With uncommon plant species, centuries-old trees and animals as diverse as lynx and bald eagle, the Shaw Woods have welcomed visitors from far and wide for decades. Visitors can explore over 123 acres of old-growth forest and nearly 400 acres of wetlands and mixed forest through a network of trails maintained by volunteers. The Shaw Woods is open year-round with washrooms on-site. Entry is free, though a donation box is available. The property has been in the Shaw Family since 1847 where for over a century the site included a working farm with a water-powered sawmill and grist mill. In 1970, the Shaw family partnered with the National Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Conservancy of Canada to create this preserve, known today as Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre
McRae Lookout Park
An easy stroll from downtown Eganville will lead you to McRae Park where viewing platforms showcase the incredible power and beauty of the Fifth Chute 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. The park is named in honour of John Duncan McRae who, in 1892, built the mill.
Right in the heart of downtown Eganville you can stop at our Visitor Information Centre and cross the vast bridge over the Bonnechere River into beautiful Centennial Park. Home to the regionally popular Music in the Park series, Centennial boasts scenic paths along the Bonnechere River, a playground for children, a natural amphitheatre and band shell. Eganville’s Centennial Park was built in 1991 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the village of Eganville.
Of special interest, on November 2017, Eganville was honoured to be chosen by the Vimy Oak Legacy Foundation to plant a Vimy Oak at Centennial 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
Legion Field Memorial Park
Legion Field is the hub for much of the village’s organized recreation including the Curling Club, baseball / softball diamonds, soccer fields, beach volleyball areas, tennis courts and the new splash pad. In the summer and autumn months, Legion Field is also home to the Eganville Farmers Market (Friday 2 – 6 pm) offering local goods, themed events and live music throughout May to October.
Frolic on the beach and swim in beautiful Lake Dore. Relax in the shade and grass. Bring a picnic! There are washrooms on-site and a playground for children. However, no dogs are allowed on the beach at this time. Access is free but the water is not supervised by lifeguards. In 2015 this park which was then called the North Algona Wilberforce Township Park was renamed Melissa Bishop Park to honour our hometown Olympian. The park sign lists Bishop’s accomplishments including being a gold medallist at the Pan Am Games, a two-time Olympian and the national record holder in the women’s 800m.