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Killarney Mountain Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Killarney
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Toronto
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16 reviews
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“unexpected unusual great place”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

This place is a combination of so many things... but overall it was a great stay and we'd go back. It is expensive, but the service and meals (old fashioned home cooking of great quality) are fantastic so the prices make sense. It is dated in every way, the bar is like being in a time warp, everything is old, but well kept and it is hard to find too many complaints. There is a great games room that we used on rainy nights, we went sailing which was fantastic, canoeing, the swimming is wonderful.... right off the rock outside our cottage. The cottage was very basic (it was the one right on the rock by the water) and we were surprised at how dated it was, but once we got over the initial impression we settled in easily and really got into being there. The Lodge is a whole different kind of experience and we really are glad we had it. It certainly is different from anything we have ever seen. There are staff who are very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and nature, people to teach you to kayak and so much more to do. Everyone who worked there was great and really helpful. We were fairly independent and used the canoes on site to explore. We went into the provincial park to do some hikes, and the luxury of returning to this place for drinks and delicious food was a really unique experience. The town of Killarney is nice but the provincial park is one of our favourites. Great place to go.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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London, Canada
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

We stopped in unexpectedly for a night at the Killarney Mountain Lodge in the middle of a two week camping trip. At first we were disappointed that there was no television, but then we "got" it. This place is about something different. The rooms are basic, but comfortable. The charm of this place is that you feel like you've stepped back in time. Think "Kellerman's from Dirty Dancing". The staff were amazing and the food was high quality home cooking. The location is breath taking with everything in the village just a few steps away. We loved the retro bar & lounge and the singer/ guitar player was charming and talented. I would recommend this very special place, but don't expect it to feel like the Hilton. It's different and that's why it's so special.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

This is where I learned to enjoy kayaking six or seven years ago, when my wife and I decided to go up for the first long weekend of that year. I had actually come with the idea of going hiking some of the numerous trails in the area, but decided to spend the first day on an all-day guided kayak tour. Since it was early in the season, I was the only customer enjoying the service of two guides. :)

It was a fabulous day of ideal - for a beginner - kayaking weather, and I enjoyed myself so much that I actually went and ordered my own boat a little later.

I have been back once since then and plan to go again early in 2012. It's true that the food is not the greatest, but for this far north it is not bad. Especially since I go for the scenery more than the gastronomy. Besides that, it is at least as good as anywhere else in Killarney Village.

Room Tip: I recommend staying in one of the cabins.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

This is one of only a few places to stay in close proximity to Killarney Provincial Park. The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful with lots of opportunity for hiking and paddling. We were part of a group of hiking couples and spent three nights in the main lodge. The rooms are very basic and have seen very little upgrade over the years but were relatively clean with the most basic of towels and linens. The age of the structure was evident when it was difficult to find a "U" ground outlet for my notebook power supply. The wi-fi reception is spotty and has low bandwidth. One day we did not get fresh towels (the used ones were removed from the room however).

Moving on to the restaurant area, this is where we experienced our major let down. Basic breakfast was OK but half of the dinner meals were not properly prepared. My spouse was served a raw portion of pork tenderloin for one of here three dinners. The vegetables were usually way over cooked (hint - take them out of the steamer). The steak and fish seem to be the best choices for supper.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

It's not luxurious, its pretty basic, but it has a lot of atmosphere. We stayed 3 nights in a cabin, which is basic, but suited us perfectly. The surroundings are beautifull, we only met nice people during our stay.The trips which are organised are good (we did the silver peak hike/canoe trip) Food is basic, do not expect to much.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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near Toronto
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

Our first trip to Killarney we decided to stay at the lodge - not much is open during the week in September. The location is beautiful and very quiet. We stayed two nights in a cabin and it was clean and comfortable but not luxury for the money. We had the 3 meal plan. Breakast was all you can eat - and was very good. Other meals were good as well - home cooked.

We hiked to the lighthouse the first day - and would recommend the hike - lovely views. Also we hiked the Granite Ridge trail in the park and this was lovely as well.

On the third day we took the sailboat cruise on Killarney bay and would strongly recommend this cruise. Tom and Liz were very knowledgeable about the area.

We would go back to Killarney but would probably camp in the campground next time - as we thought the cost for two nights was quite steep.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

I try to come back to Killarney every summer. The attraction to for us is the access to the beautiful Killarney Provincial Park. The beautiful pristine interconnected lakes are ideal for back country canoe tripping (but you must book well in advance for to get the camp sites) or just a day trip. So if we don't have time to do a backcountry canoe trip, then we splurge on a couple of nights in Killarney Lodge. When we spend just the weekend we always the hike to the Crack, the last part a rock scramble through a crack in a rock leads to spectacular view of the whole area and the other day we always rent canoes. Killarney Lake, about 1.5hrs paddle from the George Lake site via Freeland Lake including 2 short portages is a great outing. If you don't know the area, the lodge offers an adventure package that takes you on canoe, kayakign, sailing or hiking trips and is a great introduction to the area. We did that the first year we came when our kids were small and after our introduction to canoeing in the area came back on our own for many camping trips with the kids. This trip, we stayed 2 nights and saw a bear on the highway, 2 deer on the hiking trail and a family of otters swimming in the lake, so nice place to bring kids.

Killarney Lodge is a great base for the area, situted on the water at the edge of Killarney village, which is very small- one general store, a few restaurants and a couple of hotels and B and Bs and of course the ubiquitous Ontario liquor store (LCBO).

As mentioned in the other reviews the Lodge is rustic, not a boutique hotel. The bathrooms are minimal, not fancy but serve the purpose and you should bring your own hairdryer. Rooms are clean and have a fan and electric heaters for cool nights, but not air conditioned, which is ok most of the time as there is always a good breeze off Georgian Bay, although if it is a hot summer can be warm. The property is kept in pristine condition and is very attractive with flowers everywhere. Its not a bargain, but with the good food and the great setting, I find its worth the price if you take the meal package

We have stayed in the pine lodge- which are a row of connected rooms with porches, the porch suites, lodge rooms and cabins. When we are there with the family the connecting porch suites are great. All are connected with covered walkway to the main dining room. There is a large room with pool and ping pong and games for rainy days or evening entertainment and the carousel lounge which has entertainment in summer. There is a heated pool and sauna, but I usually go to George Lake to swim as its so stunning and the sandy entry is nice.

We always very much enjoy the food. There is lots of choice and multiple courses of home cooked local food. For example, local blueberries in the pancakes, local fish is often offered and every evening there is always a meat, fish and vegetarian choice. The service is always straightforward and friendly. You get the same table and server throughout your stay.We usually get the breakfast and dinner plan and this works well for enjoying the multiple courses offered. However, our last day we always go into the Killarney village for fish and chips at Herbert's Fishery before driving back home- local fresh caught fish. It gets very busy in summer as its famous among the boating set and you eat outside at picnic tables on the edge of the harbour.

All in all if you want a great experience in one of the most stunning settings in Ontario but don't want to camp and would like to be introduced to the great outdoors by experts, then Killarney lodge gives you a great opportunity to have access to this beautiful area while enjoying great food in a comfortable setting. I brought my 84 year old father for a weekend and he loved it too- he isnt up to hiking or canoeing anymore but the sailing trip offered by Killarney was perfect.

Room Tip: When the lodge is full, I prefer a cabin, but when its not so full the I like the Pine Lodge rooms w...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Killarney Mountain Lodge
Address: 3 Commissioner St, Killarney, Ontario P0M 2A0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Northeastern Ontario > Killarney
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Killarney
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Killarney Mountain Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Return to an era of grace and simplicity..... Killarney Mountain Lodge is a casual resort nestled on the north shore of Georgian Bay. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, the lodge is famous for friendly ambience, a distinctive cuisine and a unique outdoor adventure programme. This comfortable oasis features a charming dining room; nostalgic cocktail lounge with live entertainment during July and August; heated swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. The red granite shores of the Bay and white quartzite hills and sparkling lakes of Killarney Provincial Park beckon the explorer. There are Unlimited opportunities for daily expeditions by canoe, kayak, sail and trail in Ontario's most spectacular scenic wilderness. Killarney Provincial Park has always been considered the Crown Jewel of Ontario Parks. It abounds with wildlife large and small, from squirrels and chipmunks to deer, moose, elk and black bear. As a wilderness park, all forms of resource extraction, motorized equipment and hunting are prohibited. Visitors to the park are therefore assured of peace and tranquility. When exploring the intriguing channels and mysterious islands of Georgian Bay by kayak or aboard the lodge's excursion vessels, stunning vistas are at every hand. Sightings of waterfowl, deer, moose and bear are common. During a restful sojourn at the lodge guests can enjoy a quiet poolside read or a relaxing dip in the solar heated swimming pool. When action is the order of the day local wilderness trails start right at the lodge doorstep. They offer easy access to the outback in just a few short steps. Birdwatchers will find a wide variety of birds on both the lodge property itself and along these nearby trails. A few years ago a highly respected, elderly birder sighted 76 varieties during the course of a spring weekend. Killarney has always been a focal point for anglers. The lodge motto is "big waters mean big fish". We have all the equipment and facilities for a successful fishing trip including guides, boats both large and small and rental tackle. Giant northern pike and muskellunge are favourites for anyone seeking these voracious predators. Northern Georgian Bay's least known rod and reel resource is the unbelievable abundance of small and largemouth bass. These fighting fish lurk in the deep, near-shore pools. Commonly they run to four and five pounds. In recent years down rigging for salmon and trout has become a major activity in the Killarney area and Killarney Mountain Lodge has vessels dedicated to this deepwater style of fishing. Just 4.5 Hours from Toronto via Highways 400, 69 and 637, the lodge is easily accessible. If you take this route to Killarney, a circle tour is available to return to southern Ontario via Manitoulin Island, across the Fitzwilliam Channel to Georgian Bay aboard the Chi-Cheemaun ferry, Tobermory and on to the Bruce Peninsula. This provides a rare opportunity to enjoy some of Ontario's less visited backcountry as well as an exciting trip across the wide expanse of Lake Huron. ... more   less 
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