7 reasons why I keep fishing Ontario’s Bon Echo Provincial Park


#3 There’s plenty for non-anglers to do (so the anglers can go fishing)

As well as its natural environment, Bon Echo is beloved for its many activities including biking, birding, canoeing, hiking and swimming. (There’s even a dedicated beach for dogs.) In addition, park staff offer a variety of interactive programs, such as guided nature walks, children’s events and evening shows at the amphitheatre. One of the more challenging—but rewarding—activities is hiking up Mazinaw Rock. Above is the view from the trail, where, if you’re lucky, you might spot one of the peregrine falcons that nest on the cliff.


There’s also some remarkable history on Mazinaw Rock itself. At water level, it’s adorned with more than 200 pictographs, painted centuries ago by the region’s indigenous inhabitants. Incredibly, some of the red-ochre images are more than 1,000 years old. You can explore them on your own or, for a modest fee, take an interpretative boat tour of the lake.