Bon Echo

Backcountry Camping

Abes & Essens – Overnight Hiking Trail
This trail features three loops of four, nine and 17 km. Five campsites are available along the trail for overnight stays.  Each campsite has a picnic table and tent space; toilets are nearby.

Canoe-in Camping
Twenty-five canoe-in campsites are located on Joeperry and Pearson Lakes.  A short canoe trip of 10 to 30 minutes will get you to your campsite.  At each campsite, you will find a picnic table, tent space and a toilet nearby.  Joeperry Lake has the added bonus of a sandy beach.

Note that the channel to Pearson Lake campsites may not be navigable when water levels are low.  Please check on current status with park staff.

Car Camping

Bon Echo offers car camping in two campgrounds; Mazinaw Lake and Hardwood Hill.

The Mazinaw Lake Campground has three camping loops; Sawmill Bay, Midway and Fairway.  Campsites on these loops can accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers.  Many campsites offer electrical hook-up.  Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by.  Swimming, boating and the Visitor Centre are only a short distance away.

For a semi-wilderness experience, you can camp in the maple-beech forest of the Hardwood Hill Campground.  Sites in Hardwood Hill can accommodate tents or tent-trailers.  Toilets are nearby and there is one comfort station to service the campground.  There are no electrical hook-ups.

Radio-Free Camping

The Midway loop of the Mazinaw Lake Campground and Hardwood Hill Campground are radio-free.

Walk-In Camping

If you prefer some distance from other campers and your car, consider a walk-in campsite.  Sawmill Bay Campground loop has five walk-in campsites located right on Mazinaw Lake.  The Hardwood Hill Campground has a walk-in loop with nine campsites.  Parking is approximately 100 to 300 metres from your campsite.

Roofed Accommodation

Camp Cabin

Number at Park: 7 Site Number(s) / Name: 610, 611, 612, 615, 616, 617, 618

Bon Echo has six camp cabins. The camp cabin is a rustic one room cabin with a rustic wood interior. The cabin sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed.

Sleeps: 5 Amenities

High quality mattresses will provide a comfy night’s sleep. The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas barbeque and picnic table. Cabins are equipped with electric base board heating..

What to Bring

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

Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the cabin or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. The camp cabin is within a short walk of a vault toilet and water tap. Cabins are located in radio free area.

Parking

​Space for two vehicles nearby.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre. When reserving online select “Roofed Accommodation” as your reservation type.

Rustic Cabin

Number at Park: 1 Site Number(s) / Name: Cabin on the Hill

The Cabin on the Hill is a historic log cabin dating from the 1870s. It has been moved twice during its lifetime and is now located on a hill near the Visitor Centre. Guests staying at the cabin will enjoy a great view of Mazinaw Rock.

Sleeps: 6 Amenities

The cabin sleeps six comfortably. There is one bed in a separate bedroom and two pull out couches in the main living area. The kitchen has an electric fridge, stove and microwave. Pots, pans, dishes and cutlery are provided. The main living area includes an electric fireplace.

The cabin has running water with a stand up shower, toilet and sink.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food and other personal items.

Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the cabin and smoking is prohibited.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

To reserve the Cabin on the Hill, please call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) or 1-519-826-5290 outside of North America.

Soft Sided Shelter

Number at Park: 2 Site Number(s) / Name: 158 & 160

​Sawmill Bay Campground has an exiting new camping option:
Exploration Tents, soft-walled structures that can accommodate up to five people.

  • Both sites are close to beautiful Mazinaw Lake.
  • Campsite 160 even has a view of Mazinaw Rock.
  • Exploration Tents make a cozy “home away from home.”
  • Enjoy immersion in nature without the mess.
  • No need to pack and pitch your tent. Just slide your bags onto the shelf, and lay out your favourite pjs.

Just $97.18/night (two night minimum).

Sleeps: 5 Amenities

​Each tent comes with:

  • sleeping platform with four mattresses
  • table and chairs
  • shelving unit
  • broom and dust pan
  • outdoor propane BBQ
  • picnic table
  • fire pit
What to Bring
  • bedding (pillow, sleeping bag or blankets and sheets)
  • cooking supplies
  • dishes and utensils
  • pots and pans
  • food
  • flashlight
Restrictions

No pets allowed

All Ontario Parks regulations apply

Parking

​Parking for one vehicle is included.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK. When reserving online select “Roofed Accommodation” as your reservation type.

Yurt

Number at Park: 6 Site Number(s) / Name: 148, 153, 701, 702, 703, 704

Two of Bon Echo’s six yurts are located in the Sawmill Bay area of Mazinaw Lake Campground. A comfort station is nearby. The remainder are located near the South Beach.

Sleeps: 6 Amenities

Each yurt is equipped with two sets of futon bunk beds and sleeps up to six. Inside the yurt, campers will also find a table and chairs, and a broom and dustpan. Outside, yurt sites are equipped with a propane BBQ, picnic table and fire pit.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, cookware and dishes.

Yurts have electricity, electric heat and are barrier-free.

Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee. Check in is after 2 p.m. and check-out is prior to 12 noon.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.