The forest is full of music; as you walk, you listen to a medley of crunching leaves, chipping birds and whistling wind. Letting your backpack slip to the ground, you pause to catch your breath. You scan the sights, reflecting on the sacred places that have remained untouched by modern life, some untouched by humans at all. Your guide, an experienced hiker and Killarney local, describes the area’s history as you steadily make your way down the trail. The trees whisper stories of fur traders, travellers, folklore and art. Curiosity peaked.

Killarney Ontario

Located on the Northern shore of Georgian Bay, Killarney Ontario is characterized by its rugged landscape and rich history. Named after the town of Killarney in Ireland, the area was first settled in 1820 by French Canadian fur trader, Étienne Augustin de Lamorandière and his Anishinaabe wife, Josephte Saisaigonokwe. The couple established a trading post named Shebahonaning (canoe passage), sparking the development of what is now the township.

Breathtakingly beautiful, Killarney is a popular Canadian tourist destination for those with a soft spot for nature; the area’s expansive pine forests, pristine rivers and lakes, glimmering pink granite and white-tipped La Cloche mountains attract travellers from all over the world. Famous for inspiring the work of legendary Canadian artists, The Group of Seven, Killarney has a majestic beauty that captures the heart of all those who visit.

Killarney is home to over 1,500 square kilometres of wilderness, the small township and, of course, the world-famous Killarney Provincial Park. Nestled between the mainland and George Island, the township of Killarney is a quaint hamlet, perfect for exploration by foot or by bike.

Killarney Ontario
Killarney Ontario

Our Story -

Mountain Lodge

Expanded in the early 1950’s by an American Transportation magnate, Killarney Mountain lodge was designed to function as a personal corporate retreat for his clients, partners and staff. Accessible only by seaplane or boat, guests were brought to the Lodge for a unique wilderness experience. Taking full advantage of the thick forest and peaceful waterfront, guests would spend the majority of their stay canoeing, fishing and hunting.

In 1962, the Lodge was sold to Maury and Annabelle East, the lovely couple that would go on to own the property for more than 50 years. Much like the Resort’s current owners, the East family was incredibly passionate about sharing the magic of Killarney Mountain Lodge with the travellers from near and far. Upon opening the Lodge to the general public in the early 1960’s, a 68 kilometre highway was built connecting the quiet retreat to the rest of the world.

After decades of dedication, the East family passed the torch to the resort’s current owner (2015), who remains strongly committed to both preserving and developing the Killarney Mountain Lodge experience.

Killarney Ontario

Explore killarney

The Killarney area may be small, but the possibilities for exploration are endless! Killarney Mountain Lodge has compiled a list of popular activities and beloved Killarney landmarks outside the lodge that all visitors should experience during their stay. For more information on the activities, excursions and experiences offered by and within Killarney Mountain Lodge, explore our Waterfront and Resort pages, or contact us directly.


The creation of a beautiful work of art that will be showcased at Killarney Mountain Lodge!

Killarney’s beautiful waters were showcased on Fish’n Canada!

The TRUE North!

Blogger Filipa Jackson describes her Killarney experience on her travel blog entitled “The True North!".

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The Perfect Getaway

Blogger, Gaby Burger describes Killarney Mountain Lodge as “The Perfect Nature-filled Getaway” in her Porter Review.

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