Ottawa Valley Culture

Nature in Your Neighbourhood: The Bonnechere River Watershed

The Bonnechere River Watershed Nature in Your Neighbourhood Guide features points of interest in the Bonnechere River Watershed and will assist residents and tourists to enjoy, appreciate, and learn about the Bonnechere River watershed area and its natural highlights. The guide divides the watershed into ten areas. Five of the areas centre on towns that are in or immediately adjacent to the watershed—Renfrew, Douglas, Eganville, Killaloe, and Wilno-Barry’s Bay. The other five areas centre on natural features in the watershed—Lake Clear, Golden Lake, Round Lake, the Little Bonnechere River, and the headwaters in Algonquin Park.

For each area, the guide describes a Featured Point of Interest and other Points of Interest, and identifies opportunities for walking, cycling, paddling, exploring, appreciating and sightseeing. Also included are general descriptions of natural highlights such as lakes, forests, ridges and escarpments, wetlands, streams and rivers, including the Bonnechere River itself are provided, as well as species and vegetation types of interest, and references to the watershed’s fascinating geological history. 

The Nature in Your Neighbourhood video series is comprised of the following:

A Working Landscapes episode which highlights conversations with watershed residents about farming, wildlife management, forestry, hydroelectric/solar generation and eco-tourism;

A Stewarding our Watershed episode which highlights conversations with environmental stewards of local waterways, farmland, wetlands and forests;

A Measure to Manage episode which highlights community-based efforts to measure and enhance freshwater quality, stream condition, wildlife populations and wetlands; and

An Engaging Youth episode which highlights outdoor environmental activities with youth living in the watershed including the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Earthwalkers and youth day camp and the OMNR Renfrew County Stewardship Rangers. 

The guide and video series are available for viewing at the Bonnechere River Watershed Project website ( and the Ottawa River Institute website (

Kathryn Lindsay (BRWP); Cheryl Keetch (ORI)