Killarney to the French River

Killarney, Ontario

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I think most paddlers would agree that the stretch of shoreline from Killarney Provincial Park to the historic French River is the best paddle in Georgian Bay and certainly one of the best in the Great Lakes. The scenery is wonderful, with its worn islands of shield granite and their windswept white pines. The area is an island-hoppers paradise with excellent camping. The northern shore of Georgian Bay has less road access and fewer cottages than the southern shores, and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to call your own for a day or a week.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

by Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman (The Globe Pequot Press)

I think most paddlers would agree that the stretch of shoreline from Killarney Provincial Park to the historic French River is the best paddle in Georgian Bay and certainly one of the best in the Great Lakes.

The scenery is wonderful, with its worn islands of shield granite and their windswept white pines. The area is an island-hoppers paradise with excellent camping. The northern shore of Georgian Bay has less road access and fewer cottages than the southern shores, and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to call your own for a day or a week.

©  Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Killarney
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day trip to seven days
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHS 2245 and 2244, Canadian topographic maps 41 H/14 & 41 H/15 at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Killarney to the French River

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8/1/2002
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This was my favorite trip so far. We did not complete the whole distance to the French River, but went from Killarney to Hink Island (about halfway). This place is an intermediate paddler's paradise. We took our time and explored every nook and cranny of the south shore of Philip Edward Island and the Foxes. The scenery is loaded with fascinating granite formations (my favorite was W. Fox I.). I took over 300 photos - it was difficult to decide what not to shoot. This coast is freckled with exposed rocks and small islands which provide the paddler with optional protection from waves and wind and, to some extent, big boats. There are also intriguing maze-like channels through the rock in places like Bear Bay. Aside from the occasional fisherman or cottager, it's pretty easy to find your own private corner to make camp. (Avoid Canadian holidays if possible.) We plan to go back next year and continue where we left off. Begin and end your trip with a visit to Herbert Fisheries in Killarney for the best fish & chips known to humanity.



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