanne for frozen, professionally butchered naturally pastured beef. Contact them for prices and pick up. joandken@xplornet.ca.  613-553-1109


    We thank Karen and Peter at Glaeser’s General Store and Post Office now with Milligan's Butcher Shop meats from Cloyne, plenty of fresh produce, dairy, bacon sausages and eggs, canned and frozen groceries, confectionery, baking supplies, art and gift ware, hunting and fishing, scooped ice cream by the May long weekend and much more. Special orders welcome!  If you need it we'll get it in. Open 7 days a week from 8am – 7pm. 613-333-1313  156 Bridge St, Denbigh


    We thank Joey and Jennell at Rosie’s Restaurant and General Store with city-comparably-priced Ultramar gas, takeout or delivery, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh and frozen meals, dairy, deli meats and butcher meats, home baking, canned and dried groceries, snacks and soft drinks, baking supplies, automotive oils and lubricants, cleaning supplies, fishing tackle and worms. Now open 9am – 5pm. 22353 ON-41


    We thank Pamela and others at the LCBO in Denbigh with the same prices as at LCBOs in the cities. There was never a reason to go to the city for your favourite beverages. Let’s always support our local businesses. Open daily 11am – 6pm every day but Monday during the crisis. 613-333-2277  22353 ON-41


    We thank Geraldine at Birch Hill Pizza and Ice Cream This information is on Facebook … We are a pizza place, we have breakfast, hamburgers and fries, wings, wraps, all finger foods, tea and coffee, pop, poutine, daily specials, frozen meats, and soon we’ll be adding subs, soups, and chilies. Come and check us out. Open 6am – 10pm 343-943-7654  We are located beside the old Stop 41 where Rosie’s and the LCBO are.   woodrose547@gmail.com  Call ahead and pick up. Delivery to Denbigh $5. As far away as Griffith, Plevna and Cloyne $15.

    There will be no spring market and plant sale at the Matawatchan Hall in May, but you can now order honey, beeswax food wrappers, lip balm, beeswax candles, and honey online at Denbee Farms... denbighfarms.ca/candles%2C-wax%2C-etc-1?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvNP0vrT36AIVQx9pCh2N_gSUEAEYASAAEgIB6_D_BwE


    Other thanks go out to:

    Calabogie Pharmacy delivers prescriptions drugs to regular customers. Free delivery to Calabogie and area including Dacre. Delivery to Griffith and Denbigh at a nominal charge. Call them at 613-752-0000 to see if they can deliver to your area. They have much more than prescription drugs. Save yourself from a risky trip to the city and shop in small town Calabogie for prescriptions 1101 Francis St. Calabogie New hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturdays 9:30 to 1:30pm. Please pay with credit or debit, rather than cash.


    Thank you to Jason and all the front-line postal workers and delivery people who are doing a great job delivering all of our necessary items. Now is not the time to order a sofa online. Please try to stick with necessary items during this crisis.

    Thank you to all first line workers in all essential services for doing what you do in these trying times!


    Stay healthy everyone. We can do this together by staying apart.


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