Bon Echo Provincial Park is a three hour drive from Toronto, but when you get there it is so worth it. The park is gorgeous, with deep blue waters and lush forested. There’s something for everyone here. Choose to go car camping or back-country camping. You can even canoe into your campsite! Don’t feel like roughing it? You can also rent a yurt or cabin.
When I visited, I stayed in the car camping Hardwood Hills campground. It was, to date, one of the best campsites I have ever been to. The camp sites are large and very selected, with many old growth trees. Although you are surrounded by neighbors, you have your own private space because the sites are spaced well. Book this campsite early, because it fills up fast.
Now that you have your spot, what should you do in the park? One of the most amazing things to do is to visit the Mazinaw Rock. This giant 100 meter tall rock juts out of Mazinaw Lake and is covered in over 260 native pictographs. Mazinaw Lake is the second deepest lake in Ontario. It’s a perfect lake for fishing or canoeing. You can rent canoes from the lagoon. Rock climbing, biking and hiking are all popular activities.
You can also choose to lounge on one of Bon Echo’s three sandy beaches. Pack a picnic and go swimming! When you are done, you can hop on the Wanderer Tour Boat. For $7.00, you will be treated to an up close and personal view of Mazinaw Rock. Tours run all summer
To find out more about Bon Echo Provincial Park, please visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/bonecho