Bon Fires

Growing up I spent my summers in Algonquin and bon fires have a special place in my heart. There such a relaxing and magical thing to do while in the park. Weather your roasting marsh mellows, making s’mores and leaning back on your camp chair with a cold in your hand, it’s one of the best experiences you could have. Sitting in the bush where the only light around comes from your fire is one of the best ways to experience what it was like before electricity.

When making your bon fire be sure to take ample time to prepare it. This involves stacking your kindling in such a manner that it allows air to penetrate to the center of the fire. Some use the teepee method, others build a mini log cabin with kindling and paper in the middle. Always be sure to completely put out your fire when you’re done by putting several buckets of water on it. The east and West gates have fire meters at them where depending on the park conditions they will tell you whether fires are permitted at the current time or time of day and the risk harsh forest conditions causing a loss of control of your fire.

Bon Fires

Rating:
Opportunity's:
  • Enjoying a cold one around a fire is a great way to relax and take in a different aspect of Algonquin. The night time.
  • Roasting Marsh Mellows
  • S'mores
Dangers:
  • Fire is of course, hot. Be careful when lighting it and be sure to have a bucket of water handy in-case your fire starts to wander
  • Always make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it untended.