Killarney Provincial Park offers some of Canada’s most incredible interior canoeing for beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike.
With resources like Killarney Outfitters able to assist visitors with rentals, complete outfittings, or general trip inquiries visitors are able to design excursions suited to their needs.
Whether planning a trip that is two days or ten, routes of varying difficulty can bring you to some of this Park’s most unique areas.
From the lily pad filled lake lands to the turquoise waters of the La Cloche Mountain basin, Killarney can ensure paddlers a truly unforgettable experience.
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Rachael Sorochan is the leading Trip Planner for Killarney Outfitters, which prides itself on being the information destination for the Killarney area.
Providing complete outfitting services, trip planning and rentals, their Trip Planning Service gives adventurers all the information they need to explore and enjoy the park independently.
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Known as one of the most difficult in the Park, the famous “Pig” portage from Artists Lake to Threenarrows is a 1.2km trail which feels as though it’s uphill both ways! Necessary to gain access into the northern gems of Killarney, this steep and rocky route is a badge of honour among paddlers.
If limited to one day of paddling, head out early to make it into O.S.A. Lake. With only two short portages leaving from the main George Lake Campground, (approximately 3.5 hours each way), this destination is a Killarney must-see.
Although many of the lakes in Killarney are considered ‘dead lakes’ due to the quartzite ridges, the surrounding waters play host to many of Ontario’s fish species. One day permits are available for purchase in Killarney town for all visitors. Please note that trout fishing in the park is limited.
Often described as the most magical lake in Killarney, reaching Nellie is no easy feat. Only those willing to work will ever get to see this gorgeous lake. On calm days the visibility can reach down to 28m, the clearest in the park.
Named for the original owners of the Killarney Mountain Lodge, this little blue lake (accessible from the Johnnie Lake Access Point) is a quiet destination with only two campsites and no through traffic. Excellent vistas and cascading waters at the portage (only 80m) ensure a decidedly tranquil day in Killarney.
Best times to go:
Peak season in Killarney is definitely in August. Warm weather, minimal bugs, and the last days of summer vacation draw many visitors to Killarney.
Early season certainly brings less traffic and lots of sun, however depending on the year the bugs can be ferocious.
Looking to avoid the crowds? After the first weekend in September (a holiday in Canada) the weather is generally agreeable and availability for late bookers tends to open up!
If it’s the fall colours you seek, early to mid-October (although experiencing cooler temperatures) make for amazing photos.
Kayaking on Philip Edward Island is wonderful all season long. The islands do not experience the same concentration of biting bugs as one would find in the park. The fall, although beautiful does begin to see higher winds and is therefore not recommended for novices.
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