Bonnechere Provincial Park sits at the mouth of the Little Bonnechere River, where it opens into Round Lake. From the expansive sandy beach and shoreline boardwalk, the park stretches inland across 162 hectares of forest and wetland, encompassing 128 campsites, rustic cabins, hiking trails and interpretive areas.
Established in 1967, Canada's centennial year, Bonnechere Park attracts campers and day-use visitors who come to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the shaded campsites and beach area. The Little Bonnechere, which follows a winding path of oxbows, is perfect for canoeing and wildlife viewing. The woodland hiking trails are geared for outdoor exploration and physical activity for the whole family.
Bonnechere Park is also a destination for families interested in discovering the rich cultural heritage of the Ottawa Valley. The Depot, a stopping place on the McNaughton Trail featuring two restored park ranger cabins, is the site of school programs, Spirit Nights and storytelling. At the Davenport Centre (below), visitors can view natural and cultural exhibits, and participate in various interpretive programs and watch live entertainment.
Each summer, the calendar of events features a full slate of activities and special events. Kids programs run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings; family programs are hosted on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
For those wanting to explore beyond the park gate, the Friends of Bonnechere Parks have published Walks of the Little Bonnechere, a self-guided walking book featuring the natural and cultural stories of 10 sites up-river. Visit the site of a former lumber operation at Omanique's Mill, an original stopping place at the Lafleur Homestead, and a circa 1900 log cabin and graveyard at Basin Depot. For a more exhilarating outing, climb to the top of Egg Rock to take in a panoramic vista, hike through a bayou-like silver maple swamp, or feel the spray of the rushing waters at High Falls.
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