Unknown date of photograph (pre-1940).
This sheer iron staircase was used for visitors of the Bon Echo Inn to travel to the top of Mazinaw Rock. Spectacular viewing and blueberry picking were favourite activities of guests. Often, guests would have a box lunch packed to take with them as they climbed the deep stairs to the top. Local people who picked blueberries for sale or for their own use frequently made use of the stairway. (John Campbell - 'The Mazinaw Experience').
Eventually the staircase was damaged by ice and finally taken down in 1940, 4 years after the fire that destroyed the Inn.
Remnants of the staircase are still evident today - directly across from the Narrows peninsula. Today a multi-level staircase built by Bon Echo Provincial Park guides visitors to the top via the Clifftop Trail with many lookouts.
Part of the Bon Echo Provincial Park Album
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