Historic Sites

Along the banks of the mighty Bonnechere River, visit the Bonnechere Museum.

Discover Eganville’s captivating history from its Ordovician fossil collection –

Eganville is the Ordovician Capital of Canada!- to artifacts and interpretive

displays of our lumber, rail, agriculture and artistic heritage.

McRae Lookout Park where viewing platforms showcase the incredible power

and beauty of the Bonnechere River below you and interpretive signage, a

detailed history of where you are standing. The McRae Lookout Park is a stunning

reclamation success of the old grist mill site and named in honour of

John Duncan McRae, one of Eganville’s Founding Fathers who, in 1892, built

the mill.

The Heritage House Stopping Place , home of the Sebastopol Heritage and Historic Society, is the perfect spot to stretch your legs and
eat your picnic lunch. Step inside and explore the history of the Opeongo Line

settlers, many of whose families still live here.

Another highlight of the Opeongo Line is the  Baptist Church Road Historic

Stone Fence. In 1883 a German settler, Carl Neumann, built it with stones cleared

from surrounding fields. The fence still stands solidly today with a

commemorative plaque as a monument and testament to the care taken and the

strength of character of the settlers of the Opeongo Line.


Foymount is the highest populated point in Ontario at 500 meters (1,600 ft)

above sea level. Because of the high altitude, in the 1950’s the Royal Canadian

Airforce built a radar base on site as part of the Pinetree Radar Line, which

detected nuclear bombers coming over the polar region from the Soviet Union.

The base was closed in 1974 because more powerful radar installations were built



Cycling the Foymount Hill is a popular challenge for touring and local

cyclists; those who succeed going home with the coveted “I Climbed the

Foymount Hill” teeshirts. Foymount is also popular with amateur astronomers

given the high altitude and low levels of artificial light.


Every year for over 80 years, thousands of parishioners literally walk a 4-day pilgrimage from Renfrew, Ontario to the Shrine of St. Ann at the beautifully decorated and historic  St. Ann’s Catholic Church in the tiny hamlet of Cormac near Eganville. The shrine is dedicated to St. Ann, the wife of St. Joachim, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Tourists are often found kneeling and praying on her steps.

Visit Pikwàkanagàn, home of a proud and progressive Algonquin community on

Golden Lake that can trace their ancestry here back more than 10,000 years ago.

The word Pikwàkanagàn is pronounced ‘Pick-wok-nah-gone’ and means

‘beautiful hilly country covered in evergreens’. Besure to visit Omàmiwininì

Pimàdjwowin, the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre. where you will learn

about the circular timeline of the Anishinabe Seven Fires Prophecy and the

history of the Algonquin people from the first fire up until today. View the

Manido Chiman Collection of 600 objects, ranging from ceremonial, hunting and

trapping, canoe and water transportation, military paraphernalia, archaeological

stone tools, archival photos and information on local indigenous