ValleyExplore features a condensed version of the Walks of the Little Bonnechere River by historian Roderick MacKay and ecologist Mark Stabb. This self-guided tour book features ten hikes along one of the Ottawa Valley's historic waterways. The booklet is available to purchase from the Friends of Bonnechere Parks and describes in greater detail the cultural and natural features of each site.
This walk is within Bonnechere Provincial Park. Also in the Park, but not described here are three small loops: Beaver Marsh (1 km), Oxbow (2 km) and Meandering River (2 km). McNaughton's Walk sits atop a sand delta that formed over thousands of years as glacial meltwater spilled into an ancient lake.
This route is named after James McNaughton who was given the daunting task of accurately surveying the entire stretch of the Bonnechere River in 1847.
Challenging. Steep rise as trail follows sharp contours up to lookout.
Out and back.
30 to 40 minutes.
14.7 km from Cty Rd 58. Trailhead off Turners Road east of Algonquin Park Boundary.
Spectacular panoramic vista:
- Bonnechere Valley
- Stringers Lake
- Madawaska Highlands
- granite ridge
Natural forest floor; rock/gravel; flat rock plateau at top.
Payne's Pine Trail
This trail skirts a spruce bog environment. Black spruce, sphagnum moss, pitcher plants, sundew and cottongrass are typical inhabitants of vast bogs such as this that cloak much of northern Ontario. Payne's Pine Trail eventually leads to a bayou-like silver maple swamp on the banks of the Little Bonnechere River.
Out and back to loop.
15.6km from Cty Rd 58. Trailhead off Basin Road .4km northwest of the Algonquin Park Boundary.
Spruce bog environment:
- wetlands, lakes and the Little Bonnechere River
- Payne's Pine
Natural forest floor covered with pine needles