Egg Rock and the Bonnechere River Valley

Egg Rock on the southern boundary of Algonquin Park overlooks Stringers Lake and the valley of the Little Bonnechere River.

2006 May 03

As part of our exploration of Turner's Road and the Bonnechere River Valley, Richard and I hiked to the top of Egg Rock. We had chosen the ideal day -- clear with the leaves and blossoms just emerging but before the onslaught of black flies (coming soon to a forest near you!).

Egg Rock and the Bonnechere River Valley

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Egg Rock provides an excellent view of Stringers Lake and the Bonnechere River Valley.

looking up the Bonnechere River Valley from Egg Rock

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The Bonnechere River valley provides a well defined transportation corridor into Algonquin Park. Historically, it provided a drainage path when the glaciers retreated to the northeast across Algonquin Park prior to the opening of the Fossmill Outlet. It provided a route for the harvesting of pine in the 1800s. It continues to provide a route for the seasonal migration of deer and wolves into and out of Algonquin Park.

Egg Rock and the Bonnechere River Valley

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Serviceberry blossoms were just emerging on the day of our visit.

Egg Rock and the Bonnechere River Valley

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The top of the hill is dry and rocky, providing an appropriate environment for an oak-dominated forest.

Egg Rock and the Bonnechere River Valley

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It is the rock and openness of the forest that makes this such an excellent vantage point.

Egg Rock and the Bonnechere River Valley

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Here Richard consults his birdie book in an attempt to identify a raptor we had seen soaring on the thermals generated by the rocky hilltop.

(Egg Rock was previously known as Squaw Rock and is still so indicated on the topographic map for the area.)

Sources

Chrismar (2001), Bonnechere River Provincial Park, A Chrismar Adventure Map.

Roderick Mackay (1996), Spirits of the Little Bonnechere, The Friends of Bonnechere Parks.

Mark Stabb and Roderick Mackay (2002), Walks of the Little Bonnechere River, The Friends of Bonnechere Parks.