Studying the rock together

Field Trip to Bon Echo Provincial Park
Graduate Students
October 3rd-5th, 2014

It was another successful year for the annual OCGC Fall Field Trip to explore local metamorphic geology. With 20 participants having a wide range of backgrounds, it was both enjoyable and educational. The participants left Carleton University on Friday, October 3rd, travelled to Bon Echo Provincial Park, and arrived in the evening with enough time to set up the camp sites. There was a pot of chili on the stove for those who were still wanting a meal that evening.

top left: Pointing out the details of the rock, top right:Walking Back, bottom left: Chiselling at the rock, bottom right: Camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park

The next morning after breakfast the daily excursion was taking shape. The first order of business was making sure that everyone had proper safety gear for the day and that drivers had a radio and knew where the stops were. Four different outcrops showing the different geological features of the Grenville Province were then presented to the group by PhD student Stephen Crane and OGS Geologist Seamus Magnus. These stops included:

  • Mazinaw Lake Metavolcanics on the side of Highway 41
  • Tudor Pillow basalts at the intersection of Highways 41 and 506
  • Metasedimentary rocks on the side of Highway 41, and 
  • Metapeletic rocks at Green Bay, off Highway 506

The excursion took about 4 hours with stops for fuel, coffee, and a light lunch. Afterwards, several participants went kayaking, canoeing and fishing at the lake. Dinner was provided in the evening and all of the participants enjoyed a nice discussion and entertainment around the campfire. The next morning we packed up and arrived back in Ottawa early Sunday afternoon. 

Group photo

Night falling