Bon Echo

Welcome to climbing at Bon Echo!

Experience multi-pitch climbing on a 100 metre high granite cliff rising vertically out of the water. The routes are all traditional, ranging from 5.0 to 5.11, with the most popular routes in the 5.4 to 5.9 range. Don’t let the low grades fool you; most of these routes were put up by hard climbers decades ago, when 5.10 was the hardest grade conceivable. Consequently, many routes are rated one or two grades below current standards. Many classic routes are very exposed so even at easier grades the experience is exhilarating. There are no sport routes and no top roping routes.

Wally Joyce Hut

The Wally Joyce Hut on Mazinaw Lake is one of greatest attractions of the Toronto section. Where else in Ontario can you experience multi-pitch climbing on a 100 metre high granite cliff rising vertically out of the water? The routes are all trad, ranging from 5.0 to 5.11, with the most popular routes in the 5.4 to 5.9 range. Don’t let the low grades fool you though, many experienced leaders have been heard crying, “There’s no way this is a 5.6!” The exposure and length of routes at Bon Echo make for an adventure unlike any other in Ontario. The Toronto section owns a climbing hut on the lake and operates a boat to ferry climbers to and from the climbs. The cabin is comfortable and an excellent place to meet other climbers and get information on the climbs. The hut also offers excellent swimming, hiking, and a wood fired sauna.