Tar Vat Bay is a 3.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Killarney, Ontario, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.4 km
85 m
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports






no shade

The trailhead is near the East Lighthouse in Killarney. Parking is available at the trailhead. This trail is not a loop and hikers must return along the same path. Tar Vat Bay Trail leads through the forest to Pond Point and back following Georgian Bay. The trail gets its name from a small bay where local commercial fishermen of the late-1800s and early-1900s regularly tarred their nets to prevent them from deteriorating so quickly. As you continue east past Pond Point, there is an easy scramble up an outcrop at bayside which leads to a great view of Killarney Ridge. Rock surfaces may be slippery when wet.

2 months ago

Wouldn't really recommend this as a hike per se, but as a chance to see a lighthouse on Georgian Bay.
Instead of starting at the trail head indicated on this page, I would recommend driving all the way down Ontario street until you hit the closed gate access to the lighthouse. Park anywhere on the road side and the lighthouse is an easy 10 minute walk. If you want to keep hiking, continue walking away from Killarney. Other than the lighthouse access, which is clearly marked, the rest of the trail is unclear, so hike at your own risk. This is a dog friendly trail. I went early in early May and I was the only one on the trail.

4 months ago

Killarney mountain lodge is constructing more buildings and has destroyed access to this trail.
You kind of have to go on the edge of a construction site to get to the start. This makes it hard to get to, and it shows that it hasn’t been walked in a while. I suggest trying something else. We had to turn around after 5 min. Bad bugs and get very over grown. A shame really.

1 month ago