Killarney Lodge in Algonquin Park


Killarney Lodge joins the native species!

When the Lodge opened in 1935, founder Burt Weldon Moore's dream was to plant "lots of flowers and 400-500 trees". Since that time the tradition of colourful flowerbeds blossomed around the property becoming something of a signature of a stay at our lodge. However the recent Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act requires that only native plants were to be inside Algonquin Park.

From Spring of 2019, Killarney Lodge and the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at Algonquin College Pembroke campus are working together to replace the ornamental non-native gardens with plants native to the Algonquin Park landscape.

Over the next few seasons, Killarney Lodge will be blending still more into the surrounding wilderness. We will not be short of colour though, the hardy native species bring their own colour palette attracting equally interesting and colourful insects, birds and animals.

We are delighted with early results and look forward to the lodge becoming even more our home within the wilderness home.

lodge native species planting

Before Algonquin Park… The Omaamiwininii Anishnaabe (“original people”) were here long before the first Europeans. In Ontario, the Madaoueskarini band lived along the Madawaska watershed, including most of today’s Algonquin Park. Earliest evidence of their culture includes flint and quartz tools, pottery and sacred petroglyphs. Birch trees still show the marks where bark was removed to make canoes.  Read More

With a soupçon of magic When a soft-spoken guest introduced himself as Canada’s oldest magician and asked if dinnertime guests might enjoy a bit of magic we were intrigued. Read More

Sam, Jon and Jonathan soldier on in the city, but we’re delighted that Alexandra has joined the Lodge team. Perhaps she gravitated naturally to hospitality, though she's good at what she does.
We hope to see you! Read More

Cabin 30 at its level best In the early days, Cabin 30 was built for live-in staff, then as guest cabin it was updated, rebuilt and enlarged several times. The interior evolved into a functional, but haphazard, two-level affair. “It was time to stop tinkering,” says Eric. “This time it had to be done right. So we hired extra men to replace the foundation logs and reconstruct it on one level.”

“Why not move walls while we’re at it?” Poppy recalls saying. “And work around the old birch tree too. It was a mind-boggling planning exercise, but so worth it.”

Cabin 30 is now the second largest cabin (after Crowe Cottage) at the Lodge. As well as a fabulous lake view, it boasts two bedrooms with a living area, one king and one queen-sized bed, plus a queen sofa bed. It has a new roof, new floors, new furnishings and a new bathroom. Best of all, the cabin is on one level. Read More

**All the news on this page and more can be read and printed on the 2017 Newsletter pdf