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Lois or Mark Thomson



Phone: 613-333-9399


Thank you for all your positive feedback you give us about The Madawaska Highlander. 4,400 copies are printed and delivered by Canada Post, 6 times a year FREE to all residents, farms and businesses in the following areas with another 2,300 available for pickup at area retailers and newsstands. That's 6,700 copies.


Arnprior RR3

Renfrew RR1, RR4, RR6


White Lake




Black Donald

Mt. St. Patrick






Northbrook (Retailers and Health Centres)

Eganville (Retailers)


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Revisit Highlander articles

from past years.

The Village of Matawatchan has had a surprisingly long tradition of print publishing. In the mid to late 1980s there was a locally distributed newsletter called The Communicator published by Mark Thomson's mother, Elizabeth Thomson. In the 1990s until 2003 another newsletter / newspaper publication called The Highlander was in circulation. Its distribution expanded to include Griffith and Denbigh in addition to Matawatchan. Then, in December 2003 The Madawaska Highlander was first published. Very soon its circulation grew to include the entire township of Greater Madawaska and beyond.

The circulation has grown from about 600 with our first issue in December 2003, to 3,000 copies in 2012 and now 6,500 in 2016. Anecdotal evidence suggests that each paper gets an average of three exposures. That’s 17,100 potential readers. Many keep back issues for later reference and people tell us they read it cover to cover every time.

The paper is delivered free to residents by Canada Post and is available for pickup at area retailers.

The Madawaska Highlander will remain paper-based, but access to all back copies of the Highlander will reside on this website. For issues from the current year and for information about advertising rates, publication dates, printing specifications, etc. please go to


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Matawatchan Rd.

Matawatchan Ontario

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