The forest is full of music; as you walk, you listen to a medley of crunching leaves, chirping birds and whistling wind. Letting your backpack slip to the ground, you pause to catch your breath. You scan the sights, reflecting on the sacred places that have remained untouched by modern life, some untouched by humans at all. Your guide, an experienced hiker and Killarney local, describes the area’s history as you steadily make your way down the trail. The trees whisper stories of fur traders, travellers, folklore and art. Curiosity peaked.
Located on the Northern shore of Georgian Bay, Killarney Ontario is characterized by its rugged landscape and rich history. Named after the town of Killarney in Ireland, the area was first settled in 1820 by French Canadian fur trader, Étienne Augustin de Lamorandière and his Anishinaabe wife, Josephte Saisaigonokwe. The couple established a trading post named Shebahonaning (Anishinaabemowin for “canoe passage”), sparking the development of what is now the township of Killarney.
Breathtakingly beautiful, Killarney is a popular Canadian tourist destination for those with a soft spot for nature. The area’s expansive pine forests, pristine rivers and lakes, glimmering pink granite and white-tipped La Cloche mountains attract travellers from all over the world. Famous for inspiring the work of legendary Canadian artists, The Group of Seven, Killarney has a majestic beauty that captures the heart of all those who visit.
Killarney is home to over 1,500 square kilometres of wilderness, the small township and, of course, the world-famous Killarney Provincial Park. Nestled between the mainland and George Island, the township of Killarney is a quaint hamlet, perfect for exploration by foot or by bike.
The Killarney area may be small, but the possibilities for exploration are endless! Killarney Mountain Lodge has compiled a list of popular activities and beloved Killarney landmarks outside the lodge that all visitors should experience during their stay. For more information on the activities, excursions and experiences offered by and within Killarney Mountain Lodge, explore our Waterfront and Resort pages, or contact us directly.