Killarney

Killarney

Events

Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Guided Hikes May 19, 2019 September 2, 2019

Take to the trails with Killarney Provincial Park naturalists! Enjoy a guided day/night hike into Killarney's interior where you can experience the rocky granite ridges, beautiful quartzite peaks, an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking sunsets, all the while learning about the rich history of the crown jewel of Ontario Parks. Take in the stunning views of Georgian Bay during a hike on our Chikanishing Trail or rest on top of Granite Ridge while being mesmerized by the ever- changing yet always beautiful Killarney sunset. Dust off your hiking boots and clean your camera lenses for a hike to remember. Evening Granite Ridge hikes will be taking place every Wednesday throughout the summer season. Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

23rd Annual Spring Loon Count June 8, 2019 June 8, 2019 Nature Centre

Park Nature Centre - 9:00am

Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to ongoing ecological preservation by participating in our Annual Spring Loon Count!  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes. No canoe? No problem! We've got you covered. Email killarneydiscovery@ontario.ca to sign up and RSVP by June 1st. 

Kids Programming June 29, 2019 September 2, 2019

School is out for the summer and you are packing up the kids for a fun filled, week-long vacation. Or maybe an adventure packed day-cation? Well It just so happens that at Killarney Provincial Park, WE LOVE KIDS! We have just the programs to educate and entertain your little nature lover. From pond dipping  for frogs, snakes and other reptiles and catching majestic butterflies to fun nature crafts and interactive games. Your child may spend a day in the life of a white-tailed deer or an Algonquin wolf as part of our Ecosystem Survival game OR learning how to make their way through the park with a compass during our Orienteering program! With all of the fun they'll have, they may never want to leave! Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Amphitheatre Programs June 29, 2019 September 2, 2019 The Amphitheatre

Looking for a fun and educational way to end your evening? Why not head on down to our Park's Amphitheatre to view an informative and entertaining presentation delivered and created by one of our park naturalists. Bring your blanket and get comfortable on one of many ampitheatre benches and enjoy a night learning about the history and future of the Algonquin Wolf or Back Country Camping 101. Amphitheatre themes are currently being put together by the creative minds of our knowledgeable staff. Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Drop In Programs June 29, 2019 September 2, 2019

Spending some time in the Park this summer? Why not pop by one of our Drop-In programs? No sign up or arrival time required. Maybe you have found a species of butterfly that you are having trouble identifying, stop by our "Ask A Naturalist" pop up booth for some insight! Or maybe you want to learn more about fish conservation and what it means to the ecological integrity of our Park, while getting an up-close look at one of our native fish species?  Whether you stay a while or are just stopping by, we are happy to have you! Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Drop-In Astronomy July 2, 2019 August 27, 2019 Park Observatory

Join an astronomer-in-residence every Tuesday night at the park observatory for a chance to get a close-up view of Jupiter, Saturn, and some of the most obscure celestial bodies in the night sky! Currently the only provincial park with a high powered telescope, Killarney is excited to expand what has been one of its most popular programs in recent years. You don't want to miss it! Check our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for program specifics.

*Program is weather dependant*

21st Annual Butterfly Count July 13, 2019 July 13, 2019 Nature Centre

Shake out your butterfly nets and grab your best field guide because Killarney’s 21st Annual Butterfly Count is coming up on Saturday July 13th, 2019!

9:00 a.m at the Nature Centre.

Join Park Naturalists and butterfly expert volunteers for a full day of butterfly chasing. Our count is part of the North American Butterfly Association's annual count, which has been running since 1993. These one-day monitoring events take place all across North America. Of the 450 counts between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Killarney PP's is one of the most northerly. The counts were developed to promote an interest in butterflies and to produce valuable information for scientific monitoring. By comparing data from past years we can monitor changes in populations and study the effects of weather and habitat change. With nets and field guides in-hand we will have a blast learning about the beautiful and important species that call the park their home. Dinner and all necessary equipment will be provided.  Proper footwear, sun protection, a lunch and your commitment to a full day of activity is required. To participate, email killarneydiscovery@ontario.ca

Art in the Park July 14, 2019 September 4, 2019 Various Locations throughout George Lake Campground

Have you always dreamed about painting in Killarney and becoming the next A.Y Jackson, Tom Thompson, A.J Casson or Frank Carmichael? Well here at Killarney Provincial Park, we would like to help you follow those dreams! Join us this season for our Art in the Park programs, including Artist in Residence, which provides free art lessons conducted by various professional and passionate artists! Our programs cater to a variety of different skill sets and groups of all ages. Join Jim Morlock from July 14th- July 19th, Danielle Gardner from July 21st- 26th (Spots limited, sign up available at the main gate), Paul Harpley from August 19th- 23rd and Christy Smith from August 29th- September 4th. Stop by the Friends of Killarney Park's 2018 Annual Art Show & Sale on July 28th from 10am - 5pm! Located at the Veteran's Memorial Hall (community centre complex) in the village of Killarney. Free admission but donations to the Friends of Killarney Provincial Park are welcome. Watch out on social media for updates and more Artist in Residence details!

Healthy Parks Healthy People July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019

It's that time of year again! Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Day encourages both campers and the public to get out and enjoy what Ontario Parks have to offer. With free day-use all day (8:00AM-10:00PM) there's no reason not to enjoy the activities and programs throughout the day. Watch out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for a detailed schedule of the day's events!

5th Annual BioBlitz July 27, 2019 July 27, 2019

At 9:00 a.m at the Amphitheatre, join park naturalists and other volunteers in a full day of drop-in style programming. Help us gain insight on Killarney’s ecosystems’ health and learn how to assist researchers. Afterwards, join us for an awards ceremony, where we’ll celebrate everything from the person with the most observations to the person with the best photo from the day. Naturalists will be posted around the park to answer questions and hold naturalist skills workshops. Don’t forget your camera, bug spray, sunscreen, good walking shoes and rubber boots (if you’ve got them!).

23rd Annual Summer Loon Count August 10, 2019 August 10, 2019 Nature Centre

Park Nature Centre - 9:00am

Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to ongoing ecological preservation by participating in our Annual Summer Loon Count!  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes. No canoe? No problem! We've got you covered. Email killarneydiscovery@ontario.ca to sign up and RSVP by July 21st. 

Group of Seven Festival August 17, 2019 August 18, 2019

The famous painters of the Group of Seven played a major role in ensuring Killarney Provincial Park is the wilderness-class wonder we enjoy today. Come out to celebrate the Group of Seven and learn about their importance within the park. We will be offering a variety of programs, from guided hikes and guest speakers to creative programs with our artists-in-residence. Watch out on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for a schedule of the days' events!

30x30/OP125 Weekend August 30, 2019 September 2, 2019

Did you know August is 30x30 month across Ontario Parks? All month long we encourage everyone to spend at least 30 minutes outside for 30 days in a row. Here at Killarney we're going to end off the month with a Labour-Day-Weekend-Long celebration of the great outdoors! From August 30th to September 2nd take part in a variety of programs geared towards enjoying the wilderness.