Barry's Bay is a community in the township of Madawaska Valley, Ontario, Canada, located two hours west of Ottawa on the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake, with a population of approximately 1,300 people. Originally named 'Kuaenash Ne-ishing' (Algonquin for 'beautiful bay') Barry's Bay 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 currently stands. The town was officially incorporated in 1933. The historic Train Station is home of the South of 60 Arts' Centre, a host of a variety of Art & Craft Shows, musical events & festivals.
Omanique Beach Waterfront Trail
Barry's Bay's newest recreational facility, providing approximately 3km of paved pathways for all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of our lakefront. Users will pass by Lions Timberfest Park, where children can spend hours in the playground, or adults can enjoy a game of tennis. Enjoy the sunsets from the many benches and tables situated along the trail.
Thomas P. Murray Recreational Trails
This system winds its way through the Radcliffe hills, enjoying several scenic vistas, ponds, swamps and rock outcroppings. Trails have varied skill levels, so be aware of the changing conditions. Click here for info on the trails.
Opeongo Heritage Trail
Situated on the divide between the Bonnechere River watershed and the Madawaska River watershed, is the newly created Opeongo Heritage Trail. The trailhead location on the Opeongo Road is in the Bonnechere River watershed, while the other end of the trail and trailhead, located outside of Barry’s Bay on the Old Barry’s Bay Road, is in the Madawaska River watershed. Hiking this marked trail will take you along the south side of the divide, past hills that top 400 m above sea level in height. Near the trailhead on Old Barry’s Bay Road, is a beaver dam and wetland that will soon see the construction of a boardwalk. Don’t let this deter you, as the area can still be walked and hiked, using proper footwear.
The Opeongo Heritage Trail traces the footsteps of the first settlers to this part of the original Opeongo Road, who moved to Canada from the nation of Kashubia in Europe. On this strip of wilderness, 14 Kashub families, attempted to farm the rugged landscape, eventually re-establishing in the somewhat more hospitiable areas around present day Round Lake Centre, Barry’s
Bay and Wilno. The trail is dedicated to the Polish, Kashub, Irish, German and other pioneers who travelled the Opeongo Road and came to this area in quest of a better life.
Directions » Two trailheads provide access to the trail. One is located on the Opeongo Road off Hwy 60, east of Barry’s Bay, the other on Old Barry’s Bay Road, south-east of Barry’s Bay. Watch for signs marking the trailheads. Approximately 6 km between trailheads. Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/tYkN