Killarney Provincial Park

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Killarney Official website
Killarney Official Facebook
Killarney Facebook Group – this is a private group that you’ll need to ask to join.
Killarney Kanoes website – if you are planning in visiting this park and want to book or reserve a canoe this is the site to do it.
Killarney Kanoes Facebook page – up-to-date information on canoe rental and related stuff. A good place to ask questions about canoeing in the park

Information

Phone #: 705-287-2900
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: 960 Highway #637, Killarney, ON, P0M 2A0
Opening seasons: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

Travel, Directions & Distances

Directions: Sudbury to Killarney Provincial Park via Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-69 S and ON-637
Toronto (Pearson Airport):
Ottawa (International Airport):
Public transit:
Uber/taxi:

Activities

Winter Activities

As an all-year-round park, there are many opportunities to snowshoe, X-country ski, hike and even camp.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoes are available to rent at this park. But, it’s always best to call ahead to make sure that snowshoes are available.

Camping & Accomodation

Backcountry Camping

1. The Experience:

Killarney Provincial Park is a wilderness experience like no other in Ontario. Suitable for all skill levels, there are two ways to explore Killian’s backcountry: the canoe routes network and hiking trails that lead through it’s pristine forested regions
You can enjoy both types of activities at one destination with this park! So get out your gear because you’re about to embark on an incredible journey into Mother Nature herself

Clear topaz lakes and towering mountainsides make for a breathtaking view as you cross over clear waters on your journey to the other side. As the La Cloche Silhouette trail has been called one of Canada’s most challenging hikes, it is no wonder that visitors come from all around just because they want some fresh air with spectacular scenery!

While camping in Killarney’s backcountry, visitors will find basic amenities on most campsites including a designated fire pit and box privy. The backcountry trails, portages and campsites are well-marked, however, understanding and utilizing map navigation is essential.

2. Reservations and Interior Camping Permits

Paddling: Campsite specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival date. Reservations are recommended to secure your campsite.

Hiking: Campsite specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival date for the La Cloche Silhouette hiking trail.

Reservations are recommended to secure your campsite

Interior camping permits are required for backcountry camping at Killarney Provincial Park.

Visitors can obtain permits upon arrival at the following locations:

  • George Lake campground and Killarney backcountry access – George Lake campground office
  • Bell Lake backcountry access – Bell Lake access point
  • Highway 6 access point – All permits for the west end of the park interior can be picked up at the Highway 6 access point
  • The Crack day use hike – Day use permits can be purchased at the Crack Trail access point
  • Chickanishing Creek Trail assess point, Georgian Bay access point – Day use Permits can be purchased at the Chickanishing Creek Trail access point.

3. Trip Planning

Maps are available for purchase online through the Friends of Killarney or at the park.

It is recommended that you obtain a copy of the official park map before heading out into the backcountry. If you have any questions about reading or understanding a map, please ask the park staff for assistance upon your arrival. The Friends of Killarney also produce guides that can assist in trip planning.

Killarney works closely with a number of organizations and outfitters that can assist you in planning and securing equipment for your trip.

There is a ban on cans, glass bottles, and chainsaws in Killarney’s backcountry.

Please be respectful of the natural environment and other visitors. Practice leave-no-trace camping, camp only on designated campsites within your lake/zone, and be aware of your surrounding neighbours, ecology, and wildlife. We appreciate your efforts to maintain this pristine environment.

Car Camping

George Lake Campground is a great place to camp all year long! The main gates are closed during snowy season and you have access from approximately November until May when it becomes “walk-in.” You get toboggans for your gear so that makes carrying things easy.

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Radio-Free Camping

Campground “D” – sites #82 to #113 including the East Beach are radio-free.

Roofed Accommodation
Roofed Accommodation Camp Cabin

Number at Park: 2

Site Number(s) / Name: 137, 138

The camp cabin is a rustic one room cabin with wood interior and a screened in front porch. The cabin sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed.

Check-in/Check-out

4pm/10am

Sleeps:

5

Amenities

The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, kettle and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas barbeque and picnic table. A propane fireplace provides a cozy temperature and atmosphere inside.

The camp cabin is within approximately 300m from the park office. Outside the office there are two heated washrooms with a tap for potable water. There is also a privy toilet located approximately 100m from the cabin.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Restrictions

There is a 2-night minimum stay and a 3-night minimum stay on long weekends.

Please note that pets are not permitted in the camp cabin and smoking is prohibited.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee. In the winter month visitors will leave their vehicles at the park office and take all gear down to the cabin using a toboggan. Toboggans are provided by the park.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Roofed Accommodation Yurt

Number at Park: 6

Site Number(s) / Name: Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6

Killarney’s six yurts are located in the George Lake Campground in their own site away from other campers. A short walk of 70m to 200m will take you to your accommodation.

Check-in/Check-out

4pm/10am

Sleeps:

6

Amenities

All six yurts are available year round. Each yurt sleep six people on two sets of bunk beds; each a double lower mattress and twin upper mattress. Inside, your yurt has lighting, electric heat and a power outlet.

Outside you will find a propane barbecue, two picnic tables and a fire pit. Yurts 3, 4, 5, and 6 also have an outdoor dining area with roof. A metal bear proof food storage locker is available at each yurt.

Parking is available nearby but not on the yurt site. A wagon is available to transport your gear to the yurt. Vault privies are located very close to the yurts and a comfort station is a short distance away.

What to Bring

Campers should bring their own bedding, cookstove, cookware, dishes, food and other personal items.

Restrictions

There is a 2-night minimum stay and a 3-night minimum stay on long weekends.

Please note dogs are permitted in Yurt 6. Pets are not permitted in any other Yurts. Smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking is available nearby but not on the yurt site. A wagon is available to transport your gear to the yurt. Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Special Notes

Special Notes:

  • Summer: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Shoulder Season: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Winter Season (November through April): 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • In the winter season, campers must book at least three days in advance.

If you arrive after office hours or on days when staff are not available, an incoming yurt reservation package will be left for you in the Self Serve Reservation Kiosk.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

All Killarney’s hiking trails cover uneven and rocky terrain. Sturdy footwear, plenty of water and a park map and compass is recommended. Killarney Provincial Park offers five day use hiking trails plus many other hiking opportunities.

Chikanishing Trail 3 km (1.5 hours) moderate
This trail winds along the park’s southern boundary crosses a series of small ridges and then ends at a wave-washed point on Georgian Bay. Vegetation is typical of the rocky, windswept terrain of Georgian Bay, though taller pine and oak have flourished in wind-sheltered spots where the soil has accumulated. Old iron rings used for mooring lines during logging days can still be seen along the trail. Interpretive plaques tell the colorful history of this part of Georgian Bay.

Cranberry Bog Trail 4 km (2.5 hours) moderate
Hikers along the trail pass some of the park’s loveliest scenery. Bogs, marshes, and swamps are home to Sundew, Leatherleaf, Pitcher Plant, and Cranberry. Beaver feed piles can be seen along the way. Many birds frequent this trail’s habitats and Blanding’s Turtles make an occasional appearance in Cranberry Bog. Look for evidence of glaciation—smooth rock surfaces, striations, and chatter marks.

Granite Ridge Trail 2 km (1 hour) moderate
Providing views of the unique La Cloche Mountains for which Killarney is renowned the trail winds through old fields and forests and climbs to a ridge with two lookouts over the park. To the south, your eye moves along the shore from Collin’s Inlet and Philip Edward Island to the expanse of Georgian Bay. To the north, see the spectacular La Cloche Mountains.

Lake of The Woods Trail 3.5 km (3 hours) moderate to difficult
This loop trail encircles Lake of the Woods, traveling through a variety of forest types, from old-growth stands to elevated rocky outcrops. These outcrops offer excellent views of Silver Peak, six kilometers to the west, and Lake of the Woods below. At one point, the trail descends to the lakeshore where a short boardwalk connects to the lake’s only island.

The Crack 6 km (4 hours), difficult
The view from the top of Killarney Ridge is absolutely stunning. The immense white cliffs of the La Cloche Mountains surround you as you ascend through the cascade of huge tumbled boulders of what is known as”The Crack”. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you’ll be treated to beautiful panoramic vistas on all sides – certainly one of the best views in the park!

Biking

Biking is an excellent way to explore the great outdoors and enjoy views of nature. Bikes can be used on park roads, trails along Chikanishing Creek or accessed at one point nearby for full independence!

Paddling

Boating

On the interior lakes, only canoers and kayakers have access. There is a launch for boats at Chikanishing Access Point that will take you into Georgian Bay if so desired!

Canoeing

Killarney is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Home to over 50 lakes and183 campsites, it’s no wonder that people love exploring this area in canoes or on foot! I recommend starting at Stag eccentrics (an easy 8 km loop) which will take you through some beautiful scenery before ending up by one of the most famous landmarks – Killary sunrise point
The deep clear waters are perfect whether your journey lasts a day or weeks; between those white hills sits an impressive peak called the La Cloche range.

Pick up a guide and a map detailing 11 of the more popular canoe routes and backcountry campsites in the park.

Winter Activities

Killarney Provincial Park has 33km of trail winding through parts of the park only accessible through the winter months.

  • Chikanishing Trail (Classic and Skate: 8km) – This linear track-set trail meanders along the picturesque Chikanishing Creek. Snow-covered evergreen forests line the trail providing beauty and a peaceful escape from the winds.
  • Collins Inlet Trail (Classic: 14.3km) – This loop trail is packed, but not always track set. As you pass through mature pine forests, open fields and frozen-over marshlands, don’t forget to take a break and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable landscape.
  • Freeland (Classic: 12.4km) – This linear track-set trail winds east through open hardwood and coniferous forest, past Cranberry Bog and onto scenic Freeland Lake.

Call ahead for snow and ice conditions or check the Ontario Parks ski report.

Killarney is the perfect place to spend winter with your loved ones. With six heated yurts and two camp cabins, there’s plenty of space for everyone! You can find comfort in knowing that you’re close by if one person needs help getting out or bending down due to their injury – just head over into our warm-up hut where we’ll keep hot tea on hand at all times (and maybe even some coffee).
A fun thing about Killaryie State Park during these months are its walk-in camping opportunities; it has everything from spacious tent sites equipped with lantern rings so they don’t have trouble seeing what’s happening outside after dark–to

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