Killarney is a city in Northern Ontario.
The municipality was incorporated in 1999 and its boundaries include the township of Rutherford, George Island, the majority of Killarney Provincial Park and the French River Delta. Despite its large geographical area most of the population lives in Killarney itself. The ghost towns of French River and Key Harbour are also located within the boundaries of Killarney. Many tourists visit Killarney for its rugged hiking trails, majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and jack pines. Join the party along the waterfront where gifts shops, café’s, bars and restaurants are hopping all summer long. Fresh fish and chips is always the order of the day and you can loose yourself as you watch the sailboats and luxury yachts come and go! With a year-round population of less than 500, this treasure of Rainbow Country must surely rank as the biggest little town in Canada, if not the world!
Killarney, named after a town in Ireland, was first settled in 1820. A French Canadian fur trader and his Anishinaabe wife established a trading post named Shebahonaning (canoe passage) in the town. The community relied on water for transportation up until 1962 when highway 637 was built to connect with highway 69.
Killarney is 1.5 hours from Sudbury by traveling south on Provincial Route 69 and right on Provincial Secondary Route 637. It is a 5 hour drive from Toronto, starting on the Hwy 427 N, then the 401 East, turning onto 400 N until it becomes Hwy 69, lastly turn left on Provincial Secondary Route 637 until you come to the town of Killarney.
The primary road access to Killarney is via Highway 637. The town is also served by the small Killarney Airport. Killarney can also be reached by water using municipal docks and those of accommodators along the shores.
Situated at the entrance to the North Channel amidst sparkling white quartzite peaks and pink granite rock, its Harbour sheltered from the turbulent waters of Georgian Bay by George Island. The Town of Killarney and the Provincial Park are havens for outdoor enthusiasts looking for wilderness camping, hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, sea kayaking and for those seeking exceptional accommodations in resorts or Bed & Breakfasts.*Killarney Provincial Park, Killarney, Ontario P0M 2A0, ☎ 705-287-2900, . Considered one of Ontario Parks’ crown jewels, this majestic, mountainous wilderness of sapphire lakes and jack pine ridges so captivated artists – including The Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson – that they persuaded the Ontario government to make it a park. Once higher than the Rocky Mountains, La Cloche’s white quartzite cliffs gleam like snowy peaks from afar. Where paddlers, hikers, skiers and snowshoers now journey through in this craggy, imposing landscape, there is evidence that others passed thousands of years before. (Ontario Parks Website) (45.973600,-81.510144)
Hike any of the area trails through the LaCloche Mountains and be rewarded with a spectacular view of Georgian Bay. Come see the views that inspired Tom Thompson and Canada’s renowned Group of Seven painter.
Friends of Killarney Park. Phone (705) 287-2800. Website www.friendsofkillarneypark.ca
Municipality of Killarney. Phone 1 (888) 597-2721. Website www.municipality.killarney.on.ca