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Travel back 12 000 years along the McNaughton FIT Trail to learn how the land and people have been shaped by the Little Bonnechere River.

The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy.
The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steady and with a purpose. Charles Dickens

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photo of oxbow in bonnechere river spacer McNaughton's Walk
- oxbows and meandering shorelines
- surveying the Bonnechere River
- beaver pond
Rating: easy
Length: less than 2 km
Start/Finish: River Loop campground in Bonnechere Park
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photo of omaniques mill site   Omanique's Mill
- site of former lumbering mill
- the unsung hemlock
Rating: easy
Length: 30 min
Start/Finish: From Turners Rd follow White Mountain Chute Trail to Omanique Mill Road sign.
     
photo of lafleur homestead   Lafleur Homestead
- historic stopping place
- log home and various outbuildings surrounded by recovering forest
Rating: easy
Length: 30 min
Start/Finish: off Turners Rd, 10.9km from Cty Rd 58
Sneak Peak: 360 degree view
     
photo from egg rock   Egg Rock - Whispering Pines Lookout
- a view of two parallel faultlines (cracks in the bedrock)
- panoramic vista of the Little Bonnechere RIver
Rating: challenging
Length: 30 min
Start/Finish: off Turners Rd, 14.7km from Cty Rd 58
     
photo of payne's pine   Payne's Pine Trail
- jack and red pine plantation on an abandoned homestead
- spruce bog
- bayou-like silver maple swamp
Rating: easy
Length: 60 min
Start/Finish: off Basin Rd, 15.6km from Cty Rd 58
     
photo of mcdonald grave marker   Sligo
- abandoned settlement homestead
- just above Head of Canoe Navigation on the Bonnechere
- grave marker of infant Alexander McDonald
Rating: very easy
Length: 10 min
Start/Finish: off Basin Rd, 18.2km from Cty Rd 58
View the an historic photo of the McDonald Homestead at Sligo
     
photo of basin depot cabin   Basin Depot
- site of an 1850s abandoned logging depot and 1950s lumbering camp
- oldest building in Algonquin Park, two fenced graveyards
Rating: easy
Length: 45 min
Start/Finish: off Basin Rd, 21.3km from Cty Rd 58
     
photo of high falls on the bonnechere   High Falls on the Little Bonnechere
- site of former timber slide (chute) bypassing the rock-walled falls
- spawning bed for brook trout
Rating: challending
Length: 2 hours
Start/Finish: off Basin Rd, 21.3km from Cty Rd 58
View an historic photo of High Falls, circa 1910
     
photo of mcguey homestead   McGuey Farm
- site of abondoned settlement homestead
Rating: easy
Length: 3 hours
Start/Finish: off Basin Rd, 31.3km from Cty Rd 58, just beyond Foy Lake
View a recent aerial view of the McGuey Farm
     
photo of mcintyre's clearing   McIntyre's Clearing
- site of abondoned settlement homestead
- several lumber companies operations here in the 1870s
Rating: easy
Length: 1 hour
Start/Finish: 44.5km from Cty Rd 58 at western terminus of Basin Rd
View an 1889 survey map of the McIntyre Homestead
     

 

 

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