Greater Madawaska

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Greater Madawaska
Township (lower-tier)
Township of Greater Madawaska
Dacre, on the northern edge of the township
Dacre, on the northern edge of the township
Greater Madawaska is located in Southern Ontario
Greater Madawaska
Greater Madawaska
Location of Greater Madawaska in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 45°18′N 76°43′W / 45.300°N 76.717°W / 45.300; -76.717Coordinates: 45°18′N 76°43′W / 45.300°N 76.717°W / 45.300; -76.717[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Renfrew
Formed January 1, 2002
 • Type Township
 • Reeve Glenda McKay
 • Land 1,034.33 km2 (399.36 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 2,485
 • Density 2.4/km2 (6/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 613, 343
The Eagle's Nest Trail near Calabogie Peaks

Greater Madawaska is an incorporated township in Renfrew County in eastern Ontario, Canada,[1] created on January 1, 2001, through the amalgamation of the Township of Bagot and Blythfield; the Township of Brougham; and the Township of Griffith and Matawatchan.[3] As of 2011, it has a population of 2,485.


The largest communities in the township are the villages of Calabogie and Griffith. The municipal offices are located in Calabogie. Other communities in the township include Ashdad, Barrett Chute, Barryvale, Black Donald, Camel Chute, Hurds Lake, Lower Dacre, Matawatchan, Mount St. Patrick, Springtown, Spruce Hedge and Wilson.

The ghost towns of Khartum[4][5] and Balvenie[6][7] are also located in the township.

Two fire towers were located in the township in the middle of the 20th century. These were located at Jameison's Mountain north of Griffith (the cupola now sits on the property of the Pembroke MNR office) and at Matawatchan. These were put out of use in 1970 as aerial forest fire fighting techniques took over.


The township is composed of the geographic townships of Bagot, Blythfield (also spelled Blithfield), Brougham, Griffith and Matawatchan. The town borders in downstream order Centennial Lake, Black Donald Lake, Norcan Lake and Calabogie Lake, all four on the Madawaska River, and is located in the northern section of the Ottawa River Valley.


The Calabogie Peaks ski resort is located in the township. The Kingston and Pembroke Railway ran through the town, with stations at Ashdad and Calabogie, until it was abandoned in 1986. It has now become a hiking trail, the K&P Rail Trail. The Calabogie Motorsports Park is a racing venue that hosts regional road racing and is the main circuit in the Ottawa metropolitan area.

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Canada census – Greater Madawaska community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 2518 (1.3% from 2011) 2485 (-9.7% from 2006) 2751 (20.1% from 2001)
Land area: 1,035.59 km2 (399.84 sq mi) 1,034.33 km2 (399.36 sq mi) 1,011.67 km2 (390.61 sq mi)
Population density: 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi) 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi) 2.7/km2 (7.0/sq mi)
Median age: 50.7 (M: 50.5, F: 50.8)
Total private dwellings: 2710 2215 2419
Median household income: $52,286
References: 2016[8] 2011[9] 2006[10] earlier[11]
Griffith, Renfrew County

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Greater Madawaska". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Greater Madawaska census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ Restructured municipalities - Ontario map #5 (Map). Restructuring Maps of Ontario. Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 2006. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Khartum". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  5. ^ Charbonneau, Yvan P. "Khartum". Atjeu Publishing. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Balvenie". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  7. ^ Charbonneau, Yvan P. "Balvenie". Atjeu Publishing. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". Canada 2016 Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  11. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 

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