Hiking in Killarney Reach Beyond – 2021 Expedition
With its quartzite ridge tops, turquoise lakes and pristine forests, Killarney Provincial Park is known as the Crown Jewel of the Ontario Parks system. Killarney, for centuries known as “Shebahonaning” (Ojibwe name for safe passage for water travel) is located on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Wiikwemikong Aanishinaabek, the Anishinawbek of Whitefish River and the Atikmeksheng Anishinawbek.
Killarney’s exceptionally scenic landscapes are noted for exposed white rock cliffs and crystal clear lakes. Autumn in Killarney is spectacular and a photographer’s paradise! Stretch out your “pandemic legs” and join us for this four-day hiking trip along a section of the challenging La-Cloche Silhouette tail. We will start our hike at the George Lake access point, north-east of the town of Killarney, and travel 25kms over the first two days to Silver Lake. This will be our campsite for two nights and our launching off spot to attempt a summit of Silver Peak, one of the highest peaks in Ontario and so named because of the silvery/white gleam the white quartzite gives off in the afternoon sunshine. The top of Silver Peak is, without a doubt, the best view in the park but it takes a bit of effort to get there! We will then circle back along the trail to our original access point and the end of our hike, reconvening at the nearby rustic yet comfortable Killarney Mountain Lodge for a final evening of celebration and reflection.