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Killarney Canoe Trip (Beginner Friendly) - 4 Days

Overview

As we embark on the most classic of wilderness adventures—the quintessential canoe trip—we do so with a Quiet twist.

Every inch of this adventure invites you into the present moment. Waking up to a symphony of birdsong as the morning light shines through your tent. The warmth of the fire by your feet as you take your first sip of coffee. The soft swish of your paddle moving through water as you take the day’s first strokes.

Of course we can’t control the wind, the waves or the weather.

If a headwind blows waves at our bows or if the sky clouds over and rain starts to fall, we treat these moments as an obstacle course to mindfulness—we practice the presence that grounds us as the world around us whirls. In challenge, too, we find ourselves centered. We treat the portage trails as our training grounds. We enjoy the satisfaction of being present and prepared for any obstacle.

When the sun breaks back through the clouds we take an extra long breath and enjoy the warmth of its glow.

Our days on these trips will vary. Sometimes we’ll get an early start and make miles from campsite to campsite. Other times we’ll find an island and set up camp for multiple nights so we can choose how we’d like to spend our days: resting, writing and watching the clouds, or exploring our surroundings.

There will be time to be solo and time to connect—time to find your quiet together and apart.

Note: The route for this Killarney canoe trip will be Bell Lake, Grey Lake, David Lake, Boundary Lake and back to Bell Lake. Beginners welcome!

Price Includes:

  • Canoe guide (ratio of 1:5)
  • All group equipment – canoes, tents, tarps, kitchen gear
  • All meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 4
  • Park permits (three nights) in Killarney Provincial Park
  • 1 expedition-sized canoe pack per person (105-125L) to use during the trip

Not Included or Optional:

  • Travel costs to and from the trip destination
  • Accommodations before or after the trip dates
  • Meals other than what is outlined above
  • Personal clothing, gear and equipment (packing list will be provided)
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal Medical and Trip Cancellation Travel Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature (souvenirs etc.)
  • Tips (for your guides)
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (13%)

Itinerary

Day 1
Meet Up:

We will meet you at the access point on the morning of Day One. After collecting our camping permits, we’ll meet for a brief trip orientation to wilderness camping and canoe tripping. Get to know who you’ll be paddling with, ask your questions, and we’ll double check that your gear is waterproofed, if you require. Then we will load the canoes and launch into our canoe adventure.

After a brief paddling lesson on the water, we will set off from the put-in and head out to find the first campsite.

Once we find our campsite, you’ll set up your tents, gather firewood and explore the area before dinner. Enjoy quiet time around the fire listening to the loons or the occasional barred owl, before bed.

Distance paddled: 2-3 kilometers
Portage: 540 meters (easy to moderate)

Meals: L, D
Overnight: Tent camping

Day 2
Let's Paddle:

These are the perfect days to rejuvenate in nature and let the day unfold magically. We will pack up camp to head further into the wilderness by canoe, warming up our senses while paddling and portaging through the next two lakes, finding a rhythm, getting into the tripping groove.

We’ll find a campsite and set-up camp, enjoy another hearty meal overlooking the water and then rest.

Distance paddled: 7-11 kilometers
Portages: 665 meters (moderate difficulty) or 920 meters (2 portages: easy to moderate) – depends on which route to David Lake we want to take. Paddlers’ choice!

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: Tent camping

Day 3
More Paddling! And Perhaps a Hike:

Today we continue on to Boundary Lake. There is the option to include a challenging hike to Silver Peak in the La Cloche mountain range if we want to get started early enough in the day.

Distance paddled: 2-5 kilometers
Distance portaged: 520 meters (moderate difficulty)
Distance hiked: 6-7 kilometers round trip (moderate to difficult)

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: Tent camping

Day 4
Head On Out:

We will get an early start, breaking camp and paddling out, completing the loop of our canoe route. We will paddle across two Boundary Lake, a corner of David Lake, and David Creek. Once that is complete, we paddle Bell Lake back to our vehicles. We will get off the water early afternoon to have one final picnic lunch and then say our good byes.

Distance paddled: 7 kilometers
Portages (2): 210 meters then 710 meters

Meals: B, L
Overnight: None

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Killarney Canoe Trip (Beginner Friendly)