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
May 23, Saturday: 2009 Renfrew County Natural
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
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
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
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
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
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
View details of the day.
View photos of Basin
October 12, Monday