Bonnechere Caves, 04 Oct 2023 2:05:39 +0000en-us<![CDATA[Home]]>, 04 Oct 2023 2:05:39 +0000READ CAREFULLY PLEASE! We are now on our fall schedule in October. We no longer are open during the week. The last oppurtunity to see the caves in 2023 isThanksgiving.  We are open from 10 am to last tour at 4 pm. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light sweater or jacket as the caves range in temperature from 10-12 degrees celcius!

Chris Hinsperger, Cave Co-owner

Chris and Val Hinsperger, Bonnechere Cave Owners

We are a family owned and operated tourist attraction and for a glimpse of what we are about check out this link!

The Bonnechere Caves in Eganville ON. have been welcoming people from all over the world for over 55 years. We provide a safe, educational, informative and fun tour for people of all ages. Everyone from babies in backpacks to senior citizens have enjoyed the handiwork of Mother Nature here along the beautiful Bonnechere River. Reservations are not necessary as we have staff on hand to take you on tour when you arrive.

To better plan a visit to us check out the Special Events section of our website.

What to Expect

Be aware that the only way to visit our underground passageways is on a guided tour with up to 25 other visitors and one of our young Tour Guides. We go every day from 10-4 and the tours go out every 20-30 minutes. We operate on first come first served basis. We are open daily up until September 30th and then the first two weekends in October up to Thanksgiving.

Chris and Val Hinsperger, Bonnechere Cave Owners

Tickets are sold on a first come - first serve basis

Cheers, Chris

On the hottest summer days, the Caves are cool. For your comfort, take a light sweater. There is a set of stairs leading you into the Caves and one that takes you out of the Caves. A beautiful trail that passes a sink hole will bring you back. Low-heeled shoes are required.

We certainly allow photography. The white waters of the waterfall are a fine subject for movie fans and artists. Although not necessary, if you have a flashlight bring it along to get an extra close look at the walls and the fossils that are everywhere underground.

Leashed pets are allowed in our picnic area and on our walking trails however not on the one hour guided tours underground.

The cave system is not stroller friendly. Visiting with infants is best done using a snuggly or backpack carrier.

Picnic tables are provided for the use of visitors. Soft Drinks, ice cream, snacks, souvenirs and science type products are available. Due to the environmental sensitivity of our site, we have upgraded outhouses and hand pump to wash your hands.

Send Us Your Photos

If you have take photos that you feel are worthy of being in our photo gallery please send them to and we will give you credit for them on our website.

<![CDATA[FAQs]]>, 16 Jul 2023 1:25:01 +0000Are dogs allowed?

Leashed dogs are allowed in our picnic area and on our walking trails however not in the cave. Service dogs with the proper paperwork and “in uniform” are allowed on the guided tours underground.

Do you have room for large RV’s and vehicles with trailers?

During May, June, September and October RV’s and trailers are rarely an issue. In July and August we are very busy to the point of an overflowing parking lot. Arriving early in the morning during our busy months before the day gets really busy would be appreciated.

Are the caves senior friendly?

Healthy active seniors visit our caves every day. There are a number of stairs going into the caves and coming back out. About 4o stairs going in and another 100 stairs out the back door. There are handrails on the stairs. Once inside the cave the boardwalk gently slopes through the cave system.

Are the cave tours bilingual?

The tours are offered in English. There is enough time in the guides explanation for interpretation.

Can you accommodate large groups?

We ask anyone arriving by bus or large group (over 15) to phone ahead to make a reservation and arrange a time that is mutually beneficial to both parties. We do offer group rates.

Are there accommodation for people with special needs?

In the case of persons who require accompaniment based on their special needs we charge that person based on the category they fall into and the person with them is free.

What about Underground Dining?

The dining evenings are two special events we do in September. To be eligible to purchase tickets for these evens you must have already been a visitor on our guided tours. When you visit seek out the owner to get on the dining list!

Does rain affect visiting the caves?

Our guided tours go rain or shine. Because parts of the tour ae above ground dress for the rain.

<![CDATA[Testimonials]]>, 03 May 2023 8:20:23 +0000Had a wonderful time at the caves yesterday. My 1st visit (claustrophobic) but took 3 of my grandchildren to help me get through. Did not get to see you (Chris & Val) ... however your crew is fantastic. From the parking attendant to the ticket master to the canteen staff. All were pleasant and most welcoming. Special thanks has to to go to our guide Kyle ... simply provided us with the best experience we have had in a long time. All the Best ... We shall return!
Name: Mike Wendorf

First and foremost we would like to Thank Chris for your kindness in letting us Celebrate our 25th Anniversary inside the CAVE. What an Amazing and Fabulous way to celebrate such a special event that will be remembered forever. Hats off to our entertainer Marc Audet (singer/songwriter) being with us rendering a beautiful and engaging songs for us.Thank you Marc.

Chris you will always be in our hearts, your good deeds will stay forever. Once again Thank you so very much. On side notes, you have a very friendly staff, well trained and smart people.Your site is very organized, the moment you enter to the parking until the end of the tour. Kudos to you and your team.
Quote from Terminator movie: "We will be back"
Name: Evangeline Polakowski

This place is pretty awesome! Friendly, knowledgable staff and owner with great sense of humour. Loved the tour. The grounds are beautiful. And from my highly fussy 13 year old niece. "Worth the 5 hour round trip". Nothing I could say could top that! Need to go back with more time!
Name: Cherie Englehart

We had a great experience today at Bonnechere Caves. Owen, was our tour guide and was full of great info and stories. He answered all my questions with detail and is genuinely interested in such a marvel of Nature. My 8-yr old daughter was just thrilled to see real fossils and did not expect that surprise when visiting. We are very fortunate to have a great site just sitting in our backyards. And that people are willing to work hard to keep the history alive and preserve this amazing place. The tour was well-organized, informative and fresh. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. The prices are reasonable and pictures are breath-taking. I've travelled to several parts of the World, but was just reminded today that you really don't have to venture off very far to capture the spirit, the passion and exurberence of Nature's overwhelming power to captivate, intrigue and spark the adventurous side that lies in us all. Thank you and we will be back again. Jeff, Nicole & Zoe
Name: jeff Narlock

hi chris.... as u know , i am married to a man who played in the Caves, before the caves were developed into the caves of today. i fell in love with him 45 years ago and later fell in love with the beautiful area that surrounds the caves. yes u sure have made the Caves a very interesting place to visit. i love the comment from Jennie on here----being proposed to by the falls------wow
Name: kathy kilby

It was touching to see how passionately you've been dedicating your life to preserve and promote the history and wonders of the Bonnechere Caves. Thanks again for the unforgettable weekend in Eganville.
Name: Gabi and Phil

My first visit was in "74" with my parents. My second was with my wife in "89?" . I hope that we will make it out there again. Maybe try out the Provincial Park and the water. The first visit everything seemed so big the second visit it seemed a little smaller but as the years go by it`s just a neat thing to see
Name: John Paul Brampton Ont

Just got back from a camping trip at Bonnechere Provincial Park and took a side trip to Eganville for the caves. Was an awesome experience! John was a really good guide and told us a lot of great information and stories about the first explorer of the caves. Well worth it for the caves and the beautiful scenery by the river.
Name: Joanne & Michael

So glad we decided to check out the caves on our way home from Ottawa this long weekend. As it was 27C outside, it was nice to wander around underground in the cool, drippy caves. Owen was a great tour guide - full of enthusiasm and wit!
Name: Sue & JP

As a child i would consider the Bonnechere Caves a treat to visit if i was good. Every year it was the same, boy i loved those caves. one day my older cousin came and i had finally reached the age to see the caves with friends, boy what a treat! Soooo the tour started and i couldnt wait i was telling my cousin everything about the caves i figured, having been here every year i could run the tour and thats when it went all wrong! to make a long story short i apprieciate the spead at witch your staff found me and my cousin in a off limits cave. i hope i didnt cause you to much pain its been 15 years ive matured and would love to show my kids one day, i would follow all rules and hold my kids hands just in case...never the less i will never forget the Bonnechere caves my uncle is Ike Igan and im the mischevious nephew Adam
Name: Adam St Pierre 705 232 0736

Chris, We were at Bonnechere cave today and what a pleasent surprise. You knowledge of the caves and your obvious passion for what you do made our tour an experience we will never forget. We will be bring our adult children by this summer to see what a gem you have in Ontario.

Thanks again,

Bob & Lisa
Name: Bob & Lisa

Hi Chris, and all the staff at the Bonnechere Caves. Thank-you for making our special day fantastic. We had a great time, the wedding was excelent, people loved the idea of having the ceremony (for the time ever)inside the caves. The setting was more then we could ask for, and the tour was fantastic. People will be talking about this for years to come. Meny thanks to all the helpers, couldnt ask for a nicer group of people. We will be celebrating each and every year, with the knowlege that "caves" will be there for us to enjoy...cheers to all
Name: Mr. & Mrs. Jeff McCormick, July 17th 2010

your a good man chris.keep doing it.
Name: shawn bradley

Hi Chris, My Grandfather would be so proud to see what an amazing job you and your family have done of developing "his caves" into what they are today! I have such great memories of going "spulunking" with him thru the caves. I am excited to one day share the history and the same experience with my own family. Thank you so much.
Name: Meriah Miguez, Thomas Woodward's Grand Daughter

My ex-husband and I visited the caves about 25 years ago , I am now going to take my current boyfriend , he is beside himself with excitement . At that time the original discoverer gave us the tour it was fantastic and I still remember him. I am looking forward to introducing my boyfriend to spulunking
Name: Diane Moore

Hi Chris, I had a wonderful time in the caves, I was a bit hesitant at first being afraid of confined places but before we went on the tour you had told me "you will be ok, you have him" meaning my then boyfriend. And you were right, I really do have him now since he proposed on the trail by the waterfall after the tour! Greatest day of my life!
We also purchased the picture that was painted by the lady across the street, it was exactly where he proposed! Your staff was so wonderful and told us to bring the print and she would sign it! Such an amazing memory!
Name: Jennie and Jeff

Hi Chris - had a great time on the Jack Donahue school trip. There's not enough space here to put in all my comments - so here's a link to a story I wrote about our time out there.

Thanks for a great day - the kids had a blast!
Name: Ian

The bonnechere caves rocks

My uncle and I visited Chris this year at the caves. I had a blast! what a fun and educational experience...I will be recommending the same experience to everyone! Thanks Chris! I will send you those pictures we promised
Name: Belinda & Bob

Chris, thanks for the help on the Christmas on the Bonnechere song...It means a lot you and me..Turtle Tim Beckett
Name: Turtle Tim Beckett

Thank you Andrea, for a great tour on September 26. Your enthusiasm and knowledge of the caves and geology was fascinating!
Name: stu (

My nephew and I came for an afternoon tour. We were lead through the cave by a wonderful young tour guide. He was interesting and well informed. We were told how the cave was formed and when it was discover and by what means it was first explored. The guide also showed us fossils that were found in the area. All very informative and fun. Now the rest of my family want to make a day of it. We plan on packing a picnic lunch and enjoying the view as well as the picnic tables provided along the trails. Thanks for making our visit a memorable one!
Name: Carol Pealow Pine Grove Motel Northbrook

It has been Years since I was there..Brought my 2 girls this time and they had a blast..What an experience for them, they were talking about it all the way home. Thanks for the great tour guide as well, He made it very exciting.
We will be back again,
A natural Wonder well worth the time to see !!!!!
Name: Ron, Nicolette & Breanna Jansen

About a week or so ago my girlfriend and I visited the Bonnechere Caves for the first time not knowing really what to expect. I am writing you with nothing but praise. The caves are fantastic!!!! But most of all the Tour Guide (Dan?) was the best tour guide we have ever had for anything. It's nice to have a tour guide that doesn't make things boring!! So thank you Dan for making our experience a memorable one.
Name: Trevor Kindree

I've visited Bonnechere Caves 4 times. It seems that every time I visit, there is something new to discover or something to view from a different angle. I love how nice and cool it is in the caves and the bats give this "young" cave a lot of character. A must see!
Name: Andrea Brabant

Amazing tour! Great guides and a fantastic host. Hats off to Chris and the Bonnechere Caves!
Name: Ross

<![CDATA[ Cavestock Concert Series - Thursday August 31st, 2023]]>, 05 Apr 2023 4:35:50 +0000This evening of music will take place in our picnic area. Stay tuned as we announce the line-up of local musicians. 

Admission $10. All proceeds go to the musicians.

<![CDATA[Bonnechere Museum Fossil Hunts - July 22nd, 2023.]]>, 05 Apr 2023 4:31:17 +0000<![CDATA[Bonnechere Museum Fossil Hunts - Canada Day.]]>, 05 Apr 2023 4:29:39 +0000<![CDATA[Cavestock Concert Series - Thursday August 24th, 2023]]>, 05 Apr 2023 4:24:10 +0000This evening of music will take place in our picnic area. 

Admission $10. All proceeds go to the musicians.

<![CDATA[Tour de Bonnechere - August 27th, 2023]]>, 05 Apr 2023 4:22:33 +0000<![CDATA[Schedule/Rates]]>, 15 Mar 2023 8:40:13 +0000As we move closer to the spring / summer season, watch this website or our Facebook page for updates on our opening dates and Special Events!


May Long Weekend to June 30th (Daily).
(Tours go every 20-30 minutes)

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

July and August (Daily), up to Labour Day.
(Tours go every 20-30 minutes)

First Tour: 10:00 am
Last Tour: 4:00 pm

Our one hour long guided tours go every 20 – 30 minutes so just drop by when you are ready!

After Labour Day weekends until Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October) This includes the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Thanksgiving weekend.
(Tours go every 20-30 minutes)

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Our one hour long guided tours go every 20 – 30 minutes so just drop by when you are ready!

Weekday Tours in September.

11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Rates (Bonnechere Caves - Tour Fees)

* Our prices include all applicable taxes and parking.



Seniors (65 +)


Youth (13-17 years)


Children (4-12)


Under 4


<![CDATA[Teachers Info]]>, 09 Feb 2023 3:33:08 +0000Thank you for your interest in our site. The Bonnechere Caves have been attracting thousands of visitors from all around the world since 1955.

Every spring it is our pleasure to welcome busloads of school children to one of Mother Nature's most interesting classrooms. Our teachers do a wonderful job in the classroom but there is nothing like a properly chosen field trip to support those learning processes.

When you visit The Caves you will learn from our guides:

  • the different types of rocks
  • the process of fossilization
  • the impact of glaciers on our landscape
  • a greater understanding and respect for the planet we all share
  • the formation of caves
  • how stalactites grow
  • hibernation practices of the small brown bats
  • some local history
  • how the caves were discovered and explored
  • fossils of the Ordovician time period

(All of this will be done in an entertaining and easy to understand manner)

Because the underground is always 10 C we recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket. Low heeled shoes are the best or in other words any footwear that you would use to go on a hike. We do have electric lights in the cave, but bring along a flashlight so that you can get an extra close look at the walls. Everywhere in the walls you will find scalloping patterns and fossils. To enhance your visit have the students click on the Fossil Work Sheet at the top of this page just under the school bus. Print it off and bring it along on your trip.

We have a concession stand where we sell drinks, snacks, ice cream, souvenirs and science related products.


  • on the day of the trip the teacher (or designated person) pays on arrival
  • we accept Visa, Mastercard, Interac, Cheque or cash
  • students in the ages 4-12 category pay $12 taxes included and students in the 13-17 category pay $14 taxes included. All adults on the trip pay the same fee as their child (a regular adult rate is $22)
  • teachers, bus drivers and teacher's aids are free
  • if for some reason the trip has to be cancelled all we ask is that you let us know as soon as possible so that your spot can be filled by another school group. There is no penalty for cancellation we just hope that you will re-schedule a visit to us at another time. To arrange your visit call 1-800-469-2283 and ask for Chris or email us at:
  • We understand that a number of school groups are looking to do a number of activities in one day and we are often not the only stop on the agenda. We recommend the following neighbors who also provide learning activities for students.
  • Frontier Trails Camp
  • Bonnechere Museum
  • Aqua Rose Gems and Minerals
  • Shaw woods
  • Logos Land

We look forward to welcoming you to one of Mother Nature's Geological Gems,

Chris and Val Hinsperger

<![CDATA[Dwyers Farmhouse]]>, 24 Jul 2022 1:23:29 +0000613-649-2211

<![CDATA[Directions]]>, 29 Jul 2021 7:11:23 +0000

Bonnechere Caves located in Eganville, Ontario!!


Our GPS coordinates:  North 45* 30.283 W77* 00.535

Our physical address: 1247 Fourth Chute Road

Just above is our GPS coordinates. We have them there mostly to look like we are up to speed with new technology however we strongly recommend when traveling rural Ontario (especially the Ottawa Valley) that you use our written directions. This technology is useful in a lot of situations however in our area roads have been put into the landscape to fit in with small mountain ranges and twisting river valleys which causes GPS directions to send you to some very interesting places.

From Ottawa:

Highway 17 west to Renfrew. From Renfrew take Highway #60 to Douglas. In Douglas watch for our blue and white Ontario tourism signage which tells you to turn left off the main street in Douglas. Hint: Highway #60 takes a sharp right onto the main street but still remains #60. When you see the farm supply store on your right you turn left.

From Toronto:

There are many different routes you can take, all of them scenic. The easiest way is to take Highway 401 to Napanee and then Highway 41 to Eganville. As you come into Eganville watch for the sign that tells you to take the first right. From there it is approximately 9 kilometres.

From Algonquin Park:

Highway #60 to Eganville. At the traffic lights in Eganville turn right on Highway 41 and cross the bridge. Continue on 41 for about a kilometer and turn left either before or after the Catholic church. (either road gets you there) The church is the one you see on Eganvilles skyscape as you drive the long hill down into town as you arrive.

From North Bay-Petawawa-Pembroke:

Highway #17 to Pembroke and stay on #41 going through Eganville (it goes across the bridge) and turn either before or after the Catholic Church.

<![CDATA[Old Creamery House]]>, 02 Mar 2021 4:27:40 +0000<![CDATA[Special Events]]>, 02 Mar 2021 4:23:43 +0000Watch our website and Facebook page for updates about our special events. Listed here are what we are hoping to be able to do this summer however we are fully aware that health measures will affect our decision to move forward with these initiatives.

<![CDATA[Eganville and area cycling]]>, 02 Mar 2021 4:20:19 +0000

Eganville and Area by Bike!

“A four season activity!”

Come to Eganville all year round to enjoy some of the best cycling available anywhere. Choose the town of Eganville as the centre of your adventure. Go out in any direction from the town centre and experience paved hard topped rural roads that take you into beautiful natural landscapes past historic and natural sites. These sites include, McRae Mill, Bonnechere Caves, Foymount Hill, Shaw Woods, Melissa Bishop Park, Balaclava Mill and Pikwàkanagàn First Nations Village. Enhance your experience by staying a few days. Restaurants are ready to rehydrate and nourish you and our local accommodators are ready to make your overnight stay one that will recharge your batteries getting you ready for another day of exploration. And if you’re motivated to ride because of its’ social connection then join the Bonnechere Bike Group that meets every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in June, July and August at the McRae Mill site. Everyone is welcome! And don’t rule us out as a winter cycling destination. Sand and dirt backroads become hard snow covered Fatbike trails in those cold winter months when most people have put their bikes away.

Tour de Bonnechere Pedal for Mental Health

OVTA site Bonnechere River and valley cycling

<![CDATA[Local Ladies Who Rock in the Rock!]]>, 10 Mar 2020 9:47:49 +0000This evenings itinerary consists of three local female musicians from the Ottawa Valley. We are pleased to have Daniella Bell, Heather Inwood Montrose nand Julie Larocque join us undergound.

<![CDATA[Cave Stories]]>, 02 Apr 2019 3:30:29 +0000 ]]><![CDATA[Back in Time Bed and Breakfast]]>, 17 Jul 2018 7:27:41 +0000<![CDATA[The "I climbed the Foymount Hill" Cycling Challenge]]>, 30 Apr 2018 8:14:43 +0000This special event happens every day. Climb the "Foymount Hill" and bring the photographic proof to the Bonnechere Caves and you can purchase a T-shirt honoring your achievement. New this summer: you can also purchase a "I climbed the Foymount Hill" T-shirt at Madawaska River Rentals in Quadeville.

<![CDATA[Gearheads - more than just bikes! ]]>, 19 Apr 2018 4:32:54 +0000Come in and check out GearHeads we have everything in stock for your outdoor adventures. More than just bikes is correct. We not only have a full service bike shop and summer products  also in the winter we have a full service ski shop. Offering sales and service for Nordic & Alpine Skis, Snowboards, Snowshoes, Performance Apparel and Skate Sharpening. Our expert staff will help guide you to make your shopping experience a pleasant one.

GearHeads continues to service bicycles all year long so let us give your ride a makeover in the winter months.

Visit Gearheads website!

<![CDATA[Bonnechere Caves - Ride the Highlands ]]>, 19 Apr 2018 4:20:15 +0000Watch Fiddleheads from Belleville, Ontario crank out some underground tunes!

<![CDATA[Largest Cephalopod Fossil resides at the Bonnechere Caves]]>, 19 Apr 2018 4:15:18 +0000Cephalopods, related to modern squids and cuttlefish, swarmed in the ancient seas. At times they were the dominant invertebrates and some reached several feet in length. In shape they ranged from straight-shelled species to ones elaborately curled and ornamented. Only the wide end of the shell was occupied by the soft-bodied animal that built it. The rest was closed off and divided into a series of chambers by cross walls. When the fossil is broken open these walls are often mistaken for the vertebrae of a fossil fish.

<![CDATA[Paint the waterfall any day you care to!]]>, 12 Apr 2018 1:14:41 +0000Grab your easel and stool and paints and paint. The Fourth Chute Falls are a favorite for artists and photographers alike!

<![CDATA[Pine Tree Motel]]>, 12 Apr 2018 1:01:00 +0000<![CDATA[Contact Us]]>, 11 Apr 2018 2:01:10 +0000Bonnechere Caves
Chris and Val Hinsperger
Eganville, Ontario

Phone: 1-613-628-CAVE(2283)
Toll Free: 1-800-469-2283


Thank you for visiting the Bonnechere Caves!

<![CDATA[Bonnechere Caves Photos]]>, 10 Apr 2018 1:44:30 +0000<![CDATA[Eganville Rocks!]]>, 04 Apr 2018 4:20:26 +0000The Ottawa Valley has some of the oldest rock in the world in our Canadian shield and deposited on top of that over 450 million years ago was sea mud which is now the Limestone outcroppings you see scattered amongst the shield’s Granite that is everywhere around Eganville. These are the top 7 sites you have to visit alone or with friends and family to get a true appreciation of the “Stories of our Earth” that abound in and around Eganville.

  1. The Bonnechere Caves – guided tours suitable for all ages go all summer long through this post glacial cave system formed in limestone from the Ordovician Time Period.
  2. Glacial Erratic – situated at the traffic lights in downtown Eganville this Erratic was deposited over 10,000 years ago for us to marvel at.
  3. Fossil Rock Wall – this artificial feature also situated in the downtown contains hundreds of invertebrate fossils from the Ordovician Time Period. Look for them or just enjoy the climb.
  4. Bonnechere Museum – situated at the traffic lights the museum is open for visitors all summer long. Learn about the geology of the area and also our community’s history.
  5. Fossil Hunt Geology Trail – located by the lower bridge in Eganville on John Street this site allows collectors the chance to find an invertebrate fossil.
  6. Monument to honor survivors of sexual violence - made of the many shades of ancient Ottawa Valley granite each stone was placed by over 250 people to create North America’s first monument to recognize survivors of sexual violence.
  7. Foymount Hill Lookout – learn the story of glaciation and its’ impact on the Bonnechere Valley. Also enjoy the beautiful view from the “Highest Populated Point in Canada.”
<![CDATA[Undergound Dining]]>, 28 Feb 2017 7:54:41 +0000<![CDATA[Paddle and Fiddle the Bonnechere]]>, 28 Feb 2017 7:39:44 +0000<![CDATA[Tie Dye Tuesdays]]>, 28 Feb 2017 5:03:08 +0000Every Tuesday our staff will be proudly wearing our Tie Dye T’s from Rrijoice Tie Dyes “happy clothes for happy people”. It is our way of honoring the “back to the landers” who came to the Ottawa Valley in the 60’s and 70’s and stayed and in that time have added so richly to the arts and culture of our valley lives.  Anyone who wears an article of Tie Dye will get $1 off their admission.

<![CDATA[Fourth Chute Falls]]>, 26 Apr 2016 2:31:37 +0000<![CDATA[Tom and Ruth Woodward]]>, 19 Apr 2016 4:05:49 +0000I would like to honor my former employers Tom and Ruth Woodward of the Bonnechere Caves where I spent 10 summers from the age of 12 until the age of 22 when I graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. This photo was taken at my graduation in 1979. What does it say about the effect they had on my life and the relationship we had developed to have my employers drive three hours to see me graduate? It is no accident that I would return to the place that held such value in my life 13 years later in 1992 to help Tom retire at age 78 just a few years after Ruth had passed away. Tom would pass away a few years later and at that time Val and I would have the opportunity to purchase the caves from Tom’s estate and keep his dream alive. That dream was to share a geological gem with people of all ages every day all summer season long.

<![CDATA[Bike from our parking lot anytime you feel like it!]]>, 29 Mar 2015 5:17:47 +0000<![CDATA[Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization News]]>, 13 Mar 2015 5:31:40 +0000<![CDATA[Ottawa Valley Tourist Association News]]>, 13 Mar 2015 5:30:56 +0000<![CDATA[Tour de Bonnechere Bike Event]]>, 05 Mar 2015 7:40:44 +0000<![CDATA[Bonnechere Museum Fossil Hunts]]>, 05 Mar 2015 7:09:25 +0000<![CDATA[Ottawa Valley News]]>, 04 Mar 2015 6:24:18 +0000<![CDATA[Eganville News]]>, 04 Mar 2015 6:23:31 +0000<![CDATA[Bonnechere Caves News]]>, 04 Mar 2015 6:22:42 +0000<![CDATA[Accommodations]]>, 20 Nov 2014 3:40:25 +0000<![CDATA[Tour de Bonnechere has become a major Ottawa Valley event!]]>, 30 Jun 2014 12:18:07 +0000The Tour de Bonnechere (Eganville, Ontario, Canada) is a timed self supported road ride that celebrates cycling in the beautiful Ottawa Valley. Challenge yourself to ride the short course (60k) in 2.5 hours or the long one (100k) in 3.5. This is not a race! Enjoy riding with like minded people at whatever pace you choose. A scenic family ride (18k) makes its way to Bonnechere Caves and back. Join us for our famous pot-luck BBQ and party afterwards! All proceeds support local charities.
Go to registration page.

<![CDATA[Fourth Chute Falls a wonder!]]>, 17 Jun 2014 12:43:19 +0000<![CDATA[Ontario's Highland's Tourism Organization]]>, 17 Jun 2014 11:48:35 +0000<![CDATA[Frisco's Restaurant]]>, 10 Jun 2014 9:09:37 +0000<![CDATA[The Egan Inn]]>, 01 Jun 2014 6:30:31 +0000Nestled in the heart of downtown Eganville The Egan Inn will provide folks with a wonderful evening after a day of exploring what the Ottawa Valley has to offer.

<![CDATA[Stuart Log Cottage]]>, 30 May 2014 3:56:08 +0000An Authentic Log Cabin Experience

On the shore of Mink Lake, in a private wooded setting, this authentic log cabin is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family adventure vacation. Equipped for modern comfort, its handcrafted appointments lend a rustic charm. Make our secluded lakeside housekeeping cottage your base for exploring historic Eastern Ontario. Stuart Log Cottage is a stone's throw from the Town of Eganville, which was founded in the early 1840's as a grist mill community.

Go to Stuart Log Cottage website

<![CDATA[Gallery]]>, 28 May 2014 7:54:46 +0000Some cool shots!

<![CDATA[Ottawa Valley Tourist Association]]>, 27 May 2014 7:55:09 +0000<![CDATA[Dining]]>, 09 May 2014 11:19:20 +0000<![CDATA[Golfing]]>, 09 May 2014 11:19:05 +0000<![CDATA[Museums]]>, 09 May 2014 11:18:51 +0000<![CDATA[Recreation]]>, 09 May 2014 11:17:25 +0000<![CDATA[Shopping]]>, 09 May 2014 11:17:07 +0000<![CDATA[Geological Time Chart]]>, 09 May 2014 3:44:27 +0000The limestone you walk through when you visit the Bonnechere Caves was deposited as layers of mud and silt during the Ordovician time period. The Ordovician is thought to have been somewhere between 400 and 500 milion years ago. That took place before the development or evolution of the fish and well before dinosaurs!!

<![CDATA[Fossils]]>, 08 May 2014 7:12:39 +0000There are different types of fossils that can be seen at the caves!

Under a hill of limestone, said by geologists to have been the bottom of a tropical sea 500 million years ago, the Caves present a weird and wonderful sight. Stalactites, or rock icicles formed at the rate of one cubic inch in 150 years, hang from the ceiling and the handiwork of nature is enhanced by electric lights. Entombed in the rock and preserved forever can be seen fossils of coral and sea creatures alive long before the age of the Dinosaurs. Millions of years in the making, the Bonnechere Caves are a thrill for the sightseer.

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