Algonquin & Beyond

Gail Lake in Killarney – Campsite #244

What can I say about Gail Lake? It’s such a gem of a lake with such a gem of a campsite on it. There’s only one campsite on Gail Lake, so you have the whole place to yourself. It’s not easy to get to though; coming from the more popular Bell Lake, you have to tackle the difficult 2.7km into Great Mountain, and then the straight uphill 155m into Gail. But once you get there, you’re rewarded with a spectacular campsite. There’s flat smooth rock to land and unload the canoe, with a fire pit just a few feet away from the water. And behind the fire pit are a few small patches of flat ground for tents. The main attraction at the campsite is the absolutely massive chunk of sloped rock leading from the water to the forest behind the site. The site is extremely exposed so it’s not ideal in poor weather conditions, but on a sunny day it’s a personal favourite. 

*This campsite is #159 on the old numbering system (see image below)

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* Images and information taken July 2014

* Credit goes to Killarney Map v2.0 from Jeff’s Map at, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License. Any copies must use the same license and include attribution.

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