The Big Dipper

A visit to Killarney Mountain Lodge and Marina would not be complete without a photo op beside the largest paddle in the world!

Fondly named “The Big Dipper” by the builder – expedition paddler Mike Ranta – the paddle was completed in 2020 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Killarney, Ontario. But back in 1820, Killarney was actually called Shebahonaning, which means “safe canoe passage”. And although the name changed in the mid 1800’s, this beautiful tiny village has long been known as a canoe outpost, with countless expeditions passing through the channel that links Killarney to Georgian Bay.

107’ long and built of eastern white cedar and pine , the paddle sits overlooking the Bay and contains a time capsule that will be opened in 2220.

This iconic paddle is both a tribute to the voyageurs that came before us and a welcome to new boaters arriving in Killarney. Definitely some impressive workmanship and not to be missed on your next visit!

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