Camping at Bon Echo Park: Why Everyone Needs to Go At Least Once | Ontario Highlands Tourism

Camping at Bon Echo Park: Why Everyone Needs to Go At Least Once

Maznaw Rock

Located in the heart of Ontario’s Highlands, Bon Echo Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s most visited, and most talked about parks in the province. Each year tens of thousands of families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts venture to Bon Echo Provincial Park to experience the great outdoors and take in the park’s sheer beauty. Bon Echo is perfect for a camping trip with the family, a cottage retreat, an outdoor adventure or a quick weekend getaway. From kayaking around the spectacular Mazinaw Rock, to fishing the many lakes and rivers, to riding the various biking trails that surround the park, there is so much to see and do at Bon Echo Provincial Park.

What Sets Bon Echo Apart

Bon Echo Park is known for its picturesque cliffs and amazing rock faces that span across the various lakes throughout the park. In particular, Mazinaw Lake is home to the “Mazinaw Rock” which is the most famous cliff face in Bon Echo, and perhaps even Ontario! It spans a total of 1.5km in length and reaches 100 meters in height above the lake, and continues an astounding 245 meters below the surface of the water.

Mazinaw Rock is the centerpiece of Bon Echo Provincial Park. Not only is it known for its grand size, it’s also a historical Canadian landmark. The rock features over 260 Native Canadian pictographs, the largest collection in all of Canada.

As well, the Mazinaw Rock is what gave Bon Echo Park its name. Bon Echo’s literal translation is “Good Echo” in French, which describes the unmistakable echo sound it creates through the park. The natural sounds of the area are amplified throughout the park, thanks to this wondrous landmark.

Unforgettable Camping & Lodging

At Bon Echo there are a total of 532 camp sites to choose from, each of which offers a unique camping experience at the park. Car camping is offered for those who wish to be close to their vehicles and require an emergency power source, while walk-in camping sites let you leave your vehicle behind and venture off with only your necessary camping gear. If you’re one who wants to experience the natural sounds of the park without disturbances, radio-free camp sites are offered, which guarantee a more natural experience. As well, if you’re looking to get fully immersed in a true camping experience, there are plenty of backcountry and canoe-in camping sites that offer the most remote, and full-fledged camping experiences possible.

If you’re not the camping type, and prefer the comforts of a closed structure, there is always the option to rent one of the park’s six Yurts. As well, there are various camp cabins and rustic cabins to be rented throughout the park, although booking is limited and is on a first come first serve reservation basis. If you’re interested in renting a cabin or campsite, make sure to reserve as soon as possible by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

Amenities to Keep You Comfortable

During your stay at Bon Echo, there are plenty of amenities to keep you comfortable. With fully equipped comfort stations equipped with plumbing and shower facilities throughout the park, you can always take the time to clean off at the beginning and end of your day. If you run out of clean clothes – not to worry – there are multiple laundry stations available as well. There’s also the park store, where you can pick up any clothing items you may have forgot to pack, or even purchase a new book during your stay. Overall, Bon Echo Park offers a full camping experience, and all the amenities to keep you feeling as comfortable as possible.

Action Packed Adventures

Aside from the camp sites and the amenities, there are endless possibilities for activities throughout the park. There are numerous hiking and biking trails that make for an excellent daytime activity, with paths both long and short, depending on your preference. If you’re one who loves to be on the water, take a canoe or kayak trip through the many lakes in the park, but make sure to paddle out to Mazinaw Rock at some point to experience this amazing cliff face in close perspective. If you don’t have your own canoe or kayak, don’t worry, there are rentals available throughout the park, and if you brought a motorized boat, there are multiple launches across the various lakes. As well, if you simply want to sit back and soak up the sun, there are plenty of sandy beaches and designated swimming areas in the park that are perfect for a picnic or catching a tan.

Sadly, this summer is coming to a close, but there is still plenty of time to plan a trip to Bon Echo Provincial Park. The park is open until October 19th 2014, so make sure to book a camp site as soon as you can, or book ahead for next season to take advantage of the best summer camping experience in Ontario! For more information feel free to email us at or call 1-855-629-6486 today!


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