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The following events are highlights of this season at Bonnechere Park. Plan to join us and be sure to tell your friends. Keep in mind you will require a Valid Daily Permit or Camping Permit to participate in most of these activities. Check back for additional info or call 613-757-2103.

May 15, Friday
Park Opens!

May 23, Saturday: 2009 Renfrew County Natural History Day
Expert speakers will give presentations on various local flora and fauna such as fungi, grassland birds, and the endangered American Eel. Children's program will focus on Renfrew County bird species-at-risk. Guided afternoon outings will visit the Old Growth Forest at the Shaw Woods, a wetland habitat on Ross Road, and a maple syrup facility in a sustainably managed deciduous forest.
Please pre-register by calling: 613-732-3678

May 25 to June 24: School Programs
School groups are invited to prebook curriculum-based natural and cultural heritage education programs. Themes include pioneers, turtles, birds and much more!

June 13: Friends' Weekend - Building on Success
9:30 am: Visioning Session for 5-Year Strategic Plan. By invitiation only. If you are interested in attending, please email us.
3:30 pm: FBP Annual General Meeting at the Davenport Centre.

July 1, Wednesday: Canada's Day
Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Bonnechere Park. Fun for the whole family at morning and evening programs.

July 12, Friday: The Music of David Archibald
7:00 pm: David has performed in national and provincial parks across Canada. A renowned children's performer, David has also been featured on CBC's Vinyl Café, Morningside, Fresh Air, Ontario Morning, Radio Noon and more.

July 14 to 18: Sands of Time Festival
Theme: Water for Tomorrow

This year's festival focuses on the waters around us-- and the plants and animals that call them home. Join us for a week of water-based interpretive program and outreach actvities.
Tuesday 10am: Save Ontario Turtles Children's Program
Wednesday 7pm: Jeoprady-style Water Trivia with Josh Trebek
Thursday 10am: Ottawa River Brigade on Round Lake
Sculpting: Native Aquatic Animals - Win PRIZES
View photos from the 2004 sand sculpting competition
Saturday 10am: All About Amphibians

August 1, Saturday: Spirits' Night
8:30pm: The Depot in Bonnechere Park
Once each summer – when the moon and stars align – the spirits of the folks who once lived and worked along the banks of the Little Bonnechere revisit this land. Come listen to their stories and learn more about the characters who called this place home at various times over the past 150 years.

August 8, Saturday: Passport to the Past
10:00am - 11:30am: Step back into the past to discover the rich multi-cultural heritage of the Ottawa Valley. This year's guests include:
John Forman who will demonstrate hand hewing with a broad axe.
Randy Thuler demonstrating shooting with black powder.
7:00 pm: Native Dancers of Pikwakanagan

August 15, Saturday: Archaeology Day
10:00am - 11:30am: Hands-on Activities
Join members of the Ontario Archaeological Society Ottawa Chapter as they present hands-on historic archaeology activities such as artefact reconstruction, clay pot-making, excavation methods and traditional fire-making. Always a very popular event for the entire family!
2:30pm: Excavation of a Timber Shanty
Join archaeologist, and Little Bonnechere historian and author, Rory MacKay at the Davenport Centre for an illustrated talk on excavation of an 1870 camboose shanty, to learn more about archaeology and lifeways of the past.
7:00pm: The Music of Apple Cider
An ecclectic mix of traditional fiddling backed with accoustic guitar. Apple Cider is a Park favourite and draws a crowd, so be sure the come early!

August 22, Saturday: Wolf Howl
7pm to 10pm: Author, educator and naturalist Mike Runtz leads this moonlight excursion to nearby Basin Depot in Algonquin Park in search of the elusive sounds of howling wolf packs. Meet at the Davenport Centre for a slide show presentation on wolf biology and social behaviour. We will then head into Basin Depot and hopefully get a wolf pack to howl for us. It's a 20km drive into Algonquin Park, so you will need transportation. Also, dogs are best left at home since their barking can discourage wolves from howling.

October 3, Saturday: Back to Basin
After several years, the OAS Ottawa Chapter will cohost a public archaology day at Basin Depot. Come out and watch archaeologists excavating the site of an abandoned logging depot. Learn about the people who once lived hear, the buildings they built and lived in, and the work that was their livelihood.
View details of the day.
View photos of Basin Depot.

October 12, Monday
Park Closes






Kid’s Adventures:
10:00am - 11:30am
10:00am - 11:30am
10:00am - 11:30am

Family Programs:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm