You’ll find this quaint little village nestled at the base of the La Cloche mountain range. Originally built as a fur trading post, Killarney has evolved through the years from fur trading to fishing village, then moving on to logging before finding its niche in tourism. The town has retained its fishing heritage and reminds many visitors of a picturesque maritime fishing village, complete with two lighthouses to guide boat traffic.
Located on Georgian Bay at the entrance to the famous North Channel, Killarney is part of a world renowned cruising and sailing destination, which draws sailors from all over the world.
Known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Ontario Parks, Killarney Provincial Park draws outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. White quartzite hills and dark inland lakes contrast with the beauty of the pink smooth rocks and wind swept pines. The landscape served to inspire members of the Group of Seven. Daytrippers paddle or hike the nearby trails, while others venture to the interior for a wilderness experience they won’t soon forget. Hike the Silhouette Trail, a 100 km 7-10 day adventure, trek to silver peak for a view over the countryside, or paddle the many lakes that make up this beautiful park.
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Some of you may already know that we have been working with the consulting team at Ferrell+Partners to develop a new business model and a 3-Year Strategy for the GeorgianBay Coastal Route. The team has met with key stakeholders around GeorgianBay to gather input, and is working with the steering committee to develop the strategy. Much has been accomplished since the Coastal Route was launched in 2008, and we are energized by the potential to work together to enhance and further develop tourism product around Georgian Bay.
Communication and engaging with stakeholders is a major priority for the GBDDP going forward. We will be in touch early in the New Year with more details, once our business model and 3-Year Strategy are complete.
We have also been focusing on the development of a new website. To ensure the website will be up to date, we are working with DMO partners aroundGeorgian Bay to review the current theme touring routes and identify new attractions and operators that meet the criteria for participation. We are looking forward to sharing an update on the website with you in the coming months.
We would like to extend a warm thank you to Muskoka Tourism, the Manitoulin Tourism Association, Gordon’s Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario Ferries, Bruce Grey Simcoe, and Sudbury Tourism, who have provided us with photography for the new website.
When complete, the Georgian Bay Coast Trail will be a rugged, 200-kilometer trail stretching along the coast from Bayfield Inlet to Point Grondine. The trail will provide an opportunity for hikers to explore and discover the diverse environments and spectacular views of Georgian Bay through passive recreation. Hikers will utilize water taxis, limited infrastructure and are expected to get their feet wet as they immerse themselves in the beauty that is Georgian Bay and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The concept for the Georgian Bay Coast Trail is based on the West Coast Trail in Parks Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. The WCT is a rugged, 70-kilometer coastal hiking trail that generates roughly $7 million a year into the local economy with a one-year waiting list during peak season. The Georgian Bay Coast Trail will be based on a user pay trail system for sustainability of the organization.
The trail will be a community development project and link the communities along the coast of Georgian Bay leading to job creation, natural and cultural heritage interpretation opportunities, and economic development.
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In the area? Why not check out some of the great local trails.
Bebamikawe Memorial Trail
In 2010, Wikwemikong Tourism began construction on Manitoulin Island’s only professionally built trail system. This tourism driven initiative was developed to create a first class attraction that would increase tourism volume and compliment new and existing business as well as provide meaningful employment for the band membership. The trail was designed to incorporate the cultural, historic and ecological significance of the area, while exhibiting the natural beauty of Manitoulin’s largest First Nation community.