Climb to the highest point in Killarney Park

Bell Lake is the best choice to access the trail if completing the hike as a day trip. A short paddle north west from the access point will lead to one of the trail heads.

Leave the canoe here and pick it up at the end of the hike. Sturdy footwear is recommended because certain sections of the trail can be very steep. Also bring along sufficient water and layers of clothing. The elevation is not extreme but conditions can vary considerably from the lakeshore to the exposed ridge tops.

The first section of the trail is gently rolling and passes through a number of wetlands and hardwood forests. This is an excellent chance to view a great variety of wildflowers and ferns, which thrive in these fertile soils. From here the terrain will become more difficult and will start a gradual and steep climb to Killarney’s apex. The last kilometre is somewhat rugged and challenging but the view is well worth it.

The exposed quartzite peak is rewarding with a spectacular 360-degree view of Killarney Provincial Park and the vast waters of Georgian Bay. At one time, Silver Peak was destined to be a ski resort that would compete with Mount Tremblant. However, due to its steepness and isolation the project was cancelled and Silver Peak’s natural beauty was protected. Despite the lack of ski facilities, Silver Peak’s mixture of pink granite and white quartzite still draws tourists to its base. Sitting at an elevation of 543m (nearly the height of the CN Tower in Toronto) this hike is surely an unforgettable adventure that will make you feel on top of the world.

Expect the hike to take approximately 2 hours each way, but allow for a full day.

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SILVER PEAK TRAIL characteristics

Length: 3 km. Paddle, then 4 km hike (one way)
Difficulty: Difficult (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Rock
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: None
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None

Killarney Outfitters 1076 Hwy 637, KILLARNEY, Ontario. Canada, P0M 2A0 +1.705.287.2828

Find it: Enter at Bell Lake, Killarney and paddle west around the first peninsula to the trail-head (3km) Join the trail to Silver Peak (4km hiking one way).

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 46.1214700
Longitude: -81.2127100