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“This park IS the crown jewel!”

Killarney Provincial Park
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Killarney
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The provincial park system deems Killarney as the crown jewel of the provincial park system. While I have not managed to camp at EVERY provincial park in Ontario (yet!!)...I would certainly agree that Killarney deserves a visit or three. You have to book ahead as it is a small park but it is worth the effort to do so and the long drive to get here. This most recent trip, we did a four night interior canoe loop trip...through Carlyle, Johnnie, Three-Mile, Balsam, Deacon, David and Clearsilver Lakes. Although our weather was disappointing (wet, windy and cold)...it was still beautiful.
We then car camped at George Lake...enjoying the Cranberry Bog and Granite Ridge Trail one day and then the George Island loop trail the following one (all highly recommended!).

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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic park to camp in! This trip we decided to try something different and stay in a yurt (walled tent with electricity, two bunk beds, table, chairs, BBQ, deck) instead of a tent. A great choice for our family! This allowed us to stay nice and dry during a torrential downpour throughout the night. The park is on the small side so the beautiful beaches on Lake George were never insanely busy. The views from the beach were spectacular - craggy trees, small mountains and rocks jutting out from the lake. The water was clean, clear and fairly warm. Our kids spent a lot of time jumping off one particular rock into the refreshing water! Even coming across a water snake didn't deter them. ;) My husband, on the other hand, was a little freaked by it! Hehe. There are ample hiking trails with stunning views of Georgian Bay and the LaCloche mountain range. The park store isn't outfitted for groceries so be sure to have everything handy beforehand. If you do need some basic supplies like bread and eggs you can drive ten minutes into Killarney where you will find a general store, ice cream, the BEST fish and chips at Herbert's Fisheries and a lovely view of their marina. I think Killarney Provincial Park is our new family favourite!

12  Thank HJen11
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Great area to swim and canoe/portage. Also a treed campground within the park that is very atmospheric.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This was our fourth trip to Killarney Provincial Park. On all occasions we have stayed at a yurt. A yurt is a tent type structure set on a wooden platform/deck. The ones at Killarney have power, are quite large and contain two bunk beds involving a single bed over a double, so it sleeps six. There is a table in the yurt as well. The surrounding deck has a picnic table and a barbeque with a side burner, so no camping stove required. Bring your own bedding, and food, which is stored in a bear-proof metal box on the deck. All but yurts 1 and 2 at Killarney have covered areas on the deck in case of rain. Our favourite yurts at 3 and 4 as they are at the back and afford the most privacy. We were in yurt 2 this time and didn't bring a tarp, so we had to deal with some rain. The yurts are also very private and there is a lot of space between these camp sites, which is quite nice.

Kilarney park has amazing hiking and a great beach. It is easy to rent a canoe from Killarney Kanoes or from Killarney Outfitters. KK has the paddles and life jackets on site - you just have to reserve over the phone and it is all there. KO you have to drive about ten minutes to their store to get the paddles and jackets, but they do have more canoes available. Canoeing on George lake is great.

This year we hiked the Crack as well. We did it with four kids ages 5, 7, 7 and 10, plus three adults. It was a challenge for sure, at times there is a 45 degree plus section over large boulders, but it was worth the view. It was just amazing. It was four hours and a challenge as reported, but we are glad we did it. The kids handled it well except the last 30 minutes or so they struggled, but by then you are walking on an old logging road, so it is flat and easy going.

Killarney Provincial Park has some of the best nature that Ontario has to offer. Even the raccoons that came to the site weren't too bad and we didn't have bears on the site this year. Last year at night while sleeping we heard a bear at the bear box, but since we had properly put things away, they left. It was the shuffling and grunt that was clearly bear, and the bear paw print left by a wet paw on a wooden deck that confirmed it.

If you haven't gone yet, this is a place worth visiting for young and old alike, and should even make your bucket list!

11  Thank taniaharper
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Amazing 6KM hike if you have a three hours to spare. The first kilometre is very easy as you walk along low lying woodlands of coniferous and broad leaved trees. Be prepared for a lot of hungry mosquitoes for the first kilometre if you happen to be here in the summer. Be generous with the bug spray or wear appropriate clothing as these little guys are quite voracious and will have you losing your mind trying to escape them!!! The last two kilometres are moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level (wear good shoes) The ascent isn't too demanding with lots of opportunities to stop and enjoy the view. The last kilometre requires a bit of bouldering but this is by far the most spectacular as you cross through a 4 metre wide, 15 metre high gap in the quartzite rock. You will be amazed at how much the landscape changes throughout this hike. Once at the top you will be treated to an amazing view of Georgian Bay, Killarney Lake as well as the La Cloche Mountains. Absolutely breath taking views. I would recommend bringing a snack or light lunch to really enjoy the vistas. Killarney has many hikes to offer but this is by far my favourite. If you can manage to go in the Fall even better as the foliage will be bursting with colour. Be advised that this hike is not open in the winter. Just as well, you will require a parking pass which runs at about 14$ for the day! Have fun hiking!!!

10  Thank Melanie L
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