Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail re-opens
Bridges built to last for generations

Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail re-opens. Bridges built to last for generations.
Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail re-opens. Bridges built to last for generations.
© Klaus Rossler Photography 2011
Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail is a premier backcountry hiking destination in Northern Ontario. Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail is a premier backcountry hiking destination in Northern Ontario.
© Klaus Rossler Photography 2011

Heron Bay, Ontario, July 11, 2011 – The 60-kilometre long Coastal Hiking Trail winding along Lake Superior’s shore in Pukaskwa National Park will be re-opening on July 15, 2011. The re-opening of the trail marks the completion of significant infrastructure upgrades, including complete reconstruction of the White River and Willow River suspension bridges and trail improvements such as replacement of boardwalks, footbridges, and stairs and enhancements to campsites, pit privies and bear boxes.

Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail is a premier backcountry hiking destination in Northern Ontario. The new suspension bridges have an estimated lifespan of 75 years, allowing generations of future hikers and backpackers to explore and discover the Wildshore of an Inland Sea.

A guided hike to the White River suspension bridge is planned for July 16, Parks Day. Energetic visitors interested in taking a hike are asked to meet at the Visitor Centre at 9 am for the 15-km round trip. Be sure to pack a lunch, bring lots of water and wear sturdy footwear. For more information call the park at (807) 229-0801.

Pukaskwa National Park is Ontario’s only wilderness park administered by Parks Canada. At 1878 square kilometres, it protects and presents the hilly boreal forest terrain of the Canadian Shield – broken by ridges and cliffs, riddled with rock-rimmed lakes and clothed in shallow soils. It lies adjacent to Lake Superior, which exerts its sometimes warming, sometimes cooling influences upon the shore.

Established in 1911 as the Dominion Parks Branch, Parks Canada is the world’s oldest national parks service. Parks Canada turns 100 in 2011 – come celebrate!

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