Looking for a new park to explore with your family? How about a park that offers great swimming, paddling, and hiking and where your kids pick books from a tree?
Bonnechere Provincial Park, located in Killaloe, ON (just 2 hours from Ottawa), is one of the hidden gems of the Ottawa Valley.
Here are some reasons why your family will love this park:
1. Swim in the sandy shores of Round Lake
What better way to spend a summer day than relaxing on the beach and cooling off in the lake? Bonnechere is located on the shores of Round Lake and the park has a sandy beach with a shallow entrance, ideal for children. The Park Store is located right next to the beach, which means you’re just steps away from delicious ice cream.
2. Paddling the winding Bonnechere River
Park visitors can explore the Bonnechere River by paddling to Jack’s Chute. This calm river is ideal for introducing little ones to paddling and is an incredibly scenic route.
Park visitors love spotting wildlife along the trail, such as northern map turtles sunning themselves on logs.
The park rents kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards (which can be picked up directly at the boat launch) at the park store.
3. Discover a new reading from the Bonnechere book tree
The park is home to the Bonnechere Book Tree, an outdoor library where park visitors can borrow a book or leave one for other park visitors. The tree in the book is made from the trunk of a huge white pine tree and an overturned pointer.
Let your kids pick a book to take to camp and “flip” through the pages for some quiet time.
4. Enjoy concerts, art and cultural history.
Throughout the summer, the parks’ Discovery staff offers a variety of educational programming, including children’s programs, nighttime campfires, guided hikes and more.
In addition to the regularly scheduled Discovery programs, there are also many special events including concerts and art in the park.
You can check Discovery’s programming schedule on the park’s bulletin board and check out the special events schedule here.
5. Camping on private sites in quiet campgrounds
One of the things that keeps campers coming back here year after year is the beautiful private campsites in the park’s quiet campgrounds. Bonnechere has three campsites, each with a different feel.
The River Loop Campground has many scenic sites along the river that do not have electricity. Those bringing their own canoes or kayaks will love being able to launch right from their campsite. Tall Pines Campground features electric and non-electric sites among massive White Pines. River Loop and Tall Pines are located within a few minutes walk of the beach, store and visitor center. Sandy Flats Campground is a radio-free area that offers unpowered sites in a slightly more secluded area of the park for those seeking solitude.
6. Making footprints on the Footprints in Time (FIT) trail
This innovative trail design features unique signs (also known as “museums on a stick”) along the way for a self-guided experience. Along the way, you will travel from the year 10,000 BC. C. to the present day using the posters as a guide.
This trail is great for kids, as signs along the way include instructions for role-play and sensory play, such as pacing yourself like a surveyor and learning to listen like a deer. Park visitors should start at The Depot and begin by browsing the Turtle Island Time Machine.
7. Roof it instead of roughing it
If you prefer to leave your tent at home and enjoy the park with a roof over your head, the park has everything you need:
pine country house
Pine Shores Cottage is a stunning lakeside retreat along the shores of Round Lake.
The cabin, which sleeps six people, is built and trimmed in pine and offers many amenities for a relaxing getaway. Includes propane fireplace, leather sofa and chairs, flat-screen TV with DVD player, full-size refrigerator with freezer, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, tea maker, toaster, and three-piece bathroom with luxurious jetted tub and multi-function shower. jets.
Firewood, barbecue, canoe and paddling equipment are provided.
The park’s four rustic cabins are located along the Bonnechere River in the park and feature two bedrooms and a small living room with a Chester sofa and propane fireplace. The kitchen features an electric refrigerator and microwave, a custom pine dining table, and an outdoor barbecue for cooking. Firewood, canoe and paddling equipment are provided.
To reserve Pine Shores Cottage or one of the rustic cabins at Bonnechere, call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) or 1-519-826-5290 outside North America.