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Bonnechere

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What you'll like:

  • Rich Ottawa Valley history
  • Sandy beach on the shores of Round Lake
  • McNaughton Trail with Foot Prints in Time enhanced interpretive experience
  • Historic Depot with log Ranger Cabins
  • Rustic Cabins for rent
  • Walks of the Little Bonnechere trail guide

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 128
  • Electrical Campsites - 24
  • Rustic Cabins - 4

Camping

Bonnechere offers many camping options for visitors looking for a place to set up their tent, park their RV or 5th wheel rig. Car camping is offered in three campgrounds with a centrally located comfort station, laundry facilities and water taps nearby.

For those looking for a bit more comfort the park offers Rustic Cabins for rent.


 

Car Camping

Bonnechere offers car camping in three campgrounds; Tall Pines, River Loop and Sandy Flats. Tall Pines and River Loop Campgrounds are within a five minute walk to swimming, the Visitor Centre and Park Store while Sandy Flats is a 10 minute walk to these amenities. All campgrounds provide access to a central comfort station, laundry facilities and water taps.

Tall Pines Campground consists of 60 campsites that are set among some spectacular White Pine trees that have survived the logging days. Campsites in Tall Pines campground can accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers. Twenty-four of these campsites offer electrical hook up.

Campsites in the River Loop Campground can accommodate tents only to small trailers. Electrical sites are not provided in this campground. Many of the campsites are located immediately adjacent to the Bonnechere River, providing direct access to water activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing and wildlife viewing. 

Sandy Flats is a radio-free campground that can accommodate tents to small trailers. Electrical sites are not provided in this campground. Sandy Flats Campground has a mini-comfort station which provides pedal flush toilets and showers in close proximity to the campsites.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Sandy Flats Campground provides a radio-free camping experience.

 

Rustic Cabins

Bonnechere offers four Rustic Cabins for rent. Come and stay with us along the banks of the Bonnechere River while discovering a world of recreation close by. For those who are looking for a break away from the everyday, try sleeping under a solid roof in log beds. The cabins are set along the scenic Bonnechere River and are built and trimmed in pine lumber which gives them a warm, cozy, “rustic” experience. 

Each cabin accommodates four adults or a family of six comfortably. There are two bedrooms, a small living area with chesterfield and propane fireplace. The kitchen has an electric bar fridge and microwave, a custom pine dinning table and an outdoor BBQ for cooking.  Firewood, a canoe and paddling equipment are provided. Pets are not allowed.
 
The cabins are within a short walk of a central bathroom facility and water tap. Bathroom facilities and water is not provided directly at the cabins. 

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the cabins and smoking is prohibited.
 
To reserve a cabin at Bonnechere, please call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)  or 1-519-826-5290 outside of North America.

Highlights of Things to Do

The meandering Bonnechere River, long known as a water highway for First Nations and early settlers, once carried furs and pine logs out of this Ottawa Valley region. Canoes now move leisurely along the river’s ever-changing path to Round Lake were there is a buoyed, sandy beach. A historic depot depicts the life of early forest rangers.

Step in a canoe and paddle the scenic shores of the Bonnechere for some excellent wildlife viewing. If you are looking for a longer, more challenging paddling experience, speak to park staff about nearby attractions.
 
Pack a picnic lunch and head to the park’s sandy beach with warm, shallow waters and relax the day away. Or if you prefer to be more active, hike the McNaughton Walk or, using a copy of the “Walks of the Little Bonnechere” booklet, head outside the park hike some of the 10 trails highlighted.

Natural Heritage Education programs provide families with hands-on, entertaining ways to explore the park and learn more about the local history including First Nations, pioneers and logging as well as the park’s wildlife and natural features. Did you know that the Bonnechere River headwaters is at MacKaskill Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park - 50 km upstream, and was once used to transport virgin White Pine downstream which eventually ended up for use in Britain?


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

McNaugton Trail – 2 km (40 – 60 minutes) – Out and back to loop - Easy
Take an easy stroll along the meandering Bonnechere River and learn about its rich natural and cultural history by exploring our Foot Prints in Time (FIT). FIT is based on the traditional local First Nations way of teaching and explaining our history. The trail takes you in stride with 13 giant foot prints, marked by posts with interpretive and educational text designed to be informative and engage you and your family along the hike. You will truly enjoy this adventure.

Walks of the Little Bonnechere River – 10 trails - varied lengths and difficulties
The Walks of the Little Bonnechere River is a compilation of 10 local trails and stopping places which will help you gain an understanding of the history of the river and its people. Each trail offers a variety of experiences and opportunities to explore natural and cultural history. Trail length and difficulty vary, providing an opportunity for all to enjoy. A booklet with maps, locations, pictures and descriptive text on these trails can be purchased at the park office at a reasonable cost.

 
Canoeing

Visitors to Bonnechere typically enjoy leisurely paddles along the meandering banks of the Bonnechere River from the park to Jack’s Chute (~3km). Highlights include exploring the oxbows which are habitat for a variety of creatures big and small like turtles, fish, ducks and deer.

For a bit more adventure you can purchase a canoe route map for the Bonnechere River Provincial Park.

The park rents canoes and kayaks.

 
Swimming

There is one beautiful sandy beach at Bonnechere that is recommended for swimming. The Main Beach is located in the day-use area near the Visitor Centre and Park Store and is located on the shores of Round Lake. The beach is marked with buoys and has shallow gradual drop-offs. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beach and pets are not permitted in the swimming area.

Pets can swim at the boat launch.

 
Fishing

The Bonnechere River and Round Lake provide opportunities for Large and Small Mouth Bass, pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, pike, pickerel and Lake Trout.

 
Biking

Biking is an excellent way to get around the park and is encouraged by park staff. Biking is permitted along park roads. There are no designated bike trails.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer, park staff offer a variety of fun, interactive educational programs. Join a park naturalist as you explore Footprints in Time at the hiking trail and the Visitor Centre. Bring your young campers to the children’s programs and take the whole family to the evening campfires, slide shows and the many unique presentations and entertainment.

 
Birding

Bonnechere provides homes for many birds throughout the year and in fact, there are about 297 species that have been sighted in the area. A birding checklist is available at the park for a reasonable cost.

Amenities

Enjoy modern camping facilities along the meandering Bonnechere River with access to nearby Round Lake. Our centrally located comfort station offers some of the luxuries of home with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets.

Take a relaxing walk along our Footprints in Time trail or relax at the sandy beach.
Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle along the quiet waters of the Bonnechere River - a free PFD rental is provided! Launch your boat and enjoy the river or Round Lake for fishing and other water recreational activities.

There is something to do for all ages at the Davenport Centre so stop by and experience outdoor educational opportunities through our Natural Heritage programming or step into the Park Store for camping supplies, Ontario Parks merchandise or treat yourself to a cold beverage or ice cream.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

A full service comfort station is centrally located which provides access to flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities.

A mini-comfort station is located in Sandy Flats Campground which provides pedal flush toilets and shower stalls. There are no laundry facilities at this location.

 
Flush Toilets

Available at the centrally located comfort station and the mini comfort station in Sandy Flats Campground.

 
Barrier Free Access

Available at the centrally comfort station as well as campsite #37.

 
Day Use Area

The beach at the day-use area is popular for swimming.  A beautiful sandy beach with buoyed swimming area, a board walk and shady areas with picnic tables are the highlights.  There are no lifeguards posted at the beach.

 
Laundry

Two washers and Two dryers are available at the centrally located comfort station.

 
Boat Launch

The boat launch is located in the day-use area on the Bonnechere River. The maximum recommended size is 18 feet. Please contact park staff to discuss your particular situation if you have questions.

 
Rentals

Canoes and kayaks are rented out of the Park Store on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations are not taken.

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are also available with a $25 refundable deposit.

 
Park Store

Located in the day-use area at the Davenport Centre. The store sells camper supplies such as utensils and tablecloths, ice and ice cream, drinks and snacks, Ontario Parks merchandise, firewood and Friends of Bonnechere Parks merchandise. Canoe and kayak rentals are provided at the Park Store.

 
Visitor Centre

The Davenport Centre is located in the day-use area and is in the same building as the Park Store. Here you can participate in one of our many Natural Heritage programs and learn about Bonnechere’s rich history linked to First Nations, pioneer and logging eras as well as the many natural features unique to the area.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Bonnechere Provincial Park

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