For Valley culture lovers

36th Madawaska Valley Artisan Festival


The Madawaska Valley Artisan Festival returns on Saturday July 9 from 10 am to 5 pm at Railway Station Park in Barry’s Bay. Applications from makers will be accepted until June 3. For more information on the festival or to apply, contact Hannah Gutoskie, MV Recreation and Community Development Coordinator at or 613-756-2747 ext.220.

Book launch for Combermere writer

Madawaska Valley Public Library will host a book launch of Combermere resident Brenda Missen’s latest literary work Tumblehome on Monday, May 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Combermere Community Centre. Tumblehome: One Woman’s Canoeing Adventures in the Divine Wilderness is described as “part spiritual memoir, part travel adventure, and great part ode to the Earth – a timely and important exploration of where our real roots lie.” RSVP to or phone 613-756-2000


From garbage comes art


Ottawa Valley Community Arts will host a Garden Flower workshop where you can learn how to make a flower for your garden using aluminum cans and other reusable materials. The event takes place from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday May 28th in the Killaloe Reading Garden (after the Killaloe Public Library Plant Sale). For details and to register:

Closure of Mission House Museum & Gallery

Madawaska Valley has lost yet another element of its “culturally-rich community.” The Township has announced that Combermere’s Mission House Museum & Gallery has closed its doors, but will go virtual to celebrate the heritage of the Combermere area. MV’s announcement says: “If you or someone you know have lent artifacts to the museum, please get in touch regarding their return. Contact Hannah at Gutoskie at or 613-756-2747 ext 220 to make arrangements. You can find the Combermere Heritage Society online, where they will continue to share their knowledge with a new and growing audience: Combermere Heritage on Facebook, and @CombermereHeritage on Instagram.”

Drone view of Barry’s Bay at top. Photo Harrison Haines.

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