Tuesday, 25 March 2014


Our exploration of Algonquin’s wilderness was far from complete, but aware that it could take several lifetimes to properly explore, and promising ourselves to return one day, we travelled north to explore and sketch the wilderness area known as Killarney Provincial Park.

Killarney Provincial Park is located near to the Village of Killarney situated at the termination of Hwy 637 on the north shore of Georgian Bay. The village itself has a rich history dating back to the time of the French fur trade, and later the exploitation of the area’s natural resources namely fish and timber. With the natural resources all but depleted now the village, in recent times, has had to depend largely on the tourist industry to survive.

Tyson Lake  Graphite Sketch
We tentatively explored while learning a bit of the park’s cultural significance. Deciding that the area near to Willisville, the access area to the west, had been sufficiently explored by various members of the Group of Seven Painters, particularly by Frank Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, and A.J. Casson, we settled on sketching and painting at the east end of the park. While deciding we made friends with a couple who rented cabins at Tyson Lake, which is on the way to Killarney, and for a time divided our time spent in the area between exploring the park and the area surrounding Tyson Lake.

The Canoe Put-In at Wolf Creek    Graphite Field Sketch

We did a lot of paddling on Wolf Creek. The canoe put-in for Wolf Creek was located just across the highway from our cabin. Calling it a creek was a misnomer as in reality Wolf Creek is more a river than a creek that empties into Tyson Lake. At some points it is as much as one hundred metres wide and is deep enough in the middle channel to allow boats with outboard motors to access its length all the way up to Spoon Lake, a distance of several miles. Wolf Creek was a wonderful place to spot wildlife. Once a bear swam across the creek in front of us, and on another occasion we had a wonderful opportunity to observe a family of otters as they cavorted near to our canoe. Definitely take the time to explore Wolf Creek should you have an opportunity to get up to Killarney Provincial Park.

Wolf Creek   Graphite Field Sketch

White Pines  Wolf Creek    Graphite Drawing

Wood Ducks  Wolf Creek   Graphite Drawing

View From Phil & Theresa Gagnon's Camp - Tyson Lake   Graphite Drawing

Tyson Lake  Graphite Field Sketch

Common Loons - Tyson Lake   Graphite Drawing

Misty Morning - Tyson Lake    Graphite Drawing

Sometime ago I did a posting that I believe that was entitled, "Tyson Lake". Should you wish to learn a bit more about our experiences at Tyson Lake and Wolf Creek you might want to bring up some of my older postings. Within this posting was included a number of watercolour sketches and paintings.

I mentioned that we divided our time between Tyson Lake and Killarney Provincial Park. In time, however, we spent more and more time exploring Killarney Provincial Park accumulating a good number of sketches and paintings and went on to produce a book entitled, " IMPRESSIONS - An Artist's Introduction to Killarney Provincial Park. Check it out. Visit the Friends of Killarney gift shop. The cost is only $19.95 and all profits go to support Art in the Park and other park programmes.

Well, it's time to head up to Killarney Provincial Park..............

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