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Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a laundromat nearby?

Yes, in the town of Marathon. It is situated at 90 Evergreen Drive.

  • Where can I purchase propane?

Canadian Tire in Marathon.

  • Where can I purchase ice?

Cando's Corner on Hwy. 627 adjacent to the Pic River First Nation, or most gas stations.

  • Where is the nearest church?

There is a Catholic church on the Pic River first Nation and various churches in Marathon.

  • Where is the nearest grocery store?

There is Twance's Groceries on the Pic River First Nation, Cando's Corner on Hwy. 627 adjacent to the Pic River First Nation, and two larger grocery stores in Marathon.

  • Where can I see wildlife?

In all backcountry areas along the Coastal Hiking Trail and day trails.

  • Where is the trailer dumping station?

It is located near the Administration Building and is indicated on the map in the visitor guide. No products treated chemically are allowed to be dumped. Use of biological treatment is strongly encouraged.

  • Where can I obtain potable water to fill my trailer?

Potable water is available from a threaded tap located outside the Administration Building.

  • Can I drink the water?

Yes, you can drink the potable water from the taps provided in the campground and day use area. It is tested daily. If there is a problem, we will post signs indicating that the water requires boiling before consumption. We recommend that lake water be boiled for at least two minutes before drinking.

  • Where is the pay phone?

At the Visitor's Centre, outside, on the water side of the building.

  • Do we offer a recycling program in the Park?

Yes. Recycling bins are located in each campground loop next to the comfort station. We recycle pop cans, steel food cans, paper, boxboard, cardboard, and plastics #1 and #2. In order to not attract wild animals, such as black bears, to our recycling bins, please ensure items are clean before depositing. Special attention should be given to cleaning food cans and cardboard. We are not able at this time to recycle glass or small gas cylinders.

  • Are pets allowed in the Park?

Yes. Pets must be kept on a leash of less than three metres for their own protection and for the protection of others. There is no veterinary service for over 300 km, so please help to protect your pet from an avoidable encounter with wildlife. Pet owners are responsible for picking up excrement; if you require a bag, for this purpose, ask staff at the kiosk.