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Bon Echo Tours & Services
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Bon Echo Provincial Park from the water. Discover the rich history of the area and learn about its natural wonders as you cruise Mazinaw Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Ontario. But keep an eye out for the legendary Mazinaw Monster which may be lurking in its depths!
Welcome aboard the boats of the Friends of Bon Echo Park!
This fully interpreted, 45-minute tour gives park visitors the chance to get up and close and personal with majestic Mazinaw Rock. This spectacular granite cliff rises 100 metres straight out of the water and is the home to ancient cedars and species-at-risk, including peregrine falcons and five-lined skinks.
The towering Mazinaw Rock is also the site of more than 260 pictographs painted onto the rock by Algonkian-speaking peoples. These symbols were painted using red ochre and are dated as between 300 and 1,000 years old. This is one of the most visible collections of pictographs in Canada, for which Mazinaw Rock was named a National Historic Site in 1982.
Wanderer hours of operation: 2017 summer season (from Fri, Jun 23 to Mon, Sep 4):
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Boats depart every hour from 11am to 4pm
Check at Greystones or by phoning (613) 336-9863 for shoulder season times or to arrange charters. Cost is $15 plus HST for adults and $5 plus HST for passengers 12 years and under. Infants under two do not pay but do require a ticket. Tickets are sold exclusively at Greystones.
The Mugwump offers a convenient, round-trip ride to the trailhead of Bon Echo Provincial Park’s famous Cliff Top Trail. New this year, the Mugwump leaves the dock near the Visitor Centre at 20-minute intervals. As you cruise your way to the newly replaced Cliff Top dock, you’ll learn about the area’s unique habitat and some of the wildlife that inhabit it. The Cliff Top Trail is a 1.5 kilometre hike that will take you all the way to the top of Mazinaw Rock. This scenic adventure takes approximately one hour and involves several flights of stairs as you mount the 100-metre elevation. But don’t worry! There are ample benches and observation platforms along the way so you can stop, rest and enjoy the stunning views. Upon your return to the dock, the Mugump will ferry you back to the mainland.
Mugwump hours of operation: 2017 summer season (from Fri, Jun 23 to Mon, Sep 4):
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Boats depart every 20 minutes from 10:30am to 3:20pm
Cost is $5 plus HST for passengers two years of age and older. Infants under two do not pay but do require a ticket. Tickets are sold exclusively at Greystones.
All of the boats operated by Friends of Bon Echo Park meet or exceed the standards set out by Transport Canada. No dogs are allowed onboard, as per Transport Canada regulations. Guide animals are of course permitted.
The Friends of Bon Echo Park is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Bon Echo Provincial Park. Funds raised through the operation of these boats supports projects inside the park, including the restoration of the Cliff Top Trail and special events. To learn more, volunteer or become a member, visit Bonechofriends.ca.