Killarney Provincial Park (2015) – Part Six

If doing a 3090 metre portage wasn’t enough, we had a 1280m + 600m portage from Threenarrows into Artist Lake. This portage is nicknamed “The Pig” and I can see why.

For the first 640m (approx.) the trail climbs 98m, naming it the second steepest portage in the park. You literally hike up to the top of a mountain and back down the other side. Once you reach the bottom (the second 640m) you have to veer left and follow the last 600m to Artist Lake.

“The Pig” Yes, it’s that dip in the mountain!

For me, it was a steady pace that took about 20 minutes to portage to the top. There, Banjo and I waited for B to go back down, get the canoe and hike back up. When we reached the bottom on the other side, B had to hike back to the top to bring the canoe down. It was easy for me who didn’t have to go back.

Take-out at Threenarrows about to take on “The Pig”

Artist Lake was a gem. The put-in is at the beginning of a huge bog, which was so colourful this time of year. Bogs are so awesome! I couldn’t stop admiring it.



We had a paddle across the lake to a 35m portage around falls. 35m doesn’t seem like a lot but we both agreed that this one sucked. Hardly any space to take your gear out, and it was straight up rocks and boulders to the other end. I lost it here. I must have been hungry. We had a protein bar and paddled the rest of Artist Lake to a 165m portage into Muriel Lake where we decided to stop for lunch.

35m portage
35m portage around the falls

As luck would have it, the sun came out just as we sat down for a much-needed lunch of our usual cheese, crackers, figs, and hummus. Muriel Lake was gorgeous and had 2 campsites. I might want to stay on this lake during my next visit.

After a quick lunch, it was back in the canoe to paddle across Muriel Lake to our last portage of the day. 585m into O.S.A. Lake, Killarney’s most difficult lake to reserve a site on. I can honestly say that this was definitely our longest day.

Take-out at Muriel, portage into O.S.A. Lake

When we started paddling O.S.A. Lake, the water was calm enough, but as soon as we got into the main lake, the wind kicked up and I no longer could keep glancing at the map to get oriented, but was ordered to get my paddle in the water. It was rough but nothing compared to the first day of our trip on George Lake.

Turquoise blue water is one of the main draws on O.S.A. Lake, combine that with incredible scenery and you’ll have a hard time booking a site too!

It was risky to paddle all the way across the lake to the most eastern site near our portage the next day. It could be occupied. We bypassed an island site that had campers and decided to just get to the other side of the lake and off the water. More luck, the campsite was unoccupied and had the most beautiful view of the mountains!

All three of us were happy to get out of the canoe and make camp on our last site of the trip.


The day was spent gazing at the views, camp chores, and enjoying our last full day in the Killarney wilderness.


Can you see the Big Dipper?
Can you see the Big Dipper?
Our day seven route as shown on Jeff's Map
Our day seven route as shown on Jeff’s Map

Part OnePart Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Final 


  1. Nice! I’ve heard about ‘The Pig’, but have yet to tackle it. The Notch was the trickiest I’ve done (but only with day gear and canoes too!). Great pics. I’ve enjoyed the whole journey, and this day seems pretty spectacular.


    • Thanks Melissa! I think Helen to Nellie might be the worst, but no doubt they’re all tough when you’re carrying a pack! This day was spectacular in terms of scenery, but the longest! I was ready for a rest.


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