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Painting by Alex Sztasko Welcome to the Historic Village of WILNO, Ontario
Canada's First Polish Settlement

Welcome to Wilno

Roczime do Wilna, Wilno Wita means "Greetings from Wilno" in Polish and in the Kashubian language still spoken by the descendants of the Kashub pioneers who settled these beautiful, rocky hills in the 1800s. Their legacy lives on in the names on rural mailboxes, in the Kaplichi or roadside shrines on backroads, in the rousing celebrations of Polish-Kashub Day at Heritage Park on the first Saturday in May and in the colourful folk paintings adorning the log buildings in the park and in nearby Kashuby.

Gardens and shops, cuisine and culture, artists and galleries form the distinctive ambiance that pervades the village of Wilno. From the stately twin-steepled church to the unique truncated rooflines of many of the village houses, Wilno is a delightful village to explore. There is a waterfall rushing down the valley to the remains of a small sawmill, a tumbling down pioneer farm with the Ottawa Valley's distinctive blackened cedar logs, a wetland full of cattails and red-winged blackbirds, secluded woodland glens along the rail-bed and picturesque little nooks and crannies all over the village.

Our central location in the Madawaska Valley make us a perfect home base for exploring the entire area. Our friendly hosts and inn-keepers welcome you to spend a night, a weekend, or a vacation in our village. We invite you to browse our village directory using the menu at right.

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The Wilno Villager - Your official tourism guide to Canada's first Polish settlement, near Algonquin Park, Ontario.