Killarney hosts a number of hikes ranging from seven days to a couple of hours.
Whether your intention be to complete the 78km loop of the La Cloche or to simply summit “Silver Peak” (the highest elevation in the park), Killarney will deliver.
Through quartzite ridges, granite slopes, and some of Ontario’s oldest forests no one trail is like another.
Information on locations and distances can be found via Killarney Outfitters or in the free K.P.P. information paper available for pick up at the George Lake Office and all around Killarney town.
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This is hands down a must-do in Killarney. Summiting this ‘cracked’ quartzite peak fills travellers, geologists, and artists alike with and undefinable sense of wonderment. This outstanding trail can be reached either by boat for canoe trippers, or by highway access for those who only have the day.
This brings adventurers up to the highest point in Killarney Park. A short 45-minute paddle from the northern Access Point, Bell Lake (canoe reservations should be made ahead, boats are available on site with no need to transport) will be required to reach the trail head.
In autumn when the leaves are changing, the myriad of colours is truly inspiring. As the Park's wildlife prepare for fall, activity increases as does the opportunity to see or photograph these amazing creatures.
Although a majority of the campsites on the La Cloche Silhouette are reserved for those looking to complete the loop, there is still opportunity for shorter adventures. A great option for solo trippers, start either at the west end and aim for Topaz Lake, or try the “Crack” access to reach Little Superior Lake.
Reaching Topaz for the day is no easy feat. Approximately 10kms each way, this portion of the La Cloche Silhouette brings you to the gem of Killarney Park. Located on a portion of the famous “Pig” portage, it is most often enjoyed by hikers and paddlers en route, but can be an excellent day for those seeking a challenge.
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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