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Bon Echo












As I mentioned on Wednesday, I spent last weekend camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park with my family. We had a great time and the weather was absolutely beautiful, warm and sunny, except one stormy night and one chillier day. We spent lots of time at the lake and the beaches around the park, and rented canoes and kayaks one day, which was really easy and lots of fun. We stayed at the Hardwood Hills site, which is the most remote car camping site at Bon Echo. It was very pretty, and the sites were large and private, but it was also very buggy – deerflies and horseflies during the day, and loads of mosquitos at night, especially after the rain. Given how far the site is from the rest of the park (a 5-10 minute drive, not really walkable), I probably wouldn’t stay there with family again, though I might consider it with friends in the spring or the fall when the bugs would be better. It’s definitely the most secluded camping area – we were the only ones on our loop the second half of the trip, although most sites were occupied Friday – Sunday.

We preferred the south beach to the main beach. It’s mostly grass, not sand, but I’m not a big fan of sand anyhow and it was much quieter than the main beach. All of the beaches are on Mazinaw lake, and they’re sandy-bottomed and very gradual depth, perfect for swimming. My favourite part of the trip was our morning paddle out to the rock cliffs to see the petroglyphs and to the cliff top trail, which leads up one of the rock faces to a couple of beautiful lookouts. I managed to knit almost an entire sock, and finished a novel, which is a pretty good indication that I relaxed a bit and enjoyed myself!

The only real disappointment was the lack of update on the Parks Ontario website about the fire ban in the area of Bon Echo. It still hadn’t been updated upon our return, even though the ban had been going on for over a week, and it was really disappointing to have planned our meals around a fire and to have purchased firewood, only to find out about the ban upon arriving. The lack of smoke also didn’t help with the aforementioned bugs.

I hope you have all had a wonderful long weekend!


  1. Wow that looks like a beautiful place! I think it would be one of those places that you would just want to relax and enjoy.

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Bridget – it really was. A perfect spot for a short vacation.

  2. How trippy, a fire ban? When you camp what else does one do? What lovely views you had. We have a quiet 4th; if there’s traveling, we travel before due to the higher holiday rates.

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      They happen pretty often up here, especially when the summers are dry like this one. We just did all of our cooking on our camp stove – not quite as delicious, but we made do. Hope you enjoyed your quiet weekend!

  3. Fantastic photos! It is beautiful and looks like you had fantastic weather indeed!

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Kat – it was so perfect!

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