Hiking 'The Crack' at Killarney Provincial Park

From a beautiful panoramic vista and stunning views of pristine lakes, The Crack is a popular day hiking destination. The immense white cliffs of the La Cloche Mountains surround you as you climb up and over the cascade of huge tumbled boulders. Once you reach the top of Killarney Ridge, you'll be treated with incredible views. 

Let's get started! 

The hike starts off of Hwy 637 on an old logging road that joins with the La Cloche Silhouette trail. The trail begins relatively flat where you will come across hardwood and pine forests, logs and creeks. From there, you will continue onto a bridge that takes you across Kakakise Creek and follows the shore of Kakakise Lake. 

Beyond Kakakise Lake, the trail becomes steeper and more rugged as exposed quartzite outcrops and cliffs dominate the area. Be careful climbing over and around the large quartzite blocks that line the base of "The Crack". At the base, there will be large boulders broken away from the rock face that act as "stairs" to reach the ridge top.

After an exhausting climb up, you will be rewarded with magnificent views overlooking lakes, white hills in the park and the coastline of Georgian Bay.

Trail Access: 7 km east of the George Lake Park Office, off Hwy 637. Limited parking available. 
Length: 6 km
Time: 4 Hours
Difficulty: Difficult - steep climbs and difficult sections


  • Remember to pack water, snacks and your camera!
  • You must pay at the automated pay station if you are a day use visitor and are not camping (permits must be displayed on the car dash).
  • The boulders can get pretty slippery. Be very careful. 
  • Follow the red trail markers. Once you reach the rugged areas, they're much more difficult to find. However, there will be large piles of rocks to help guide you.
  • Bring tons of bug spray!  

Happy Adventuring!