Barrys Bay (pop:1,200) swells to three times its population during the summer months, because the Madawaska Valley is an unspoiled vacation paradise and the village of Barry 's Bay has everything cottagers, tourists or "home folk " could possibly want, from shopping, recreation, churches and health care.
The area has been a refuge for many artists that left Toronto in the 1960's and 70's.
This provide the impetus for the Madawaska Valley Art and Craft Festival.


 Our booth was set behind the fountain in the new park.
We were blessed with an interested public that purchased pieces that were to go to places like California, Nevada and Florida.



  Barry's Bay is home to the last remaining wooden water tower in Canada. The tower was built in 1943 and only recently restored. It is now part of a beautiful park in the village, built last summer. Other objects of interest at the park include a
quadracycle which was used to check the rails along the Madawaska line and a steam engine.
This year, the size of the art show was expanded to include the new park.



 Clark Guetel was showing his hand blown glass. I have known and participated in shows with Clark for the last 30 years. It was a good time to get reacquainted with old friends and colleagues.


  The railway station, originally built in 1894 by the famed lumber baron J. R. Booth, was used for the Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. It was taken over by Canadian National Railway in 1922 and served until rail service was discontinued in the late 1970s. The village purchased the station and thanks largely to an effort of dedicated local citizens it has been restored to its former beauty.