About the Author

Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of 13 books, including the hugely popular Paddler's Guide series and the bestselling The Happy Camper. His writing and photography appear in Canadian Geographic and Ontario Nature, and he is the recipient of five National Magazine Awards. Kevin lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Books by this Author
A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River
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Killarney Canoe Routes Introduction

When I think back to my past canoe trips across Killarney Provincial Park, not all were pleasant outings. Some involved hauling gear and canoe over incredibly steep, jagged portages, dredging through thick, bug-infested bogs, and even setting up on a campsite already occupied by a black bear. My arms have strained trying to paddle hard against a constant onslaught of wind and waves, and there were a few stormy nights when I truly feared my flimsy nylon tent would become the next Noah's Ark.

So why do I still go? Quite simply, it's to be close to this magnificent wild landscape, to be invigorated by the park's turquoise lakes and white quartzite hills, and to go home with enough good memories of wilderness travel to get me through to another season. Simple? That's exactly why I like it. Canoeing through the park isn't easy at times, but it's a lot easier than dealing with the stress of the real world.

In this book, you'll find a number of trips I've tried through the years. The trip descriptions are not definitive guides. A lot of the routes are possible from other access points, but these are the ones that were most memorable to me.

A note before you go: please make sure to plan your canoe trip before setting out. The park can get busy at times, so reservations are usually needed far in advance. Also, remember you are only allowed nine people per site, no bottles or cans may be carried in, and campsite locations may change over the years so make sure your park map is up to date. Also, before heading out, check with park staff regarding water levels, fire bans, and nuisance bear reports. A little pre-trip planning can greatly reduce your chance of having a "misadventure" out there.

 

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Brook Trout and Blackflies

A Paddler's Guide to Algonquin Park
edition:Paperback
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Dazed but Not Confused

Dazed but Not Confused

Tales of a Wilderness Wanderer
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Further Up the Creek

A Paddler's Guide to the Rivers of Ontario and Quebec
edition:Paperback
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Gone Canoeing

Wilderness Weekends in Southern Ontario
edition:Paperback
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The Happy Camper

The Happy Camper

An Essential Guide to Life Outdoors
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged : camping, adventure
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The New Trailside Cookbook

The New Trailside Cookbook

100 Delicious Recipes for the Camp Chef
edition:Paperback
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Up the Creek

A Paddler's Guide to Ontario
edition:Paperback
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Wilderness Pleasures

Wilderness Pleasures

A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss
edition:Paperback
tagged : camping, adventure
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