Area Attractions, Activities & Amenities
You and your family will never run out of interesting things
to do at Bon Echo Family Campground and surrounding area. At
the campground enjoy; canoe, kayak, pedal boat rentals,
swimming, fishing, water sports, boat launch, soccer, bocce
ball, horseshoes, children’s play area. The local area
offers even more;
Fishing & Boating
They don’t call this area the Land O’Lakes region for
nothing! They should also call it the Land O’Fish region.
We’re right on Little Marble Lake which will amaze you with
it’s calm and quiet waters. A small lake, there are few
motorized boats on it yet you can expect to catch some good
sized bass and trout. If you are an avid boater, fisher,
water-skier, or long-haul canoeists, you can keep busy for
hours on the huge Lake Mazinaw and other lakes nearby. No
boat? Rent a motorboat or pontoon boat at
Bon Echo Family Campground is located right on the
headwaters of the Mississippi River—a waterway and popular
canoe route that flows 200km from Mazinaw Lake in the west
to the mighty Ottawa River. This route offers a mix of river
and lake travel with class I – IV whitewater depending upon
water levels and flow conditions. A trek through the area
lakes and streams is a journey through history; rocky shores
scraped by advancing glaciers; potholes gouged out of the
granite by swirling rocks and water; ancient paintings by
native people; old log slides, dams and mill ruins. Canoes
and kayaks are available for rent from Bon Echo Family
Campground as well as the Provincial Park. Start planning
your trip by viewing the
campground area canoe route options
as well as
the Mississippi River route
complete with portage locations.
ATV Trail Riding
We’re in ATV country! You will love the vast network of ATV trails in the area,
allowing you to explore hundreds of kilometers. Bring your map or GPS so
you can make it back for dinner! Check out the local ATV trail information
as well as the trails closest to the campground.
Golf & Tennis
If camping doesn’t provide enough green in your day, hit the
Hunters Creek Golf Course
minutes away. Also, just down the road on Hwy 41 is a free outdoor tennis court.
Mountain bikers will enjoy remarkable scenery and differing
terrains to challenge bikers of all skill levels. With over
58 kilometers of Crown access roads and a multitude of
off-road trails through the forests and around the lakes of
the North Frontenac Park Lands, bikers will take in stunning
vistas from sandy beaches, pristine lakes and upland
hardwood, to igneous substrata, granite slopes, rocky bluffs
Literally miles of old trails, utility right of ways and old
logging and Crown access roads wind their way through the
forests and between the lakes making the nearby Bon Echo
Provincial Park and North Frontenac Park Lands a hiker’s
Museums & Culture
Discover how life was like for the early pioneers of the
area at the
Pioneer Museum. Get
up close and personal with a variety of bird life at the
nearby Bird Zoo. Handle live snakes and learn about wildlife
and history at the both wildlife and history Bon Echo
Provincial Park visitor’s centre. Enjoy pony rides and learn all
about animals at the Land O'Lakes Petting
Farm just minutes down the road.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Why drive all the way to Algonquin when you can enjoy the
same here? A favourite destination for painters and
photographers, this massive nature park is renowned for
Mazinaw Rock; an almost 2 kilometre cliff rises 100 metres
above Mazinaw Lake, one of the deepest in Ontario, and
features over 260 native pictographs estimated to be over
1000 years old – the largest visible collection in Canada.
More. While visiting
the park, you can enjoy the following activities;
Mazinaw Lake & Cliffs Tour Boat: a 26 passenger boat
provides a casual tour of Upper Mazinaw Lake. The cruise is
led by an interpreter who explains points of interest along
the way. Learn about the fascinating features of the
majestic Mazinaw Rock, the 1000 year-old native pictographs,
and the ancient cedar trees that have survived for hundreds
Mugwump Ferry Ride & Cliff Hike: a 12 passenger pontoon boat
takes you across Mazinaw Lake to the massive Mazinaw Rock.
Once there, you can ascend the 200 foot cliff using safe
stairs and then hike to some spectacular lookouts.
Bon Echo Visitor’s Centre: handle live snakes, view captive
animals, get up and close with a black bear and other
animals (stuffed). See exhibits depicting life in the 1800s
and learn about the rich history of the area.
Hidden Cave Adventures
Explore these natural underground caves along with scenic
nature trails at:
Hell Holes Nature Trails & Caves
Bon Echo Art Exhibition and Sale (late July): This annual
event attracts dozens of artists and hundreds of visitors
from all over Ontario.
Flinton Country Bluegrass Jamboree (Early August): Toe-tappin'
fun is guaranteed at the Annual Flinton Country Jamboree
this Civic long weekend. Festivities include over two dozen
Area Historic Towns
Kingston (1hr, 20min): Visit the personal residence of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, tour historic Old Fort Henry, go back in time in one of Canada’s oldest cities.
Napanee (1 hr): Discover Avril Lavigne’s historic home town. With it’s beautiful downtown, numerous mansions, Napanee was also frequented by Canadian Idol Ryan Malcolm and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald. (1 hour drive)
Other area cities/towns include: Tamworth(40 mins), Tweed(40 mins), Renfrew(40 mins).