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Killarney Lodge
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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Expensive but worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you look at the rates to stay at Killarney Lodge, the first reaction is that it is very expensive. This is true, but you get what you pay for.

The good:
- A cabin facing Lake of Two Rivers with your own canoe (no TV or telephone)
- Fantastic gourmet food at breakfast, lunch and dinner (it gets better every year)
- A wonderful packed lunch (on request) that allows you to go on long walks without the worry of missing lunch
- A lounge with coffee, tea, cookies, magazines, games etc., that is open all day/night
- The nicest people that you could hope to meet who always make you feel at home and remember you a year later even though you only stay for a few days at a time.
- The ability to take your dog (as long as you stay at a Shoreline cabin)
- A prefect location in the middle of Algonquin park
- Memories to last a lifetime

The not so good
- The only negative is the cost but i believe Killarney Lodge is still the cheapest in comparison to other lodges in the park.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was our second time at Killarney Lodge and the second time was just as good as the first.
The food is great (if not way too much!), the service friendly. The only recommendation would be to slow the service down, it did feel rushed at times.
The cabins are so clean and well maintained. The surroundings lovely and peaceful.
Traffic noise was not a problem at all!!
A real slice of heaven.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kanata
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

OMG!!! Location great, food awesome, staff excellent, no TV or radio so refreshing, and very poor cell coverage (maybe just my crappy phone) bliss!!
My dad worked here a long time ago, and was happy to hear Killarney Lodge was still as great as it was.

One note to the wise - DO Not take any food into your cabin including peanuts for the chipmunks. Else you will get some extra visitors (mice). Hey this is the "wilderness".

Canoeing, hiking, Visitor center, and Arts center filled the days. Great to get away from the city.

Room Tip: we stayed on the lakeside as per a previous review, there is a little road noise, but after dark it...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kan-Unis
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

A wonderful location, probably the high point of our trip. This is my fourth trip to Canada and I saw a loon for the first time on the lake outside our cabin. The location is stunning and very quiet, we heard the occasional lorry on the road but most of the time it was very quiet. The lodge is lovely, very relaxed with good food and a picnic (in a cold bag) if you are going out for the day.
We had a duplex and didn't hear the people next door at all, yes we shared the deck space with them but it wasn't a problem. Tea and coffee was always available (at no extra cost) but it was a long walk back to the cabin if you wanted your coffee with a view.
We felt that the evening meal was rather rushed, the first night we realised that we had had a 3 course meal in three quarters of an hour, the second night we asked for a pause before desert.
For us non Canadians it would have been useful to have a sheet of paper in the cabin which explained what the common birds and animals were. Enjoyed feeding the chipmunks, squirells and Jay's with the peanuts provided, as well as using the canoes provided for each cabin.
All in all a wonderful experience, rather expensive but not to be missed. We've never had a cabin with its own canoe before.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

I’ll begin this review by debunking what I have read in many reviews – namely the priceyness and the noise on the road. Yep, KL is not cheap but it might help to remember EVERYTHING is included – three square meals, a clean cabin, canoes, and great service – not to mention being right in the middle of Algonquin, with all it’s trails and lakes minutes away. It could be argued the food is not 5-star but they aren’t pretending it is. What 5 star has bring-your-own-wine? It’s lodge food – and I LIKE bringing my own wine thank you very much! As a self-professed coffee snob, I have to say the coffee is horrible, but the food is excellent and portions large. My three days of indigestion will attest to that (Hint #1: If you can’t find the off switch, like me, when you are eating good food, don’t forget to bring your antacid). Another fact that might keep the cost in perspective. It’s full – pretty much every night. So, what exactly would you do if you were the owner? Lower the cost? The owners do a good job marketing this place and there are many guests from Europe and the States. And for them, the Canadian Shield and being in the wilderness (in comfort) is worth every penny. In my humble opinion, for us Canadians, it’s shameful how many of us take the Canadian Shield for granted.

It could also be argued that KL is hardly a “wilderness experience” being so close to the road. Yep, you can hear the road but it might help to remember, it ain’t Hwy 400 is it? After 8 or 9, there may be the odd vehicle. For those who need dead quiet, I suggest getting in your own canoe, paddle across a lake, do a couple of portages, pitch your tent and settle in. (It’s a tongue in cheek recommendation but as someone who has been to every access point and almost every lake in Algonquin and loves wilderness tripping, take it from me, KL is not too noisy).

I do have ideas for the lodge (because I know the owners read these posts) that I think would make it a better place and imbedded in them are some suggestions for you.

1. Know that every cabin is different, even the ones that are priced the same. They could be much more descriptive, even add images, of each cabin on their website. Hint #2 Talk through with them on the phone what your options are. When we arrived we were put in Cabin 30. It was set back from the lake with a view of er, two cabins in front of us; cheap plastic chairs on the deck; and the whirr of the laundry facility right next to us. We arrived fairly early in the day and were lucky enough to be able to move to Cabin 12, a much nicer cabin, closer to the lake, with a beautiful little put-in area for the canoe or to jump in to swim, and much nicer outdoor furniture to sit on. I’m not sure why they’d put us in 30 to begin with if 12 was available. Hint #3 arrive early in the day to increase your chances of getting the cabin you want.
2. We were there in September. Not bug season really, but from May to August the blackflies and mosquitos can pick you up and carry you to the dining room every night. KL can’t do anything about the reality of the wilderness ecosystem, but I am surprised that the cabins don’t have screened in porches, or at lease some gazebos around the property so people can enjoy the evening outside. Hint #4 Don’t forget your insect repellent.
3. Why not fire pits? Everyone likes a campfire at night. Even a communal fire pit where guests can congregate? Strangers connect over a camp fire and it would enhance the wilderness experience.
4. Better weather information should be posted. This might sound trite, but my wife and I when setting out to canoe one calm morning, we canoed through the wind protected rivers. We were caught off guard by the end of the day when got caught off guard in a very strong headwind at the far end of the lake (and it is not a small lake). We’re experienced paddlers and made it (with hearts ‘a thumpin’), but inexperienced paddlers may not have been so fortunate. More detailed information up front could help guests make better choices.

All-in-all, I’d recommend this place because it’s a magical spot and there really is no surprises, including what it’s going to cost you. And we’d also recommend paddling in to the interior too.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Waterloo, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Our two-day escape to Killarney Lodge to celebrate our 45th anniversary would have been perfect except for the constant roaring of transport trucks, motorcycles and much other traffic on Highway 60, the main road through Algonquin Park. The lodge itself could not be better in any way: lovely service, delicious meals, beautiful, comfortable cabins. Its fatal flaw, however, is that road noise spoils almost all experiences at the lodge. We went to the "wilderness" only to endure far more traffic noise than in our city home.
If you are not bothered by traffic noise, you'll have a wonderful time there, but for us, loon calls that were drowned out by droaning, roaring engines made it a disappointing experience, to say the least. If you go only for the gourmet dining, you will definitely not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin that faces away from the road. That might help a little with the ongoing traffic noi...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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209 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Let me start by saying this is an excellent resort. It's on a small lake in the middle of Algonquin Park - you can't ask for a a nicer, more serene setting. The lodge buildings are all log cabins, well-built, and nicely rustic. Every cabin has their own canoe (although some cabins have better water access than others) and you can swim off your cabin or at the small beach on the property. The atmosphere of this place takes you back to old-time cottage life, but with heating in the cabins. Three square meals are included in the daily price, and the food is generally excellent. Menus vary daily, with dinner choices of two appetizers (soup or salad), four mains (red meat, chicken or pork, fish and vegetarian) and two desserts. The breakfast menu is the same daily (choice of eggs, meat, porridge, etc) but the one standard item, apple-stuffed French toast, is something you just want to have every morning, so I didn't mind. Lunch can be eat-in or they will pack you something if you want to hike all day.
So why not a five-star review? A bunch of small things that add up. The lodge is right beside the main highway, so you have to get used to the hum of cars all day. The bed mattresses are very hard (admittedly, many of the guests are older, and I understand they like hard beds...). The cabins on the non-road side (recommended - a bit quieter) are all duplexes, which have rather thin walls and little privacy on the porch overlooking the glorious view of the lake. And the food. While the red meat option was always exceptional, and the pork tenderloin melted in your mouth, the veggie canalone was tasteless, as were some of the soups, although the carrot ginger soup is amazing. And while the pecan pie is heavenly, the lemon meringue tasted "watered down" - neither sweet nor sour. Overall, I'd say the chef makes certain things amazingly, but has a rather limited repetoire (the dinner red meat choice was prime rib two of the three nights we were there). While there is always tea and coffee available in the lounge, if you want a pop or small pack of peanuts, they charge $1.50, which feels a bit cheap to me. So while it's a great place and very relaxing, you need to overlook certain defaults, which I think, for the money, you shouldn't have to need to overlook. FYI only - it's not a licensed place, so BYOB - they are happy to refrigerate your white wines for you.

Room Tip: Ask for a duplex cabin on the lake side, not the private cabins on he road side. They're a bit c...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Eric-Poppy, Owner at Killarney Lodge, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
We appreciate all your comments ... but there's a major factual error about our cabins that must be corrected. You state that there are only Duplex units on the non-road side which is absolutely wrong.
The majority of our cabins are in fact located on the non-road side of our peninsula and include: all of our seven private MainLake cabins, all of our three private Prime cabins, and five of our two-bedroom cabins ... plus of course the three Duplex pairs. There are in fact only four cabins (Shoreline) on the road side of the peninsula.
Once again we thank you for your detailed review.
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Property: Killarney Lodge
Address: Highway 60, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario P1H 2G9, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Algonquin Provincial Park
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Algonquin Provincial Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Killarney Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge is located right inside Algonquin Park on a private peninsula on Lake of Two Rivers. We offer individual lakeside cabins, your own canoe, fine country dining and friendly personal service. Our central location in the Park provides a convenient way to explore and enjoy this lovely wilderness area in comfort and at your own pace. Walk or hike, canoe or bike ... There's so much to do. The spectacular Park Visitor Centre, the instructive Logging Museum and the stunning Algonquin Park Art Centre are each only minutes away. Attend one of the many interesting programs offered by Park naturalists, or let our knowledgeable staff here at the Lodge help plan an enjoyable day trip for you! Come join us ... In the heart of Algonquin Park. Eric & Poppy and all of us here at Killarney Lodge. (Pets accepted in limited number of cabins only - please enquire) ... more   less 
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