History of Madawaska


Another main stop on the railway constructed by J.R. Booth, the lumber king of the valley, was the Village of Madawaska. Once boasting train yards and a roundhouse, the book closed on a by-gone era when the remains of the roundhouse, left to ruin, were torn down in 1994.

Located at the junction of highways 523 and 60, the community lies where the mighty Madawaska River flows into Bark Lake. There were many log drives through the area in the early years with huge logs floating down the Madawaska River system to the Ottawa River and beyond.

Steeped in history, Madawaska could be considered one of Ontario’s ghost towns – a symbolic connection to a by-gone era.

Madawaska Valley Motel historic photo

Madawaska Valley Motel