Destination Guide: Marmora, Ontario
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Destination Guide: Marmora, Ontario

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Destination Guide: Marmora, Ontario

Marmora is the largest community in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake in Hastings County, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the Crowe River and along Highway 7 between Havelock to the west and Madoc to the east, about the half way point between Ottawa and Toronto.

Places to see, when day-tripping Marmora

Church Gate Gardens

Country Church Gardens

Country Church Gardens

Church Gate Gardens 5km north of Marmora town tucked away among rolling hills and twisting country roads an old heritage brick building await you. This wonderful country destination Church Gate Gardens, was built circa 1895 and was used as a church then later converted into a country school. The current owners have since restored & converted this timeless beauty. Come for a visit, stop-in and tour the gardens and chill out in back studio terrace while looking at great countryside!


The Mighty Marmoraton Mine

Marmora is located between the towns of Madoc and Havelock along highway 7 in Hastings County. The name Marmora is taken from the Latin word for “marble”. The area was known for its rich iron content and mining operations began as early as the 1820’s to extract and smelt this mineral. Today you will find the remains of the water-powered refinery along the eastern bank of the Crowe River while the northern bank of the Crowe held the richest ore deposits. At its prime, the area was home to as many as two dozen mines. Perhaps the most successful of the mines was that of the Marmoraton which opened in 1955. The Marmoraton was owned by Bethlehem Steel Mills of New York and exported iron ore pellets.

In 1953, before the Marmoraton could open, engineers first had to blast through 120 feet of limestone before reaching the high-grade ore, which was underneath. Once blasted out, the open pit mine measured approximately 1700 feet by 1200 feet and reached 600 feet deep. The mine employed some 300 men who worked to fill the 30 to 35-railway cars daily for transport south to Picton port where it was loaded into boats. The mine produced 520,000 tons of pellets annually. When the mine closed in 1979, it had mined almost 1.3 million tons of iron ore. Over time, underground streams and rainfall have slowly filled two thirds of the mine with water. So much so that it is now officially classified as a lake.


Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

The Mighty Marmoraton Mine

The Mighty Marmoraton Mine

History of Marmora

The village was named after Marmora Township, which is itself named for the Latin word for marble. Marble is common in the area and a giant marble rock stood on nearby Crowe Lake.

The rich history of Marmora Township is the story of mining in Eastern Ontario. Since 1820 this Township has played a leading role in the development of iron mining. In addition, copper, lead, silver, gold and lithographic limestone have been extracted.

Iron mining was an important industry in the area during the 19th century. The village was originally named Marmora Iron Works. Gold and silver were also mined at nearby Cordova Mines. A nearby plant processes talc and dolomite.

Marmora was separated from Marmora and Lake Township and incorporated as a village in 1901.

On April 14, 1821, the government passed an act setting up Marmora Township and attaching it to Hastings County as per Charles Hayes’s request to do so in 1820. The new Township took its name from the Latin word for ‘marble’ because of an ‘immense rock of most delicate white marble’. This giant rock stood on the southeast corner of Crowe Lake. The Lake took its name from the Crowe Indians that lived along the shore.

Marmora Township was opened for sale in 1821, but there was little settlement outside of the newly created mining village. Although mining and lumbering have been vital to the Township, agriculture has probably supported more people in the area since 1850. A remaining legacy of iron mining is the Marmora Open Pit Mine, a man-made wonder-lake, seventy five acres in area, five hundred and fifty feet deep, filled with four hundred feet deep of clear blue spring water that is steadily rising to the top.

Marmora was re-amalgamated with the surrounding townships of Marmora and Lake in 2001 to form a newly expanded Municipality of Marmora and Lake.

Other Marmora Yearly Attractions

Marmora Sno-Fest
The eastern part of Ontario has become renown for sled dog competitions. It has been part of the winter activities of our area since 1979 and grows every year. It is held on the first weekend of February for 3 days and encompasses other attractions such as a lumberjack competition, craft sale, chili contest, little nippers contest, sale of sleds and dog supplies, sleigh rides, environmental displays, a curling Bonspeil, old timers’ hockey, skating and various food and beer facilities. The dogs and their drivers are amazingly skilled and race anywhere from a 6 km course to an overnight endurance race. Visit:

Crowe Valley Lions Country Music Jamboree
The jamboree is located at 6666 Stirling-Marmora Road just south of Marmora Village.  The Warren Family established the jamboree in the fall of 2002. It is held always the second weekend of September. 80 acres of camping is offered surrounding a stage jam packed with four full days of country music.

The Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival is an annual event held in April. This event brings more than 200 people to our municipality who love to canoe and kayak on our adventurous waterways! This year’s event is scheduled for April 11 and 12, 2015.

Music In The Park
Each Tuesday evening throughout July and August the Crowe Valley Lions sponsor Music in The Park.  Various musicians perform at Memorial Park throughout the summer months.

Thursday Night Cruise Nights
Weekly cars line Forsyth St. From 5:30 p.m. until dusk.  Some nights see more than 120 cars. Cruise nights run May to September and host special events like the annual corn roast and Elvis night.

Celebrate Marmora
This family fun annual festival celebrates Marmora! This event takes place over the civic holiday weekend in August. This year’s event will coincide with the Pentecostal Church’s annual Family Day. Events on Saturday will include children’s games and activities, bouncy castles, popcorn, face painting, a barbecue and more.
On Saturday evening Marmora welcomes Driftwood Theatre Group to Memorial Park. Each year this group puts on a spectacular theatre in the round production of a Shakespearean play.
All events during this festival are free!

Fall Agricultural Fair – Annually Labour Day Weekend
This event signifies the end of summer for many people and is always held on Labour Day weekend. This year the fair will kick off on Friday evening with opening ceremonies and evening events.
Come check out the midway and vendors on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be delicious food and a fantastic home craft exhibition.