Sapphire blue lakes, the La Cloche Mountains, and a dense forest create this serene paradise that is rivalled by few others. There is more than just stunning landscapes in this Ontario hotspot though. With many activities and adventures, this is the perfect destination for families and explorers alike.
10 Things to do at Killarney Provincial Park
- Photography – One of the best places to capture a piece of a nature. This park boasts a view of many spectacular sights, including the Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite, the La Cloche Mountains, Jack Pine Hills, Sapphire Lakes and tons of wildlife. With these and so much more, it is the place to snap that once in a lifetime photo.
- Camping – Set up your tent on George Lake campground and stay awhile! With access to beaches, trails, and canoeing, it is a go to destination for family fun and adventure. This campground is unique with its Natural Heritage Education program that runs in July and August. This programs itinerary has an array of activities, including guided hikes, children’s programs, evening amphitheatre, art-in-the-park, and even a small observatory.
- Hiking – Enjoy an immersive walk or hike through nature. There is an abundance of scenic hiking trails within the park, including the 80 km, looped, La Cloche-Silhouette Trail for more experienced hikers and the 3 km Chikanishing Trail for those looking for a bit more of a leisurely pace. No matter which one you choose though, you are sure to be greeted with unparalleled views. You might even see a moose or two! If you are camping at George Lake Campground, hike the ~7km Crack Trail (hikes part of La Cloche-Silhouette Trail) for a panoramic view of the park.
- Cross-Country Skiing – Grab your skis and take to the trails. Cross-country skiing is a great winter pastime in the park. Try going right after a fresh snowfall for crisp trails and a view straight out of a winter fairytale. After your snowy adventure, be sure to head to the park’s Winter Warm-Up Hut to defrost by the fire.
- Snowshoeing – A great activity for families and couples. Flip flop over the landscape and enjoy some fresh air, exercise, and spectacular scenery. Escape the winds on one of the many forest lined trails and enjoy winter’s beauty. If you don’t have snowshoes, no problem! Snowshoes can be rented and reserved through the Friends of Killarney Park.
- Bird Watching – If you love birds, then Killarney is a must-see. The park has over 100 species within its bounds, including Woodcocks, Common Sandpipers, Snipes and rarities, such as Garganeys, Goosanders, and Green-winged Teals. The park also hosts a Christmas bird count, as well as spring and summer Loon counts, so don’t forget your binoculars!
- Swimming – Submerge yourself in nature’s beauty and take a dip in one of the park’s crystal clear, sapphire lakes. With over 50 lakes within its bounds, pick a spot to float, swim or sunbathe. For families with smaller children, the campground has two beaches that are ideal for a day of picnics, sandcastles, and splashing on the shore.
- Biking – Sure, you can ride your bike anywhere, but not with picturesque sights like these! An activity for all ages to enjoy, Killarney park is a great place for cyclists of all levels. Younger kids can zip along the park roads and those that are older, will enjoy the bike trail along the Chikanishing Creek to the Chikanishing Access Point.
- Painting – The La Cloche Mountains’ white quartzite ridges are enough to make any artist swoon, so it isn’t any surprise that this park once inspired the well known collective of artists, Group of Seven. With so much beauty and serenity, it is the perfect place to pick up a paintbrush or pencil to create your own masterpiece. The park even has an Artist-In-Residence program that you can apply to!
- Canoeing & Sea Kayaking – Described as “a canoeist’s dream”, Killarney park is home to just under 645 km² of backcountry wilderness and wonder.
With an abundance of waterways nestled between the pine trees and white ridged mountains, the only question is, which one will you choose? If you planning a backcountry adventure, then Bell Lake should be your destination. With journeys ranging from a day to a week, there is a little something for every level of adventurer. Killarney Kanoes offer canoe rentals, outfitting and transportation to other, more remote canoe locations.
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO KILLARNEY PARK
Hours: Open year round including camping in winter.
Killarney Kanoes is the canoe outfitter located inside Killarney Provincial Park. You can rent ($27 & up) quality canoes and outfitting equipment from the main office at the Bell Lake access point.
Friends of Killarney runs shops at located at George Lake park entrance and Bell Lake access point. You can buy maps, trail guides, educational books and souvenirs. They also rent snowshoes. Call 705-287-2800.
How to get to the park:
Address: 960 Highway #637, Killarney.
If you are travelling from Toronto, Park Bus runs trips to Killarney provincial park.
- Regular rate: $95
- Students / Seniors: $86
- Children: $48