Plan your Trip

Making a Reservation

Due to the current 10 person maximum, everyone going to Bon Echo this summer must be a paid-up ACC member.

No payments will be accepted at Bon Echo. Payments will be made through PayPal upon registration

To request a reservation please:

  • Email: besignup@alpineclubtoronto.ca. Do not contact the custodian!
  • There is a limit of 2 trips for July/August. Any excess requests will go on a waiting list.
  • Reservation requests will be accepted first come, first serve.
  • Please put the DATES in the subject line of your email.
  • You must include the full name & membership numbers of all people you’re signing up.
  • Cancellation is allowed up to 4 days prior to your trip:
    • Weekend trips – by 5pm Tuesday before
    • Weekday trips by 5pm Saturday before
  • Requests will be answered as quickly as possible.

Once your request is received, you’ll be emailed an invoice from the Toronto Section’s PayPal account. Once paid, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will also go to the custodian.

If you don’t get a PayPal invoice, you will get an email indicating you’re on the waiting list.

Midweek camping is allowed, but only if a custodian is available and the maximum nine campers have signed up.For a full calendar of trips, please visit https://alpineclubtoronto.ca/bonecho/signup/

What to know about new COVID-19 Protocols before coming

Hut Fees (2020)

  • ACC Members only! $30 per day or night

Fees go towards fuel, hut and boat maintenance, property taxes, etc. They are payable by PayPal only. Payments will not be accepted at the hut.

Your arrival time will be scheduled with the custodian. Due to capacity restrictions, do not arrive before your scheduled time, as you may need to wait.

Memberships will be verified. Sign up here!

What to Pack

  • Food: Many people cook gourmet meals here so don’t be sad when you take out your canned tuna and someone sits in front of you with a juicy steak. You’ve been warned!
  • Camping stove, cooking supplies (plates, cups, pots & pans), and fuel. The BBQ is available on a shared (social distancing!) basis
  • Face Masks for the boat and when social distancing is not possible
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Climbing Gear (helmets are mandatory)
  • Tent & Sleeping Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Garbage bags (what you bring in, you take out)
  • If travelling with a child you must bring your own life jacket for the boat.

Getting There

The Bon Echo Wally Joyce Hut is accessed by club boat from the public dock on North Mazinaw Heights Road, roughly 3.3km north of the main entrance to Bon Echo Provincial Park. The GPS co-ordinates are 44.9112614, -77.2083216. The address for Google Maps is Tappings Bay Boat Launch, 13 North Mazinaw Heights Road, Cloyne, ON K0H 1K0.

Directions from Toronto: Take Hwy. 401 east to Belleville, then go north on Hwy. 37 until it reaches Highway 7. Continue east on Hwy. 7 until you reach the Kaladar crossroads (with the Shell station). Take Hwy. 41 north for 20 minutes or so until three kilometres beyond the entrance to the provincial park. Make a sharp right onto North Mazinaw Heights Road and follow it for two minutes until you see the parking lot and dock on the left. The drive takes 3-4 hours.

Directions from Ottawa: Take Hwy. 7 west to Kaladar (with the Shell station). Take Hwy. 41 north for 20 minutes or so until three kilometres beyond the entrance to the provincial park. Make a sharp right onto North Mazinaw Heights Road and follow it for two minutes until you see the parking lot and dock on the left. The drive takes 2-3 hours.

Arrivals

Pick-up times will be scheduled during registration as part of 2020 COVID-19 protocols.

Once you arrive at the public dock, park in the lot off the road. If the lot is full, you may park on the side of the road as long as your vehicle is not obstructing traffic. There is no parking fee. Please be considerate and pay attention to the No Parking zone near the ramp. Boat owners need space to manoeuvre and move their trailers up and down the ramp.

Keep your bags and gear on the raised platform on the dock while you wait. Don’t block the dock since many other people need to use it too. Please be considerate of other users of the public dock; it is important to be good ambassadors for the club. At night, having your headlamp on will help the custodian locate the dock better. Help him or her moor the boat to the dock. Look for a boat with the large words ‘Alpine Club’ on the side.

You must sign the ACC waiver, code of conduct and declaration of health before you get in the boat. Print out a colour copy and read it carefully but do not sign it in advance. You must sign the waiver in front of the custodian so they can witness your signature.

At this point you can load the boat with your gear and cross the lake to the hut. If many people arrive at the same time, it may take a few trips on the boat to take everyone across. Be patient. There are life jackets in the boat; simply ask for one if you would like one.

At the Hut

The hut is not available right now due to Covid regulations.

Climbing at Bon Echo

The Toronto Section and the management of Bon Echo Provincial Park have a strong working relationship and it is expected that members conduct themselves appropriately while climbing at Mazinaw Rock. If you are planning on climbing at Bon Echo and haven’t visited the park, please take some time to familizrize yourself with some the Park staff expectations:

  • Use the provided anchors, do not sling the trees.
  • Do not climb new routes.
  • Only rappel on designated routes: Thunder Crack, The Slab, Easy Way Down, Formication, Saucer Lucy (i.e. the Birthday Ridge Slabs), Spiderman (62 m free drop), The Joke (81 m free drop).
  • It is mandatory to wear a helmet when climbing at Bon Echo.
  • Avoid routes that are closed due to pictographs at the base of the route: Mediterranean Sundance, The Last shall be First (original start), Nilevan, Brass Monkey, Monkeyshines, Spiderman, Flat Paint, and Black Groove.
  • After climbing a route record the climb with the custodian or park gate log indicating the route, date, leader and number in party
  • Report all accidents or injuries to the Park staff as soon as possible.
  • If you abandon gear, let the hut custodian know, a significant effort must be made to recover gear within 24 hrs.

Climbing is banned in most Ontario provincial parks, but with our ongoing commitment and cooperation with Park staff we can continue to access this wonderful slice of nature. Every spring The Bon Echo Memoradum of Understanding is re-signed to allow continued climbing for another season.

Departures

If you are staying only for the day you should plan to be off the rock by 4 pm so the Custodian can take you to the public dock. On closing day, take down your tent and leave everything ready for departure before you go climbing. Plan to be off the rock by 3 pm. The Custodian needs to take everyone to the public dock and then reach the marina before 5 pm to get gas and drop off the boat. If you’ve left anything at Bon Echo, please call the hut custodian or email bonecho@alpineclubtoronto.ca

Bon Echo Guide Book

The Guide Book is now available in PDF format. In the guidebook:

  • Lots of pictures
  • Updated route descriptions
  • Routes closed by agreement with the park are indicated
  • Memorandom Of Understanding with the park is included

Download Guidebook (PDF 4.8mb)