Campground hosts provide a friendly, welcoming face to visitors to Pukaskwa National Park’s Hattie Cove Campground. Whether it’s recommending the best trail to hike at sunset, or helping to contact park staff in an emergency, Campground Hosts help make visitors from around the world feel at home in Pukaskwa.

If you are an experienced camper interested in sharing your love of the outdoors and Pukaskwa, please review our Campground Host Information Guide (PDF, 3.8 MB) and consider joining us this season for a one or two-week stay.

We select Campground Hosts on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, simply complete and submit the Hattie Cove Campground Host application (Word document, 0.4 MB).

  • What we look for
    • friendly, approachable, and welcoming personalities 
    • contagious love of the outdoors, camping, and people 
    • camping experience 
    • knowledge of Pukaskwa, Pic River, and Marathon area 
    • hosting experience at other parks or sites 
    • first aid certification is an asset 
    • ability to speak French is an asset
  • You should know
    • Each year, we receive more applications to be Campground Hosts than we have spaces available. And, Campground Hosting isn’t for everyone. Keeping this in mind, not all applicants will have the opportunity to be a Campground Host.
  • Arrival and departure

    Check-in: Monday at 1:00 pm

    • Arrive at the campground kiosk and check in.
    • Pick up the “Campground Hosts” bin.
    • Set up on Campsite #6, the Campground Host Site
    • Pukaskwa staff will arrive on your site at 3:00 pm to provide an orientation and answer any questions.
    • Campground Host hours begin at 5:00 pm.

    Check-out: Monday at 12:00 pm 

    • Leave a clean and welcoming site for the next Campground Hosts who will arrive at 1:00 pm. 
    • Stop by campground kiosk to drop off the Campground Hosts bin. 
    • Submit the evaluation form with your recommendations, highlights of your stay, and whether you would like to participate in the program next year.
  • Hosts do
    • make themselves available to greet and assist campers each night from 5 pm - 10 pm
    • provide information and brochures to campers and explain park regulations when necessary 
    • assist campers with self-registration and purchasing firewood 
    • encourage good camping practices 
    • assist campers during an emergency by contacting Parks Canada staff 
    • walk through the campground twice per day 
    • keep records of activities and make recommendations for improving the host program at Hattie Cove
  • Hosts do not
    • Collect camping or entry fees 
    • Register guests 
    • Reserve campsites 
    • Issue campsite permits 
    • Enforce park regulations 
    • Perform maintenance or repairs
  • Cancellation policy

    We depend on our hosts to make camping at Hattie Cove great. But we also know that sometimes things happen. If you’re unable to make it to your hosting session, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can invite another host for that session.

  • Legal considerations


    • Parks Canada provides a Group Personal Accident policy for volunteers under the age of 80 who sign a Parks Canada Volunteer Agreement Form. Parks Canada provides volunteers, excluding those who operate aircraft, with $10,000,000 coverage for third-party (public) liability.
    • Volunteers over the age of 80 are responsible for their own insurance coverage.


    • The Government of Canada, Parks Canada, and/ or Parks Canada employees are not responsible for personal injury or any loss, theft, or damage to the volunteer’s property.

For more information, contact us!