Local Info for Lower Madawaska Valley - from Bell's Rapids to Snake Rapids

The Lower Madawaska Valley is a magical place, where it is easy to immerse in nature, and let it move you, both literally and figuratively.

Beyond the fabulous lake and river paddling, and world class whitewater & family friendly rafting, the area is a history rich landscape, full of natural beauty and Ottawa Valley charm. The small communities that reside here are full of heart, love and pride for their home, nature and communities. There are year round sports and activities provided by community groups and clubs, and by the great outdoors: skating, biking, swimming, boating & waterskiing, fishing, bonfires, bbqs, etc. If you should find yourself relishing the tranquility of the winter valley, the Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club has some fine cross-country skiing waiting for you. 

If you are planning to fish in Ontario, you should be aware of our fishing regulations. Ontario Family Fishing Events for 2017: Feb 18 - 20 & July 1 - 9th. In Quadeville, the Kauffeldt General Store and Gas carries fishing permits.

The area provides extensive free recreation/hiking/snowshoe trails, historical walks/drives, and public parks throughout the Madawaska Highlands. In Madawaska Valley, The Thomas P. Murray Recreation Trails - offer moderate to challenging hikes to fabulous vistas, on the oak bonsai knobs. Palmer Rapids Recreation Trails along the shores of the Madawaska River. Historical Geocache by Madawaska Kanu Centre along the rapids (sign into Geocache.com and search 'The Madawaska River: A Historical Tour). The Opeongo Heritage trailheads are marked on both the Old Barry's Rd and the Opeongo Line... travel through the concession on an old settlement road, please respect private and do not trespass in these marked areas.

Bikers can enjoy the flats of the Madawaska Valley, or put the petal to the metal, so to speak, and venture into the Opeongo Hills. With our new location, right 'downtown' Quadeville, we now have the pleasure of meeting the so many Ottawa Valley cyclists passing through, either coming up the flats of the 515 from Palmer Rapids or down from the challenging Hills of the 515 from Foymount. KUDOS! The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association has put together a 2017-18 cycle tour map - watch for that!

For cyclists wanting to bike into the area from out of town and camp, but not wanting to carry all that gear, feel free to get in touch for our Valley Bike and Camp services. We have everything you need to camp and cook out, and can provide delivery & pick-up to a beautiful area campsite, complete with chairs, cold drinks, potatoes and tinfoil, yes, even a canoe.

Geologically, the Lower Madawaska Valley is part of a belt of minerals, stretching from Bancroft, through Boulter, Jewelville, Quadeville and over towards Lake Clear, now exposed as these mountains crumble under the mighty thumb of time, exposing the bare bones of the Canadian Shield, and the veins of ancient crystals.

Locally, the Aqua Rose Rose Quartz Quarry and the Beryl Pit(see below for info) fill our Rockhounding shoes with amazement; both 'mines' exposing approx 1.2 billion year old crystals, from 'when the mountains were the size of the Himilayas'(Dave Paterson, Aqua Rose Rock Guy). There are many rock specimens to find and collect.  See below Explore Map for more details.

To learn more about our natural geology, and the forming of the Ottawa Valley, take your next trip to the Madawaska Valley through Foymount, the highest populated place in Ontario!! photo opt. Just up from Foymount, on the Opeongo Settlement Road (once walked by settlers from Renfrew), there is a pull-over with a kiosk #ohrocks (Ontario Highlands Rocks)click for little video, which unravels some of the forces and marvel that has shaped the rugged landscapes. From the seas 500 million years ago (check out Bonnechere Caves), to the Wisconsin Icesheet,  to the Champlain Sea, which once lapped it's waves on the side of Foymount Mountain.

One suggestion if you are planning to travel here - Bring a real  MAP! Don't rely on your phone!! Cell phone service is not available throughout much of our area. Disconnect to Re-connect, just not lost, unless, of course that is part of your fun.

Below is an glimpse  (one side) of the Lower Madawaska Valley Explore Map that highlights activities, history, accommodations, restaurants & take-out, local services, etc

click to view printable Lower Madawaska Explore Map 2016 in pdf

Lower Madawaska Valley Explore Map

Things to Do, Restaurants, Accomodations and Services

THINGS TO DO

 Aqua Rose–Rose Quartz Quarry
A rare and beautiful location. Rosequartz available for sale. Please call
or email to reserve a guided tour. Quadeville, ON 613-756-1361, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Beryl Pit Rockhounding
Collect your own minerals andgemstones at this well-known rockhounding
site. It is a complex environmentcontaining 50+ minerals.
In-quarry display board to help youidentify your finds. Visit Kauffeldt’s
General Store in Quadeville for your trespass permit and map! For info
613-756-1361. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Kids CAN 2016
Week-long summer day camps
featuring whitewater kayaking for
all skill levels, ages 7 to 12, starting
July 11. Paddler Co-op, 613-758-
2772. www.paddlerco-op.com.

 

 Madawaska Kanu Centre
Canada’s premier whitewater paddling
school for kayak and canoe. A Signature Experience.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.mkc.ca.

 

Madawaska River Rafting
Two-hour raft trips travel the 5 kms
of the Middle Madawaska River, each
Monday through Thursday. Call to
reserve: 613-756-3620, www.mkc.ca

 

 Madawaska River Rentals
Whitewater and flatwater canoe
outfitting, shuttles and valet, SUP
rentals. Day trips, group paddles.
Serving the Madawaska, Little
Mississippi and York Rivers and
Conroy Marsh. 613-758-2165,
www.madriverrentals.ca.

 

 Madawaska Valley
Fish and Game Club
Shooting range, archery, horseshoes,
cards, dinners and
entertainment, music jams. Quadeville. 613-
758-2851, www.madawaskavalleyfishandgameclub.
ca.

 

Maggie II River Cruise at the Bent Anchor
Book your cruise on our historical
tug boat. For groups up to 20 people,
explore the Madawaska River up
to the mouth of Conroy Marsh, or the
site of the sinking of the Mayflower.
Wednesday afternoons: cruises for
walk-ins at 3 pm and 6 pm.

 

 Opeongo Nordic
A volunteer-operated, not-for-profit
cross-country ski club in Brudenell.
Quality groomed classic and skate
ski trails. www.opeongonordic.com

 

 Paddler Co-op
Whitewater canoe and kayak
instruction and clinics for all
ages and skill levels. Wednesday
Community Paddle. 613-758-2772,
www.paddlerco-op.com.

 

Winter Sleigh Rides
Visit Twin Wheels Farm for an amazing
winter experience, gliding through
the Brudenell hills on a horse-drawn
sleigh. Call to book, 613-757-2107,
www.twinwheelsfarms.com.


  Hydes Bay Model Rail
Road train museum. Combermere.
613-756-7708.


Madonna House
Pioneer Museum
Displays of old tools, cobbler and
farm implements, kitchenware and
hundreds of authentic artifacts from
pioneer homes and farms. 613-756-
3713, www.madonnahouse.org.

 

 Mission House Museum
Visit our Combermere Museumor find our virtual museum ‘The
Madawaska River-lifeblood of theformation of Combermere’ online
to explore stories and photos oflocal mining, logging and settlement
history. www.missionhousemuseum.com.

 

 Palmers Rapids
Historic town site and whitewater
playground. Provincial day park and
recreation trails.

 

FESTIVALS

 

C.O. Blitz
Family fun! Home of the duct tapeand cardboard boat races. Live entertainment
and talent show. August long weekend. Find ‘Combermere
Recreation’ on Facebook for details.

 

Kayak and Canoe Slalom Race
On the Middle Madawaska River,Friday June 24, 2016 $25 race entry fee.
613-756-3620, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Open Canoe Race Slalom Series
Self-run, free. Wednesday afternoons on the Middle Madawaska,
June 22, July 20 and August 3, 2016 from 1–4 pm.

 

 Palmer River Fest
Combining whitewater clinics with
community celebration. Saturday
night: live music, food vendors,
beer garden. May long weekend.
www.paddlerco-op.com.

 

 Palmer Rapids Twin Music Festival
Iconic annual festival on the third weekend of July. Two stages on the
shores of the Madawaska. Inductee of the Ottawa Valley Hall of Fame,
2015! www.palmerrapids.ca.

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Foymount Farm
Farm-stay accommodations inprivate cabins. Pet-friendly, horse
retreats, natural horsemanship lessons by appointment. Bed and Bale.
613-754-2586, www.foymountfarm.biz.

 

23. Hudson House B&B
Beautiful, historic stone B&B on the Madawaska River, 613-756-5908.
24. Hush Lodge and Cottages Cottages, lodge rooms and
campsites on a 9-acre resortwith 350’ of spring-fed shoreline.
Cookhouse, games room, sauna,volleyball, horseshoes, fishing,
hiking, soccer pitch, children’splayground and personal watercraft.
613-756-8008, www.hushlodge.ca.

 

25. Lower Madawaska Provincial Whitewater Park
Canoe-in, leave-no-trace campsites from Aumonds
Bay to Griffith, 36 sites. Earth pit toilets,
fire pits. 613-757-2103,www.ontarioparks.com/nonoperating/
lowermadawaskariver.

 

26. Mad Pod Camping on the Lower Madawaska River

 

Comfort camping in an Algonquin Pod at the top of the Lower Madawaska Provincial Park.

Offering comfort & privacy, featuring a double bed and pillows, solar lighting, firepit, bbq,

picnic table, lawn chairs and a composting toilet – A short flatwater paddle from Aumond’s Bay

for paddle-in access… minutes from the ‘Hass Hole’ at top of the Lower Mad Provincial Park. Large groups can

include tenting opportunities. Drive in access can be arranged. for info or reservations

please call Glen or Eileen at 613 756 2150.

 

 www.madpodcamping.vpweb.ca

 

Opeongo Mountain Resort
Cottages, tent and trailer camping on
Lake Clear. Marina and boat rentals.
800-565-9623, www.omresort.ca.

 

Paddler Co-op

Riverside camping, group fire-pit, running water and barbeque, 613-758-2772.

 

Stevenson Lodge
Owned and operated by the Stevenson family since 1939,
Stevenson Lodge offers 15 fully equipped, waterfront housekeeping
cabins, nestled among 12 acres of majestic pines on the Madawaska
River, with a beautiful swimming beach. Boat rentals and repairs
available. 613-756-3505.

 

 Twin Wheels Farm B&B
Stay in your own private hand-hewn log cabin surrounded by our horse
farm and forest trails. Enjoy our private lake for swimming and fishing.
Guests can arrange for trail riding with our horses. 613-757-2107,
www.twinwheelsfarm.com.

RESTAURANTS AND TAKE-OUT

 Riverside Café at Madawaska Kanu Centre
Enjoy freshly baked pastries, hotpanini sandwich and steaming
Madawaska Coffee at the café, then stroll along the river watching the
dancing kayaks and canoes play the rapids. 613-756-3620, www.mkc.ca

 The Bent Anchor
Caribbean-style, open-air restaurant
and bar on the shores of the Madawaska
River. Live music, karaoke,
boat-in access. Open Father’s Day
weekend to Labour Day. 613-756-
9558, www.bentanchorbar.com

Country Fried
Food to go: homemade burgers,
fresh-cut fries, gluten free options, ice cream. 613-758-2448.
 

Kim’s Hometown Restaurant

Palmer Rapids, 613-758-1264.

Madawaska Coffee Co
Born on the Madawaska River! Stop by our roastery and coffee bar,
59 Kelly Street, Barry’s Bay, 613-756-5282.

Moose on the Beach
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner with beautiful view of Lake Clear.
Enjoy a beach stroll with your ice cream cone. 800-565-9623,
www.omresort.ca.

The Old School Café and Chip Truck, Laundry and Greenhouses
Local food café open for 6 am breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Awesome coffee. Pre-order your picnic. Gluten free and special
diet accommodations. Indoor daily farmers’ market. Wifi. 613-756-9729,
www.theoldschoolcafelaundygreenhouses.com

 Riverside Café at Madawaska Kanu Centre
Enjoy freshly baked pastries, hotpanini sandwich and steaming
Madawaska Coffee at the café, then stroll along the river watching the
dancing kayaks and canoes play the rapids. 613-756-3620, www.mkc.ca

 

REC CENTRES

 Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan CommunityCentre and Arena
Burnt Ridge Rd, Palmer Rapids,613-758-1029, www. blrtownship.ca.

 Combermere Community Centre and Outdoor Rink
1090 Farmer Road, Combermere.

 Quadeville Community Centre and Outdoor Rink
965 Addington Road, Quadeville, 613-758-1034.

 

RESOURCES

 AlgonquinEast.com
Area-wide information and business directory. Local events updated
weekly: classes, concerts, churchsuppers, sports and recreation,
www.algonquineast.com

 

Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan Township
www.blrtownship.ca

 

 Township of Madawaska Valley
Visitor information, 613-756-5885,
www.madawaskavalley.ca.

 

GENERAL STORES

 

 CO Country Market
Deli, groceries and ice cream,
Combermere, 613-756-1113.

 

 Hannah’s Foodmart and LCBO
5952 Palmer Rd (Hwy 515),
Palmer Rapids, 613-758-2177.

 

Kauffeldt’s General Store and Gas
Quadeville, 613-758-2851.

 

Valley Market General
Store and ice cream, Combermere,
613-756-3717.