Rory Kicks Back at Bonnechere
- Rory MacKay, author, Spirits
of the Little Bonnechere
Over the past twenty five years I have often used the
park as a base from which to do my historical and archaeological research,
but seldom have I spent time relaxing in the park.
Early in July 2003, after two days of research near the headwaters of
the Little Bonnechere River in Algonquin Park, I decided to spend a day
just enjoying the parks. My friend Roger Lupton and I started our day
with a leisurly breakfast, which we ate by the riverbank adjacent to our
campsite. We spent a considerable amount of time watching the effect of
the rising sun on the "mist-sprites" which form over the river.
We still have no idea how they form as they do, but enjoyed watching them
immensely as the waters of the little Bonnechere flowed by quietly.
Later in the morning, we headed up into Bonnechere River park for some
fishing and scenery viewing. Roger out-did me in the fishing department.
None of the bass we caught was a "lunker" but we had fun and
returned the fish for others to try to catch. The day was most pleasant
and we really enjoyed our paddle around Couchain Lake and up the river.
The birding was quite good as well. I appreciate even more our "hidden
treasure" of the Ottawa Valley.
Visit the Photo Album to
see images of Rory's trip.