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Pukaskwa National Park

Coastal Hiking Trail Trip Planner


Planning to hike the Coastal Hiking Trail?

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 on the Coastal Hiking Trail. Each campsite is profiled with photographs, site information, and a story about the place.

Many of these stories were collected during a series of oral history interviews conducted in 1979, others come from our own staff who have travelled these routes for decades, and others come from visitors like you.

Prior to planning your trip, assess your skills and physical fitness level. Do not overestimate your abilities for this challenging, yet rewarding hike. This guide will help you determine the level of physical and backcountry skills and knowledge needed to complete this hike.

We’ve designed this guide to help you plan your dream trip. It is NOT intended for navigation.

If you have ideas, corrections, or even a photograph you think will improve the guide, please contact us.  

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.

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