KIL­LAR­NEY LODGE: A QUIET REFUGE

2017 Travel Guide to Canada - - Ontario - BY JOSEPHINE MATYAS

Me­mories built and me­mories still to be shaped and re­mem­bered. That’s at the heart of Kil­lar­ney Lodge, an his­toric fam­ily-run re­sort in On­tario’s Al­go­nquin Park.

The lodge is a quiet refuge of 27 pri­vate lake­side log cab­ins dot­ting the shore­line, tucked into the woods and craggy rocks of the Cana­dian Shield land­scape.

Vis­i­tors to the lodge will dis­cover a com­fort­able spot with the lovely, fa­mil­iar feel of some­where they may have ex­pe­ri­enced in the past—a cot­tage, cabin, re­sort or inn from trav­els gone by. Kil­lar­ney Lodge is al­ways im­prov­ing but is mod­est about cre­at­ing that spe­cial place, at­tract­ing re­peat guests, over and over again. Be­ing so close to ev­ery­thing Al­go­nquin Park has to o er, the lodge makes a great base from which to ex­pe­ri­ence the best of the park­land.

Now into its eighth decade, this his­toric prop­erty was started in 1935 as a shing lodge with a few cab­ins. At the time, there was just one gravel road from Huntsville, bring­ing vis­i­tors to Al­go­nquin Park, On­tario’s old­est provin­cial park. Al­go­nquin and Kil­lar­ney Lodge have be­come muchloved des­ti­na­tions for those who crave the out­doors, as a wilder­ness get­away, a place to re­con­nect with na­ture and, for some, a per­sonal spir­i­tual re­treat.

Kil­lar­ney Lodge is “a lit­tle oa­sis” on a penin­sula jut­ting out into Lake of Two Rivers, so ev­ery cabin has its own pri­vate stretch of wa­ter­front. One of few re­sort prop­er­ties lo­cated in­side the park bound­aries, it is the per­fect base camp for ex­plor­ing the sur­round­ing lakes, trails and primeval forests. Close to the road­way cor­ri­dor that passes through the park, there is easy ac­cess to the best the area has to o er—in­clud­ing hik­ing trails that criss-cross the park­land, the vis­i­tor cen­tre, bike rentals and na­ture cen­tre pro­grams on ev­ery­thing from the park’s hu­man his­tory to the mag­i­cal sound of the howl­ing wolf.

Kil­lar­ney Lodge is a true “get­away” where guests are per­suaded to un­plug and dis­con­nect, leav­ing the fast pace of ev­ery­day life be­hind. Cab­ins are light on high tech—you won’t nd tele­vi­sion, ra­dio or a tele­phone. Step out­side on a crisp, clear night for some nat­u­ral en­ter­tain­ment as the magic of star- lled skies grabs hold. Push a ca­noe o from shore (each cabin comes with its own ca­noe) and head out for a slow morn­ing pad­dle, drink­ing in the sights and sounds on the quiet wa­ters of the lake. In­dulge in a lit­tle wildlife watch­ing—moose, deer, beavers, loons and, if luck is on your side, per­haps a bear or the elu­sive wolf.

A stay at the lodge in­cludes three meals each day and night­time snacks 24/7. Guests head­ing o to ex­plore the park can pack a hearty pic­nic lunch lled with enough food to keep en­ergy lev­els up along the trail. The lodge’s kitchen is known for ne coun­trystyle din­ing, mak­ing full use of herbs fresh from the gar­den and home-baked desserts served in a ca­sual log din­ing room that has been de­scribed as “both rus­tic and el­e­gant.”

Kil­lar­ney Lodge is a three-sea­son re­sort, open from early May un­til mid-Oc­to­ber.

KIL­LAR­NEY LODGE

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