Hiking Killarney’s LaCloche Silhouette Trail…With Kids!

It’s funny how time can affect how you remember events. The more harrowing the event, the more time and distance it takes to be able to look back with fondness.

I remember clearly that when we finished Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail, I looked over at Fraser and announced that it turns out I wasn’t a “hiker” in my heart and that my future attentions would focus on paddling. HA! It took one big breakfast of bacon and eggs and the reviewing of some of my pictures in the car on the way home to change my mind.

I knew that our little family would attempt a big hike again…and soon.Pukaskwa 2012 283

Today Fraser texted me that he had booked our next hike. It is certain now that I need to start gathering the necessary gear for our family of four to tackle Killarney Provincial Park’s LaCloche Silhouette Trail. We are going on the same week in May that we did Pukaskwa because despite the hordes of black flies, the weather was ideal. Nice and cool and overcast means we are spared the sweaty head spinning heat that summer days offer and the sleeping is easy.

While it is suggested that this trail can take up to 10 days, we will be hiking its 100km’s in six days and five nights. We are really looking forward to this. We have loved Killarney forever, but have always seen it from the vantage of our canoes. We did do a day trip once up to Silver Peak. Silver Peak is about as high as the CN Tower and is so named because it is made up of gorgeous quartzite that is a beautiful milky white. It was quite a haul, even without fully loaded packs. With Pukaskwa (which is rated one of Canada’s top 5 most challenging hikes by Macleans Magazine) under out belts, I’m sure that we’re going to do great!silver peak.2

The best part of this years trip is that the kids are one year older (and many inches taller and pounds heavier) so they can contribute even more than last year. We’re once again going to have to upgrade the boys gear since they’ve outgrown the last set. All in all though, because of their increased ability to haul, we should be able to eat better and bring a few more comforts. It just gets better and better šŸ™‚

We are always up for a challenge and we can’t wait for May to finally roll around again to continue a new family tradition of super spring hikes. In fact, now that we know the trail for this year, I’m searching for our next big one. I guess I am a “hiker” after all.

8 responses to this post.

  1. If you can’t say no then you’ve definitely got the bug! šŸ˜‰

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  3. Posted by sandragifford on February 9, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    By far the most challenging and rewarding trail. You will love it. Enjoy!!!

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  4. You make a great point. On some hikes you ask yourself why am I doing this. Then you see the pictures and think about it much more favorably afterwards. This sounds like a great family hike. Cheers.

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  5. Posted by Kajtek on April 22, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    I was planning a trip to Abes and Essens Trail in Bon Echo this summer. After reading your trip report, I may just consider going to Killarney instead.
    I used to climb when I was in Alberta and I really miss the mountains.

    Our only backpacking experience here in Ontario is at Algonquin:
    http://hikecampandtravel.com/ontario-algonquin-highland-trail.php
    It was very peaceful there and we took our time. I am considering of taking our small kids there next time.

    Thanks for sharing.

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