Adventure Climbing at Mazinaw Lake
Update: please see the ACC Toronto Section's Bon Echo website for more information, including Covid-19 protocols and updates.
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.
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
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.