Coastal paddling route

Lake Superior. They weren’t kidding when they named it. Superior in size, superior in adventure! Comparable to ocean-paddling, Pukaskwa’s Coastal Paddling Route offers premiere Ontario wilderness terrain and demands technical knowledge and skill from visitors who wish to experience it. Enjoy pristine backcountry campsites, beautiful sandy beaches, towering shorelines and awe-inspiring views. With Pukaskwa’s 135 km coastline, the adventures are endless. The Coastal Paddling Route is a part of the Trans-Canada Trail.

Pukaskwa River

Pukaskwa’s backcountry river offers unique wilderness white-water adventure. The Pukaskwa River is considered to be remote, difficult, and navigable only during spring run-off, from May to early June. Please note: after exiting the Pukaskwa River, paddlers will require a boat shuttle or a lengthy paddle along the coast of Lake Superior to reach civilization.

Important Notice: A hydroelectric development is now operating at Umbata Falls on the White River. The White River canoe route will be closed for paddling from the current White River dam located approximately 8 kms downstream of White Lake Provincial Park to the junction of the Oskabukuta River. The temporary closure of this section of the river is due to the construction of two ongoing hydro-electric projects. For more information on the availability of this route please contact White Lake Provincial Park at 807-822-2447.

Note: For information on paddling the Pukaskwa River, please contact the park at 807-229-0801
Coastal paddling route trip planner

The backcountry paddling trip planner (PDF, 2.15 MB) will help you find all the information you need to plan, pack, and have a memorable trip on the Coastal Paddling Route. Prior to planning your backcountry paddling trip, assess your experience, skills and physical fitness level. Do not overestimate your abilities for this challenging, multi-day paddle route. Use this guide to help you determine the level of physical ability and backcountry knowledge needed to complete this paddling adventure. This guide is NOT intended for navigation.

  • You can also view the trip planner here.
  • Welcome! Bii san go biishan endaaing!

    Pukaskwa National Park is a vast, wild, natural playground found on the edge of the world’s largest freshwater lake. It is a place where powerful waves collide with rugged, towering coastlines; a place of endless sunsets over sandy driftwood beaches. A place where everyone can catch a glimpse of the rich traditions, values and contemporary life of the Anishinaabe.

    This is a place, in Canada’s most populous province, where Lake Superior’s natural, untouched beauty can be seen, experienced and remembered by all who visit.

  • Using this trip planner

    Planning to paddle the wildest shore of all the Great Lakes? This guide will help you find all the information you need to plan, pack, and have a safe and memorable trip in Pukaskwa National Park’s backcountry. Each campsite is profiled with photographs and site information. The campsites are ordered from North to South along the coastline.

    Prior to planning your trip, assess your skills and physical fitness level. Do not overestimate your abilities for this challenging, yet rewarding paddling experience. We’ve designed this guide to help you plan your dream trip. It is NOT intended for navigation. For navigational purposes, it is strongly recommended that paddlers consult a topographical map and utilize the Chrismar Adventure Map of the park.

    Chrismar’s The Adventure Map: Pukaskwa National Park is a great planning resource and the best navigational aid to have on the trail. Order your map by emailling, or purchase it at the park Kiosk, Visitor Centre or with your local outfitter.

    Topographical maps at a 1:50,000 scale are also available on the Natural Resources Canada website. Search for maps: 42D/9 Marathon, 42D/8 Oiseau Bay and 42D/1 Otter Island.

    Park staff are available to help you plan your trip Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, by calling 807-229- 0801 or emailling

  • Experience level

    The Coastal Paddling Route is for paddlers who are experienced in ocean or large open-water paddling. Experienced group leaders cannot compensate for inexperienced paddlers in their group. Paddling with a partner or in a small group is preferable. Maximum group size is 8 for private groups, 12 persons with a licensed outfitter.

  • Are you prepared for
    • A multi-day backcountry paddling trip with long distances through rough waters.
    • Being windbound for multiple days.
    • Thick fog that can last for days. Be prepared to navigate using a compass.
    • Rugged, uneven ground and slippery conditions en route to campsites on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boardwalks, stairs, cobble stones and rocky shorelines.
    • Paddling across river mouths with large waves and strong currents.
    • Paddling through dangerous reflection wave zones.
    • High waves and spray. Paddlers are strongly advised to wear a spray skirt.
    • Accidents and injuries: it may take more than 24 hours for help to arrive.
    • Reserving a confident trip itinerary. Online service fees are $11.00 per reservation, modification or cancellation and call centre fees are $13.50 per
  • Nearby communities

    Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is the nearest community. If there’s an item on your list that you’ve forgotten, you need to fill up with gas, buy ice, or you’re just looking for a few snacks, there are two stores in the community to serve you.

    The Town of Marathon is the closest full-service community. One large grocery store, three hardware stores, and several other businesses can provide food, fuel, and basic supplies you require for a backcountry trip.

  • Hazards and minimizing risks
  • Rugged and remote

    Pukaskwa National Park is spectacular. It is also a remote, rugged place where rescues take time. Remember: you are responsible for your own safety. All hikers must be experienced in backcountry hiking.

  • Temperatures and monthly rainfall

    Pukaskwa’s cool, sunny summer days are perfect for exploring, or a quick swim. However, snow can fall in June and September.

    • May Low: 3°C - High: 14°C - Rainfall: 74 mm
    • June Low: 6°C - High: 17°C - Rainfall: 90 mm
    • July Low: 9°C - High: 20°C - Rainfall: 81 mm
    • August Low: 10°C - High: 20°C - Rainfall: 87 mm
    • September Low: 6°C - High: 15°C - Rainfall: 102 mm
    • October Low: 1°C - High: 9°C - Rainfall: 87 mm
  • Lake Superior conditions

    Lake Superior is cold and unpredictable. Although water near the shore may be warmer, the lake’s average temperature is only 4°C / 39°F year-round. Hypothermia can start within 5-10 minutes if you are not wearing a wetsuit or dry suit.

    Fog is common and can last for days. Be prepared to navigate using a compass.

    If you’re paddling in May, June or July, be prepared to be windbound for 1 out of every 5 days. If you’re paddling in August or September, prepare to be windbound for 3 out of 5 days.

  • Rivers and reflection waves

    Exercise caution when crossing river mouths, particularly during high-water conditions. Crossing the White River can be particularly tricky and requires high level paddling skill. Be wary of large waves and strong currents at this and other river mouths. Paddling around most exposed points (Campbell’s Point and Sewell Point in particular) can be hazardous due to reflexion waves. Be prepared to turn back if conditions are too hazardous.

  • Bears and food lockers

    Black bears live in Pukaskwa National Park, and are occasionally seen along the coast. Food lockers for storing food overnight are available at each backcountry hiking campsite. Take precautions and be prepared for an encounter with a black bear. Bring legal bear deterrents (like bear spray). Be informed and ready for their proper use. Firearms are prohibited in Pukaskwa National Park. For more information, read You Are In Black Bear Country or consult with Parks Canada staff.

    Food lockers are not rodent proof - always store food in sturdy, odor resistant containers/bags.

  • Bugs

    Bring your bug hat, bug jacket, bug spray, or nerves of steel.

    • Blackflies - Peak from late May to June
    • Mosquitoes - Peak from mid June to July
    • Horse and deer flies - Peak from July to August
    • Deer ticks - No know reports. If you do find a deer tick, please notify park staff.
  • Pets

    Please note that certain animals in the park such as woodland caribou and black bears can be highly sensitive to dogs. If you decide to bring your dog on the trail, it must be leashed at all times.

  • Doctors and veterinarians

    We hope you won’t require medical attention while on vacation, however if you do, there is a medical clinic, a pharmacy, and a hospital in Marathon.

    The closest permanent veterinary service is in Thunder Bay. Mobile services do travel to Marathon regularly. Check with park staff for a current schedule.

  • Water quality

    Drinking water is available from most rivers, creeks and certainly from Lake Superior. We advise all backcountry paddlers to fine filter, treat or boil their drinking water.

  • Equipment To enjoy your paddling experience, you must be comfortable. Use quality lightweight equipment and be prepared for cold, warm, dry and wet weather.
  • Sunrise and sunset times

    There’s plenty of sunshine on the northern shore of Lake Superior. Plan your daily objectives accordingly.

    • May 21 - Sunrise 6:00 a.m. - Sunset 9:25 p.m.
    • June 21 - Sunrise 5:45 a.m. - Sunset 9:50 p.m.
    • July 21 - Sunrise 6:05 a.m. - Sunset 9:40 p.m.
    • August 21 - Sunrise 6:45 a.m. - Sunset 8:50 p.m.
    • September 21 - Sunrise 7:30 a.m. - Sunset 7:45 p.m.
    • October 21 - Sunrise 8:15 a.m. - Sunset 6:45 p.m.
  • Cell phone service

    Cell phone service is unreliable in the park, especially in Pukaskwa’s backcountry.

  • Crown land camping

    From the Pukaskwa River south to Michipicoten, camping is available on provincial Crown land. Residents of Canada may camp free of charge on Crown land. Non-resident Crown Land Camping Permits are available from numerous hunting and fishing license issuers and from Service Ontario centres in northern Ontario. The cost of a Non- resident Crown Land Camping Permit is approximately $10 per person per night.

    Please call 1-800-667-1940 or visit the web address below for more information.

  • Protecting, presenting and preserving

    Parks Canada is responsible for ensuring the sustainability and integrity of the natural and cultural resources in its care. Everyone can help to protect the beauty and the heritage of Pukaskwa National Park and its backcountry. Working with others, we strive to provide Canadians and international visitors with the opportunity to experience and learn about Canada’s heritage.

    The entire national park falls within the traditional territory of local indigenous communities who have inhabited this region for countless generations. Parks Canada works collaboratively with them to ensure protection, preservation and presentation of these lands.

    We also need your help. Respectful behaviour from all hikers will lead to a safe and rewarding experience and contribute to a healthy functioning ecosystem. Please be respectful of all structures and cultural resources you may find along your excursion.

  • Pukaskwa pits

    Pukaskwa pits can be found in the cobble beaches along the coast. As local elder Proddy Goodchild says, “No one knows for sure what the Pukaskwa Pits were used for. We only know that some are very old, and some are not so old.” Help us protect these ancient structures. Do not move rocks or alter the pits.

  • Wildlife cameras and privacy

    Wildlife cameras are used in Pukaskwa National Park for wildlife conservation purposes. Concerned about your privacy? So are we. That’s why we delete images of visitors captured on our cameras. However, images that show illegal activities that may have serious impacts on wildlife, or put the safety of visitors at risk may be used for law enforcement purposes.

  • Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
    • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
    • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
    • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
    • Visit in small groups.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
    • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, or dry grasses.
    • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 70 meters from lakes and streams.
    • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
  • In popular areas
    • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
    • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
    • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
  • In pristine areas
    • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
    • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  • Dispose of waste properly
    • Pack it in, pack it out. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
    • Use pit privies where available. When unavailable, deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 15 to 20 cm deep at least 70 m from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
    • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
    • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 70 meters away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
  • Leave what you find
    • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
    • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
    • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Minimize campfire impacts
    • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
    • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
    • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
    • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  • Respect wildlife
    • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
    • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
    • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
    • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
    • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
  • Be considerate of others
    • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
    • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
    • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
    • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
  • Campsites and canoe routes
  • Hattie Cove - Bii to bii gong

    67 Campsites

    Bii to bii gong is the Anishinaabe name for Hattie Cove and means water between two rocks. This protected cove features a road accessible 67-site campground and is open from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving. During peak season, the campground includes flush toilets, hot showers, electrical campsites, free WIFI, interpretive programs, and more. Hattie Cove is the most popular access point for backcountry visitors.

    Parking for backcountry visitors is available in the Visitor Centre parking lot.

    Want a little token to remember your backcountry adventure? Drop by the Visitor Centre to view our selection of Pukaskwa National Park mementos at the park store.

  • Picture Rock Harbour North - Ga oname kwa

    1 Campsite: PRH2

    Enjoy being nestled in this harbour protected by an island to the front and cliff to the north. Stretch your legs and explore Mdaabii Miikna. Follow the trail north to an exciting rock feature and panoramic cliff-top views.

    What to expect en route:

    • Pulpwood Harbour.
    • Reflection waves at Campbell Point.
    • Picture Rock Harbour.

    Insider tip:

    • For generations, Picture Rock Harbour was a place to seek protection from Lake Superior’s rough waters. It is still a good place to wait for the lake to calm down - especially if you are planning to paddle north past Campbell Point where reflection waves can create choppy waters.
  • White River Portage - Waabishkaa Ziibi

    1 Campsite: WRP1

    Enjoy the smell of cedar as you set up your tent and feel the comfort of the forest as you are hugged by nature‘s canopy. Watch the sunset while relaxing (and drying out) on the large smooth boulders at the campsite entry point.

    What to expect en route:

    • Picture Rock Harbour.
    • Access the portage past the WRP1 campsite to reach the White River interior campsite.

    Insider tip:

    • Did you bring your fishing rod? Cast into the White River for awesome fishing!
  • White River Interior - Chigaamiwinigum

    2 Campsites: WRI1, WRI2 (shared double)

    Treat yourself to large sites and nature’s sound track of Chigaamiwinigum Falls. Paddle to the south side of the river, at the bottom of the falls and hike (2km) to the suspension bridge which spans over a 30 m gorge with a 23 m drop at Chigaamiwinigum Falls.

    What to expect en route:

    • Up stream/down stream paddling.
    • Access the portage past the WRP1 campsite to reach the White River interior campsite.

    Insider tip:

    • Quench your thirst by filling up at the White River’s calm pool of water below the main falls. Be cautious along this rushing river.
  • Willow River - Wedoopki ziibi

    2 Campsites: WR4, WR5 (shared double)

    This site features a playful beach and a relaxing sunset view - it’s the best of both worlds for socializing and rejuvenating alike! Paddle up the Willow River to float under one of two suspension bridges along the coast.

    What to expect en route:

    • Strong current and reflection waves at the White River.
    • Rocky coastline

    Insider tip:

    • Feeling social? Take an evening stroll and visit with other hikers/paddlers at this site. Sharing backcountry stories around a fire is always a treat!
  • Shot Watch Cove - Miziinack onigiigan

    2 Campsites: SWC1, SWC2 (shared double)

    What’s with the name? Well, rumor has it a pocket watch was found at this location with a bullet hole through its middle... What a mystery! Enjoy the sites’ sandy beach and island views.

    What to expect en route:

    • Rocky shoreline.
    • Small islands.

    Insider tip:

    • Shot Watch Cove and Morrison Harbour (about 1 km south), are great places to take shelter from Lake Superior storms. Keep this location in mind in case of emergencies!
  • Oiseau Bay North - Wiso wikwedon

    2 Campsites: OBN1, OBN2 (shared double)

    Large sandy beach, with towering cliffs to the east - a wonderful site for sunbathing and sunset enthusiasts alike.

    What to expect en route:

    • Shallow water at shoreline.
    • Small islands.
    • Morrison Harbour.
    • Fish Harbour.
    • Cave Harbour.

    Insider tip:

    • Plan a break at Fish Harbour and take advantage of the location’s pit privy.
    • Be sure to paddle by Cave Harbour to check out the cave. Admire this feature from afar; entering caves can disturb bat habitats and cause the spread of White Nose Syndrome.
  • Nicols Cove

    2 Campsites: NC1, NC2 (shared double)

    The little cove that could... This well protect site is a welcome sight to paddlers who are experiencing one of Lake Superior’s moody days. Set up camp, make yourself a hot beverage, take a soft seat on the sites sandy beach and give your muscles a well deserved rest.

    What to expect en route:

    • Oiseau Bay, the longest sandy beach on Pukaskwa’s coast.
    • Small islands.

    Insider tip:

    • Lake Superior is notorious for its thick, enveloping fog. When the fog rolls in, stick to the coastline and wait until it clears out to do any open water crossings.
  • White Spruce Harbour North - Migizi awatik goonsing

    2 Campsites: WSHN1, WSHN2 (shared double)

    A beautiful, sandy beach site that backs on to a charming forest treeline... You will feel the magic at this location!

    What to expect en route:

    • Long paddle from closest site to the north.
    • Rocky shoreline with nooks and crannies.

    Insider tip:

    • Get an early start to your day when paddling south from Nicols Cove. In bad weather, take advantage of the plentiful little coves along the way.
  • Simons Harbour - Gichi migizi awatikgoon

    1 Campsite: SH1

    Stunning rocky, rolling hills surround this safe harbour location. Enjoy the harbour’s sights and sounds as you unwind at the end of your paddling day.

    What to expect en route:

    • Islands.
    • Safe harbour location.

    Insider tip:

    • Before your big trip down the Pukaskwa coast, practice re-entering your canoe or kayak from the water. This is a valuable skill to have, especially when paddling Lake Superior’s cold, deep waters.
  • North Swallow River - Giiwednong zhaashawinibiis wi ziibi

    2 Campsites: NS2, NS3 (shared double)

    Wave ‘hello’ to the hikers who often begin their trip at this scenic location. This sheltered little cove is a great place to soak in some sun and to share an evening fire. Take a short stroll past the privy to get a great view of Newman’s Bay.

    What to expect en route:

    • English Fish Harbour.
    • Islands.
    • Steep rocky shoreline.
    • “The Ramparts” - reflection wave danger.

    Insider tip:

    • Plan your paddling trip for June or July. Once August/September rolls around the winds change and you will have about 3/5 wind-bound days on average. Don’t wager against mother nature!
  • Trappers Harbour - Nandawenjige nini wiikwed

    1 Campsite: TH1, TH2 (shared double)

    This site sits at the most eastern point of this inlet-like harbour. It features smooth rocks and flat tent pad areas - a cozy spot for sipping tea and reading a good book.

    What to expect en route:

    • Newmans Bay.
    • “The Cigars” islands.

    Insider tip:

    • In high wave conditions, the narrow entrance to Trappers Harbour can be difficult to enter and exit.
  • Triangle Harbour

    1 Campsite: TRI1

    A private, very sheltered harbour site that you can call yours for a night or two!

    What to expect en route:

    • Crawford Island.
    • Swallow River.

    Insider tip:

    • The small harbour opening is marked by a white navigational beacon - big boats beware, this harbour’s waters are very shallow!
    • This site can be affected by water levels - if they are high, the beach area may be under water.
  • Cascade Falls - Ga waa sajo waana

    2 Campsites: CF1, CF2 (shared double)

    The famous Cascade Falls! This iconic Pukaskwa feature struts its stuff year-round but for the biggest show visit it in late spring/early summer when runoff is at its peak!

    What to expect en route:

    • Possible open water areas
    • Cascade Falls.

    Insider tip:

    • This site is a beauty! But its beach is known for driftwood and pebbles... For a good night’s sleep make sure to bring a quality sleeping pad!
    • Otter Island has some of the best Woodland Caribou habitat on the north shore of Lake Superior and is an area of special preservation in Pukaskwa National Park. We encourage paddlers to explore the island but please do so from the water rather than on-land.
  • Cascade Creek

    2 Campsites: CC1, CC2 (shared double)

    This gorgeous, large site features a large sandy beach and awesome sunset views. It is a great site for larger groups and is a great base camp for those who wish to paddle around Otter Island.

    What to expect en route:

    • Otter Island.
    • Old Daves Harbour.
    • Otter Island Lighthouse.
    • Lighthouse Keeper’s and assistant’s house.

    Insider tip:

    • Otter Island has some of the best Woodland Caribou habitat on the north shore of Lake Superior and is an area of special preservation in Pukaskwa National Park. We encourage paddlers to explore the island but please do so from the water rather than on-land.
  • Deep Harbour

    1 Campsite: DH1

    A shallow, protected harbour site that is surrounded by green forest and rocky cliffs - let your eyes wonder at this wild shore!

    What to expect en route:

    • Otter Cove.
    • Otter Head.
    • Weidmans island.

    Insider tip:

    • Keep an eye to the sky as you paddle this area. Peregrine falcons nest on nearby steep cliffs, and are frequently sighted here. Participate in the park’s annual monitoring program while on your trip! Call or e-mail the park for more information.
  • Bonamie Cove

    3 Campsites: BC1, BC2, BC3 (shared double)

    Bonamie indeed! This cove is a ‘good friend’ to many paddlers! Enjoy this protected site by digging you feet into the warm sandy beach and gazing at the awe-inspiring views.

    What to expect en route:

    • Possible open water areas.
    • Rocky Shoreline.
    • Richardson Island.
    • Tug Harbour

    Insider tip:

    • Pointe La Canadienne is just south of Bonamie Cove - be careful in this area, it is known for reflection ways. Remember, safety first, itinerary second - if its not safe to leave your campsite, stay another night!
  • Imogene Cove

    2 Campsites: IC1, IC2 (shared double)

    Until the 1930’s, Imogene Cove was home to the Pukaskwa Depot, a logging community of over 300 people! Want to know more? Pick up a copy of “Puckasaw Dairies” by Ruth Fletcher at the park store. Campsites at this location can be found at the cove’s sandy, northern side. Camping is not permitted at the former town site.

    What to expect en route:

    • Pointe La Canadienne - Reflection wave danger
    • Davis Island.

    Insider tip:

    • Be more bear aware at Imogene Cove. The old depot town site is now a large open area, perfect for bears who love digging for grubs and eating grass!
  • Imogene Point

    1 Campsite: IP1

    Private sandy beach with breathtaking southwest views - a great place to take a break!

    What to expect en route:

    • Imogene Point
    • Possible open water areas.

    Insider tip:

    • The cool breeze from Lake Superior can be deceiving, always wear sunscreen and a hat even on cloudy, foggy days... From experience, trust us!
  • Pukaskwa River - Bii-skikaag saateg ziibi

    2 Campsites: PR1, PR2 (shared double)

    The last and most southern campsite location in the park - enjoy the Pukaskwa River’s amazing cliff views and its vast sandbar to explore.

    What to expect en route:

    • Pukaskwa River.

    Insider tip:

    • The Pukaskwa River can have a strong current, especially in late spring/early summer - watch out for waves and plan out your landing site!
  • What to bring? Here's what we suggest!
  • Safety gear
    • Brain filled with experience paddling big, cold waters
    • Personal location beacon (SPOT, etc.)
    • Matches/fire starting kit
    • Bear deterrent
    • Weather radio
    • First aid kit
    • Extra food (1-2 days)
    • Spare paddle
    • Self-rescue aids
    • 15m buoyant throw rope
    • Bailer
    • Spray skirt
    • Whistle/signalling device
  • Navigation
    • Chrismar Map/topographic map
    • Watch
    • Compass
    • Binoculars
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Repair kit
    • Duct tape
    • Spare batteries
    • Silicon sealant
    • General repair kits (tent, stove, etc.)
  • Camp gear
    • Tarp or tent footprint
    • Tent
    • Water filter/purification system
    • Stove and fuel
    • 15m rope/pulley system for hanging food
    • Cooking pot
    • Stuff sacks
    • Dry sacks
    • Toilet paper
    • Trowel
    • Food
    • Dry sacks
    • Knife
  • Personal gear
    • Backpack
    • Sleep pad
    • Water bottle
    • Bowl and utensils
    • Mug
    • Towel
    • Daypack
    • Sunscreen/sunglasses
    • Sleeping bag
    • Head lamp and/or flashlight
    • Paddling gloves
    • Paddling top
    • Kneeling pads
  • Personal clothing
    • Warm hat/sun hat
    • Rain gear with hood
    • Pants/shorts
    • Jacket
    • Sweater
    • Shirt/T-shirt
    • Long underwear
    • Gloves
    • Camp shoes
    • Swimsuit
    • Bug hat, jacket and/or repellent
    • Hiking boots
    • Socks
  • Extra things you won't regret
    • Camera
    • Notebook/pencil
    • Salt and pepper
    • Toothpaste/toothbrush
    • Chocolate bar
    • Lots of hot drinks (trust us!)
  • Ready to book? Here's how...

    1. Schedule a boat shuttle (optional):
    If you need a boat shuttle, contact the provider(s) listed below to confirm their availability first. Should you need any further shuttle assistance, call the park at 807-229-0801.

    2. Make a backcountry reservation:
    Backcountry trails and campsites are open (weather permitting) from May 15 - October 14.
    Reservation open dates will be posted on the park’s website. Reserve your backcountry camping permit:
    Online 24/7 at: or;
    By calling: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783)
    Are you confident in your trip itinerary? Online service fees are $11.00 per reservation, modification or cancellation and call centre fees are $13.50 per reservation, modification or cancellation.

    3. Mandatory safety orientation and emergency information
    Park staff will contact you via email or phone to set up either an in-person or online backcountry safety orientation. The safety orientation must take place prior to starting the hike. They will also ask for additional emergency information to help the speed up the on-site registration process. This information will include:
    Group member names
    Emergency contact information
    Equipment descriptions (tents, canoes, kayaks, etc.)
    Vehicle descriptions

    4. Check in and Pay your fees 
    Upon your arrival, stop at the park Kiosk to register and check-in. At the time of booking, a backcountry overnight camping fee of $9.80 per person per night is applied. Please note that daily admission is not applied at the time of booking. This additional entry fee will be processed upon arrival. For current daily entry fees, visit the Fees section under Plan Your Visit on the park’s website.

    5. Go! Let your adventure begin!

  • Annual backcountry camping pass

    Staying in the park’s backcountry for 8 or more nights? That’s great! Pukaskwa offers an annual backcountry camping pass that will save you money! The annual pass costs $68.70 per person and is available for purchase at the park only. Want to take advantage of these savings? Call (807-229-0801) or email (ont-pukaskwa@ us to purchase your annual backcountry camping pass prior to making your reservation.


Call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783)

Outside of North America: (519) 826-5391

If you would like more general information, please call the Parks Canada national information line at 1-888-773-8888.