Bon Echo Provincial Park, Cloyne

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
Escape into nature at Bon Echo Provincial Park, a testament to Ontario's natural beauty and a prime spot for hiking of all abilities. You'll find several lakes located in the park including the Mazinaw Lake, the second deepest in the province and home to the 100 m (330 ft) high Mazinaw Rock. A lulling tide surrounds the soaring escarpment, featuring over 260 native pictographs and responsible for the loud echo that gives the park its name. Discover the rock and its surroundings through a selection of trails, ranging from 1 km (0.6 mi) to a challenging 17 km (10.6 mi), or unwind on a scheduled lake boat tour and its mighty rock. Numerous camping options are available, as well as canoe rentals. With our world travel planner, Cloyne attractions like Bon Echo Provincial Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Different experience when a group of us staying in yurts for 2 nights. To book the yurts for the weekend, we called the reservation at 7:00am sharp in 5 months advance. The park is huge in size and of...  read more »
  • Stayed September 4 to 6, 2016 My boyfriend and I stayed on lot 138 which is nice; it has lots of shade and is good regarding privacy. It is close to the washrooms (read outhouse) but upwind from it so...  read more »
  • My husband and I came here last weekend for an anniversary getaway. Next time we will bring our children and our dog. We stayed in the Fairlawns campground area. The site was beautiful, clear ground f...  read more »
  • Beautiful Park that has inspired generations of artists; The natives that occupied these lands painted pictographs on the 400ft cliffs, then hundreds of years later, Canada's most important artists visited this place for inspiration. You'll soon understand why this place is seemingly so sacred. Don't expect good cell service though, better off visiting the local town of Cloyne for some steady signal. The local library there also offers free WiFi for those who are really desperate. No Netflix or pokémon might just blow it for the kids initially, but once they start exploring the great outdoors, they'll soon be running around in the majestic forests that envelope these lands. Also, visit near the end of July for a beautiful art show with food, great family activities (soapstone carving, paddle making), and if I remember correctly, a snake demonstration!
  • We went to Bon Echo in August, it was cool and nice. Nice place for camping lovers, you can rent canoe or kayak here with affordable cost, perfect place to observe meteors. But low privacy at camping site. I love it!!
  • Amazing location with an amazing lake. We (a group of five 23 year olds) camped here for 3 days in July. First thing to note is if there are severe thunderstorm watches, the water-side rental service won't let you risk your life on the water with their canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, or other floatable vehicles (probably for the better). To say the least, we had to work around the thunderstorms. Second thing to note is to not be dense and set up your tents in a gulley… where –if it rain– you’re sure to spend a night in a semi-natural waterbed. Pro-tip: don’t arrive and set up camp at 4am. (reason for ⅘ stars) Third thing to note is that there is a lot more to do here than the park staff tell you about… as in, we looked up stuff before coming and decided to ask the staff about what they recommended… and they didn’t really know much. Fourth thing to note: NO CELL SIGNAL for non-Rogers customers (except for emergency calls). This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Bon Echo’s pretty out of the way and in the middle of nowhere. YOU’RE CAMPING SO PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS. The cliffs are amazing to canoe/kayak along. We were told not to climb as there have been deaths recently from people slipping and smacking their heads on rocks... so we decided to be careful and not do the latter. There IS a legitimate clifftop trail that is worth taking as it only takes about 1-2 hours to do the full climb. The water is really warm in July and we had a lot of fun on the North beach and swam from that beach to the point and then ran back to get our stuff. If you go down in the lake about 3 meters, the water becomes FRIGID. DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THAT (except for dares). We found no sea monsters… or really any aquatic wildlife for that matter. The main beach’s floor goes out for QUITE a while and you can seemingly be in the middle of the lake by the time you can’t touch! Warning: the lake bottom isn’t for the squeamish, as it’s really, really squishy — great for mud fights and ruining friendships! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND! Have fun! :)
  • This is a fantastic park with great facilities. My partner and I had the time of our lives. We rented a canoe and took it along the beautiful cliffs. We tied it up in the cliffs and did some rock climbing and cliff diving. It is a beautiful park with a lot to do. I will definitely be going back.
  • Real washrooms and showers. Good trails. Friendly staff. Great history, beautiful sceneries. Nice beach, canoe, kayak and ferry rides.
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