Golden Lake's Affordable Local Art Finds

Western Renfrew County is typically the domain of vacationers in search of spectacular scenery and legendary fishing. But a few people appreciate that the area around Golden Lake is a hot spot for affordable, distinctive, and handmade art. The key is knowing which rural route to take.

Start in Combermere, then make your way north to Barry's Bay, then head east to Wilno and Killaloe.

When to go: Killaloe has a community craft festival in June, and the Madawaska Valley Artisan Festival is held in July.

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Morning

Found in an early twentieth-century log cabin, this non-profit art shop represents the works of 52 local artists. The crafts displayed here tend to be...

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Check out the Lakeside Pavilion Gift Shop (Friday and Sunday afternoons and Saturdays 10-4) found south of Barry’s Bay. Choose from a broad selectio...

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This small community art centre hosts changing exhibits put on by local artists, such as a local group of fibre artists or quilters. This renovated tr...

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You can’t miss this shop so full of merchandise that it spills out the front door, over the porch, and onto the sidewalk. The theme is Indonesia and...

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Lunch

Stop in Wilno to pick up a simple deli sandwich – and perhaps a jar of homemade Polish pickles and a handmade quilt while you’re at it. ...

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Afternoon

If you enjoy wood artwork, head east of Wilno to Killaloe. Here you’ll find the Solar Woodcuts studio of Ron Tremback and Patti Robertson. This intr...

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Wilno is known as Canada’s first Polish settlement, evidenced by their village’s impressively large St. Mary’s twin-spire church. Built by hand ...

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In one magical location are the dazzling works of over four dozen local artists, the whole effect is like a gigantic visual potluck supper, each talen...

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One of the highlights of the Golden Lake area art scene is the Hillside Paintings and Pottery gallery in Wilno. Here, you can visit two award-winning ...

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Just south of Wilno, you can visit the home and studio of talented painter Linda Sorensen. Her tranquil acrylic works capture the peacefulness of the ...

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Dinner

Wilno Tavern is advertised as Canada’s first Polish tavern, opening over 100 years ago. Mountains of golden perogies (and other specialties) come wi...

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Accommodation

Enjoy a view of Kamaniskeg Lake and the camping experience without the vicissitudes of weather. Rent a glamping "pod," a miniature house equipped with...

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