Bon Echo

Bon Echo


Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Song of Myself Marathon Reading June 16, 2019 June 16, 2019 Amphitheatre

It's the 200th birthday of the poet Walt Whitman and Whitmanites all over the world are celebrating. Join the Friends of Bon Echo Park the weekend of June 15 & 16 to learn more about Walt & his connection to Bon Echo. A live reading of Walt's poem "Song of Myself" takes place Sunday June 16 from 1- 3 pm. 

Sciensational Sssnakes! June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 Amphitheatre

Staff from Sciensational Sssnakes will give 2 interactive presentations at 11 am & 1 pm on snakes and other reptiles. Ontario snakes will be featured with a hands-on session. Bring your camera and learn why these creatures need to be protected. 

TurtleFest July 13, 2019 July 13, 2019 Children's Program Area

Celebrate some of the coolest species in the park from 1-3 pm. Learn more about the different turtle species in Ontario (and the park) from staff at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Face painting and games about turtles will also take place at this event. 

Yoga July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019 Pumphouse Beach (Near the Visitor Centre)

Being in nature helps us live happier and healthier lives. Exposure to natural environments like parks enhances our ability to cope with stress. Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day with some yoga at 9:30 am. Bring your yoga mat.

Healthy Trees, Healthy People- Guided Walk July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019 To be determined

Do you know what trees do to stay healthy? Join Mitch at 1 pm on a guided walk to learn the amazing things trees try to do to live a long, healthy life. Discover how spending time with trees are good for our health.   

Traditional Teachings & Scavenger Hunt July 20, 2019 July 20, 2019 Children's Program Area

Some elders and traditional people will provide a little insight into their culture and history. Join them at 2 pm for some sharing and learn some Algonquin words while on a scavenger hunt. Dogs are not permitted at this event. 

Learn to Fish July 25, 2019 July 26, 2019 Bon Echo Creek, near the park boat house

Learn to Fish staff will be here Thursday July 25 and Friday July 26  from 10 am - noon and 1-3 pm to show you how to use fishing equipment and fish legally & safely. Learn some fish identification skills as well.  

Friends of Bon Echo Art Exhibition and Sale July 26, 2019 July 28, 2019 South Beach (new location this year)

The Friends of Bon Echo Park are celebrating their annual Art Exhibition and Sale July 26, 27, and 28 from 10 am - 4 pm with works of juried artists. Enjoy live music and a BBQ. 

In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven, Sue and Jim Waddington July 27, 2019 July 27, 2019 Amphitheatre

Sue and Jim have been on a quest to locate places that inspired Group of Seven painters like Arthur Lismer. At 7 pm, find out about the painting sites they found in Bon Echo. Photos of Ontario painting sites will be compared to the corresponding artworks. Discover what they learned about these famous artists. 

David Archibald July 30, 2019 July 30, 2019 Amphitheatre

Join singer & songwriter David Archibald at 7 pm for a one hour energetic and interactive show for the whole family. Sing along to the 2 songs he wrote about Bon Echo.

The Paddling Puppeteers August 7, 2019 August 7, 2019 Amphitheatre

Kids, have fun and learn about our waterways while watching an amazing puppet show at 7 pm presented by the Paddling Puppeteers. Meet some friendly characters while attending this fun, 45 minute show.

FalconFest August 10, 2019 August 10, 2019 Children's Program Area

Bon Echo is home to some special feathered friends- Peregrine Falcons. From 1- 3 pm, learn more about the fastest bird in the world with fun activities and see a real Peregrine Falcon!

Speaking of Wildlife August 12, 2019 August 12, 2019 Amphitheatre

Would you like to see some wildlife up close? Staff from Speaking of Wildlife will introduce you to some special guests at 1 pm. Bring your family & friends to this one hour presentation to see some animals native to the Bon Echo area.

Friends of Bon Echo Park Annual General Meeting August 24, 2019 August 24, 2019 Amphitheatre

Members are encouraged to attend the Friends annual general meeting from 2:30-4 pm. Author Shena McAuliffe will read from her book The Good Echo. Shena's interest in Bon Echo, including Weston Price, is reflected in her book.

Camper Chili Cookoff September 14, 2019 September 14, 2019 Amphitheatre

Attention all campers! From 2:30-4 pm, the Friends of Bon Echo Park invite you to make your best traditional or vegetarian style chili and have it judged. Chili must be made in the park & be able to serve 3-6 judges. Go to the Friends of Bon Echo Park web site for more information.

Cycle Bon Echo September 28, 2019 September 28, 2019 Registration takes place at the Lagoon starting at 9 am.

This family-friendly cycling event starts at 10 am and takes participants on a scenic ride from the Lagoon to Joeperry Lake and back. Ride the full 17 km or opt for the 4 km route. Riders are encouraged to collect pledges to support ongoing wildlife conservation efforts in the park. See the Friends of Bon Echo Park web site for more information.

Campsite Decoration Contest October 12, 2019 October 13, 2019

Like to decorate your campsite during Thanksgiving weekend? See how creative you are by decorating your campsite with a Thanksgiving or Hallowe'en theme the weekend of Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, Oct. 13. Whose sites will be the best? Judging starts at 9 am Sunday, Oct.13. Prizes will be announced at 2 pm that day at Greystones.