Killarney Provincial Park 2nd
- 4th October
Toronto to Killarney
By late afternoon
we finally arrived at Killarney Provincial Park but there was not enough
time to do more than drive through because we still had 67km to go to reach
Killarney Village and the road was very rough.
After we reached
Killarney and checked in, we just took a short stroll through the village.
Killarney looked like a ghost town because many shops and restaurants were
already closed for the season.
Cranberry Bog Trail
Our first destination
in the morning was Visitor Information in Killarney Provincial Park at
George Lake. There we bought our day permits for the next two days and
a map of the park. We also found some information about different short
walks in the park.
We tried the first
one immediately afterwards, the Cranberry Bog Trail. This trail is about
4 km long, starts near George Lake and shows you some of the finest landscapes
in the park. On this trail we saw some nice lakes and lots of colored trees
and a few squirrels, the animals we were going to see most in Canada.
After the trail
we spent some time at George Lake and decided to go on a canoeing trip
there the next day.
Another trail close
to the Visitor Information Office is the Granite Ridge Trail, 2km which
lead you to an outlook It is a bit more strenuous to climb up, but
your reward is a fine overview of Georgian Bay and some nice views overlooking
endless downs filled with colorful trees.
In the evening we
walked along the Killarney Channel which connects Georgian Bay and Killarney
Bay. In Killarney Bay we found a nice rock to sit on and watch the sunset.
George Lake Granite Ridge Trail
The Outfitter opened
at 9 o'clock, so we had a nice long breakfast and made our sandwiches for
lunch. We arrived at the store at a quarter past nine - but - a note on
the door said, " Today we open at half past nine".
After a little thinking,
we decided to go into the park while we waited for the store to open. We
drove to the Chikanishing Trail, and did this 3km walk which leads
you to the shore of Georgian Bay. This trail is really great. On the way
to the Bay you reach several great outlooks. You have to climb many rocks
and after some time you reach the lakeshore. The way back is way easier
and shorter, most parts are equipped with wooden plants to walk on.
After this hike,
we finally got the paddles and the key for our canoe.
Just about lunch-time
we put the canoe in the water and started our paddle-tour on George Lake.
This Lake is very big, but it has many curves and edges, so you cannot
see it while you stand at the shore. Now, as we paddle through the
lake we can get a real idea of it's actual size. The landscape is very
beautiful and we make a lot of stops on the shore to enjoy the peacefulness...
During this we once
again see some squirrels.
Canoeing on George Lake