Places of Interest

The Killarney-Shebahonaning Complex

The Killarney-Shebahonaning Complex, located at 58 Charles Street (Highway 637), is a municipal facility less than a block from the entrance to Killarney village. Several facilities suitable for recreational use are located on the site.

Image of the entrance to the Killarney Community Centre.

The Killarney Community Centre

an outdoor ice hockey rink covered by a roof

an outdoor curling rink covered by a roof with protected sides, and

a small recreation building that includes three dressing rooms, a canteen, and an open floor area

The cement ice pads can also be rented for hosting outdoor events during the warmer weather, such as BBQs, family reunions, concerts etc.

Image of the front entrance of the Veteran's Memorial Hall.

Veteran’s Memorial Hall

Suitable for many types of events, such as wedding receptions, community dinners, seminars, meetings, and other gatherings. Veterans’ Memorial Hall has the following:

  • a wide hallway with cloakroom off the main entrance
  • a main room for large gatherings, which can also be divided into three smaller rooms
  • a large retractable screen for showing videos or presentations
  • a ceiling-mounted projector
  • speaker system with two cordless microphones
  • a bar area with a serving window, a sink, a large cooler, and access to a walk-in cooler that is shared with the kitchen  
  • a fitness room (see description and schedule below)
  • a commercial kitchen with a full-size freezer and fridge, access to a walk-in cooler that is shared with the bar, a commercial range (propane), a commercial dishwasher, a large island containing two sinks, and a serving window

The Harvey and Anne West Fitness Room, located in Veterans’ Memorial Hall, contains an elliptical machine, 2 treadmills, upright bike, recumbent bike, multi-station gym and a variety of resistance training equipment. The room is open as follows (schedule subject to change):

Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 10:30 am
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

Contact the Municipal Office to pay the fee for a fitness membership, or pay the daily rate when you drop in.

Image of the inside of the Killarney Centennial Museum.

Killarney Centennial Museum

The first white settler arrived in Shebahonaning, now known as the village of Killarney, in June 1820, to establish a fur trade post for the Northwest Fur Company. The Killarney Centennial Museum opened in 1967 and traces our history from the time of the fur trade to the present. The old jail house, built in 1886, was the first site of the Killarney Museum. It still stands beside the present log Museum, which is located at 29 Commissioner Street. The Museum was designed and built by local men in 1985. It contains a variety of household items, medical equipment, photographs, and artifacts relating to our commercial fishing, logging, mining, and tourism industries. During the summer, the Museum is normally open from 10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm every day except Tuesday & Wednesday, from July 1st weekend until Labour Day Weekend in September.

Image of the Old Killarney Jail house.

The Old Killarney Jail House

The Killarney jail house originally contained four cells. The two remaining cells still have their original heavy doors, with a rectangular hole cut in the wall above each doorway for light and ventilation. The side windows of the jailhouse have their original bars. For many years, a high board fence surrounded the building, acting as a further security feature, but it was removed some years ago along with two of the cells. Exterior siding was added and the building eventually was also used for meetings of the Town Council.

Close up image of one of the windows of the Old Killarney Jail house showing the bars on the window.

For years, various men of the community served as Town Constable. In 1961, Killarney became accessible by road, and the Ontario Provincial Police established a detachment here soon after. Today, police services are provided through the OPP detachment located in Noelville.

In 1967, the Killarney Museum was established in the jail house as part of the community's Centennial project, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Canada. The building was closed for a number of years until the late 1970s, when the Killarney Community Improvement Association began researching the history of the area and re-opened the jail house as a museum. In 1981 the interior paneling was applied to the main room. The present Museum, located in the log building behind the jail house, was designed and built by local men and opened in 1985. The roof of the jail house was replaced in May 2001.