Township of Madawaska Valley

Updated: 5 years ago - Created: February 25th, 2012

Township of Madawaska ValleyOriginally settled over a 100 years ago by loggers and farmers, the Township of Madawaska Valley offers visitors and new settlers alike, picturesque forests, plentiful wildlife and over 60 kilometers of navigable waterways. Located only two hours from Ottawa, three from Toronto and in close proximity to world famous Algonquin Provincial Park, the township provides an abundance of recreational, eco-tourism and business opportunities for everyone.

"The Heart of the Madawaska Valley" can be found in its three vibrant communities of Barry's Bay, Combermere and Wilno. Each offers a unique cultural experience and a welcoming environment that makes both tourism and retirement living an integral part of our economy.

From its early roots as a lumbering town, the Village of Barry's Bay has been the main service centre for the surrounding area. A healthy commercial core incorporates a wide range of retail and professional services including grocery and clothing stores, banks, restaurants, hardware/building centres, legal, dental and family medical practices. Also available are municipal water & sewer infrastructure, two elementary schools, the Madawaska Valley District High School and the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy. St. Francis Memorial Hospital and ambulatory services are located just outside the village.

Combermere has grown from a summer vacation destination to a year-round tourism and retirement living community. Situated on the Madawaska River, both residents and visitors enjoy the fishing, swimming, boating, whitewater rafting, canoeing and bird-watching opportunities of this extensive waterway leading to Conroy's Marsh. Don't forget to visit the Saturday morning Farmer's Market during the summer or enjoy the ice fishing, snowmobile trails, and cross-country skiing throughout the winter.

First settled in the early 1800's by Kashubian Poles, the Hamlet of Wilno is proud to be Canada's oldest Polish Settlement. Local descendents have nurtured and cultivated the culture, arts and crafts of their ancestors, transforming Wilno into a truly unique and colourful experience. Originally built when the railway went through in 1894, the Wilno Tavern offers cold beer, traditional Polish dishes and entertainment by a variety of fine local musicians. Walking tours of Wilno include a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills, forests and lakes from The Shrine Hill lookout.

The Township of Madawaska Valley is serviced by the O.P.P. and has a volunteer fire department with fire halls in Barry's Bay and Combermere. Community recreational facilities include an arena, 3 outdoor rinks, ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, beaches and parks.



Box 1000,
85 Bay Street,
Barry's Bay, Ontario
K0J 1B0

County Council Member

Name Title Telephone Fax
David Shulist Mayor (613) 756-2747 (613) 756-0553

David Shulist (Mayor) - Township of Madawaska ValleyMayor David Shulist is one of the newcomers to Renfrew County Council after winning the 2010 Municipal Election. It was David’s first attempt at elected office. Davis is perhaps best known locally and on a broader stage for his work with the Kashubian Heritage Society, promoting local Polish Kashub culture and forging ties between Wilno and the Madawaska Valley and officials and cultural activists in the Poland, particularly in the Kaszëbë province. Prior to the 2010 Election, most of his energies were devoted to the development of the Heritage Park in Wilno and the restoration of the Opeongo Heritage Trail, which was largely responsible for bringing the first settlers to the Madawaska Valley area. Once those projects were completed, David ran for the Office of Mayor and won. David was also the official County of Renfrew Olympic Torch Bearer during the historic 2010 National Olympic Torch Run. David ran on a platform of road maintenance; encouraging local health-care initiatives, from doctor recruitment, protecting nurses and making sure that the hospital and local long-term-care facilities stay strong and supported. David serves on the County Social Services and Operations Committee.

Elected Municipal Officials

Name Title Telephone Fax
Robert (Bob) Kulas Councillor  (613) 756-2747  (613) 756-0553
Linda Neuman Councillor  (613) 756-2747  (613) 756-0553
Vacant Councillor  (613) 756-2747  (613) 756-0553
Sylvie Yantha Councillor  (613) 756-2747  (613) 756-0553

Municipal Staff

Name Title Telephone Fax
Vacant CAO/Clerk (613)756-2747 ext. 210 (613)756-0553
Brenda Sabatine Deputy-Clerk/Treasurer (613)756-2747 ext. 214 (613)756-0553
Hilary Kutchkoskie Public Works/Operations Manager (613)756-2747 ext. 215 (613)756-0553
Kevin Chapeskie Water & Sewer, Supervisor (613)756-2008 (613)756-1325
Andy Peplinski Building Inspector & Fire Chief (613)756-2747 ext. 216 (613)756-0553
Charles Cheesman Manager of Planning Services (613)735-3204 (613)735-2492