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Pukaskwa National Park

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The Pukaskwa Costal Trail hike is a very challenging and rugged 60km wilderness trail. There are... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
Thornhill, Canada
Backpacking and hiking!

We camped at Hattie Cove before starting a three day backpacking trip on the Costal Trail. The... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Deb M
Detroit, Michigan
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The hidden gem of Lake Superior’s north shore, Pukaskwa will transform eventhe most seasoned traveller. Rugged coastlines, serene sunsets, anddramatic Lake Superior vistas await.Home to Ontario’s premier wilderness hiking trail, the Coastal...more
| Heron Bay, Ontario P0T 1R0, Canada
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Reviewed 24 August 2018

The Pukaskwa Costal Trail hike is a very challenging and rugged 60km wilderness trail. There are no trail markers and you need to follow rock carins to stay on course. The only road access is at the campground at Hatti Cove from where I took...More

1  Thank jeremygoldberg770
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We camped at Hattie Cove before starting a three day backpacking trip on the Costal Trail. The Campsites are nicely spaced and it was very quiet night The views on the hiking trail’s are spectacular! There are many options for day hikes as well as...More

Thank Deb M
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Just spent a couple of days hiking in the park. Wow. Did the shorter trails in one day. We started with the Southern Headland Trail - nice up and down and then along the coast to a beach with incredible driftwood. The patterns and textures...More

Thank wloo_andrew
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This park was pristine! Clean and unspoiled. People respect the area here and there was no litter or mess. The water was crystal clear. It was easy to forget that other visitors were in the park because it was uncrowded or perhaps it just seemed...More

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Visitor Center is very welcoming. We hiked the shorter trail which was fantastic. Glad we used some bug spray because there were tons of little black flies. Our hike took an hour and was very relaxing. We visited the Red Chairs too!! It was foggy...More

1  Thank Marlene L
Reviewed 7 July 2018

The park is great, but sometimes I have trouble understanding why certain parks are identified as a national park while other provincial parks have more beautiful scenery. Having said that, we only spent an afternoon day hiking here and skipped the much longer signature White...More

Thank IvanCC
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Just completed a four day solo hike along the coast. Hattie Cove to Willow River then did the Mdaabii Miikna trail on the way back. The coastal trail is on excellent shape except the sinking board walk about 40 mins in. Be careful you don't...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Ontario parks may not have the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains or Newfoundland, but Pukaskwa was a terrific experience. The trails along the lake are stunning. Staff are friendly and helpful. And it's easy to get away from the crowds. I am dying to come...More

2  Thank mdos7
Reviewed 27 December 2017

We stayed at Pukaskwa during our trip around Lake Superior. We were able to book all other campsites except for this one; this is a first come, first serve park (which was somewhat nerve-wracking). Having spent our previous days camped right on the water's edge,...More

2  Thank WoodOK
Reviewed 25 December 2017

The area is pretty much empty and wild and majestic. The lake is cold and gigantic. The trees are massive and local inhabitants and park workers are friendly. I think that anyone wishing for a return to nature experience would love this area.

3  Thank Arctic_Lyon
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6 July 2018|
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Response from wloo_andrew | Reviewed this property |
It is bear country so just ask the wardens for tips, but we saw no signs of bears. It would be really rare to meet a bear on a trail. They will smell you coming long and leave before you'd even be aware they're in the area.
6 July 2018|
Response from Chris W | Reviewed this property |
Like any park, you always have to have some situational awareness and know what to do if you encounter a bear. I've spent days on the Puk trails and have never actually seen a bear while hiking. Further, a black bear attack... More
Sally E
4 June 2018|
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Response from WoodOK | Reviewed this property |
All the sites we saw had plenty of room for driving in. In fact, we had two cars in our site and still had plenty of space.