Philip Edward Island

Philip Edward Island, Killarney: Address, Philip Edward Island Reviews: 5/5

Philip Edward Island
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Canadian_Guy1000
By Canadian_Guy1000
Just spectacular!
Sep. 2017
After leaving our interior campsite at Killarney Park, we decided to spend several nights camping on Philip Edward Island, which still constituted Crown Land. However, first we had to buy two parking vehicle stickers from the Killarney Park office in order to park at the Chikanishing access point. There was another screw-up in the office and it took us a while to finally make the proper payment. At 4:00 p.m. we commenced paddling on the Chikanishing Creek, but once we reached its mouth, we saw it was windy and the water was relatively rough. Although we were going to set up our tent on the western tip of the island (South Point Island), nonetheless we had to paddle some 700-800 meters across the open water, on the Western Entrance. I kept trying, but each time we were on the open water, we felt the somewhat powerful waves. I still had fresh memories of our paddling the same stretch of the water, when the waves had been so high that from time to time the water had been pouring into the canoe. We stopped near the mouth of the creek and even considered camping there, not sure if it was the park’s land or Crown Land (later I determined it was the park’s), but I did not like that spot. I pulled out my marine radio and listened to the most recent marine weather forecast—which fortunately said that the wind would subside in the late afternoon! So we waited for a while and in less than one hour ventured out again. I kept the canoe perpendicular to the waves, paddling not towards the island, but towards the open waters of Georgian Bay, since the waves were coming from that direction. Eventually we made a sharp left turn, paddled very fast and entered a small narrows between South Point Island and some rocks. Eventually we disembarked on the rocky shore and decided to stay in that pristine spot. On the other side was a family of 2 adults & 2 girls, with 2 golden labs, which came over to our side to say ‘hi’. They were very quiet and we hardly noticed them. The view was spectacular—whenever I am paddling in that area, I just love the scenery! From afar I spotted West Fox Island and other Fox Islands where we had camped several years ago and I wished we could have paddled & camped there again—well, maybe the next year! We pitched the tent, but did not have the fire that night, and admired blinking lighthouses and buoys in front of us. The family departed the next day and we wandered at their former campsite and explored the island. We had stayed on a ‘campsite’ located just 50 or so meters from the present one in 2012, but this spot was much better. There were plenty of fire pits here and there, as well as broken layers of rocks, indicating that somebody had had a fire there long time ago. We chose one of the existing fire pits because it was large and there was also a primitive table. The first morning, at about 4:00 a.m., we were awakened by voices. We looked out the tent and saw a flotilla of canoes, moving towards the parking lot. Each canoe had a glow stick attached and it looked marvelously from our campsite! Of course, the canoers must have left very early to avoid potential winds and waves, which could have made their return journey impossible. We were planning to stay longer, but the next morning (Tuesday) the weather was iffy—it did not rain, but the sky was cloudy and eventually it did rain a little. I was not concerned about the rain, but rather about the rocks becoming slippery and immediately we decided to pack up and paddle back. At least there was no wind, so we did not have to worry about the non-existent waves. Overall, it is a wonderful area for camping and canoeing (or kayaking), but even relatively moderate breeze can bring about waves which can make canoeing very risky or outright impossible on the open waters of unpredictable Georgian Bay.

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cflaherty
Hamilton, Canada182 contributions
Great circle tour
Jun. 2019 • Family
Head around west side with the wind. Hundred of islands. Beautiful scenery. Bald eagles. Beavers. Bears. Can do in two days. Better to take four or more days. No amenities. True camping. Water cold in June. Felt alone except when stopped by the O.P.P. marine unit. They were on the inside channel.
Written June 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Canadian_Guy1000
Toronto, Canada2,474 contributions
Just spectacular!
Sep. 2017 • Couples
After leaving our interior campsite at Killarney Park, we decided to spend several nights camping on Philip Edward Island, which still constituted Crown Land. However, first we had to buy two parking vehicle stickers from the Killarney Park office in order to park at the Chikanishing access point. There was another screw-up in the office and it took us a while to finally make the proper payment.

At 4:00 p.m. we commenced paddling on the Chikanishing Creek, but once we reached its mouth, we saw it was windy and the water was relatively rough. Although we were going to set up our tent on the western tip of the island (South Point Island), nonetheless we had to paddle some 700-800 meters across the open water, on the Western Entrance. I kept trying, but each time we were on the open water, we felt the somewhat powerful waves. I still had fresh memories of our paddling the same stretch of the water, when the waves had been so high that from time to time the water had been pouring into the canoe.

We stopped near the mouth of the creek and even considered camping there, not sure if it was the park’s land or Crown Land (later I determined it was the park’s), but I did not like that spot. I pulled out my marine radio and listened to the most recent marine weather forecast—which fortunately said that the wind would subside in the late afternoon! So we waited for a while and in less than one hour ventured out again. I kept the canoe perpendicular to the waves, paddling not towards the island, but towards the open waters of Georgian Bay, since the waves were coming from that direction. Eventually we made a sharp left turn, paddled very fast and entered a small narrows between South Point Island and some rocks. Eventually we disembarked on the rocky shore and decided to stay in that pristine spot. On the other side was a family of 2 adults & 2 girls, with 2 golden labs, which came over to our side to say ‘hi’. They were very quiet and we hardly noticed them.

The view was spectacular—whenever I am paddling in that area, I just love the scenery! From afar I spotted West Fox Island and other Fox Islands where we had camped several years ago and I wished we could have paddled & camped there again—well, maybe the next year! We pitched the tent, but did not have the fire that night, and admired blinking lighthouses and buoys in front of us. The family departed the next day and we wandered at their former campsite and explored the island. We had stayed on a ‘campsite’ located just 50 or so meters from the present one in 2012, but this spot was much better. There were plenty of fire pits here and there, as well as broken layers of rocks, indicating that somebody had had a fire there long time ago. We chose one of the existing fire pits because it was large and there was also a primitive table.

The first morning, at about 4:00 a.m., we were awakened by voices. We looked out the tent and saw a flotilla of canoes, moving towards the parking lot. Each canoe had a glow stick attached and it looked marvelously from our campsite! Of course, the canoers must have left very early to avoid potential winds and waves, which could have made their return journey impossible.

We were planning to stay longer, but the next morning (Tuesday) the weather was iffy—it did not rain, but the sky was cloudy and eventually it did rain a little. I was not concerned about the rain, but rather about the rocks becoming slippery and immediately we decided to pack up and paddle back. At least there was no wind, so we did not have to worry about the non-existent waves.

Overall, it is a wonderful area for camping and canoeing (or kayaking), but even relatively moderate breeze can bring about waves which can make canoeing very risky or outright impossible on the open waters of unpredictable Georgian Bay.
Written February 2, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CaptMc
South Haven, MI53 contributions
My son's and I lived on this island for a week and explored it all!
Sep. 2017 • Family
This is a fantastic trek! Great trails with a lot of wildlife and much shoreline to explore
You may see bear, egrets, ducks beaver etc
Written October 23, 2017
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Lori T
Toronto, Canada86 contributions
Kayaking
Aug. 2017 • Couples
We rented kayaks and paddled all through the islands. Pack a lunch and pull up onto the granite for a meal and a swim.
Written August 14, 2017
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Frequentfisher
Sudbury, Canada65 contributions
Good fishing
May 2017 • Friends
Love boating and fishing in Collin inlet, Mill Lake and around the Foxes and Chickens. Just be REALLY careful to stay in the marked Chanel's or you will lose the bottom end of your motor! A note to people using the Chikaneshing creek launch to get in...get you Kayaks ready on the grass NOT ON THE RAMP! This is very discourteous and frustrating!
Written June 10, 2017
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KEVIN P
Windsor, Canada39 contributions
Adventure of a lifetime
Oct. 2016 • Couples
This is not a destination for the faint of heart. My wife and I did a 5 day kayak trip, circumnavigation of Philip Edward Island. If you love solitude, beauty, challenging your strength and pooping in a hole, this is the trip for you.
Be aware of your surroundings, especially on the water. This is Lake Huron and the conditions can be dangerous. There was at least a couple of times that I wasn't sure we would make it to a safe landing. There are many hidden rocks under the surface that make the waves break every which way and make the water chaotic. It was awesome!
Written October 29, 2016
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Wolfmaan
Nunavut, Canada219 contributions
Amazing Destination that may try to kill you.
Sep. 2016 • Couples
Philip Edward island is one of the most spectacular areas of Ontario to explore. You can leave your vehicle at Killarney Provincial Park and canoe the river out into Collins Inlet. There is a lot to explore. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. The air is clean. The camping is FREE (The island is Crown Land). However beware of Lake Huron. When the lake gets angry, people die. Storms come almost unannounced. Fast and hard. The waves will white cap little warning. Several people ended having to be rescued by power boaters who were kind enough to tow them back to shore. One couple capsized their canoe.

There is a lot of human history here including real pirate ships (on the south side), Ghost Towns, (Collins Inlet), and Native American wall paintings (Petroglyphs)

When the weather is fine, the massive rock islands that dot the landscape are stunning. They feel so smooth under your bare feet. The water is almost crystal clear. The Scotch Pine, all gnarled give a very unusual look to the landscape. There are bears, Cougars (according to the MNR), deers, wolves, and other wildlife which sometimes come out to investigate as you paddle.

A small craft such as a aluminium fishing boat is ideal to explore the area. A canoe will work for sure, but beware of your surroundings and take note of the weather before your trip. It's very common for people to need rescuing in this area.
Written September 13, 2016
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BritInOttawa
Ottawa, Canada175 contributions
Great camping
Aug. 2016 • Friends
Spent several nights out here on a kayaking course and enjoyed the remoteness and views. There were no out-house's on our camp area so be prepared to take a walk into the woods and find a spot.
Great views over the lake, the rock and great sunsets. Also fantastic for viewing the night sky on a clear night as there wasn't a light to be seen.
Written September 5, 2016
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Richard H
Geneva, Switzerland8 contributions
wild rocky coast
Aug. 2016 • Couples
kind of scary when wind is high, but absolutely gorgeous stupendous place to go canoe/kayak camping.
Written August 25, 2016
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Patrick K
East Grand Rapids, MI160 contributions
Breath taking
Jul. 2016 • Friends
If you are coming to Killarney Ontario, you must paddle Phillip Edward Island and all of the hundreds of islands that encompass the big Phillip Edward Island. You can camp, stop for a break/lunch etc on any of the islands, but they are truly breath taking.
You are protected from the rougher seas due to the size of the Phillip Edward Island.
Written July 19, 2016
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