Coastal Hiking Trail

Get ready to experience the wildest hike on the wildest shore of all of the Great Lakes. Pukaskwa National Park’s 60 km Coastal Hiking Trail is an adventurer’s dream that offers a challenging but rewarding premiere Ontario wilderness experience. The trail climbs steep Lake Superior coastline, meanders through sandy and cobble stone beaches, and treks through rugged boreal forests. Visitors who are properly equipped for backpacking this difficult terrain will enjoy relaxing campsites, beautiful beaches and awe-inspiring views. The Coastal Hiking Trail is a part of the Trans-Canada Trail.

Mdaabii Miikna

Looking for a memorable backcountry weekend getaway? Mdaabii Miikna, ‘go to the shore trail’ in Anishinaabemowin, delivers everything that Pukaskwa has to offer in a fraction of the time it takes to complete the Coastal Hiking Trail! This loop trail is accessed south of Playter Harbour and north of the White River Suspension Bridge via the Coastal Hiking Trail. It features serene boreal forest and the impressive Lake Superior coastline at Picture Rock Harbour.

Mdaabii Miikna & Coastal Hiking Trail Trip Planner

This trip planner (PDF, 2.37 MB) will help you find all the information you need to plan, pack, and have a safe and a memorable trip on the Mdaabii Miikna and/or Coastal Hiking Trail. Prior to planning your backcountry hiking trip, assess your experience, skills and physical fitness level. Do not overestimate your abilities for these challenging, multi-day hikes. Use this guide to help you determine the level of physical ability and backcountry knowledge needed to complete these hikes. This guide is NOT intended for navigation.

Hiking times in this guide are based on a hiker averaging 1.5 km/h over rugged and slippery terrain with a 16 kg / 35 lb pack.

  • Trip planner
  • 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 hike 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 hiking terrain. 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 hikers 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

    Backcountry hiking in Pukaskwa National Park is for hikers who have experience with difficult terrain. Visitors who wish to hike the Coastal Hiking Trail should have significant experience in overnight backpacking, while visitors hiking Mdaabii Miikna should come prepared with backpacking knowledge. Experienced group leaders cannot compensate for inexperienced hikers in their group. Hiking 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 hike with long distances through rough terrain while carrying a full backpack. Blisters as well as recurring knee, back or ankle injuries are often aggravated on the trail.
    • Rugged, uneven ground.
    • Slippery conditions on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boardwalks, stairs, cobble stones, driftwood and rocky shorelines.
    • Wading across creeks and rivers, climbing stairs and steep terrain, following an irregular trail and negotiating steep slopes and earth slumps.
    • Damaged trail structures. Trail maintenance is ongoing and the condition of structures can change at any time.
    • Accidents and injuries: it may take more than 24 hours for help to arrive.
    • Reserving a confident trip itinary. Online service fees are $11.00 per reservation, modification or cancellation and call centre fees are $13.50 per reservation, modification or cancellation.
    • A wilderness experience.
  • 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.

  • River crossings

    Small creeks and river crossings are a part of the hiking trail. The crossings are usually navigable but can lead through knee to thigh-deep, fast flowing water. You must exercise caution when crossing creeks and rivers, particularly during high-water conditions. Rivers have been impassable at times. At peak flow (usually in the spring), if the water is too high to cross, you may need to wait until water levels drop.

  • 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 hikers to fine filter, treat or boil their drinking water. Some areas of the trail veer inland for some distance. Be sure to stock up on water from Lake Superior prior to starting your daily hike.

  • Equipment

    To enjoy your hiking experience, you must be comfortable. Use quality lightweight equipment and be prepared for cold, warm, dry and wet weather. Your pack should weigh a maximum of 1/4 (women) to 1/3 (men) of your body weight. Reassess the content of your pack if it is heavier than this.

    Think of your feet: Do not break in new boots on this hike. Prepare blister prone areas before the hike and treat blisters immediately.

  • 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.

  • 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 trails
  • 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.

  • Playter Harbour North - Gaginoo wiikweddowooga

    1 Campsite: PH1

    So close to Hattie Cove, yet so far from away from it all! Enjoy the peaceful seclusion and privacy of the longest harbour along Pukaskwa’s coast.

    What to expect en route:

    • Wetland with floating boardwalk.
    • Wooden structures that can be slippery.
    • Steep climbs.

    Insider tip:

    • Unless you want to get your boots wet - spread out your hiking group on the floating boardwalk!
  • Playter Harbour South - Gaginoo wiikweddowooga

    2 Campsites: PH2, PH3

    Stay overnight at one of the two sites at this location - choose a private pebble beach view (PH2) or a rocky outcrop with wooden tent platforms (PH3). Thanks to the new Mdaabii Miikna trail, hikers now get to experience the beauty of the Picture Rock peninsula!

    What to expect en route:

    • New section of trail, your footprints are literally laying the groundwork for this trail!
    • Stay on trail by following the yellow flags.
    • Wet area where a beaver dam has been built.

    Insider tip:

    • Planning to camp on the wooden tent platforms? Make sure to bring rope to tie down your tent.
    • When heading south from this site, watch out for the first 100 metres of steep rocky shoreline; as the saying goes, slippery when wet!
  • Picture Rock Harbour North - Ga oname kwa

    1 Campsite: PRH1

    Enjoy being nestled in this harbour protected by an island to the front and cliff to the back. Wave ‘hello’ to your potential paddling neighbours.

    What to expect en route:

    • New section of trail, your footprints are literally laying the groundwork for this trail!
    • Stay on trail by following the yellow flags.
    • High elevation and rocky terrain.
    • Rock cairns.

    Insider tip:

    • Get the camera ready as you crawl through a unique rock feature just north of the site. This is an added challenge for the vertically gifted hikers!
  • Picture Rock Harbour South - Ga oname kwa

    3 Campsites: PRH3, PRH4, PRH5

    This pocket of campsites features a beautiful sandy beach, perfect for a friendly backcountry game like bocce ball. The site is sheltered by distant islands and gives visitors a front row seat to great sunsets.

    What to expect en route:

    • New section of trail, your footprints are literally laying the groundwork for this trail!
    • Stay on trail by following the yellow flags.
    • Driftwood log jams.
    • Coastal views.
    • Narrow, rocky climbs.
    • Some low lying, wet areas.

    Insider tip:

    • You will be testing your balance just north of this site as you maneuver through driftwood log jams - watch out for rotten logs and slippery surfaces.
    • This site is one of the only sites along the coast where hikers may get cell service – so make sure to post a picture on social media while you are there! #MDAABIIMIIKNA
  • White River Portage - Waabishkaa Ziibi

    1 Campsite: WRP2

    Enjoy the smell of cedar as you set up your tent - feel the comfort of the forest as you are hugged by nature‘s canopy. Keep an eye out for historical tree blazes along the spur trail to the site.

    What to expect en route:

    • New section of trail, your footprints are literally laying the groundwork for this trail!
    • Stay on trail by following the yellow flags.
    • Inland hiking.
    • Moss covered rocks.

    Insider tip:

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

    2 Campsites: CHF1, CHF2

    Enjoy nature’s sound track of rushing water as you cross the suspension bridge which spans over a 30 m gorge with a 23 m drop. At Chigaamiwinigum Falls you will feel the “awe” of nature’s power!

    What to expect en route:

    • Suspension bridge.
    • Jack pine flat.
    • Inland hiking.
    • Campsites are off a spur trail.

    Insider tip:

    • Quench your thirst by heading to the White River’s calm pool of water below the main falls - getting water from the rushing falls can be tricky.
  • Hook Falls

    3 Campsites: HF1, HF2, HF3

    Riverside camping at its finest! The northern campsite at this location is a cozy spot perfect for two people and it has a perfect rocky outcrop for cooking dinner or enjoying a morning coffee. Larger groups should move down the trail to the next two sites which have plenty of room to play in the forest!

    What to expect en route:

    • River driftwood obstacles.
    • Inland hiking.

    Insider tip:

    • Get ready to be creative when hydrating. Due to the higher elevation of this area, getting water from the White River can be challenging. Be cautious along this rushing river.
  • Willow River - Wedoopki ziibi

    4 Campsites: WR1, WR2, WR3, WR6

    This site features a playful beach and a relaxing sunset view - it’s the best of both worlds for socializing and rejuvenating alike! Get ready to cross the Willow River using one of two suspension bridges along the Coastal Hiking Trail, just south of the campsites.

    What to expect en route:

    • Muddy areas.
    • Stay on trail by following the yellow flags.
    • Weathered structures.
    • Inland hiking.

    Insider tip:

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

    2 Campsites: MH1, MH2

    Take a quick dip in this harbour’s shallow, sheltered waters. Spread out along the site’s sandy beach and scan the horizon for the area’s many islands.

    What to expect en route:

    • Rock cairns.
    • Cobblestone beaches.
    • Coastal hiking.
    • Decision: Head inland or take the coastal detour.

    Insider tip:

    • You will notice Pukaskwa’s ever plentiful cobblestone beaches, especially in this area. Be kind to your ankles and watch out for Pukaskwa Pits!
  • Fish Harbour

    3 Campsites: FH1, FH2, FH3

    The picturesque scenery of this location will have you thinking that you are looking at a painting in an art gallery. Sites here are large and inviting. A camera session is strongly recommended.

    What to expect en route:

    • Cobblestone beaches.
    • Coastal views.

    Insider tip:

    • Sturdy hiking boots go a long way in Pukaskwa’s rocky backcountry. Look for boots that have good ankle support and soft rubber soles for better traction.
  • Oiseau Bay - Wiso wikwedon

    2 Campsites: OB1, OB2

    At the end of your hiking day, remove your boots and sink your feet in the endless, warm sand. Oiseau Bay features one of the longest sandy beaches in the park and is home to a healthy pitcher’s thistle colony, a species at risk that the park is helping to restore (watch your step!).

    What to expect en route:

    • Narrow bridges.
    • Dry river bed.
    • Weathered structures.
    • River crossing

    Insider tip:

    • Good news: Mother nature has built a moat to guard the awesome campsites. Bad news: Your feet could get wet. Campsites are located toward the centre of the beach at the treeline.
  • Fisherman's Cove - Ganiimebinewan

    2 Campsites: FC1, FC2

    Enjoy your own private beach as both sites at this location have their own, separated by a long narrow peninsula.

    What to expect en route:

    • Technical hiking.
    • Steep inclines.
    • Panoramic views.

    Insider tip:

    • Get ready for panoramic views but remember, Oiseau bay to Fisherman’s Cove involves technical hiking. Are you going to work hard? Absolutely, but it’s so worth it to catch a glimpse of Lake Superior’s turquoise water!
    • When leaving this site, if your next destination is White Gravel River, top up your water bottle, as you won’t have easy access to water.
  • White Gravel River - Gaziinins dongang ziibi

    3 Campsites: WGR1, WGR2, WGR3

    This area is known for its large, smooth pebble beach. Each campsite features its own private food locker and privy - such a luxury!

    What to expect en route:

    • No reliable water source.
    • High elevations.
    • Panoramic views.
    • River crossing.

    Insider tip:

    • The White Gravel River separates one campsite from the others. Set yourself up to have a river crossing at the end of your day. Cross the river and then set up camp!
  • White Spruce Harbour - Migizi awatik goonsing

    1 Campsite: WSH1

    A private beach, large tent space and beautiful scenery... Sounds wonderful right?

    What to expect en route:

    • Inland hiking.
    • Flatter terrain.

    Insider tip:

    • This site is a hiker’s favourite - make sure to reserve your site early!
  • Hideaway Lake

    1 Campsite: HL1

    Beautiful petite site with epic sunset views. This cozy site will win your heart with its personality!

    What to expect en route:

    • Rocky and steep.
    • Coastal hiking.
    • If conditions are wet, the trail will be slippery.
    • Panoramic views.
    • Tree blow downs are common.

    Insider tip:

    • Escape the bugs and have your snack/meal on the smooth rocky outcrop adjacent to the campsite.
  • North Swallow River - Giiwednong zhaashawinibiis wi ziibi

    1 Campsite: NS1

    This is it! This is where your adventure begins, meets its halfway point or ends. 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:

    • River crossing.
    • Inland hiking.
    • Tree blow downs are common.

    Insider tip:

    • The river crossing just north of the site is the most challenging along the trail. Pull out your trekking poles, protect your feet with river shoes and don’t forget to un-clip your pack!
  • What to bring? Here's what we suggest!
  • Safety gear
    • Brain filled with backcountry hiking experience
    • Personal location beacon (SPOT, etc.)
    • Matches / fire starting kit
    • Bear deterrent
    • First aid kit
    • Extra food (1-2 days)
    • Blister kit
  • Navigation
    • Chrismar Map/topographic map
    • Watch
    • Compass
    • Binoculars
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Repair kit
    • Duct tape
    • Spare batteries
    • Compass
    • General repair kits (tent, stove, etc.)
  • Camp gear
    • Tarp or tent footprint
    • Tent
    • Water filter/purification system
    • Stove and fuel
    • Stuff sacks
    • Toilet paper
    • Food
    • Dry sacks
    • Knife
  • Personal gear
    • Backpack
    • Sleep pad
    • Water bottle
    • Bowl and utensil
    • Mug
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen and sunglasses
    • Sleeping bag
    • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  • Personal clothing
    • Warm hat/sun hat
    • Rain gear with hood
    • Pants/shorts
    • Jacket
    • Sweater
    • Shirt/T-shirt
    • long underwear
    • Gloves
    • Camp shoes
    • River crossing shoes
    • 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:
      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.


You can reserve backcountry campsites (Mdaabii Miikna, Coastal Hiking Trail and Coastal Paddling Route) on-line or by telephone!

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.