Plan your visit
Pukaskwa National Park is located near Marathon, Ontario; access via Highway 627. The park is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from the Thunder Bay Airport and a five-hour drive from the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.
Hattie Cove Campground is open May 15 to Thanksgiving; the Visitor Centre is open July and August. Best access to the park is between May and October. Weather conditions may influence the availability of facilities and services in early May. Expect to spend a full day to a week or more in Pukaskwa.
PO Box 212 Hwy 627
Heron Bay ON P0T 1R0
By car or bicycle
Follow TransCanada Highway 17 to Highway 627. Take Highway 627 15 km to Pukaskwa National Park and the Hattie Cove Campground and Day Use Area.
Several major airlines, including Air Canada, Porter, and WestJet, provide service to Thunder Bay, ON (YQT) and Sault Ste Marie, ON (YAM).
Greyhound Canada offers bus service to Marathon, ON. Taxi service is available from Marathon to Pukaskwa.
By canoe or kayak
Paddling into Pukaskwa’s Hattie Cove can be tricky - it’s easy to paddle by without seeing the protected cove. Be sure to landmark carefully when paddling this stretch.
Hours of operation
Open May 1 to October 9
Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list.
Facilities and services
- Pukaskwa’s 60-kilometre-long Coastal Hiking Trail is Ontario’s premier wilderness backpacking route.
- Day-hike the Bimose Kinoomagewnan Trail and uncover the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Ojibway.
- Paddling options include serene day-trips in Hattie Cove or Halfway Lake, multi-day moving-water excursions on the White and Pukaskwa rivers and advanced expeditions on Lake Superior’s remote coast.
- Pukaskwa is home to a healthy, sustainable population of about 200 moose.