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Killarney Thread - Canoeing & Camping

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Bernnie Federko, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Looking for any interior recommendations in Killarney park for a 5 night canoe/portage boys trip.

    Been to Algonquin & Termagami a number of times, and as I know there's a few people on Tribe that are experienced trippers, figured it worth asking for some help.

    If you have any favourite lakes/trips/spots, or portaging knowledge in the park, helpful web links, please let me know.


    Canadian Canoe Routes - Route Description

    Friends of Killarney Park - Home
    Killarney Canoes - outfitter and canoe rentals in Killarney Provincial Park
    Killarney Outfitters Killarney Provincial Park Georgian Bay Killarney Ontario Canada

    PS - Trip scheduled for the 2nd last week of August.
  2. djfear

    djfear TRIBE Member

    I canoed Killarney fore 8 days in October 2009.

    Pictures: The Colours: Part III - a set on Flickr

    Pretty much circumvented the entire park counter clock-wise. Nellie Lake was the main highlight... I have lots of unsolicited advice to give! :)
  3. djfear

    djfear TRIBE Member

    On a semi related note.... does anyone know of a killarney provincial park map that's available online, like the algonquin one? I have my own copy, but it's great to refer to when discussing stuff like this online....

    And while I'm here on this tangent, I highly recommend the water proof one as it's lasted me many years (since 2004), and yet the cheaper one became ruined after one off-trail trip I did while crossing the blue mountain range (from the "Steepest portage" to silver peak).
  4. djfear

    djfear TRIBE Member

    I <3 Killarney Provincial Park

    (photo by my friend, of another friend)

    (photo by me) - We built this at a portage wayyy on the western part of the park on that 900m something portage by the large open water. The portage wasn't very visible so we said 'f it, let's make it more visible. We also named it after our friend Arad who couldn't come. :p (google map link)

    (photo by me) - My two friends carrying our canoe towards Nellie Lake (I think).

    (photo by me) - The top photo was taken in the spring of 2007 during an off trail hike, and the bottom photo was taken in October 2009 during an 8 day canoe trip - both in Killarney Provincial Park, and both in pretty much the same place, except with different angles.

    Anyway, sorry for hijacking the thread a bit, but I really do love this park. I'll respond in more detail when I have a map for reference later on today or tomorrow. Off the top of my head though, some amazing lakes:

    - Nellie Lake (by far THE BEST), it's sort of a "Dead lake" and it has crazy visibility. I've always wanted to go back here in August to go swimming. It would be worth the trip (as it's very far).
    - Gem Lake was beautiful, yet a little small, nevertheless it was surrounded by mountains.
    - David Lake is fairly grand, although there are some cottages here. Nevertheless it'd be a cool place to hang out for a couple of days and to also do some hiking from.
    - Three Narrows is actually somewhere I would have loved to go but never made it since it wasn't in the itinerary. I'm putting my vote for this one for 5 days.
    - Bell Lake is nice, plus it has a trail to Silver Peak.

    Any of the smaller lakes are cool because they're isolated... also, don't underestimate how far you can go in a single day. You can travel FAR on water, but portages will hurt you. Try to bring light canoes. We took one canoe and there were 3 of us.

    This is Nellie Lake (google map), if you can extend your trip by a couple of days, I suggest going there somehow, and spending two nights.

    Nellie Lake, taken by my friend:

    (photo by me) - Nellie Lake's visibility, reputed to be about 28m. (That's my camera top & finger shadow at the bottom)
  5. mrtunes

    mrtunes TRIBE Member

    +1 on nellie lake. sitting there was one of the most memorable experiences

    i also enjoyed the silver peaks hike.

    this was all 12 years ago but i'd love to go back one day. my favourite of the three major parks in ontario.
  6. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    7 32 38 48 are my fave sites.

    i've hike it several times, never canoed there though. goodluck with the portage at three narrows.


    getting ready to leave campsite 33.



    campsite 38
  7. peko

    peko TRIBE Member

    lake david, nellie and bell. the portages are worth it!
  8. LivingRoomPornstar

    LivingRoomPornstar TRIBE Member

    hmmm -- great shots and info

    I think I have a trip to plan!
  9. djfear

    djfear TRIBE Member

    That portage to Nellie from the north is particularly painful. Man I can't wait to go back....
  10. derek

    derek TRIBE Member


    pukaskwa in september for me.

    although i may go up to killarney in early may and do some off-trail hikes out on to the rocks off h4. just a weekend thing.

    moose pass


  11. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Good info so far.

    Anything to try and avoid?
  12. swenard

    swenard TRIBE Member

    The mosquitos and black bears
  13. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    The mosquitos are that bad in late august? Really?

    I've read that some of the lakes have cottages. Are they that prevalent?
  14. swenard

    swenard TRIBE Member

    I have no idea. I just assumed they would be one thing you would wish to avoid.
  15. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    I assumed you know what you were talking about.
  16. swenard

    swenard TRIBE Member

    You should never assume.
  17. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    You should kill yourself.
  18. swenard

    swenard TRIBE Member

    Talking like that isn't going to get much help from me.
  19. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    That's because you're useless.
  20. SlipperyPete

    SlipperyPete TRIBE Member

    The best I've found is here:

    Do NOT use this as a substitute for a real map, people!

    Some pics from David Lake & Silver Peak, July long-weekend 2009:






    I'm thinking OSA/Muriel 3-4 day over Canada Day this year. I've also heard amazing things about Nellie, but I think you'd really need a full week to do the full circuit.

    Friends stayed on Ruth Roy last year - nothing but positive reviews on that spot.
  21. ravinjunkie

    ravinjunkie TRIBE Member

    beautiful pics! definitely need to explore this area next year
  22. djfear

    djfear TRIBE Member

  23. Hybrid

    Hybrid TRIBE Member

    Great Pics. I love ontario back country in the fall.
  24. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    we leave for the park this sunday just after dawn. Looking forward to a week out of the city portaging with the gang.
  25. moose-meat

    moose-meat TRIBE Member


    Have a great trip.

    Never made it to Killarney.
    We always bail out at the French and head down to the bay.
    Fun trip , a little bit of everything there.

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