Bon Echo Hut - Toronto Section

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.

More info on the Bon Echo Hut on the Toronto Section website. Details on the hut custodian weekends can be found on the Toronto Section’s calendar page.

At A Glance

Location
General: 300 km NE of Toronto on Mazinaw Lake
Map and Grid Reference: 31C/14 (Mazinaw Lake). Grid ref 271759
Hut Elevation: 260 m (860 ft)
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Rates
Open: Summer only
Rates: $20 members, $40 others

Access
Quick Description: A 3-hour drive from Toronto (1.5 hours from Ottawa) and a lake crossing by boat.
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How To Book

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.

For more information on the hut, see the Bon Echo page on the Toronto Section website or email the hut co-ordinator.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $15
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40

About rates

Facilities

Outhouse
No lights
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Wood-fired sauna

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
  • Trail Hiking
  • Rock Climbing

Access

To reach the public dock, travel north on Highway 41, turn right onto Mazinaw Heights Road North (the first right turn after passing the main gate for Bon Echo Provincial Park) and follow it to the dock. Climbers wishing to use the hut can arrange for the boat to meet them at the dock by calling the custodian ahead of time (see Toronto Section calendar page for custodian details).

References and Links

Important Information

More information on the Bon Echo Hut at the Toronto Section website. A Guide to Rock Climbs at Bon Echo is available in pdf on the Toronto Section website