A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River
A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River
A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River

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Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Author Statement: Kevin Callan
Series Name: Paddler's Guide
Audience: Trade
Specs: 55 color photographs, 13 color maps, index
Pages: 168
Trim Size: 6" x 9" x 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20060304
Copyright Year: 2006
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A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River

A guide to the twenty canoeing, kayaking and hiking trips in Ontario's Killarney-French River, including detailed route descriptions, maps showing all access points, important river features and accurate portage lengths.

The latest addition to Kevin Callan's guidebook series provides the 20 best canoeing, kayaking, and hiking trips in Ontario's picturesque Killarney/French River region, a favorite wilderness getaway spot in central Ontario. At least three of the routes in this book are documented here for the first time.

Situated at the north end of Georgian Bay, Killarney Provincial Park is a paddler's paradise of rugged, windswept islands and turquoise lakes beneath breathtaking white quartzite mountains. The nearby French River is a historic waterway once used by explorers Samuel de Champlain, Alexander Mackenzie, and David Thompson.

Paddlers of all experience will find weeklong trips on Killarney's tranquil interior lakes and along the Georgian Bay shoreline, and weekend jaunts down remote stretches of the French River. The book includes detailed maps, suggestions for side trips, and color photographs, making this the ideal reference for planning a dream trip by canoe or kayak. Callan's fascinating notes and his trademark tales of adventure and misadventure add to the reading pleasure.


Kevin Callan is the author of ten books, including the bestselling A Paddler's Guide series and, most recently, The Happy Camper. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards and is a featured speaker at many of North America's largest paddling events. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.


Killarney Canoe Routes

When I think back to my past canoe trips across Killarney Provincial Park, not all were pleasant outings. Some involved hauling gear and canoe over incredibly steep, jagged portages, dredging through thick, bug-infested bogs, and even setting up on a campsite already occupied by a black bear. My arms have strained trying to paddle hard against a constant onslaught of wind and waves, and there were a few stormy nights when I truly feared my flimsy nylon tent would become the next Noah's Ark.

So why do I still go? Quite simply, it's to be close to this magnificent wild landscape, to be invigorated by the park's turquoise lakes and white quartzite hills, and to go home with enough good memories of wilderness travel to get me through to another season. Simple? That's exactly why I like it. Canoeing through the park isn't easy at times, but it's a lot easier than dealing with the stress of the real world.

In this book, you'll find a number of trips I've tried through the years. The trip descriptions are not definitive guides. A lot of the routes are possible from other access points, but these are the ones that were most memorable to me.

A note before you go: please make sure to plan your canoe trip before setting out. The park can get busy at times, so reservations are usually needed far in advance. Also, remember you are only allowed nine people per site, no bottles or cans may be carried in, and campsite locations may change over the years so make sure your park map is up to date. Also, before heading out, check with park staff regarding water levels, fire bans, and nuisance bear reports. A little pre-trip planning can greatly reduce your chance of having a "misadventure" out there.



Killarney Canoe Routes

  • Introduction
  • OSA Lake
  • Threenarrows Lake Loop
  • To the Crack and Back
  • The Big Loop
  • Northwest Loop
  • Bell-David Loop
  • East Panache Loop
  • Nellie Lake Loop
  • Bear Lake Loop

Killarney Kayak/Canoe Routes

  • Introduction
  • Bell Lake/Silver Peak
  • Philip Edward Island
  • Fox Islands
  • Panache Lake

The French River

  • Introduction

French River Canoe Routes

  • Introduction
  • Eighteen Mile Island Loop
  • The Restoule/ Upper French

French River Kayak/Canoe Routes

  • Introduction
  • Lower French Figure-Eight Loop
  • The French River's Old Voyageur Channel
  • French/Pickerel River Loop

Take a Hike

  • Granite Ridge Trail
  • Chikanishing River Trail
  • Cranberry Bog Trail
  • East Lighthouse and Tar Vat Trail
  • George Island Trail
  • Silver Peak
  • Baie Fine
  • Silhouette Trail Loop

Winter in Killarney

  • Frozen in Time
  • Christmas in Killarney
  • The Joys of Freezing to Death

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