Killarney

Killarney

Backcountry Camping

1. The Experience:

Killarney Provincial Park provides a wilderness experience like no other in Ontario. Suitable for all skill levels, there are two ways to explore Killarney’s backcountry: the canoe routes network and the backpacking trail network.

Paddling across clear topaz coloured lakes is one of the highlights of the backcountry. The park is home to the LaCloche mountain range, which offers one of the most breathtaking and challenging hikes in the country on the La Cloche Silhouette Trail.

While camping in Killarney’s backcountry, visitors will find basic amenities on most campsites including a designated fire pit and box privy. The backcountry trails, portages and campsites are well-marked, however, understanding and utilizing map navigation is essential.

2. Reservations and Interior Camping Permits

Paddling: Lake or zone-specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival date. When making a reservation, you will select a pre-defined lake or zone to camp in for each night of your trip. Within your lake or zone, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hiking: Campsite specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival date for the La Cloche Silhouette hiking trail.

Reservations are recommended to secure your campsite

Interior camping permits are required for backcountry camping at Killarney Provincial Park.

Visitors can obtain permits upon arrival at the following locations:

  • George Lake campground and Killarney backcountry access – George Lake campground office
  • Bell Lake backcountry access – Bell Lake access point
  • Highway 6 access point – All permits for the west end of the park interior can be picked up at the Highway 6 access point
  • The Crack day-use hike – Day-use permits can be purchased at the Crack Trail access point
  • Chickanishing Creek Trail assess point, Georgian Bay access point – Day-use Permits can be purchased at the Chickanishing Creek Trail access point.

3. Trip Planning

Maps are available for purchase online through the Friends of Killarney or at the park.

It is recommended that you obtain a copy of the official park map before heading out into the backcountry. If you have any questions about reading or understanding a map, please ask the park staff for assistance upon your arrival. The Friends of Killarney also produce guides that can assist in trip planning.

Killarney works closely with a number of organizations and outfitters that can assist you in planning and securing equipment for your trip.

There is a ban on cans, glass bottles, and chainsaws in Killarney’s backcountry.

Please be respectful of the natural environment and other visitors. Practice leave-no-trace camping, camp only on designated campsites within your lake/zone, and be aware of your surrounding neighbours, ecology, and wildlife. We appreciate your efforts to maintain this pristine environment.

Car Camping

George Lake Campground is open for camping all year. The main gates are closed during the snowy season and the campground and yurts become “walk in” from approximately the end of November to the beginning of May.

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Radio-Free Camping

Campground “D” – sites #82 to #113 including the East Beach are radio-free.

Roofed Accommodation

Roofed Accommodation Camp Cabin

Number at Park: 2

Site Number(s) / Name: 137, 138

Check-In/Check-Out Time: 3pm/11am

The camp cabin is a rustic one room cabin with wood interior and a screened in front porch. The cabin sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed.

Sleeps: 5

Amenities

The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, kettle and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas barbeque and picnic table. A propane fireplace provides a cozy temperature and atmosphere inside.

The camp cabin is within approximately 300m from the park office. Outside the office there are two heated washrooms with a tap for potable water. There is also a privy toilet located approximately 100m from the cabin.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Restrictions

Please note that pets are not permitted in the camp cabin and smoking is prohibited.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee. In the winter month visitors will leave their vehicles at the park office and take all gear down to the cabin using a toboggan. Toboggans are provided by the park.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Roofed Accommodation Yurt

Number at Park: 6

Site Number(s) / Name: Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6

Check-In/Check-Out Time: 3pm/11am

Killarney’s six yurts are located in the George Lake Campground in their own site away from other campers. A short walk of 70m to 200m will take you to your accommodation.

Sleeps: 6

Amenities

All six yurts are available year round. Each yurt sleep six people on two sets of bunk beds; each a double lower mattress and twin upper mattress. Inside, your yurt has lighting, electric heat and a power outlet.

Outside you will find a propane barbecue, two picnic tables and a fire pit. Yurts 3, 4, 5, and 6 also have an outdoor dining area with roof. A metal bear proof food storage locker is available at each yurt.

Parking is available nearby but not on the yurt site. A wagon is available to transport your gear to the yurt. Vault privies are located very close to the yurts and a comfort station is a short distance away.

What to Bring

Campers should bring their own bedding, cookstove, cookware, dishes, food and other personal items.

Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking is available nearby but not on the yurt site. A wagon is available to transport your gear to the yurt. Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Special Notes

Special Notes:

  • Summer: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Shoulder Season: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Winter Season (November through April): 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • In the winter season, campers must book at least three days in advance.

If you arrive after office hours or on days when staff are not available, an incoming yurt reservation package will be left for you in the Self Serve Reservation Kiosk.