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.  The exposure and length of routes at Bon Echo make for an adventure unlike any other in Ontario.

The Toronto section maintains the Wally Joyce Hut on Mazinaw Lake and operates a boat to ferry climbers to and from the climbs.  The newly renovated (2018) hut is one of greatest attractions of the Toronto section offering swimming, hiking, and a wood fired sauna. It is comfortable and an excellent place to meet other climbers and get information on the climbs.

Booking Details

  • Go to website calendar for trip dates.  https://alpineclubtoronto.ca/calendar/
  • Email the custodian associated with the trip date, full names of all members on your trip and their membership#, stating your interest in participation for that date.
  • The custodian may follow up with an email to verify your skill level or any other questions that may pertain to the safety of your participation in the trip.  The custodian will also ensure that you have read the Covid protocol document as well as the Bon Echo User Guide.  
  • The custodian will reply with availability of the trip and payment details.   If the trip is full, you will be placed on the waitlist for that trip.  
  • E-transfer the full amount to the custodian
  • The custodian will accept your payment and confirm your trip.  
  • Communicate with the custodian to arrange a pick up time at the public dock
  • Single day trips are allowed during the week only at this time.
  • Spots are not confirmed until payment is made.
  • Refunds only up to 5 days prior to trip date.
  • 5 days before trip, the waitlist opens up.  Anyone who has already been on a trip once that month is at the bottom of the waitlist.
  • Weekend trips (Fri-Sun) Waitlist opens up on Sunday prior at 5pm
  • Weekday trips (Wed-Fri) Waitlist opens up on Friday prior at 5pm

The ACC Waiver must be filled out (but not signed) prior to attending Bon Echo.  The waiver must be printed in colour, and given to the custodian. Please contact the custodian if you are unable to do so.