Parks & Beaches
The Madawaska Valley is full of fantastic opportunities to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Many of our beaches offer changing and washroom facilities.
For a close-up look at our beach and park areas, please select one from the list below:
Come and enjoy the Kashubian Heritage Park and Museum in Wilno Ontario Canada’s First Kashubian Europe who settled the hills and the valleys of the Bonnechere & Madawaska Valleys on Otter Lake Quebec in the year 1858.
When the first Kashubs immigrated to Canada, they brought with them their own unique language and custom which they passed on for many generations. There are still many local Kashubs who speak their native Kashubian language.
You will find many interesting artifacts in the many pioneer buildings from Kashubian furniture, clothing such as Kashubian costumes, embroidery. In the machine sheds you can find the tools and farm equipment the Kashubs used to break ground and work the soil.
In the later part of the 1800’s the Polish people immigrated to the valley from the Polish Nation. They joined the Kashubs, their Slavic cousin and built a church together which they dedicated to St. Stanislaus Kostka. This was Canada’s first Kashubian and Polish Parish. They brought the Polish language and traditions with them. Two different cultures yet they made it work.
There is also a large Resource Library and a wide selection of reference books, CDs, and souvenirs for sale in the Visitor Centre.
Open daily in July & August from 11a.m.—5 p.m. and on weekends in June and from September to Thanksgiving.
Amenities: Washrooms, Picnic Area, Gazebo
Crooked Slide Park is located 3 km from Combermere, Ontario on Old Barry’s Bay Road. This park draws visitors, weddings, photographers, professional and amateur alike, to the tranqual beauty that is Crooked Slide Park. It’s uniqueness is attributed to the reconstruction of an original log chute on Byers Creek which was used by loggers in the early 1900s. The logs were floated from the Hopefield, Brudenell, Rockingham, Wilno and Barry’s Bay area down the Madawaska River.
Byers Creek has multiple bends and turns which caused issues for loggers as many logs would get jammed in the narrow bends. In order to prevent jams, this chute was built and water was diverted through the chute by closing a control dam. The logs would float approximately 2200 feet in the chute and then fall 10 feet back into the creek. From there, the logs would carry onto Combermere where they emptied into the Madawaska River. The Murray Bros. Lumber Company of Barry’s Bay donated the six-and-a-half acres of land that were used to build the chute and park area. The chute has been reconstructed twice, first in 1973 and again in 1994 after years of deterioration. Today the park attracts people from all over the world to see one of the hidden gems of the Madawaska Valley.
Amenities: Public Washrooms
Lakeshore Park and Omanique Beach/Trail are located in the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. The park streteches along the shore and reaches a grassy area where pcnics are welcome under the shade or sun. Parking and restrooms are availabe for the public without any fees.
The park has a variety of recreational activities for all ages.
This is a lovely place to come cool off with the family on a hot summer day in Barry’s Bay. The Renfrew County District Health Unit monitors water quality on a weekly basis at this location.
Amenities: Public Washrooms, Play Structure Equipment, Universal Exercise Equipment, Beach Volleyball Courts, Beach, Tennis Courts, Wharf/Boat Launch
Amenities: Beach, Privy, Gazebo
Mayflower Public Beach and Playground is located in Combermere.
Amenities: Beach, Playground, Privy, Change Rooms
Built in the 1890’s, and restored nearly 100 years later, the Barry’s Bay Railway Station now houses the Visitor Information Centre and Railway Museum.
Our water tower is one of only two free-standing wooden railway water towers remaining in Ontario. Water Tower Park features an outdoor museum of railway and farm artifacts.
Visitor Information Centre
19503 Opeongo Line
May and June: Friday – Sunday 10 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
July and August: Everyday: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September to Thanksgiving: Friday – Sunday • 10 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Amenities: Picnic Area, Washrooms
Reeve’s Park is located on the south western shore of Paugh Lake, 13 km north of Barry’s Bay, Ontario
Amenities: Beach, Privy
Zurakowski Park is located in downtown Barry’s Bay, in the heart of Township of Madawaska Valley. The Park has been built to honour long time local resident and world renowned test pilot Janusz Zurakowski, now deceased.
Janusz Zurakowski was one of the world’s most famous pilots. He was a Polish Canadian who was at the forefront of cutting edge aviation technology. Raised in Poland, he joined the Polish Air Force in 1934 and during the war escaped to England in 1940. After a brilliant wartime career he test flew aircraft in England and in Canada, to where he immigrated in 1952. The most notable aircraft tested by Janusz Zurakowksi was the Canadian supersonic interceptor known as the CF-105 Avro Arrow.
Take a stroll, ride your ATV, climb the mountains on your bike or strap on your hiking boots and traverse some of the most beautiful areas of the Ottawa Valley.
Parking: As indicated on the map, parking can be found at various locations, including roadside entrances.
USE TRAILS AT YOUR OWN RISK
The use of these trails assumes a level of risk and
liability on behalf of the user.
- YOU must use caution at all times.
- Emergency and cell phone service may not be available.
- Please DO NOT LITTER on trails.
- BE PREPARED to share the trail with other motorized vehicle and/or pedestrian traffic.
- Weather and trail conditions can change without warning.
This system winds its way through the Radcliffe hills, enjoying several scenic vistas, ponds, swamps and rock outcroppings. Trails have varied skill levels, so be aware of the changing conditions.
The former CN rail line that was used to build the economy of this region was transformed into one of the most scenic trails in the County. Running from Wilno’s Polish Kashub Heritage Park, it travels public land right into Whitney. Take note of the landmarks throughout your journey, including the newly rebuilt bridge in Madawaska and the remnants of the glorious rail days of early in the last century. Motorized vehicles may be asked to provide a permit. A series of trails links off of this line just outside of Barry’s Bay to the west. Please refer to the Renfrew County ATV Club Facebook page for more information.
Walk in the footsteps of the area’s forefathers, as you travel one of the Ottawa Valley’s oldest settlement roads. Opened late 2009, the trail offers a glimpse of the conditions that the settlers to the Madawaska Valley had to endure as they looked for their new lands. The trail can be accessed just outside of Barry’s Bay on the Old Barry’s Bay Road or off of Opeongo Road (between Wilno and Barry’s Bay). Look for signs.
Barry’s Bay’s newest recreational facility, providing approximately 3km of paved pathways for all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of our lakefront. Users will pass by Lions Timberfest Park, where children can spend hours in the playground, or adults can enjoy a game of tennis. Enjoy the sunsets from the many benches and tables situated along the trail.