The Mattawa-Bonfield region, also known as "Mattawa Voyageur Country", is recognized as one of Canada's leading sustainable outdoor recreation regions. It is the "gateway community" of choice for people looking to visit or relocate to an area with exceptional natural beauty, rich culture and heritage attributes, high quality trail-based experiences and outdoor adventures, a clean environment and a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Mattawa Voyageur Country consists of five great municipalities that service our residents and businesses and welcome new residents and businesses to the region. These municipalities are: Bonfield, Calvin, Mattawan, Mattawa and Papineau-Cameron. For more information on each municipality, please see below.
The Township of Bonfield is a scenic community consisting of a vast rural area including Rutherglen and is merely 20 minutes east of North Bay and 30 minutes west of Mattawa. Tourism and cottage industries are replacing many forestry and farming operations. Only a few small farm operations remain. The Township of Bonfield boasts a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a multicultural rural setting and is known as a small community with a big heart. In 1986 the Township of Bonfield celebrated its 100th Anniversary and was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame on October the 8th, 2002 as the Historic location where the first spike was driven in the CPR Trans-Continental Railway, Sir John A. Macdonald's National Dream.
Located 10 minutes west of the Town of Mattawa and a mere 25 minutes east of the City of North Bay along Trans Canada Highway 17 rests the beauty of Calvin Township. With its scenic farmlands and rich lumbering past, Mattawa Voyageur Country's, Calvin Township is home to many unique attractions and businesses. Access to Algonquin Provincial Park, as well as Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park and the Eau Claire Gorge is located in Calvin Township. The innate beauty found in Calvin's lakes, rivers and hills is well worth the visit and allows the dreamer the prospect of rural living, whether permanent or seasonal.
Mattawan Township features stunning countryside. Some of the views are absolutely breathtaking! The fall colours are only one of the many splendid views along the river. There are ATV runs, horseback riding, off-the-grid lodging, bed & breakfast hosts, etc. to entice the individual as well as families and/or couples who wish to get away and enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature or benefit from the outdoors.
Nestled in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, you will discover the charming panoramic sleepy little village of Mattawa which means "meeting of the two rivers" where the Mattawa River joins with the Ottawa River. Rich with history and culture, Mattawa was once a major stop on the trade routes of the Voyageurs. Mattawa has many healthy outdoor family activities such as horseback riding, hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, riding atvs and snow machines, fishing, hunting and many others. Amenities include a golf resort, fitness club, provincial parks, ecology centre, arena, etc.
The Township of Papineau-Cameron, originally established in 1887, amalgamated since 1992, borders the Mattawa River on the north, south to Algonquin Park and the unincorporated Township of Boyd, stretching from the County of Renfrew line on the east and then on to the Township of Calvin on the west. The township covers 54,451 square hectares. Papineau-Cameron Township offers something for everyone from the outdoor sportsman who loves to horseback ride, hunt, fish, ATV, snowmobile, etc. to the quiet nature lovers.