Bon Echo Rock on Mazinaw Lake has been an important spiritual site for at least the past 300 to 1,000 years during which it’s estimated the more than 260 Algonkian pictographs on it were completed. The collection, which can only be seen from canoe or boat, is the largest example of Aboriginal rock paintings in Canada. It is so important that the federal government has designated the entire park a National Historic Site.
As impressive as the pictographs are, they aren’t the only reason to visit Bon Echo. Another good reason is the rock itself. Known locally as both Bon Echo Rock and Mazinaw Rock, the sheer cliff of hardened pink granite and gneiss rises 100m (328ft) into the air, while it continues another 90m (295ft) below the waterline. The park’s most popular hike leads hikers to the top of Bon Echo rock while another popular trail provides a good overall view of the rock from a lookout. This trail guide includes Cliff Top Trail, Bon Echo Creek Trail, High Pines Trail, Pet Exercise Trail, Joeperry Lake Trail, The Shield Trail, and The Abes & Essens Trail.
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