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Barry's Bay

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Things to do: adventure, museums, parks
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.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.In 2000, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, a Catholic liberal arts post-secondary institution was established in the town. In 2011, the Academy had 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.
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