Fall Colours at Bon Echo

It's only during the fall when leaves paint the forest in an array of gorgeous colours. It's one of my favourite times to go hiking. 

To advantage of the beautiful sights, we headed out to Bon Echo Provincial Park for the day to enjoy the lovely coloured trees. Located in Cloyne, Ontario, the park features over 260 pictographs painted on Marzinaw Rock. The only way to access them is either canoe or take the boat tour.  Unfortunately, the boat tour wasn't running when I went and it was too cold and windy to canoe over. 

Instead, we took the Mugwump ferry ($4 per person) over to hike the Clifftop Trail. The trail starts at the base of Bon Echo Rock right off the dock of the ferry. There's steep climbs and tons of stairs, but you get a very rewarding view from the top. 

I had trouble staying on the trail since leaves covered the ground and there's no markers to show the way. Instead, they have numbered poles (1-9) to keep you on track. It probably only took about 1 hr total to hike, and that's with stops for pictures. When you get to the top, there's an area with a family of inuksuit (singular inukshuk) which offers an interesting sight. 

If you want to make the trip even more worthwhile, you can check out Petroglyphs Provincial Park or Warsaw Caves on the way (if you're coming from the west). 


Happy adventuring!