Winter in Killarney
7km | Flat Terrain | Beginner
Overview: This trail is packed and track set. The trail, which meanders along the Chikanishing Creek, follows campground roads and the Chikanishing access road.
Trailhead: Park Office
11.5 km | Flat Terrain | All Levels
Overview: This linear trail is packed and track set. The trail leaves from the Bobcat section of the campground and finishes at the east of Freeland Lake.
Trailhead: Park Office
Collins inlet trail
14 km | Flat with Steeper Pitches | Experienced Skiers
Overview: This trail is packed but not always track set. The trail begins at the east end of the Granite Ridge parking lot and passes through a number of ecosystems, from mature forests to marshlands. Due to a higher level of difficulty, the Collins Inlet trail is recommended for more experienced skiers.
Trailhead: Granite Ridge trail parking lot
Snowshoeing provides access to virtually all areas of the park. The Granite Ridge, Cranberry Bog, La Cloche Silhouette (to Lumsden Lake), and Crack trails, are an excellent way to explore Killarney's diverse landscape of forests, wetlands, and ridges. If planning to travel along the Silhouette trail, use extra caution when crossing the ridgetops which may be extremely slippery.
Camping in the Park
The main gates are closed during the snowy season and the campground and yurts become “walk in” from approximately the end of November to the beginning of May. Guests get toboggans to carry their gear.
In addition using existing summer campsites, the Park has six yurts available year-round. These eight-sided, tent-like structures are mounted on a wooden deck floor. They offer electric heat, making them a great option for winter in the Park. There are also two cabins within the Park, with more details here.
TRAVEL OVER ICE IS NOT RECOMMENDED
Your safety is ultimately your responsibility. If you do plan to cross lakes, check for the latest ice conditions with staff. Exercise caution near creeks, narrows, dams and other areas of moving water.
BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE COLD
Temperatures can get as low as -30C. Bring proper clothing, a sleeping bag and other equipment for these conditions. Carry a survival kit with you.
Held each year during the Family Day weekend, this event is a great opportunity to discover the beauty of winter in Killarney Provincial Park! Glide along 30km of cross-country ski trails, take a guided snowshoe hike, and view the stars from the Park’s Main Beach.
SNOWSHOE & SKI RENTALS
Snowshoes are available at the Park office for $20 for adults and $15 for kids per day. Traditional cross country skis are available for $30 per day.
Please Note: We recommend emailing us ahead at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a pair for your visit in Killarney Park. *A $50 deposit at time of pickup is required.
Permits are required in the off-season and can be purchased from the Park office or online.
Local accommodations are available at Killarney Mountain Lodge, Roque's Marina, Sportsman's Inn and Rocher Rouge Campground.