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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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View of the Madawaska River at Camel Chute in Matawatchan Pic by Lois Thomson
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MASKS MUST BE WORN UNLESS MEDICALLY UNABLE OR UNDER 2 YEARS OF AGE, IN ALL INDOOR VENUES IN RENFREW COUNTY.
CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS:
January ~ 9th Saturday Social Distancing 10 - noon
January ~ 9th Matawatchan Matinée - Award winning documentary, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" 2pm - 4pm, $5 suggested donation, popcorn, coffee, bring your own pop. Maximum 50 people.
January ~ 30th Saturday Social Distancing 10 - noon
January ~ 30th Matawatchan Matinée - movie to be decided following Jan 9th matinée
February ~ 13th, 10 - 2 Valentine's Winter Fun Day, Two bon fires, Kids Games and activities, Baked goods, Chili lunch, hot chocolate, coffee, tea,
February 27th Saturday Social Distancing 10 - noon
February 27th Matawatchan Matinée 2 pm - 4 pm - movie to be decided following Jan 30th matinée
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Healthy Living in the 21st Century Sustainability Group. FIRST AND THIRD MONDAYS at the Matawatchan Hall.
Aerobics, Cardio Dance and Light Weights Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am at the Matawatchan Hall Maximum 10 people including instructor Andrea Levy. Email her. 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.