With a small smile, you swirl your wine gracefully before touching the glass to your lips. Ambient music plays softly, seamlessly harmonizing with the sounds of intimate conversation and clinking glasses. As your partner reaches for your hand, you take a sip, savouring the full bodied taste of an earthy merlot. The room smells of succulent meat, roasted root vegetables and warm pine. To your left, the waiter appears, carrying a steaming tray of brilliantly plated delights: Greek Salad Bruschetta, Great Lakes Pine Smoked Trout, and Vanilla Bean Crème Brule. Bon Appétit.
Meet the Chef
Hanna Jo Clemens
Hanna started her culinary career working for the Charcoal Group in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Shortly after graduation, Hanna agreed to take up a position in Killarney at the Sportsman’s Inn where she worked for four seasons. Hanna was then recruited to the Killarney Mountain Lodge where she was quickly promoted to Sous Chef during her first season in 2016. Hanna continued as Sous Chef as well as managing the baking and pastry department for four seasons.
Chef Hanna started her culinary career in high school while conducting a Youth Apprenticeship Program at Conestoga College. It was that program which led to a passion in baking and pastry. She continued her education at George Brown College in baking and pastry, graduating in 2012.
Before settling in Killarney, Hanna spent many off-seasons gaining other work experience mainly in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Working for Sabletine (a French bakery) and The Culinary Studio (a recreational cooking school). In the winter of 2015, Hanna decided to go out to British Columbia to work for Canadian Mountain Holiday for a heli-skiing lodge. Said Hanna: “This is where I gained a lot of knowledge in other areas of hospitality as well as the culinary side, all while getting to live in the mountains.”
Hanna’s creativity in preparing some of the finest culinary delights ever tasted, her attention to detail, her work ethic, and her infectious positive personality all led to her becoming Head Chef of the Killarney Mountain Lodge at the end of 2019. Everyone loves Chef Hanna!
The Ranch House
Treat yourself to the sights, smells, and tastes of Killarney’s newest dining experience: The Ranch House.
The Ranch House is our premier steak house that offers expertly-crafted dishes and wine selections.
Main Dining Room
With views overlooking the Killarney Channel and the Carousel Lounge, the resort’s appropriately named Lodge Dining Rooms are designed to provide a simultaneously intimate and sumptuous dining experience. Featuring traditional chalet decor, the Lodge Dining Rooms are adorned with soft linens, rich table settings and original paintings by some of Killarney’s best artists.
A casual space where guests can drink, dine or simply unwind, the resort’s Great Room is a popular destination to share experiences and reflect on the day’s events. A large stone fireplace anchors the room, providing warmth and ambiance. Supple leather sofas and high-back chairs offer comfortable seating from which to enjoy the room’s rustic chalet design and picturesque views. Large patio doors lead out to a tiered outdoor dining space. Under the shade of umbrellas guests can enjoy a delicious meal or sit back with a cocktail, watching the boats sail by on the lake.
With live music and dancing, local craft beer and globally sourced wine, the Resort’s Carousel Lounge is a thriving hub of entertainment! Offering a stunning wrap around view of the Killarney Channel and rugged landscape, the Carousel Lounge is the Resort’s most popular event space. Order your meal in the main dining room and have it brought to the Carousel Lounge or Lounge Deck for a more casual dining experience. As the sun sets, listen to the melodies of local musicians, Andy Lowe and Duncan Cameron.
Killarney Mountain Lodge is dedicated to fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared to delight your discerning palate. We offer a number of private dining venues for special events; including the Chef’s Table, Captain’s Quarters, Private Patio locations and the Outdoor BBQ. Let us create some culinary memories that you won’t soon forget.
Fish and chips, anyone? During the summer months, the Resort hosts a Traditional Killarney Fish Fry every Friday afternoon, on the rocks overlooking the Killarney channel,. Guests and staff gather in the open air to prepare and serve delicious freshly-caught fish, crispy hand-cut fries and homemade slaw. Interested in joining us for this delicious adventure? Inquire at Reception for further information.
Curds 'N Whey
The café’s fresh bread, muffins, tarts and squares pair beautifully with a warm coffee, cappuccino or latte.