A frozen lake in winter.

Winter adventure at Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney Provincial Park is 645 km2 of beautiful, unspoiled nature. Add in some incredible trails and comfy accommodations and you’ve got a total winter hot spot. It’s no wonder winter explorers flock to the park when the cold hits.

So what are you waiting for? Here’s everything you need to know to plan your own Killarney adventure this winter.

There’s lots to do!

Man skiing past granite

In the winter, Killarney transforms into a cross-country skiing paradise.

The park’s campground becomes a great trail network. The roads remain unplowed and ski trails are groomed and set periodically through the season.

There are three trail loops from 8 km to 14 km for a total of 35 km of ski opportunities. Make sure you check conditions on the Snow Report before heading out!

The park’s hiking trails take on a whole new character as snowshoe trails in the winter. Take this opportunity to visit a part of the park you’d never see in the summer!

Woman taking winter photo

Don’t forget about winter photography! From landscapes to wildlife, the beauty of Killarney is always stunning on film. Make sure you pack a spare battery because the cold can drain it. Keep it inside your coat to stay warm.

Did you know you can book your day trip to Killarney up to five days in advance? Skip your trip to the park office and get right to the trailhead!

Staying the night?

Winter campers set up

Whether you prefer sleeping under the stars or with a roof over your head, Killarney has options.

The campground is the perfect place to try out winter camping. Channel your inner survivalist by pitching a tent. If you’re new to winter camping, park staff are happy to help you plan your trip.

For more advanced winter campers, Killarney is also popular for backcountry winter camping.

For those not ready to tent it in the snowy season, there are six yurts and two cabins open all winter.

yurt exterior

All of the roofed accommodations are heated with a propane fireplace to keep you warm and toasty. Mattresses and electricity provide some extra comfort during your stay. There is no running water, but two heated washrooms are nearby.

Killarney’s roofed accommodations are very popular, so check back with reservations for possible cancellations. Try to visit midweek if possible.

Some things to keep in mind…

Granite Ridge trail in winter
Granite Ridge Trail. Snowshoeing on the park trails is an easy way to find snowshoe routes

Colder temperatures and heavy snow make winter trips extra challenging.

Safety is key for winter camping. Make sure you prepare and plan for your trip. Have the proper gear on hand, and pack enough clothing, food, and water. Get to the park early to set up your site before dark.

Keep in mind that long trails can be difficult in the winter. If you’re going to tackle a trail like the Crack, make sure you have proper clothing, enough water, flashlights, and headlamps packed for your trip. Watch for icy conditions on the trails.

view of forest covered in snow
View of the La Cloche Mountains from the top of the Granite Ridge Trail — a great reward for your snowshoeing efforts!

When getting dressed for your winter excursion, make sure you layer up. Stay away from cotton and make sure your head and neck are properly covered.

Please note that in the winter no vehicles are permitted past the Park Office in the George Lake Campground. Winter campers must ski or snowshoe to their site. The park will provide you with toboggans to tow your gear and supplies. There are no snowmobiles permitted in the campground.

Last but not least, be safe and have fun!