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Sports & Recreation Canoeing

A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River

by (author) Kevin Callan

Boston Mills Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Canoeing, Adventure, Ontario
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price

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Ontario's Killarney Provincial Park is a paradise of rugged, windswept islands and turquoise lakes beneath white quartzite mountains. Nearby French River is a historic waterway once used by explorers and voyageurs, from the Ottawa River to Lake Huron. In A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River, expert canoe tripper and nature writer Kevin Callan details the area's 30 best canoeing, kayaking and hiking trips, entertaining us along the way with tales of adventure and misadventure.

Featuring 15 up-to-date maps, this updated and expanded second edition contains canoe routes and hiking trails for outdoorspeople of all levels, from beginner to expert.

Here are some of the routes included:

  • OSA Lake
  • Threenarrows Lake
  • Bell Lake / Silver Peak
  • Panache Lake
  • Nellie Lake
  • Philip Edward Island / Fox Islands
  • Bear Lake Loop
  • Upper French
  • Old Voyageur Channel
  • French / Pickerel River Loop
  • Eighteen Mile Island
  • Okikendawt Island Loop.

Within these pages, readers will discover week-long paddles in Killarney's tranquil interior and along the Georgian Bay shoreline, weekend trips down remote stretches of the French River and day hikes to breathtaking vistas. A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River will inspire readers to pick up their oars and experience one of the most picturesque natural spaces Ontario has to offer.

About the author

Kevin Callan is the author of over 15 books, including his incredibly popular series of paddling guides. He has been a key speaker at major outdoor events for over 25 years in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. He is a regular contributor and columnist for Explore and CanoeRoots Magazine, is listed as one of the top 100 modern-day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society, is a recipient of a National Magazine Award and is a Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. He is a recurring guest on nationally broadcast television and radio programs and maintains his own very popular "Happy Camper" YouTube channel, drawing thousands of viewers.

Kevin Callan's profile page

Editorial Reviews

[Review of previous edition:] Callan's love of the wilderness and sense of humor shine through the pages of this guide, and one feels confident that his first-hand experience provides trustworthy information to assist would-be explorers of this most beautiful region.

Wave Length Magazine

[Review of previous edition:] Kevin helps you find the hidden corners... great maps, solid photos and a wonderfully witty and self-deprecating style.

Che-Mun (Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing)

[Review of previous edition:] Callan has written another beautifully photographed and detailed book about canoeing, kayaking and hiking in the Killarney and French River regions of Ontario... a must have that will guide you on the way.

The Cottager

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