The Arts & Craft Festival was held again this
year at the Railway Station Park and the Water Tower Park at
the entrance to the village of Barry's Bay. This festival has
proven very successful in the past to all exhibitors.
At left is Marion Atchison, the 2002 Show Co-ordinator
All proceeds after expenses are used in the maintenance of
the parks and station by the Barry's Bay Railway Station Restoration
Committee and the Parks Committee.
For more information, contact;
Dave or Connie Cosgrove (613)756-9561
South of 60 Arts Centre,
Box 370, Barry's Bay, Ontario,
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 and is used as a tourist centre and Art
The name of the town derives from James Barry, who was
a foreman for McLaughlin's Lumber in Arnprior. He had constructed
a cabin on the shore of the bay as his headquarters. Lumbermen
referred to this camp on the Kamaniskeg Lake as Barry's Camp
on the Bay... Hence the name Barry's Bay.
The settling of Barrys Bay started in 1854. In
order to encourage and keep up the settlement of the region of
the County of Renfrew, the government built the Ottawa, Opeongo,
Addington, and the Hastings roads.
The Polish and Irish settlers,who came to this area were
immigrants who left their homelands primarily due to political
and economic conditions. The Polish language is still heard spoken
throughout the village.
The town sits as a hub with roads leading to Ottawa,
Toronto and Huntsville. With the areas many lakes and rivers
and located near Algonquin Park the town has become a tourist
mecca that swells the local population every summer..
The area is is quickly gaining a reputation for quality
arts and crafts. It has become home for a diverse group of artisans
who practice the fine skills and traditions of the craftsmen
The booth of Sandy Cline, Soapstone Sculptor.