We decided to head to Killarney for the Thanksgiving long weekend. The weather was supposed to be great and we were hoping the fall colours were still in full effect. We weren't disappointed. We left our place at 7pm Friday night with the four hour drive to Killarney ahead of us. The last 40 minutes of the trip are along highway 637 which ends in the town of Killarney. From what I could see with my high beams (which wasn't very much) the leaves looked like they were going to be spectacular.
After a food stop and a gas stop we arrived at the park around midnight and proceeded to fumble around the campground in the westy to find a vacant campsite (not easy in the pitch dark). After flashing the headlights on a few unhappy campers we found a great site (to good to be true as it turned out). We setup camp (drove the westy in and popped the top) and went to bed. The next morning we woke up early and rode our bikes to the park office to try and register the site we were on. No luck. Someone had already reserved it for the weekend and was arriving today. The site was amazing though and we made note of it for the next time we're up in Killarney. We spent the rest of the morning looking for a new site and eventually settled on site 102 which backs on to Cranberry Bog and there are no other sites around it. Other then the odd car we were totally secluded. The site even came with a stack of firewood from when the park staff was clearing some dead branches off of a nearby white pine (bonus).
Killarney lies on the northern shore of Georgian Bay and straddles the white peaks of the La Cloche mountain range. The white quartzite hills provided a perfect contrast to the fall colours that were in their peak when we arrived. We spent the next couple of days exploring and relaxing around the campfire. On Saturday before setting up our new campsite ventured into the town of Killarney for the world famous fish and chip stand which, to our delight, was not yet closed for the season. The fish and chips are amazing but I don't remember it costing that much. 13 bucks for a three piece dinner with some chips! For the evenings when it was cold we brought a laptop so we could watch movies in the bus. We watched "Hot Rod" which wasn't super funny and "Made of Honor" which was a chick flick, what can I say.
We hiked two trails while we were in Killarney, the first was Chikanishing trail which winds it's way to the south where Killarney borders with the Georgian Bay shoreline. The second was "The Crack" (Of course I got a kick out of the name) which is the eastern portion of the La Cloche Silhouette trail, the 100km trail that encircles Killarney. The Crack takes you up to the top of a high ridge where you can see amazing vistas of both the La Cloche Mountains and Georgian Bay. It was a 6km grunt mostly uphill and the last portion was an almost vertical scramble up a bunch of boulders in "The Crack", a rift in the La Cloche Mountains. Definitely worth the climb, the views were spectacular.
All in all a great trip. A bit far for a weekend excursion (even a long weekend) but definitely worth the drive to see the spectacular fall colours. I would recommend Killarney in the fall to anyone. Just try not to all come at once.