Killarney Provincial Park La Cloche Silhouette Trail Guide | Melissa McCulloch

This spring I’ll complete my third circuit of the 73 km hiking trail through Killarney Provincial Park. I already know the trail well. I was hoping that this guide might provide a little extra inspiration for late-winter training. I was disappointed.

The booklet covers what you’d expect: brief write-ups on hiking etiquette, short sections on wildlife and geology, and a description of every section of the trail. I was disappointed for a couple reasons:

  1. The booklet is aimed at people with no hiking experience. I understand that you need to cover the basics, but this guide made me feel foolish for having read it (I get it, pine needles on rocks are slippery). If you need that sort of coaching, you should probably hike an easier trail before tackling the La Cloche Silhouette.
  2. McCulloch could have used an experienced editor. There were enough exclamation marks in there to make me wonder whether this was an email conversation. (!) There were also major proof-reading mistakes like missing spaces between words. This just detracted from the majesty of the trail it was describing.

That said, the descriptions of the trail are accurate. I could picture many of the sites, sections, and hills I’ve hiked from reading McCulloch’s description. I suppose that’s what I bought it for after all.

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4 Responses to Killarney Provincial Park La Cloche Silhouette Trail Guide | Melissa McCulloch

  1. Killarney April 23, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Since the Killarney Provincial Park La Cloche Silhouette trail guide was rather disappointing, why don’t your write your own trail guide instead. This would be a great way to share your experience and also a fantastic opportunity to give some hiking tips. After all you have already hiked through the Killarney Provincial Park so this should be an exiting project for you. What do you think?

  2. Stephen Barkley April 23, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    It does sound like an exciting project. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time for it!

  3. Digital Aura April 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    [quote] “There were enough exclamation marks in there to make me wonder whether this was an email conversation.” [/quote]

    OUCH! somehow that feels directed at me! hehe!!!111!1

  4. Stephen Barkley April 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Nah, exclamation marks are expected in an email conversation! A book’s different.

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