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. The town was officially incorporated in 1933, and is considered a centre of Kashubian culture in Canada.
Barry’s Bay can be visited from Ottawa by heading west, on the Trans-Canada Highway route #17, then turning onto route #60 at Renfrew.
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. In 2008, the town re-opened the Radcliffe Hills Ski Area for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Barry’s Bay was the Central Canada finalist in the 2006 CBC Hockeyville competition.
This area of Renfrew County , was first settled over a hundred years ago, along with other communities on the Opeongo Line. The town also 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.
The community dedicated a park, including a monument, to honour the construction of the Canadian Avro CF-105 Arrow and the chief test pilot , a local resident, named Janusz Żurakowski. The CF-105 was a Canadian designed and built jet aircraft that was very instrumental in the shaping of aviation technology in the late fifties and early sixties with its many advanced Canadian designed aeronautical innovations.
In 2000, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, a Catholic liberal arts post-secondary institution was established in the town. The Academy currently has a student body of 81 full-time students. It is located in Karol Wojtyla Square, occupying two buildings near St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Parish.