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Pukaskwa National Park

Backcountry Paddling

Coastal Paddling Route

Four kayaks
Getting out on the water is an excellent way to explore the park © Parks Canada




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.


The Coastal Paddling Route guide 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.

White and Pukaskwa Rivers

Pukaskwa’s backcountry rivers offer wilderness white-water adventures. The White is easily accessible and can be paddled any time of year during the open-water season. Many wilderness adventurers leave from White Lake Provincial Park and travel four to six days to the White River's mouth, at Lake Superior. A short paddle one-hour north on Lake Superior brings paddlers to the Hattie Cove Visitor Centre. The Pukaskwa is more remote, difficult, and navigable only during spring run-off, from May to early June.

Important Notice for 2017: 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 please contact us at: 807-229-0801, or by e-mail at: ont-pukaskwa@pc.gc.ca. You can also contact White Lake Provincial Park at 807-822-2447.
A hydroelectric development has also been constructed and is now operational at Umbata Falls on the White River.

Note: For information on paddling the White and Pukaskwa rivers, please contact the park at 807-229-0801