Daytrippers: Killarney
aerial view of Killarney, Ontario

Killarney has a year round population of less than 500 people but can get quite busy in the summer months.

If you’re looking to wow your out of town guests, Killarney will be sure to do that.

Before the road to Killarney officially opened in 1962, the main route to town was by water. Many people still choose to travel through the Killarney Channel by boat – the town is fairly close to Little Current on Manitoulin Island. If you have access to a plane, you can land at the Killarney Municipal Airport – however, there is a $5.00 landing fee. When you land, make sure to check the sign-in book to spot some familiar celebrity names who have landed in the town for some fish and chips at Herbert Fisheries, which has been in operation since 1981. There is also speculation that Al Capone used to vacation in the area during the summer months.

The oldest business still in operation in Killarney is the general store right on the channel. For many years, a man named Thomas Henry Jackman and his descendants ran the store for many years. You can still see Jackman’s name close to the roof in the front of the store.

Killarney Ontario Lighthouse

You can drive or walk to the Killarney Lighthouse which is just minutes from the main road.

You can also visit the Killarney East Lighthouse, accessible by a road. This is the second lighthouse to stand in this location, and is identical to the Killarney West Lighthouse situated on Pigeon Island. The four lighthouses in the Killarney region are all designated Federal Heritage Buildings.

The Killarney Provincial Park is also in the area. Here you can stand exactly where the famous Group of Seven sketched and painted. In fact, the Killarney Provincial Park was created thanks to the efforts of A.Y. Jackson, who had gotten wind of a proposal to completely clear the Trout Lake area of trees. After appealing to the government, the Ministry of Lands and Forest preserved the land, and the area received a provincial park designation in 1964.

In the 1800s, Killarney residents had a mischievous streak. Reports of tipping over outhouses (occupied and not occupied) as well as the disassembly and reassembly of a hay wagon on the roof of the school have been reported according to a Killarney history web site.

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