Overland Travel from Winnipeg to Killarney

After a little sleep in thanks to a two hour tie zone change, we were set to drive overland through Canada’s bread basket from Winnipeg to Killarney, Manitoba.


This post is one chapter on our trip to Killarney Manitoba, Canada. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: Overland Travel from Winnipeg to Killarney, Manitoba, Canada


It was a travel day today with our sights set on arriving to our destination of Killarney, Manitoba travelling over land from Winnipeg International Airport. We left the Courtyard Marriott Winnipeg airport, we walked over back on foot towards the airport building and to collect our rental car. 

The counter and rental car area was absolutely deserted at noon today with only one other couple at the National Counter.

Up at the Hertz counter, a friendly agent offered us a choice of cars courtesy of a Hertz President’s Circle upgrade from our booked midsize Toyota Corolla to a mid size sport utility vehicle Nissan Rogue, a Mazda CX -5 or a Hyundai. Haven’t driven the Nissan Rogue on our trip to Great Ocean Road Adventure in Australia, we didn’t hesitate trying something different with the Mazda.

A Breakfast for the Road:

As we got underway, we started off the day at Stella’s restaurant and bakery. The local Stella’s has several locations around Winnipeg. We had about a twenty minute wait thanks to the restaurant being at half capacity thanks to provincial distancing requirements.

The Mazda CX-5 parked outside Stella’s Restaurant and Bakery

I always appreciate a great breakfast restaurant and Stella’s was no exception to this. The place was busy with lots of turnover on top of a great all day breakfast menu that had lots of selection. This made Stella’s a winner in my book.

Busy wait staff at Stella’s Winnipeg
A decent breakfast menu with lots to choose from

Today’s breakfast was a Mexican breakfast with beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, house cut fries and two fried eggs. It’s rare to get a quality Mexican breakfast in Canada being this far north of Mexico so we took every opportunity; both having the dish.

“Heaven in a Dish” – Mexican Breakfast at Stella’s

Stella’s was completely worth a visit and highly recommended for breakfast aficionados who happen to find themselves in the Winnipeg area.

Travel from Winnipeg to Killarney

235 km traveled

After a tasty breakfast, we headed out on the highway to Killarney.  Killarney is situated near nowhere, in the middle of the prairie grid farm land.

Many routes from Winnipeg to Killarney

 It was a two lane highway affair the whole way, passing through many small towns.

Departing Winnipeg on flat prairie roads

The monotony of the drive was punctuated by grain towers in some of the many small towns that we passed through. 

Prairie Grain Elevators under Grey Skies – Culross, Manitoba
Miles of Open Road

At about halfway, we switched drivers to keep the day interesting. I had driven about 1,200 kilometers on a work trip earlier in the week so I was pretty uninterested in going for another 150 kilometres at this point (laughing). We had pretty consistent scenery on the drive down, with the occasional lake or small slope to keep the undulations of the terrain interesting.

Driver Change Location
Occasional Lakes
A hill!

We eventually arrived to sleepy Killiarney.

Arriving to Killarney

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