Municipality of Killarney
Candy Beauvais, Clerk-Treasurer
32 Commissioner Street
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32 Commissioner St.
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Municipality of Killarney
The Municipality of Killarney stretches from Baie Fine and Frazer Bay in the west to the French, Pickerel and Key Rivers in the east. Its boundaries are included within the districts of Manitoulin, Sudbury and Parry Sound and its 1,578 square kilometres encompass a large area of natural forests, wetlands, mountains, lakes, bays and rivers. For those who love the rugged wilderness, sport fishing, camping, kayaking and other outdoor activities, the place to be is anywhere in the Municipality of Killarney.
The Township of Rutherford and George Island was incorporated in 1929. The Municipality of Killarney came into existence on January 1, 1999, when the Township of Rutherford and George Island amalgamated with the unorganized townships of Killarney, Hansen, Goshen, Sale, Attlee, Kilpatrick, Struthers, Allen and Travers as well as portions of the unorganized townships of Bigwood, Humboldt and Carlyle, and the Unsurveyed Territory. Several islands annexed from the municipality of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands were added to the Municipality in 2001.
The French River, often considered the dividing line between Northern and Southern Ontario, flows through the Municipality and empties into Georgian Bay. Once a major transportation route for the fur trade, it is rich in history and was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1986. A small group of permanent residents live along Hartley Bay Road, which follows the northern bank of the French River westward to Hartley Bay and its large group of cottagers and fishing lodges.
The Key River is the southern boundary of the Municipality, and empties into Georgian Bay approximately 13 km from Highway 69, which is its closest point of road access. Iron ore was shipped out of the Key River area beginning in the early 1900s. Commercial fishing was booming around the same time, and together these economic activities earned the Key Harbour a link to the Trans Canada rail line. For many years, logging was also an important industry in the area. Eventually the need for a commercial harbour no longer existed. Now a well-known cottage and tourism area, the Key River’s beauty is enjoyed by countless people who travel its waters.
The Municipality of Killarney is more than twice as large as the geographical area of the City of Toronto and contains two provincial parks, Killarney and French River, within its boundaries. Its population increases significantly during the summer. People come back to their cottages on numerous lakes, rivers and bays, and over 100,000 boaters, campers, hikers and other tourists visit various areas of the Municipality.
The Killarney Centennial Museum & Old Killarney Jail House, located on Commissioner Street, exhibit fascinating historical artifacts and local lore. They open July 1 to Labour Day, Friday to Tuesday 10 am-12 pm & 1-5 pm.
Community events link: http://www.municipalityofkillarney.ca/visiting-killarney