The Perfect Nature-Filled Getaway
With a serious need for a city escape and little time to spend travelling, we made our way to the small town of Killarney, Ontario. Just over an hour drive from Sudbury, Killarney Mountain Lodge is the place for a weekend retreat.
As we pulled into the property, we couldn’t help but notice its surrounding beauty. We were greeted by the friendly staff who not only made us feel welcomed, but also provided plenty of details about the property, its amenities, and the many trails to explore.
After a quick tour of the lodge, we made our way to our spacious and cozy cabin where we unpacked our belongings and took in the beautiful views from its terrace.
With some time to spare before dinner, we took a short 15-minute hike on the iconic Lighthouse Trail. Perched on a large rock looming on Georgian Bay, the Killarney East Lighthouse was built in 1909 and is recognized as a Federal Heritage Building.
Carrying on, we wandered around the village to take a closer look at the charming homes and quickly found ourselves embracing the intoxicating fresh smells from the trees and greenery around us. Back at the hotel, it was time to wind down with a delicious dinner while watching the sunset over the bay.
Waking up after a good night’s sleep to a beautiful view was just what we needed before embarking on the day’s adventures. We indulged in a hearty and delectable breakfast; we highly recommend the light, fluffy pancakes for a perfect start to an action-packed day.
Fueled with energy, we were happy to hop into a kayak and leisurely paddle around the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. After two hours in the water, we were in serious need of some refueling, so lunch on the terrace while watching the boats cruise through the marina was an excellent idea.
Before our next adventure, we took some time to sit on the grounds with our favourite books in hand and enjoyed the peaceful landscape that surrounded us. After a relaxing break, the Curds n’ Whey coffee shop was exactly what we needed for an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s an excellent spot to grab a sweet bite of the freshly-made muffins or cookies before heading out to the next activity.
Ready to explore, we made our way to the Chikanishing Trail by bike, an easy 40-minute ride on the main road. Surrounded by beautiful trees and the occasional sight of wildlife, we were in awe of just how stunning this trail was. We secured our bikes at the foot of the trail and embarked on a scenic 3.5 km hike that follows the Chikanishing Creek out of Georgian Bay.
Back on our bikes and recharged by the natural scenery, we couldn’t wait to get back to the lodge for a well deserved home-style meal. We enjoyed an exquisite vegan burger and veggie wrap followed by a mouth watering chocolate dessert at the Carousel Lounge.
Next morning, with our bags packed and not so ready to leave, we said goodbye to this little piece of outdoor heaven called Killarney Mountain Lodge. After an amazing retreat that left us feeling rejuvenated, we can attest that a weekend at this historic property will recharge your mind, body and soul, and reconnect you with nature.