Looking for a spot to refresh and relax? We have absolutely beautiful parks! Stop in on your next road trip to stretch your legs, let the kids play, walk the dog, even have a swim. Our parks are easily accessible on main roads, very welcoming and admission is free. Most are situated on lakes or the Bonnechere River, and filled with gardens and trees. All of our parks are designed around leisure and sporting opportunites. Stop in and enjoy the parks as much as the locals do!
An easy stroll from downtown Eganville will lead you to McRae Lookout Park. This new park, conceived, designed, and built entirely by Eganville and Area Community Development Group volunteers, celebrates the natural beauty and the human history of the Fifth Chute of the Bonnechere River. Enjoy the view of rushing water speeding over limestone rock as it has for thousands of years. Picnic or just relax at one of the uniquely designed log tables inspired by 200 years of logging history in our area. Interpretive signage was installed in Spring 2020 detailing the earliest industrial use of the land. Foundation walls still standing in the Bonnechere are from the first grist mill built here by John Duncan McRae in 1892. Mr. McRae was one of the early entrepreneurs in Eganville and his legacy lives on in the family run McRae Lumber Company. It seems only fitting that the park should carry his name.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE WASHROOMS: Yes. Open in SPRING/SUMMER/FALL , 7am-8pm
COVERED PICNIC AREA: Yes
Located in the heart of Eganville along the edge of the Bonnechere River, the park was built in 1991 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the village of Eganville. The park features a natural ampitheatre and a bandshell that hosts the popular Music in the Park weekly concert series in the summer. Theres a children’s playground, gazebo, walking paths along the river and an ice rink in the winter months.
Our tourist booth is the little log building located at the Highway 60 / Bonnechere Street downtown entrance to the park. The volunteers and students that work here are happy to help you find what you are looking for, and more! They know everything there is to know about fun in The Ottawa Valley tourism area. Stop in and say “Hi!” to these friendly folks. You never know what they might teach you about our area.
The park is also home to a monument dedicated to, and created by, survivors of sexual violence. A garden and benches have been added to the art piece to give visitors space to reflect on the strength, courage and resiliance of survivors.
Tristan Whiston of Red Dress Productions, the artistic company behind the pebble monument, spoke of the idea of the seeds of this monument, which continue to spread. From the original monument in Eganville there are now three others in Renfrew County located in Killaloe, Pembroke and Pikwakanagan. As well, there are four more in Ontario built in North Bay, Carleton Place, Brantford and Peterborough.
“And another six are being built,” he said. “I’m imagining these monuments popping up across the province.”
Having these monuments in a public spot is important, he said.
“For a vision of a world without gender based violence,” he said. “That vision was planted five years ago.”The Toronto Star October 1, 2020
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE WASHROOMS: Yes, at the Tourist Booth. Open in SUMMER, 7am -8pm
COVERED PICNIC AREA: Yes
Legion Field Memorial Park
Looking for the action ? You’ll find it at Legion Field! Most of the village’s organized recreation including the Eganville Curling Club, softball diamonds, soccer fields, beach volleyball areas, tennis courts and the new splash pad, are all located here. In the summer and autumn months, Legion Field is also home to the Eganville Farmers Market (Fridays 3-5pm) offering healthy, fresh local food, themed events and live music May to October. There’s year round fun at Legion Field.
Of special interest, on November 2017, Eganville was honoured to be chosen by the Vimy Oak Legacy Foundation to plant a Vimy Oak at Legion Field Memorial Park. Saplings were entrusted to Canadian groups across the country to commemorate the100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
“During that battle, four Canadian Divisions fought as a single force and took the high ground held by a well-entrenched and battle-hardened enemy. Twice before the French and British had tried to take the escarpment and twice they were beaten back with over 100,000 casualties. The Canadians won the battle but with a cost of 3,598 dead and 7,000 wounded. Some historians claim the battle was a catalyst to nationalism and an emerging nation. During the battle, a soldier put into his pocket some acorns from the battlefield. They were sent home to his farm in Ontario and planted. The acorns grew into mighty oak trees – the Vimy Oak. A project was undertaken to repatriate the tree to France but fears of importing foreign pathogens to France prevented this from happening. The Vimy Oak Legacy Foundation decided to offer the saplings from the original oak planted 100 years ago to groups who would plant and nurture the tiny trees. Eganville Rotary in cooperation with the Eganville Horticultural Society and Village publics works applied and were granted a tree. The Vimy Oak Legacy was brought to Eganville. A local stone was engraved with Rotary funds to mark the planting. “Source: Rotary Club of Eganville
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE WASHROOMS: Yes
COVERED PICNIC AREA:
PLAYGROUND: Yes with a Splash Pad
ADDRESS: 9 Foran Street, Eganville
Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Dore, Melissa Bishop Park is a lively hub for recreation and activities in North Algona Wilberforce. The park has a sand beach (no lifeguards), with shallow warm water, good for young children. No dogs on the beach please. There’s a playground, gazebo, beach volleyball court, and a baseball diamond. You can often find NAW’s mobile ‘Activity Hub’ at Melissa Bishop Park. The ‘Activity Hub’ houses kayaks and paddleboards that can be accessed for free! Located just off Highway 41, its easy to stop in, rest, and get back on the road again.
In 2015 this park, which was then called the North Algona Wilberforce Township Park, was renamed Melissa Bishop Park to honour our hometown Olympian.