Killarney Provincial Park, how I love thee.
I was determined I was spending my birthday in the mountains. Since the west coast was out of the question, the most viable option available to me was the only range of mountains in Ontario – La Cloche Mountains. This is a 4.5hr drive from Toronto, straight up the 400/69 until Highway 637.
Killarney is the lesser known area for the Group of Seven, and other artists, paintings. We have those artists to thank for this park today, having lobbied to protect it in 1964.
We stayed at the front country campground, George Lake, just off 637. I would have loved to do the entire La Cloche Silhouette trail, but unfortunately, I didn’t have 5-7 days to give. So I settled for a quick weekend getaway to explore the day hikes in the area.
A streak of quartz, through the granite.
My last day as a 30 year old, spent on the north shores of Lake Huron. Not too shabby!
108m elevation gain
Granite Ridge Trail
Granite Ridge starts off through some old logging area.
The story behind this car is that the it pre-dates the roads in the area. The old farmer had it ferried in across the bay.
A very windy selfie on top of Granite Ridge.
130m elevation gain
Cranberry Bog Trail
Cranberry Bog ended up being my favourite, despite the obvious lack of cranberries.
We ended up below water level a few times along this trail.
234m elevation gain
La Cloche Silhouette Trail
Even though I wasn’t able to to the entire trail, we did venture out in to the wilderness of the Silhouette Trail. It is definitely on my list.
This is where we decided to head back to camp. The water crossing was not something we were about to attempt while in camp clothes.
94m elevation gain