Day 104 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Town of Madoc and area

Madoc is a community in the municipality of Centre Hastings, in Hastings County, Ontario. It is located at the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 62, halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. When people would travel by horse and carriage during the 1800’s, from Toronto to Ottawa, Madoc was the halfway stop over, allowing the passengers and horses to rest. As we stopped to take some shots of the downtown, we were touched by the quaint facade of The Saint John the Baptist Anglican Church. It was closed when we arrived, but a local at the community center phoned the keyholder (Wally), and he was kind enough to let us in to take a look around. This is a well-loved church, and it has been kept in remarkable condition. It was built in 1865, and it is still an important gathering place in the community.   



A painting of the Last Supper hangs on the church wall.


Pipe Organ


The pastor of the St John The Baptist Anglican Church oversees three other churches the area, so name tags help her get to know everyone’s name.


Stained Glass Windows


Unicycling in minus 17!


Main Street Madoc


Brick is a widely – used building material in Madoc.




Details Of Madoc


We stopped in the Backwoods Cafe for a couple of hot chocolates.


Madoc’s architecture made this town so picturesque and a joy to photograph, with many of the houses dating back to 1870.


Today we stopped by a farm house with a horse-drawn carriage parked outside on this very cold winter day. As we pulled up in front, a lone man emerged from the modest house dressed in homemade clothes. He came over to our van and flashed us a gentle smile and in a slight accent he explained to us that he was of Amish descent. Wow! I had no idea that Canada had any Amish,so  I asked if I could take a photo of him in front of his house but due to his religious believe he declined. “You can photograph me, just not my face, it’s written in the Ten Commandments that we shall not be photographed.” While we stood there and chatted, his children walked up wearing the same homemade coats and straw hats. I felt like we were in the 1960’s and couldn’t help but smile inside, feeling filled up by this beautiful exchange. We thanked them for their time, I snapped a couple shots of them from the back and we pulled away from this little time capsule.

The Amish (pronounced /ˈɑːmɪʃ/) are members of an Anabaptist Christian denomination, best known for simple living, plain dress and resisting modern conveniences. (The word “Amish” is a term used by non-Amish; the Amish would refer to themselves as the “plain folk”). The roots of the Amish began in Switzerland among Swiss Brethren in 1693 under the leadership of Jakob Ammann. Then, in the early 18th century they began immigrating to Pennsylvania because of intense persecution. Today, they continue to speak the Pennsylvania German or Alemannic German of their former homeland. Over the years, there have been several divisions among the Amish. The Old Order Amish are those that have been the most successful at resisting change and in retaining their traditional way of life. As of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish live in Canada and the United States. A new study in 2008 suggests their numbers have increased to 227,000.


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3 Responses to “Day 104 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Town of Madoc and area”

  1. 1 Barb Spafford
    January 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Heide, I met you at the rink last night. This is a wonderful journey you are on. The pictures and write ups and amazing. I don’t spend much time looking around on the net but this is going to be a site I frequent all the time. It is fantastic to see Canada from this perspective. You are seeing the real Canada I think. Thanks for taking the time to visit with me and please keep in touch if possible. You are always welcome by our fire, you might enjoy seeing the horses and hearing about logging with horses and horse pulling. Hope to hear from you, Barb

  2. 2 Liz McKelvie
    January 16, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Hi there I just wanted to say that I love all the pictures that you took of Madoc, seeing as its my home town. All of them are picture perfect. I hope you have a nice Honeymoon. ~ Liz

  3. 3 Raj
    February 5, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I just took a trip to the town of Madoc from Pickering, adjacent to Toronto. It was wonderful to see your pictures of Madoc and it revived my memories of of I saw earlier in the Day. Its a wonderful journey you are undertaking and creating memories for all to share. All the best to you and let me know if there is a way to continue follow your adventure in pictures.

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