Madoc ( //) is a community in the municipality of Centre Hastings, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 62, southeast of Bancroft, halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. When people would travel by horse and carriage during the 1800, from Toronto to Ottawa, Madoc was the halfway stop over, allowing the passengers and horses to rest.
Madoc was originally named MacKenzie's Mills after Donald MacKenzie, who built a sawmill and grist mill here. It was briefly named Hastings but renamed Madoc Township which was named after legendary Welsh prince Madoc ap Owain Gwynedd, credited by some with discovering America in 1170. The community is now separated from this township. The area has had a rich mining history. Gold was discovered at nearby Eldorado in 1866. Fluorite was extracted from the area during the 1930s and 1940s. The talc mine, under the name Canada Talc(Cantalc), that was in production in Madoc for almost 114 years by 2010 is now shutting down. It is one of only three mines on the planet that has been in steady operation for more than one hundred years. On January 25 1998, the Village of Madoc amalgamated with Huntingdon Township to form Centre Hastings. Madoc is the largest community in the municipality. Its post office services locals with lock boxes and rural routes.
People born here include:
- Allan Roy Dafoe, who delivered and cared for the Dionne Quintuplets
- Colin Scott Dafoe, who was best known for his work as a surgeon with Marshall Josip Broz Tito's Partisans in Yugoslavia during the Second World War
- John Weir Foote, who was awarded the Victoria Cross ((the Walters Family)) (( the Brown Family))
In 2008, Madoc celebrated its 130th anniversary.
Famous for its annual 'ZombieFest' which takes place on 4th July where the bulk of the town residents don ghoulish make up & gore and drag themselves up and down St Lawrence street, the township takes special pride in this event - for details contact Reeve Tom Deline at the municipal office building -Madoc.
The O'Hara sawmill, built by the O'Haras, is reputedly the only water-powered upright frame saw left in Ontario.
New Ontario Provincial Police station is located on Highway #7 just West of the Tim Horton's in Madoc.
Madoc, boasts Ontario's premier skateboard park with splash pad, rock climbing wall, canteen, night-time lighting and performing arts centre with music stage made from straw-bale construction, as well it has 24-hour Tim Horton's; Gas station and Grocery stores.
A public boat launch at Moira Lake South of the town is a wonderful spot to launch your boat or to swim and sit on the quaint beach as well.
The new Municipal building for Centre Hastings Township is now open and in use and stands behind the Petro-Canada gas station on Highway #62.