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Killarney, Ontario


Killarney, Ontario

Municipality (single-tier)
Municipality of Killarney
George Lake in Killarney
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Sudbury
Incorporated January 1, 1999
 • Type Town
 • Mayor Ginny Rook
 • Governing Body Killarney Municipal Council
 • MP Marc Serré (Liberal)
 • MPP France Gélinas (NDP)
 • Land 1,654.58 km2 (638.84 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 505
 • Density 0.3/km2 (0.8/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 705
Website Municipality of Killarney

Killarney is a municipality located on the northern shore of Sudbury District of Ontario, Canada. Killarney is commonly associated with Killarney Provincial Park, which is a large wilderness park located to the east of the townsite which occupies much of the municipality's expanded boundary.

In addition to the community of Killarney itself, the communities of Hartley Bay and Bigwood, and the ghost towns of French River, Collins Inlet and Key Harbour, are also located within the municipal boundaries.

The eastern end of the La Cloche Mountain Range is also located within the municipality of Killarney.


  • History 1
  • Townships 2
  • Economy 3
  • Transportation 4
  • Demographics 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The area was named after the town of Killarney in Ireland.

The area was first settled in 1820 by French Canadian fur trader Étienne Augustin de Lamorandière and his Anishinaabe wife Josephte Saisaigonokwe, who established a trading post named Shebahonaning (canoe passage) at the townsite.

Killarney was operated as a fishing camp by the Fruehauf Trailer Company in Detroit, Michigan. Roy Fruehauf, president of the company from 1949 to 1961, was primarily responsible for operating Killarney. Clients and guests would be flown in via Mallard Sea Planes for vacations during the warmer summer months.

North Channel.

The current municipality was incorporated on January 1, 1999, when the Ontario provincial government expanded the boundaries of the

  • Municipality of Killarney

External links

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  2. ^ Rainbow Country Travel Association
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See also


The primary road access to Killarney is via Highway 637. The town is also served by the small Killarney Airport. It is also possible to travel to Killarney by boat, usually from the town of Little Current.


Killarney Provincial Park is also home to the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory.

Although not officially part of the Sudbury East region, Killarney participates in the regional Sudbury East Planning Board with the municipalities of French River, St. Charles and Markstay-Warren.

A community museum, the Killarney Centennial Museum, is located in Killarney adjacent to the municipal government offices.

The Killarney area's economy is based primarily on tourism, consisting mainly of wilderness lodges, campgrounds and retail services geared toward campers and other visitors to Killarney Provincial Park.


The township of Hansen was originally named Stalin after Joseph Stalin, but was renamed in 1986 when Ontario MPP Yuri Shymko successfully had a private member's bill passed through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to rename the township in honour of athlete Rick Hansen, who was in the midst of his international Man in Motion tour at the time.[4]

The municipal boundaries of Killarney encompass the geographic townships of Rutherford and George Island, Hansen, Goschen, Sale, Attlee, Kilpatrick, Travers, Struthers, Allen, Bigwood, Killarney, Humboldt and Carlyle, and the northern part of Henvey.


The larger municipality of Killarney now encompasses virtually all of Killarney Provincial Park and the French River delta, and in fact extends all the way to Highway 69, over 70 kilometres from the townsite. Despite the municipality's geographic size, however, most of its population continues to reside in the community of Killarney itself, although smaller settlements also exist at Hartley Bay and Bigwood.


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