Killarney: Gem of the North
Killarney: Gem of the North
Editor : Jennifer J. Lacelle
Date : February 10, 2021
Pristine glowing waters and sparkling mountain peaks combined with lush forestry. Ah! Killarney: four hours north of Toronto and less than two hours southwest of Sudbury. In fact, The Group of Seven were often inspired by the landscape in this area.
If you don’t feel like driving, you can always charter a plane to Killarney’s airport. The facility, which features a 3,500-foot runway, is licensed by the Canadian Federal Ministry of Transport.
If you’re a guest at The Killarney Mountain Lodge you can obtain free shuttle service May through October. Killarney is a popular tourist destination and presumably houses one of the oldest mountain ranges in existence—between 2 billion and 3.5 billion years.
This range is known as the La Cloche Mountains. The Crack Trail is one of the most popular trails available in the area. It is 6-kilometers and can be a difficult feat to climb. However, at the top you’ll see the stunning forestry that makes up Killarney. It’s approximately a four-hour hike and its suggested you be in prime physical condition and begin early in the day for your return trip.
At the top of the ridge, you get to see Georgian Bay’s glistening waters or overlook the deep, lush green forest of the La Cloche Mountains. If hiking isn’t your thing maybe try paddle-boarding or canoeing. The municipality has over 50 lakes, the most famous of which being Topaz Lake. Feel free to portage or canoe to the sparkling, crystal hideaway
All the necessary equipment can be rented from local business Killarney Outfitters. Here, you can find canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and camping equipment. To make life even easier for the outdoorsperson, they can assist with planning your trip.
For those who want to relax indoors, the history in Killarney is rich and almost timeless. This small community turned 200 years old in 2020, making it one of Ontario’s oldest settlements
Tourists can visit the jailhouse (1886), museum (1982), east lighthouse (1866, rebuilt 1909) or the observatories (2010). Don’t forget to check out the historic Pitfield’s General Store, which was built in the late 1800s and is still operating!
Once you’re finished your tours of the town, and your stomach is grumbling, Herbert’s Fisheries is the place to go! They make hand made fries and coleslaw. The fish is smothered in delectable batter and completely local, being caught daily from the community’s fishermen! It was recognized as one of the top places for Fish ‘N Chips in Canada by magazine, Canadian Living, in 2013. Another fantastic place to grab a bite during your visit is the community staple Gateway Restaurant.
This café style restaurant offers homecooked meals and desserts. If you’re looking for something on the go then their bakery may be more your style with breads, pies and pastries.
The unique accommodations available can house between two and five people per room. To find a suitable room, visit their website. The lodge offers executive suites, cabins and everything in-between.
They have multiple buildings at their disposal for guests to occupy. Killarney Mountain Lodge has several fine dining options as well, including fish ‘n chips, a steak house, and a lounge to name a few.
Not to mention, their sister business, Sportsman’s Inn, also offers accommodations in conjunction with fine dining and a marina. Sportsman’s Inn is nestled in both the community and crystal-clear waters. Their docks house at least 140 boating spaces, including the ability to dock 100-foot boats. You’re also able to “gas up” at their station. Killarney needs to be on your bucket list as it has all the charms of a tourist destination with all the amenities you would find at home in a charming, luxurious setting.