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Former railway station, now a tourist information office at Barry's Bay

Barry's Bay is a town of about 1,300 people in the Township of Madawaska Valley in Eastern Ontario, near the eastern entrance to Algonquin Provincial Park.



This area of Renfrew County was first settled in the early 20th century 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 named 'Kuaenash Ne-ishing' (Algonquin for 'beautiful bay'), and 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.

Get in[edit]

Barry's Bay is at the northern end of Ontario Highway 62, at its junction with Ontario Highway 60. It is 185 km west of Ottawa - follow Highways 417 and 17 to Highway 60 near Renfrew.

By bus, Greyhound Canada travels from Ottawa to Pembroke once daily (2 hr 8 min, $18-45) and from Pembroke to Barry's Bay twice a week (1 hr 28 min, $14-40).

  • 1 Barry's Bay/Madawaska Valley Airpark. General aviation only; no scheduled service. Madawaska Valley Airpark (Q3915902) on Wikidata Madawaska Valley Airpark on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

The nearest taxis are in Pembroke (Ontario).


Żurakowski Park
  • Zurakowski Park (across the street from the Railway Station Museum). This park honours local resident Janusz Zurakowski, one of the test pilots of the Avro Arrow. A replica Arrow is on display in the park.


  • Radcliffe Hills Ski Area for snowboarding and downhill skiing.


  • The Baykery, 21 Bay, +1 613-756-1618. The local bakery - bread, sweet or savoury pies, cookies, butter tarts, and donuts, all home-made.


  • Charlie D's, 19349 Opeongo Line (Highway 60 and Arena Road), +1 613-756-7162. A roadside "chip wagon" serving french fries, hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and many varieties of poutine.
  • Dairy Freez & Grill, 23 Bay St, +1 613-756-7116. A roadside stand. Serves locally-made Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream.
  • Polka Spudz, 2 Opeongo Square. Another roadside "chip wagon", but this one serves pierogis in addition to the usual fare. Try the Polish Poutine!
  • Madawaska Coffee Co.. M-F 10AM-5PM. A cafe that roasts its coffee in small batches. Roasted coffee and souvenir mugs are available to take home.



As the second-closest town east of Algonquin Provincial Park (Whitney is right at the park's entrance), Barry's Bay gets quite a few overnight visitors who are tired of camping in the park.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Barry's Bay
HuntsvilleAlgonquin Provincial Park  W Ontario 60.svg E  WilnoRenfrew
END at Junction Ontario 60.svgBarry's Bay  N Ontario 62.svg S  MaynoothBelleville

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