Killarney Canoe Trip feat. Silver Peak Hike

About the Experience

The crown jewel of Ontario’s backcountry canoe tripping destinations. This shimmering quartzite mountain wilderness of deep sapphire lakes, white rocky outcrops and towering white pines so mesmerized artists—especially the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson—that the area was thankfully preserved and today is the strikingly beautiful Killarney Provincial Park. Once higher than the Rockies, the La Cloche mountain range and its white quartzite cliffs glow like snowy peaks, its vast wilderness graced with clear cobalt lakes and ancient pines.

On your Killarney Park Canoe Trip, beginning from Bell Lake, you’ll travel through a circuit of stunning lakes joined by portage. We’ve designed this trip in such a way that you’ll camp for two nights at one campsite so you can use your layover day to summit Silver Peak, the highest point in the park, delivering awe inspiring views of seemingly endless wilderness and Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.  

Camping in Killarney is a treat. Well-maintained campsites are beautifully located with excellent swimming and lovely flat tenting spots. This route is 25 km including 4 portages totalling about 1700m. The hike up to Silver Peak is rugged and a steady uphill, one way, which means steady downhill on the way back – a great challenge with big rewards!

For three glorious nights, you’ll be immersed in a nature like nothing you’ve ever seen, nestled among the hills of La Cloche.  

Serenity and adventure awaits!

Click here to see the full itinerary!
Killarney Canoe Trip feat. Silver Peak Hike

About the Experience

The crown jewel of Ontario’s backcountry canoe tripping destinations. This shimmering quartzite mountain wilderness of deep sapphire lakes, white rocky outcrops and towering white pines so mesmerized artists—especially the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson—that the area was thankfully preserved and today is the strikingly beautiful Killarney Provincial Park. Once higher than the Rockies, the La Cloche mountain range and its white quartzite cliffs glow like snowy peaks, its vast wilderness graced with clear cobalt lakes and ancient pines.

On your Killarney Park Canoe Trip, beginning from Bell Lake, you’ll travel through a circuit of stunning lakes joined by portage. We’ve designed this trip in such a way that you’ll camp for two nights at one campsite so you can use your layover day to summit Silver Peak, the highest point in the park, delivering awe inspiring views of seemingly endless wilderness and Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.  

Camping in Killarney is a treat. Well-maintained campsites are beautifully located with excellent swimming and lovely flat tenting spots. This route is 25 km including 4 portages totalling about 1700m. The hike up to Silver Peak is rugged and a steady uphill, one way, which means steady downhill on the way back – a great challenge with big rewards!

For three glorious nights, you’ll be immersed in a nature like nothing you’ve ever seen, nestled among the hills of La Cloche.  

Serenity and adventure awaits!

DAY ONE: BELL LAKE LAUNCH

You will meet at the Bell Lake access point in the morning. After collecting camping permits, meet your sister canoe trippers and WWE guides for a brief and fun trip orientation to wilderness camping and canoe tripping Wild Women style. Get to know whom you’ll be adventuring with, ask your questions and pack your clothing and gear in your ample canoe packs. Then you and your group will head down to the docks, load the canoes, and launch into your canoe adventure.

After a brief paddling lesson, you and your group set off from the put in point and head north on Bell Lake to find the first campsite. En route you will find a welcoming spot to catch some rest in a shady spot, down a healthy fresh lunch, and take a dip in the lake.

Once there, you’ll set up tents, gather firewood and enjoy a swim or explore the area before dinner, a scrumptious feast cooked over camp stoves. The eerie call of loons and starry sky are sure to soothe and awe.

DAY TWO: LAKE HOPPING

This is a perfect day to rejuvenate in nature and let the day unfold magically. You will be packing-up camp to head further into the wilderness by canoe, working your muscles while paddling and portaging through the next couple of lakes, finding a rhythm, getting into the tripping groove.  

10704000_868718899812558_4303103150160411636_nYou’ll work as a team to set-up camp, enjoy another hearty meal overlooking the water and then rest, dreaming of what adventure the next day may bring.

DAY THREE: SILVER PEAK

Today you trek!  Silver Peak is the pinnacle of the La Cloche Mountains, a weathered 3.5 billion year old mountain range that was once higher than today’s Rocky Mountains. The peak is so named because of the silvery gleam the white quartzite gives off in the sunshine. Although not the highest elevation in Ontario, the peak is well regarded for its mountainous terrain and sweeping views.

You’ll pack a lunch and after a short bushwhack behind your campsite, you will hike along a section of the Silhouette Trail, steadily upwards, taking time to rest and witness your progress. Finally, the glorious summit: 360 degree views of wilderness, water and white capped peaks. After relaxing and enjoying a picnic in a sheltered area, you’ll make your descent back to the campsite, fulfilled and ready to slip into the dream world under the stars.

DAY FOUR: UNTIL NEXT TIME

You will get an early start, breaking camp and paddling out, completing the loop of your canoe route. You will paddle across two more lakes and save the best until last – a 745m portage! And once that is complete, you paddle back to your vehicles. You will get off the water early afternoon to have one final picnic lunch and then say your farewells.

Click here to see upcoming trip dates to book your spot!