With fun activities in all seasons and for all ages, Killarney Provincial Park is a beautiful example of Canada’s natural beauty.
Renowned for its stunning landscapes, crystal clear lakes, pink granite rock formations and rugged terrain, Killarney Provincial Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Welcome to 645 Square Kilometers of wilderness in the province of Ontario, approximately 4 ½ hours’ drive from Toronto. Still one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets. Shh!!
Killarney Provincial Park is located 4 and a half hours outside of Toronto by car, in the town of Killarney, Ontario. This is a small town, founded in 1820 with a population of 397, their main attraction is the Provincial Park. The busiest time to visit is, during the summer months. However, if you do not enjoy intense heat, Killarney Provincial Park is beautiful all year round, as long as you dress and pack appropriately. (Dress and pack with purpose).
- Hiking – Killarney has an extensive trail system that covers more than 80 km. Trails that vary from easy walking to challenging climbs for experienced hikers.
- Canoeing and Kayaking – Known as a paddler’s paradise. There are many lakes and waterways throughout the park. Visitors can rent or bring their own.
- Fishing – A very popular pastime. The parks lakes are home to a variety of fish, including trout, pike and bass. Remember, fishing licenses are required and can be obtained at the parks office. Or simply join one of the many fishing charters available in Killarney.
- Camping – There is one main campground situated on George Lake. Reservations are recommended. Interior camping permits are required for backcountry camping available at the Killarney Provincial Park Office. Rent a Yurt for a unique camping experience.
- Swimming – George lake is a popular spot for swimming with its clear waters and large beach. It also has a designated swimming area safe for young children.
- Wildlife – Take in a wildlife tour or simply lookout for Black Bear, Moose, Bald Eagles, Deer, Foxes, Turtles, Toads and Frogs. Bears are common in Killarney so it is important to follow the guidelines for safe camping and hikes.
Please note there has never been a fatal attack in Killarney.
- Cross Country Skiing – Some of the best-groomed trails are available in Killarney.
- Snowshoeing – Enjoy a snowshoe adventure through endless forests and icy lakes.
- Snowmobiling – Bundles of fun on some of the finest trails.
- Camping – Enjoy one of the six heated yurts or a cabin. Experience winter camping enjoying the stunning views of the Milk Way at night.
- The Crack Trail – This 6km loop trail takes you up to the top of the La Cloche Mountains, where you will experience stunning views of the surrounding landscape. This trail is rated moderate to difficult with some steep sections and rock terrain. Do not attempt to tackle this hike in the rain as the rocks become very slippery indeed.
- The Chikanishing Trail – A 4km trail that follows the shore of Georgian Bay. Enjoys views of the stunning blue waters and rocky shoreline. Read about the history of the Logging industry that once thrived here. On a hot day, jump in for a swim. Good choice for families and beginners.
- The Granite Ridge Trail – This 2.5 Km loop trail takes you the top of the ridge, providing panoramic views. The trail is rated moderate, with some steep sections and rock terrain.
- Cranberry Bog Trail – This 2.5 Km trail takes you through a unique wetland ecosystem. Look out for Beaver, Deer, Moose and Turtles perched on the rocks. A great choice for families.
- La Cloche Silhouette Trail – This is a 78 Km loop. Approximate time to complete 7-10 days. It takes you past some of the parks most scenic lakes and to the highest lookouts. A challenging hike that requires planning. Recommended for experienced hikers only.
- Lighthouse Trail – This is not a loop trail and is approximately just over 2km in one direction. This hike is all about the scenery. The trail alternates between walking through the woods and walking over massive flat rock. This trail is rated moderate.
Places To Stay
The town of Killarney offers many different forms of accommodations. Here are a few that we recommend.
KILLARNEY MOUNTAIN LODGE AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
The hotel is located in the small town of Killarney. The lodge is situated on the shore of Georgian Bay, offering stunning views of the surrounding natural beauty.
The lodge combines rustic simplicity along with refined elegance, seamlessly and offers a range of amenities and services. Located on the property are a variety of accommodations, dining options, conference and meeting facilities, and a Marina.
Options include guest rooms, suites, and cottages, with many rooms featuring balconies or terraces with lake views. The conference and meeting facilities at Killarney Mountain Lodge can accommodate groups of up to 200 people and include a variety of meeting rooms and event spaces. The lodge also offers a range of team-building and outdoor activities, such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking.
No need to give up your regular routines, there is a fully equipped exercise room at the fitness centre. Afterwards, sunbathe by the pool or relax in the Sauna. Kids don’t forget to check out the games room. There is complimentary internet access and parking, and complimentary use of the resort’s bicycles, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.
The dining options at Killarney Mountain Lodge include the Lakeside Dining Room, which serves gourmet cuisine in a formal setting, and the casual Waterview Restaurant, which offers a more relaxed dining experience. The lodge also features a circular lounge/bar which opens out on to the pool area in summer, where you can enjoy live evening entertainment on the weekends. Have breakfast on the patio at the Waterview Restaurant to start your day. Feeling peckish late morning, check out the Curds And Whey coffee shop offering a variety of baked goods and freshly made coffee. For a truly wonderful dining experience try The Ranch House set by the lake with your significant other. This steak house offers expertly crafted dishes and wine selections while overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay.
SPORTSMANS INN RESORT & MARINA
This hotel has been a favourite for years for not only returning guests but the locals. Steeped in history, it has become a landmark of the town of Killarney. Perched just beyond the world-class marina that offers affordable rates and modern amenities. All rooms facing the Marina have shared or private decks overlooking the glistening bay and George Island.
This contemporary hotel provides the comfort of home with couches and TVs in all the rooms. There are several lodging options ranging from private cabins to balcony suites. If you decide to stay on George Island there is a water taxi shuttle all day for your convenience.
Make yourself at home in one of the 22 air conditioned, all with a flat screen TV that provides cable programming. Complimentary wireless internet access keeps you connected even while you’re away. All bathrooms have showers only. Free parking and laundry services are available.
The Anchorage restaurant offers some mouthwatering gourmet dishes, a must after a long day of hiking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing. This restaurant offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Be sure to have one of their hearty breakfasts on the deck at least once. Sporto’s bar and grill is also a fan favourite with both returning guests and the locals. With a menu of traditional Canadian bar favourites, you can’t go wrong. Last but by no means least, for all you oyster lovers, be sure to try Big Willy’s Bait shop located just across from the Sportsman’s Inn on the boardwalk. Fresh Oysters daily!
For those travelling to Canada from other countries, the standard voltage is 120 volts with a standard frequency of 60HZ. There 2 associated plug types. Type A and Type B. We recommend buying your adapter before travelling, especially when visiting a remote area such as Killarney. The nearest city is Sudbury, approximately an hour away.
Don’t Forget To Try Killarney’s World Famous Fish and Chips
Since 1981 people have come from far and wide to try one of the best fish and chips available. The familiar red and white school bus with picnic tables on the dock overlooking George Island and Georgian Bay has been a landmark in Killarney for over 30 years. Herbert Fisheries became one of the top ten fish and chip restaurants in Canada, according to Canadian Living Magazine. Although, the red and white bus has now gone and a new building in its place the upside is you can enjoy Fish and Chips year-round.
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