An inspiration to great artists, I rise 100 metres out of the water. I’m surrounded by open air, but cause many to lose their breath. Where Am I?
Watch the past come to life as you explore the largest collection of visible Indigenous pictographs in Canada, or have your breath taken away by views that have inspired the works of many artists, including the Group of Seven.
…I am Mazinaw Rock at Bon Echo Provincial Park.
Be amazed by the impressive stature of Mazinaw Rock, with a cliff face that rises 100 metres out of the water, and continues 245 metres below. Discover the reason for Bon Echo Provincial Park’s name, which translates to “good echo,” as you listen to the unmistakable sound that reverberates off the Rock during thunderstorms and fireworks displays.
Hop aboard the Mugwump ferry boat to travel across Mazinaw Lake and hike the 1.5km trail to the top of Mazinaw Rock, or discover the historical features of the area during an interpretive tour of Upper Mazinaw Lake on The Wanderer, a 26 passenger cruise vessel. If you’d prefer to create your own route, pack your canoe or kayak, or rent one on site, and paddle yourself over for an up-close look at the more than 260 Indigenous pictographs displayed on the cliff face.
As you wander the forests and lakes of Bon Echo Provincial Park and absorb its beauty, it becomes clear why famous artists, like Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven, have drawn inspiration from its landscape for years.
Looking for more inspirational spots and “must hit” stops related to the Group of Seven? Extend your trip and check out the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley Discovery Route for other places to visit.