Originally named Marmora Iron Works because the word Marmora is the Latin term for marble and the village of Marmora has played a leading role in mining since 1820. Attractions here include the Marmora Mine, an abandoned open-pit iron ore mine rich with minerals like garnet, copper, lithographic lime and pyrite. Gold, silver and lead can also be found and were harvested at nearby Cordova Mines.
Located on the Crower River, alongside Highway 7, between Havelock to the west and Madoc to the east.
There are two annual country Jamborees held in Marmora each year: the “Marmora Crowe Valley Lions Club Country Jamboree” at the Marmora Fair Grounds in June, and the “Marmora Country Jamboree” In September on Highway 14 just South of Marmora.
Callaghan’s Rapids Conservation Area
Follow Highway #7 east from Havelock or west from Marmora. Watch for Tiffen Road, which is the second concession road west of the town of Marmora. Turn onto Tiffen Road and follow to the end at Callaghan Rapids Road. Turn left and follow to the end. This road leads to a passive conservation area, bordering the Crowe River. Park and walk down one of a few paths at the end of the lot to the river. You will probably need to turn right and walk downstream along the river for a few hundred meters to see the falls.
Callaghan’s Rapids features two waterfalls which are about one metre in height which both span the entire width of the Crowe River, which is about forty to sixty metres across. When river flows are low enough, you can walk out and explore the river bed. The upper waterfall is interesting in that it is formed on a wedge-shaped outcrop of limestone which appears to be beveled down to a sharp edge, right at the crest of the falls. The lower falls is similar, but does not exhibit the beveled-edge crest.
Crowe Lake Cruises
Relaxing daytime pontoon boat tours for up to six passengers on Crowe River, Crowe Lake and Beaver Creek. Fishing, picnics, swimming at the sand bar – you choose ! Free pictures of each passenger wearing the captains hat sitting at the helm are emailed to you after the trip. Evening sunset cruises on the lake. Come aboard the “Grand Daddy” – a 28′ Harris “open top” pontoon boat.
Farmers Market/Tourism Centre/Splash Pad: Memorial Park & Brian Goodchild Memorial Trail
9 Matthew Street
The farmers market runs from Mother’s Day to Thanksgiving every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here you will find everything from fresh produce & meats, baked goods, flower, plants, jewelry, woodworking, fishing supplies, quilts, crafts and more!
The Trail runs from Memorial Park to the public boat launch at Mag’s Landing, just north of the dam.
At Marmora, the watershed enters Paleozoic limestone-plain country, with unusual outcroppings of Canadian Shield through the limestone at Allan Mills and just above Crowe Bridge. The Crowe River passes over Marmora Dam, heading southwest into the township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen. At one time, the river was used to transport logs but at the turn of the century (around 1900) the Pearce & Pearce Lumber Company constructed the Marmora Dam to provide power for a saw mill.
Marmora Mine (swimming hole)
Signage at the site is excellent and very informative. Open from 1955 to the late 1970s, 2,500 tons of iron ore were removed daily. After closing, the pit (over 1/2 mile long, 1/4 mile wide, and 700 feet deep) filled with water, and that is what you’ll see.
To get there, turn down Marmora Mine Road, which is east of Marmora on Route 7. You will come to a fence/gate. Just to the right of this gate is a dirt parking lot. Park there. There is a short “trail” to the mine viewing area. The path is bordered by some huge truck tires.
Marmora Town Hall
12 Bursthall Street
Circa 1913, this historic building has served a badminton courts, movie theatre, hospital, playhouse and courts, among other uses over the years.