Find adventure and peace of mind at the Avalon Eco Resort near Killarney, Ontario, an ‘off-the-grid’ paradise where the lack of cellular service is a soulful blessing.
Just 15 minutes from Killarney Provincial Park, tranquil Tyson Lake sets the stage for priceless decompression and a launching point for unforgettable excursions.
“Quite a few guests come back to get away from the hustle and bustle of the ‘real world,’” says Chris, who took over the 20-year-old resort in 2017. “They like the cleanliness of the cabins and enjoy the fact there is no cell service.”
Hosting guests comes naturally to his young family.
“It’s a pleasure to meet people from all over the place,” he said.
Appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts seeking natural wonders as well as comfortable lodging, Avalon offers both serenity and an awesome variety of wonders. It’s a bucket-list adventure for artists, photographers, hikers, kayakers, anglers and bird watchers.
Powered by solar and wind, they do have Wifi service but their target market is those who want a great place to start and end their daily journeys.
Word of mouth and the miracle of Google brings in many of their guests with a big draw noticed from the Kitchener-Waterloo and London area a half-day drive way.
There’s a lot of history in the area and Avalon Eco Resort is eyeing a future expansion of what it can offer.
Like many communities in this part of Canada, the Town of Killarney actually started as a trading post called Shebahonaning, an Anishinabemowin word for ‘canoe passage.’ French Canadian fur trader Etienne Augustin de Lamorandiere and his Anishinaabe wife Josephte Saisaigonokwe first settled there in 1820.
Highway 637 didn’t connect to Highway 69 until the summer of 1962, three years after Killarney Park area was deemed a wilderness preserve. Read more, including how the Group of Seven helped ensure 10,000 square kilometres of the Georgian Bay shoreline was set aside for natural posterity in 1964.
Each season offers a different beauty from wild flowers in spring to the blazing colours in fall.
Avalon Eco Resort has its sights set on a key expansion after acquiring 238 acres nearby to create a camp site and trailer park on Old Camp Bison, the former Burwash prison.
It’s 20 minutes away and they hope to create a hiking trail connecting the resort to the area where they hope to host weddings and hold outdoor events and concerts.