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  KILLARNEY PROVINCIAL PARK: George, Freeland, Killarney, O.S.A. Lakes

This is another trip that I did with the CASS Canoe Club, June 7-11, 2000.

A park map is available from the Friends of Killarney Park at a scale of 1:50 000.

June 7
Drove to George Lake Campsite in Killarney Park
Set up camp and slept.

Todays portage distance = 0 m
Total portage distance = 0 m
Todays paddle distance = 0 Km
Total paddle distance = 0 Km

June 8
NE through George Lake
P 80 m (carryover) into Freeland Lake
P 455 m into Killarney Lake
Camp on site #14 UTM 738039

Todays portage distance = 535 m
Total portage distance = 535 m
Todays paddle distance = 13 Km
Total paddle distance = 13 Km

June 9
SW through Killarney Lake
LO beaver dam
P 130 m into O.S.A. Lake
Camp on site #28 UTM 693010

Todays portage distance = 130 m
Total portage distance = 665 m
Todays paddle distance = 7 Km
Total paddle distance = 20 Km

June 10
E through O.S.A. Lake
P 130 m into Killarney Lake
LO beaver dam
S through Killarney Lake
P 455 m into Freeland Lake
W through Freeland Lake
P 80 m (carryover) into George Lake
Camp on site #5 UTM 699993

Todays portage distance = 665 m
Total portage distance = 1330 m
Todays paddle distance = 10 Km
Total paddle distance = 30 Km

June 11
SW through George Lake
End at George Lake Campsite
Home to Woodstock

Todays portage distance = 0 m
Total portage distance = 1330 m
Todays paddle distance = 3 Km
Total paddle distance = 33 Km


This is a journal that my friend Matt wrote on this trip. Anything you see typed in italics are comments that I have added to Matt's journal.

Canoe Trip Journal
June 7-11 2000
by Matt Fallowfield

My first canoe trip with CASS Canoe Club and Darren’s last. (Hopefully not) Yes, it's my last... unless I get invited back to lead a trip...(fingers crossed)

June 7
  • Left CASS in Woodstock at 1:55 pm.
  • Highway 401, 407, 400/69
  • Stopped in Parry Sound for gas and Wendy’s for supper!
  • I spent half the money that I had on one meal!
  • At Wendy’s we talked about Mr. Brown’s famous sayings for a trip.
  • Continued to George Lake
  • Arrived at George Lake at about 8:00 pm.
  • Set up camp on 3 nice "car camping" sites
  • Had a camp fire
  • Bed at about 2 am.

June 8 (Sarah's Birthday!)
  • Up at 7 am. - Phil was up first then me then Darren and before 8:00 am, everyone was up.
  • Breakfast was oatmeal and bagels with Peanut Butter and Jam. Everyone served themselves
  • Canoes loaded and on the water for about 10:00am.
  • Paddled through George lake to a carryover (80m) into Freeland lake.
  • Paddled Freeland lake to a 455m portage
  • Completed 455m portage in excellent time considering it was our first portage of the trip and we were into Killarney lake!
  • Sailed 3/4 of Killarney lake by rafting (new experience for some)
  • Camped on site # 14 on and island.
  • Landed at about 12 noon
  • Setup camp and went swimming for literally 2 seconds! IT WAS COLD!
  • Lunch was subs (Phil and I made it)
  • Supper was Pita Pizzas by Darren and I! Dessert was an interesting lemon no-bake dessert (complete with birthday candles for Sarah of course!)
  • I went to bed early around 10 pm and everyone else was later than that!

June 9
  • We got up to Phil preparing breakfast with a few other people.
  • Breakfast was sausage and oatmeal (because we forgot the eggs)
  • Tents and everything packed and ready to go by 10:00 am.
  • Paddled back down Killarney with the wind calm and at our backs!
  • Over a beaver dam and on to a 130m portage into O.S.A. lake.
  • Once in O.S.A. lake we paddled to our massive island campsite # 28
  • Tents and a full camp set up in 15 min.
  • Lunch was stuffed pitas made by Darren and Matt
  • Sat and relaxed for a while then paddled across to the shore of the lake and attempted to hike to Tear Drop lake at the top of a mountain!
  • We stopped because of safety issues! So close to the top too! (Safety first)
  • Supper was Spaghetti and Garlic bread by Phil & Mr. Brown, and for dessert we had Fondu by myself! We dipped fruit in it. Fondu.. definitely a first for a CASS Canoe trip..but it turned out great! Chocolate pudding and peanut butter mixed together... Sliced apples and orange segments to dip with! Definitely a great dessert! Thanks to Matt for this great idea!
  • Everyone (almost) went to bed early again 11 pm.

June 10
  • Up early to make breakfast! (Darren, Matt, and Mr. Downing) Pancakes.
  • Packed and on the water for 10:30 am.
  • Retraced our tracks to complete the “loop” back through O.S.A., Killarney, Freeland and into George lake!
  • Camped on site # 5 on George lake.
  • Lunch - Stoners (stoned wheat crackers and stuff) (Phil, Mr. Brown, Mr. Downing, Mr. Eliot, Ms. Rowbotham)
  • Hike up to a look out point on the mountain behind our camp site.
  • Awesome view That's an understatement!
  • On the way back down it started to rain and thunder (4 pm.) Got just a tad wet... LOL... never say "ahh.. we don't need rainsuits" otherwise it WILL rain..
  • One tent flooded so necessary tent changes were made
  • Supper of drowned Kraft Dinner and salad! mmmm... soggy KD and ham! Still edible! (Phil, Mr. Brown, Lance Elliot)
  • Bed at around 11 pm.
  • Rained until 4 am!

June 11
  • Up around 8 am
  • Breakfast was gourmet oatmeal (to use up leftovers) and fruit!
  • Paddled back to the George lake Access Point
  • On the road to Killarney around 11 am. We took a quick drive through the town on Killarney just to see what it looked like.. interesting little place...
  • From Killarney to the Hungry Bear for lunch. (About 1hour and 30 min. from George lake)
  • Off to Timmy’s in Parry Sound
  • From Timmy’s home to Woodstock!
  • Back to school for 6 pm.
  • Home by 6:45 pm.

Over all it was an excellent trip! I would do it again in a second!


Brian Brown
Lance Elliot
Laurel Rowbotham
Don Downing
Steve Eccleston
Darren Cope
Phil Biloski
Matt Fallowfield
Sarah Waterfield
Steve Shenton
Mike House
Dennis Laye
Tanya Procenko
Bethanie Millie
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