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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 18 to October 15; the Visitor Centre is open June to August. 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.
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).
Kasper Transportation offers bus service from Thunder Bay, ON 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 18 to October 15
Please note that season start and end dates are weather dependant.
Free admission for youth, 17 and under. 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.