*Probably named for the Slave or Awokanak Native Americans of the region.
The Bon Echo Inn was established in 1889 on Mazinaw Lake. It attracted wealthy guests who were also tea-totalers, as the religious owners did not serve alcohol. Later, it was purchased by a founder of the Canada Suffrage Association, who made it into a retreat for artists and writers, notably James Thurber. In 1936, the Inn and many of its outbuildings were destroyed by fire and never rebuilt. The surrounding area is now Bon Echo Provincial Park.
Tea service on the verandah of the Inn, between 1920 and 1936.