Paddles & Trails | Spring 2017
News from the Friends of Killarney Park
Volunteers at the 2017 Spring Clean-up Weekend

Cleaning up the Park in memory of Bryan and Pete

Tragically, we lost two very dear Friends - Bryan Maher and Peter Surey - who were both in Killarney for our annual Spring Clean-up Weekend on May 7 and 8. They were involved in a fatal single car crash on Highway 637 just outside of the village of Killarney on the Friday evening. We were all in a state of shock and disbelief as we tried to process this tragic news but Bryan's father Skip who was also in Killarney for the weekend asked that we continue with the clean-up and we did exceedingly well under the circumstances, albeit with very heavy hearts.

In Bryan and Pete's honour, 65 volunteers helped to clean and rehabilitate all the campsites on George Lake, build a boardwalk on the Cranberry Bog Trail, tune up the bikes for our Bike Share program, clean 10 interior campsites, rehabilitate eight George Lake campsites, and construct a new shed. As difficult as it was, the fact we were together to share the sorrow and celebrate their lives through our work helped immensely.

​To learn more, including how to make a donation in their memory, read our recent e-blast
Upcoming events & programs 

Annual General Meeting
July 8 | 10 a.m. | George Lake Amphitheatre

Summer Concert Series
After a day in the Park, come listen to live music at the George Lake Amphitheatre. 
Ian Reid | July 7, 2017
Murray James O’Brien | July 22, 2017
David Leask | August 4, 2017
David Archibald | August 11, 2017
Whisky Jack | August 25, 2017

Artist in Residence Program
Enhance your artistic skills and connect with nature with free art lessons in the Park. 
Danielle Gardner | July 24-28, 2017
David Doyle | July 31-August 4, 2017
Christy A. Smith | September 4-8, 2017

Art Show & Sale
Discover nature's beauty through the inspired works of visual artists. 
July 29 and 30, Killarney Community Centre
Artist in Residence Christy A. Smith
Calling all emerging artists!

We're excited to announce our Emerging Artist Mentorship Program. We're providing one emerging artist with an opportunity to enhance their artistic skills. The selected artist will work with Artist in Residence, Christy A. Smith, from September 4 to 8 in the Park. Visit our website for more details including the application form. Applications are due June 30. 
Do your part to protect the Park 

While you're enjoying your visit this spring and summer, you can help us protect the beautiful wilderness of Killarney Provincial Park by following a few simple steps. Together, let's keep the Park wild for the benefit of future generations!

A sunny Winter Weekend in Killarney

Beautiful weather brought out close to 100 people for our 12th annual Winter Weekend on February 18 and 19. On Saturday, participants were treated to a clear night sky for stargazing from the Park's observatory. On Sunday, after a delicious BBQ lunch, participants joined guided snowshoe hikes to discover the Park's winter beautyLater, at the Killarney Bay Inn, it was a full house for a presentation by professional explorer and adventurer Adam Shoalts who shared stories of his trail-blazing journeys to the far corners of the earth and his plan to cross the Arctic in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. After the presentation, we shared a special dinner with Friends. 

Thanks to everyone who attended and to our volunteers who helped make the weekend a huge success!
A snowman on ice and snow covered George Lake.
Sunny skies in Killarney Provincial Park for a guided snowshoe hike.
FOKP Executive Director Kris Puhvel (left) with presenter Adam Shoalts (right) at the Killarney Bay Inn. 
A group takes part in a guided snowshoe hike in the Park. 
Top left: A snowman on ice and snow covered George Lake. Top right: Sunny skies in Killarney Provincial Park for a guided snowshoe hike. Bottom left: FOKP Executive Director Kris Puhvel (left) with presenter Adam Shoalts (right) at the Killarney Bay Inn. 
Bottom right: Another guided snowshoe hike in the Park. 

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