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Bon Echo Inn

Bon Echo Inn

Photo by contributor Harry Slaunwhite - Posted July, 2006

Bon Echo Inn

Photo by contributor Richard Turcotte - Posted September, 2016

Bon Echo Inn

Photo by contributor Richard Turcotte - Posted September, 2016

Plaque Location

The County of Lennox & Addington
The Township of Addington Highlands
Between the Visitors' Centre and Greystones Gift & Book Shop
in Bon Echo Provincial Park on Highway 41
30 km north of Kaladar on Highway 7

Coordinates: N 44 53.932 W 77 11.458


Plaque Text

In the early twentieth century many well known Canadian artists painted and sketched in this area. They were drawn here by the striking landscape and the ideals of the owners of the Bon Echo Inn. Flora MacDonald Denison, a Toronto feminist, bought the inn in 1910. Inspired by the philosophy of American poet Walt Whitman, she set out to create a wilderness retreat for the avant-garde. Guests were offered painting lessons, amateur theatre and poetry readings. Flora's son, playwright Merrill Denison, inherited the resort in 1921 when Canadian cultural nationalism was on the rise. Many of his artist friends, including members of the Group of Seven, came here to vacation and work. The inn closed in 1928 and burned down in 1936. Only these buildings remain from the original resort.

Related Ontario plaques
Merrill Denison 1893-1975
The Group of Seven (1920-1933)


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Addington Highlands Plaques

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