This area of Renfrew County was first settled by Europeans over an hundred years ago, along with other communities on the Opeongo Line. The town served as a standby base for the Canadian military during the war years. Local workers and lumbermen were reformed into soldiers to help contribute to the war efforts of Canada in World War II.
It was first called 'Kuaenash Ne-ishing' (Algonquin for 'beautiful bay') and was later named after James Barry, a foreman for McLaughlin's Lumber in Arnprior who constructed a cabin as his headquarters in the area where St. Hedwig's Church stands. The town was incorporated in 1933.
The community dedicated a park, including a monument, to honour the construction of the Canadian Avro CF-105 Arrow and its chief test pilot , a local resident, named Janusz Żurakowski. The CF-105 was an advanced, Canadian-designed and -built interceptor that was instrumental in the advancement of aviation technology in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The historic train station is the home of the South of 60 Arts' Centre, a host of a variety of Art & Craft Shows, Musical events & festivals. In 2008, the town re-opened the Radcliffe Hills Ski Area for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Barry's Bay was the Central Canada finalist in the 2006 CBC Hockeyville competition.
The Wilno Heritage Society teaches elementary school students Kashubian history and culture, including Kashubian embroidery.
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- South of 60 Arts' Centre official website