Daily operation of the Town of Killarney and the Rural Municipality
of Turtle Mountain is administered by a joint staff at the Civic
Office located at 415 Broadway Avenue. Office is open from 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Sitting of the shores of a beautiful Killarney Lake, the Town of
Killarney is a thriving community with a population of just over
2300 people. Killarney is located at the junction of Highway 3 and
18 in the Westman Region of the Province of Manitoba. One hour from
Brandon, the region's largest city, and 300 kilometers from the
provincial capital, Winnipeg.
Located along the United States Border, the Rural Municipality of
Turtle Mountain is easily accessible by Provincial Trunk Highways
3 and 18, and boast of population of 1143. Turtle Mountain was named
because of its proximity to the beautiful Turtle Mountains Provincial
Park to the west.
The Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain area is rich in history
and tradition. In the late 1800's, the Boundary Commission Trail
ran through the southern part of the municipality. Northwest Mounted
Police used the trail, as they traveled west to the Rockies in an
effort to tame the prairies. Prior to this time, the area was home
to many Native People, as well as, hunters and trappers taking part
in the fur trade. The Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain was
incorporated in 1882.
Killarney was officially incorporated into town status in 1906.
An Irish land surveyor named John Sidney O'Brien, named Killarney
Lake. Legend has it that as he sat on the shore of the lake, homesick
for his native home, he took a bottle of "Good Irish"
from his pack and pouring it into the lake christened it Killarney.
The residents and town council have kept up the Irish tradition
of the area with green fire engines, Erin and Kerry Parks, Little
Irish Downs, and many other good Irish names.
The local landscape of the area is common to the Westman area and
much of the southern province. The land is mainly flat with gently
rolling hills breaking the horizon. Numerous tree lined rivers and
streams cross the landscape breaking up vast farm fields. The area
is rich in agriculture with many local residents actively farming.
Agriculture is a large part of Turtle Mountain's economy. The Town
of Killarney boasts a variety of sales and specialized services
that help complement the strong agricultural vase of the community.
In addition, to agriculture, tourism also plays a role in the economy.
The municipality attracts as many as 1,500 people each summer to
its cottages and playgrounds. Killarney Lake makes up the majority
of Killarney's tourism and is the focus of many activities.
Killarney also boasts strong health land community services such
as a modern 34-bed facility with 60-bed personal care wing, five
doctors, dentistry, chiropractor, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapist,
and licensed daycare centre. Killarney has residential and commercial
property for sale.
Killarney has been voted the best retirement town in Canada by
Canadian Living Magazine. The town works hard to maintain this reputation
and the business community in Killarney provides most all essential
goods and services to local residents.