La Cloche Mountain Range
The Cranberry Bog Trail, by contrast, leads one through the interior part of the park and provides some of the loveliest scenery of the parkís marshes and small lakes. Wetland plant species can be seen in abundant, including sundew, leatherleaf, and cranberry. Ducks scatter around us, and two great blue herons gracefully sweep past. The trail starts at the Park's main campground at George Lake, which is a beautiful lake of sparkling blue water perfect for canoeing:
Clusters of berries seem to be everywhere, nature's reward for tired and hungry hikers. Especially if one ventures a short distance from the trails, blue berries are plentiful, sweet and juicy. We wonder if bears are nearby, waiting impatiently for these human intruders to pass, or perhaps lying in ambush ready to pounce.
Berries Blue & Pink
We come across artists who try to capture this picturesque landscape made famous by Group of Seven paintings:
The East Lighthouse Trail takes one from the edge of the town and starts near the lighthouse guarding the east entrance to the Killarney Channel. This trail follows the contour edging the lakeshore and winds through bogs, marshes, rocky outcrops and boulder-strewn shoreline.
Georgian Bay Shore
Off this rocky shore lies the open water of the bay, serene and soundless on this windless afternoon. On stormy days, this stretch of water is treacherous and unforgiving. A memorial by the Killarney Channel pays respects to shipwrecks in days gone by, when boats were the primary means of transportation in this part of the country. At places nature provides refuge for small vessels in the form of sheltered inlets and small bays such as this. One can imagine kayaking or sailing in a small dingy into this bay and camp for the night, keeping warm with a small fire on the rocky shore, and gazing over the endless dark water under a starry sky.
Georgian Bay Shore, Collins's Inlet in the Distance
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