Welcome to Our Site

The Friends of Bon Echo Park is a non profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Bon Echo Provincial Park.

Our Values

The Friends of Bon Echo Park is an association of volunteers. We value the significance of teamwork and initiative in effecting change. We are empowered to serve this active provincial park by our commitment to our natural and cultural heritage. We strive to act in a mannner that is environmentally conscientious.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to provide and assist activities that encourage recognition of the inherent beauty of the environment as well as the dedicated balance in the natural habitat. Creative expression and its appreciation are supported. Understanding of our cultural heritage is fostered through our publications, projects, and presentations. Our educational programs and activities reflect our values and vision. Projects in which we engage, endeavour to generate a positive climate within the Park.

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For general information about services and programs at Bon Echo, please contact the park directly at (613) 336-2228. For camping availability orreservations, please call Central Reservations at 1-888-668-7275. Sorry, the Friends of Bon Echo do not handle camping or reservation inquiries.

Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself – A Marathon Reading

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you." Walt Whitman So begins Song of Myself by Walt Whitman, hailed as the "bard of democracy" and the "father of free verse." Join us as we...
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Friends of Bon Echo Board Elects New Executive

At a meeting held Monday, October 17, 2016 at the Park Administration Office, the Board of Directors of the Friends of Bon Echo Park established their new Executive for 2016-17. Peter Alger will serve as President of the organization, ably assisted by Kerry Skipper as...
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2016 Raffle Winners Announcement

The draw for the 2016 Friends of Bon Echo Park Raffle took place on October 8, 2016at 3:15 pm.George Chalk, Napanee, ON, won the original acrylic painting, “Bon EchoReflections” donated by artist Fred Fowler.Lynne Kamink Buell, Tweed, ON, won the Paluski Fastwater 16’...
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Friends Bursary Program – McLaren Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of the McLaren family the Friends award two bursaries: one to a graduating student of the North Addington Education Centre, Cloyne, and one to a summer student working at the Park. Their purpose is to support students who are in a field of...
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The Legend of the Mazinaw Monster.

By Megan Tout Megan Tout is young student for whom the highlight of each summer is camping at Bon Echo with her family.  Imagine sitting in on her grade 4 class when she presented the following speech on The Legend of the Mazinaw Monster. Mrs. Young and fellow...
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Save Our Species at Risk

Save Our Species at Risk By Lisa Roach A/Natural Heritage Education Coordinator Bon Echo Provincial Park Have you spotted a Five-lined Skink, a Blanding’s Turtle or a Peregrine Falcon? What do these three living beings have in common?   They are species at risk that...
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Peregrine falcon chick rescued at Bon Echo Provincial Park

Bon Echo Provincial Park is usually known for the impressive cliff face towering 300 feet above Mazinaw Lake. Mazinaw Rock has inspired and amazed many visitors for thousands of years – but it’s more than a nice view. Though a harsh climate, the rock is home to many...
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Echoes of the Giants

Colin Sutherland THE LAST THING people have on their minds while enjoying Bon Echo Provincial Park is the thought of kilometres of ice high above their heads. However, it is possible to see the tell-tale signs left by glaciers on the beaches and on the large and small...
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Back in the Day By Tamara van Dyk

Today when you think of visiting Bon Echo your main concerns might consist of finding tent poles, packing all the kids’ toys into the trunk or what you are going to do with the dog.  In comparison to days past these would be the least of your worries.  As recently as...
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Forest: A Precious Resource in Need of Protection

By: Christina Richards Natural Heritage Education Staff,  Bon Echo Provincial Park After your visit to Bon Echo Provincial Park, what stands out in your memory?  For many it is Mazinaw Rock and for others the deer that wandered into their campsite.  Most people do not...
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