Marine News from the Great Lakes

Will Killarney Ontario Become the Paddling Capital of Canada? Adventurer Mike Ranta Thinks So

Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Killarney Mountain Lodge has had boaters of all sorts stop at their Killarney Channel resort over the years...then there’s Mike Ranta.

47 year old Ranta would like to see Killarney become the “Paddling Capital of Canada” since his own adventures are something of history. Now residing in Killarney, Ranta took the road less travelled by completing a solo canoe trip from coast to coast across Canadian waterways in 2016. That ambitious trip followed Ranta’s first cross-Canada paddle in 2014, and earned him recognition as the first person to complete a solo canoe crossing of Canada in one season. He now travels about Canada lecturing outdoors enthusiasts about his journeys.

As a symbol of the extensive canoe and kayak activity hosted by the Lodge, Ranta will carve a 90 ft. tall canoe paddle for outdoor display. “We’ve already cleared a site on our grounds,” notes Killarney Mountain Lodge GM Kelly McAree. “This is an unique opportunity to tout the natural wonders and waterways of Georgian Bay,” he continued.

For more information about Killarney Mountain Lodge, visit Killarney Mountain Lodge, #3 Commissioner Street, Killarney, ON, Canada - or call 1-800-461-1117. Killarney Mountain Lodge, The Sportsman’s Inn and Killarney Bay Inn are sister properties.

tags: Lake Huron, Canoes & Kayaks, Employment News, Georgian Bay

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