At a Glance
300 km NE of Toronto on Mazinaw Lake
31C/14 (Mazinaw Lake). Grid ref 271759
260 m (860 ft)
$20 members, $40 others
ACC Toronto Section
A 3-hour drive from Toronto (1.5 hours from Ottawa) and a lake crossing by boat.
Bon Echo Bookings
Note: The Bon Echo Hut is maintained and operated by the Toronto Section of the ACC.
If you are interested in using the Bon Echo Hut, please call the hut custodian for the particular weekend you are planning by Thursday night to arrange a pick-up at the public dock. The contact list for Bon Echo custodians is found here.
Adventure Climbing at Mazinaw Lake
The rock climbing at Mazinaw Lake is some of the finest in Ontario. The area boasts quartzite cliffs up to 100m high that rise vertically out of the lake. The routes are all traditional and range in grades from 5.0 to 5.11, with the most popular routes in the 5.4 to 5.9 range. The exposure and length of the routes make for an adventure unlike any other in the province.
The Bon Echo Hut on the lake is operated by the Toronto Section which also operates a boat to ferry climbers to and from the climbs. The hut is comfortable and an excellent place to meet other climbers and get information on the climbs. The area also offers excellent swimming and hiking.
The hut is a single-room wooden structure with a fireplace and kitchen equipped with propane stoves and a large dining table. There is a sauna located near the lake. The hut is not used for sleeping, but is a day hut and cook shelter for those staying at the campsites immediately adjacent to the hut.
Bon Echo is located approximately 300 km north east of Toronto on the east side of Mazinaw Lake, a mile north of the Mazinaw Rock and Bon Echo Provincial Park.
The drive to the public dock takes three to four hours from Toronto or one and a half hours from Ottawa. The hut can be reached by hiking overland, but this would take an entire day. Boating to the hut is much more convenient.
|Propane stove – propane is supplied|
|Wood stove – firewood is provided|