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Pukaskwa National Park

Backcountry Hiking

Two visitors hiking in the backcountry
Hike the wildest shore of all the Great Lakes! © Parks Canada

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.

The Backcountry Hiking Trip Planner

This trip planner 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.

Stay tuned for updated backcountry hiking trip planner with Mdaabii Miikna information in early 2017!