Killarney Provincial Park: Bell Lake to Johnnie Lake Loop (3 days / 12 km)

Killarney Provincial Park is home to hills of pink granite and white quartzite and sapphire lakes, for a total of 645 square kilometres of the great outdoors.  There is a campground at the main office for front-country camping, outfitters down the road and some lakes even have cabins. We were there for some canoe-in backcountry camping, a quiet relaxing time with some adventure in the mix.

Our trip had us stay on Bell Lake and Johnnie Lake, away from the crowds of the more popular routes launching from George Lake. This trip had two small portages and some great water. The weather was great and we will be back to explore even more lakes in Killarney!

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Bell Lake Access Point

Ending Point: Bell Lake Access Point

Total Distance: Approximately 12 km

Duration: 3 days (plus 2 rest days)

Difficulty: Easy 

Location

Killarney Provincial Park is located on the northern shores of Georgian Bay. Bell Lake Access Point is on the east side of the park and a 25-minute drive from the visitor's center.

Traditional Territory: Killarney Provincial Park is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Killarney Provincial Park: Backcountry Hiking and Canoe Route Map (Updated 2023)

Campsite Reservations: You need to book your campsites on the Ontario Parks Reservation System. Starting 2022, you must book a specific campsite, not a campsite on a specific lake. You can see a list of campsites on the Ontario Parks website here.

Camping Permits: You need to pick up permits ahead of your trip. This can either be done at George Lake or Bell Lake.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We did not but Killarney Outfitters is about 10-15 mins from the park's main office.

Trip Report

Editor's Note: Killarney changed its campsite numbers this year and we will have the updated numbers short...

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