Bonnechere

Events

Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
School Group Programs May 23, 2017 June 16, 2017

School groups are invited to prebook curriculum-based natural and cultural heritage education programs. Themes include Footprints in Time, Archaeology, Pioneers, Turtles, Birds and much more. Our newest program is called Designed to Move! focusing on getting kids more active in the outdoors.

Friends of Bonnechere AGM June 10, 2017 June 10, 2017

The public is welcome to attend this annual general meeting and input is encouraged
Fishing with Dad June 17, 2017 June 17, 2017

Join the Community Resource Centre in our Fishing with Dad event in celebration of Father's Day! This event offers gear and bait so dads and tots can dip a line into the Little Bonnechere River in hopes of landing the big one. FREE access to Bonnechere Park for the morning. If you wish to extend your visit outside the event times, a valid day-use Park pass will be required (available at Park office).

Canada Day Celebrations July 1, 2017 July 1, 2017 The Davenport Centre

Come out and celebrate Canada’s birthday with fun for everyone: face painting, games and prizes! In the evening, plan to take in the fireworks display at nearby Killaloe.

10:00am- 12:00 pm Come on down to the Davenport Centre and get your face painted for Canada Day!

10:00am- 12:00 pm Test your colouring skills and enjoy the new display center with our colouring pages!

10:00am- 12:00 pm Have you got the skills to land the creatures in the pond, come test it out, it’s a bean bag toss!

1:00pm Canada Bingo, let the fun begin and see if you can win!!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Bonnechere's Homecoming July 8, 2017 July 8, 2017 Davenport Centre

From July 8th- July 15th there will be events almost every day to celebrate Bonnechere Provincial Park's 50th anniversary and the Friends of Bonnechere Parks 25th anniversary! You don't want to miss out!

11:00am- 3:00pm:   Opening Ceremonies. Come out to the Davenport Centre to hear key individuals from Bonnechere's history as a Park speak to the importance of the past 50 years since Bonnechere's conception. Hear about our park-wide time capsule and how you can participate! A lunch and dessert will be served by the Friends of Bonnechere Parks! After lunch, spend the afternoon mingling with all sorts of characters from Bonnechere's past and present!

7:00pm- 9:00pm:   Peter Puffin's Whale Tales! Come out to hear an amazing concert by returning interactive performer Peter Puffin! Enjoy this incredible opening to an amazing week of anniversary celebrations!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Kids Crafts! July 10, 2017 July 10, 2017 Davenport Centre

10:30am-12:00pm:  Do you have a story to tell about Bonnechere that you would like to share? Come out to the Davenport Centre to join the NHE team in creating your very own craft or letter to put into our park-wide time capsule! All materials will be provided- all you have to do is come prepared with stories and creativity!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "Celebrate our River- A Guided Canoe Tour of the Bonnechere" July 11, 2017 July 11, 2017 Davenport Centre

10:30am- 2:00pm:   Join Bonnechere staff as they meander up the beautiful Bonnechere River and make guided stops along the way! Bring a lunch along and enjoy it alongside the river!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "The History Buffs", live in an interactive concert! July 12, 2017 July 12, 2017 Davenport Centre

7:00pm- 9:00pm:   Come on out to hear the amazing and local trio, The History Buffs! Witness them in full historical character as they take campers back in time to the early days of Bonnechere!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "Celebrate our River- A Guided Canoe Tour of the Bonnechere" July 13, 2017 July 13, 2017 Davenport Centre

10:30am- 2:00pm:   Join Bonnechere staff as they meander up the beautiful Bonnechere River and make guided stops along the way! Bring a lunch along and enjoy it alongside the river!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "Blast from the Past- Take a Step Down Memory Lane" July 13, 2017 July 13, 2017 Davenport Centre

7:00pm- 9:00pm:  Join Bonnechere Provincial Park staff, past and present to enjoy a story-sharing evening around the campfire. Learn about how things used to be at Bonnechere, from the perspective of past Park employees, and from the perspective of campers young and old. You might even want to enjoy roasting a marshmallow or two...or three... while you're listening

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Footprints in Time Hike- Bonnechere Uncovered July 14, 2017 July 14, 2017 The Depot

11:00am: Kids Crafts! Meet the NHE team at the Davenport Centre to take part in some awesome craft activities to celebrate Bonnechere's anniversary! If you missed this event on Monday, this is your chance to make a craft, or write a letter to be put into our time capsule!

2:00pm: Footprints in Time Hike: Bonnechere Uncovered. Join MacKenzie at the Depot to set out on a hike that journey's back in time! You will learn all about Bonnechere Provincial Park's incredible 50 years' history!

Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Closing Ceremonies July 15, 2017 July 15, 2017 Davenport Centre

11:00am- 2:00pm:   Closing ceremony and time-capsule burial. Come by the Davenport Centre to wrap-up our week-long activities celebrating Bonnechere's great birthday. Witness our time capsule be buried and find out when it will resurface! There will be lunch available after the closing remarks and burial, as well as some entertainment in the form of local step-dancers and fiddlers in the afternoon.

7:00 pm- 9:00pm:   Come and join award-winning singer/ songwriter David Archibald on a musical camping adventure at Bonnechere to close our week-long anniversary celebrations! David's performance is upbeat and interactive, and sure to be an awesome finale!

Healthy Parks Healthy People Day July 21, 2017 July 21, 2017 Meet at the Davenport Centre

Come on out and enjoy a beautiful day filled with games and physical activity here at Bonnechere! On Healthy Parks Healthy People Day there is free day-use at all Ontario Parks. The doors are open to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration.

The idea is to allow the public time to strengthen and rediscover people's connection to nature is now! Ontario’s provincial parks are home to some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscapes in the country. We want to increase the awareness and uptake of the strong benefits linked to spending time in nature.

At Bonnechere, the focus will be on a holistic approach to healthy living and enjoying our natural environment. Throughout the day we will have multiple workshops all focusing on different aspects of health.

8:30am: Yoga on the Beach

10:00am: Small Games Tournament (bean bag toss, animal tag, egg race, etc)

1:00pm: Smoke-free Spaces at Bonnechere

3:00pm: Mini-Mind Masters

7:00pm: Park-wide Scavenger Hunt

Little Rays Reptile Zoo July 22, 2017 July 22, 2017 Davenport Centre

Endangered Ontario! Come out to this live interactive presentation all about Ontario’s wildlife and how to protect them. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up and close with these interesting critters from mammals to reptiles and birds too, it is sure to be a good time. Any donations to the Friends of Bonnechere Parks would be appreciated to keep presentations like this coming back! The presentation begins at 3PM.

Archaeology Day July 29, 2017 July 29, 2017 The Davenport Centre

Celebrate the history of archaeology in and around Bonnechere Park. Participate in mock archaeology excavations where children play the role of archaeologist. At the pot-building station participants are guided through the process of creating a coil pot of their own. The showcase will feature artifacts recovered at various local archaeological excavations over the past 20 years. Guest speakers will provide further insight. Begins @ 10:00AM

Art in the Park July 30, 2017 July 30, 2017 The Davenport Centre

Local artist Kim Hanewich will lead free drawing sessions for campers and day-use visitors. Express yourself through charcoal and pencil, surrounded by the natural beauty of Bonnechere Provincial Park. Starting at 10:00 am at the Davenport Centre.

Apple Cider in Concert August 5, 2017 August 5, 2017 Davenport Centre

Come out to hear the amazing valley original, Apple Cider in concert! Enjoy the sound of folk music and fiddle tunes... always a crowd favourite! Show begins at 7:00 pm!

Art in the Park August 5, 2017 August 5, 2017 The Davenport Centre

Local artist Kim Hanewich will lead free drawing sessions for campers and day-use visitors. Express yourself through charcoal and pencil, surrounded by the natural beauty of Bonnechere Provincial Park. Starting at 10:00 am at the Davenport Centre.

Bike Rodeo August 12, 2017 August 12, 2017 The Davenport Centre

Celebrate active transportation! Join Park staff and the Killaloe OPP to learn more about bike safety and maintenance. Then practice your hand signals on a specially built course meant to test your bike-safety and ability. Afterwards, have fun decorating your bike and join us on a parade around the Park! Event begins at 10:30am.

Spirit's Night August 19, 2017 August 19, 2017 The Depot

Once a year, when the stars reach a particular alignment, those who once lived and worked along the Bonnechere River can be seen travelling the shores once again. You will meet voyageurs and surveyors, lumberjacks and pioneers who called the Bonnechere Valley home long before Ontario’s first provincial parks. Event begins at 7pm.

Jared Lutes in Concert August 25, 2017 August 25, 2017 The Davenport Centre

Come out to the Davenport Centre to enjoy a musical performance by award-winning musician hailing from the East Coast, Jared Lutes! Great for all ages, Jared's musical style echoes legends such as John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and Blue Rodeo... his debut performance at Bonnechere is not to be missed! Concert starts at 7pm.

Wolf Howl August 26, 2017 August 26, 2017 Meet at the Davenport Centre

Mike Runtz, one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers and natural history authors, returns once more to lead the annual Bonnechere Park Wolf Howl. Meet at the Davenport Centre for a compelling multi-media presentation on the Eastern Wolf. Then, travel via car pool along the Bonnechere Road to Basin Depot, where Mike will call out to the wolves. With luck, the wolves will return his howls. Program begins at 7pm.

Learn To Fish September 1, 2017 September 1, 2017 The Davenport Centre

If you have ever wanted to learn to fish, now is your chance! A team of fish experts will be visiting the Park, and will be facilitating teaching programs all about fishing. Have some fun with lure building and trivia! 

First session begins at 10:00 AM

Second session begins at 1:00 PM

Program signup is required and can be done in the Park Store

Phil the Forecaster presents, "Tom Thomson was a Weatherman" September 1, 2017 September 1, 2017 Davenport Centre

Come out to the Davenport Centre to explore the past and art of Group of 7 member, Tom Thomson! Weather was the inspiration for much of the art of Tom Thomson. Tom painted lots of weather phenomena. Throughout the evening it will become evident that Tom was indeed a “weatherman” through “Creative Scene Investigation”. CSI is the application of meteorology as well as other forensic sciences, to creative works. The deductions are sleuthed from the details which are plainly hidden within the art. The motivation behind the art was not secret at the time of the painting but they are unintelligible to those not versed in forensic meteorology. 

Tom was a remarkable observer of the natural world. The hidden agenda in this fun and interactive presentation is to celebrate the genius of Tom Thomson as an artist through the weather that inspired him.

Presentation begins at 8:00pm

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup September 2, 2017 September 2, 2017 Davenport Centre

Come out to celebrate an amazing season at Bonnechere by participating in the national movement, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup! We will spend time cleaning our shorelines all throughout Bonnechere and commit to Ontario Parks ecological integrity mission!

Meet at the Davenport Centre at 10:00AM