Plan your visit
Pukaskwa National Park is located near Marathon, Ontario. The park is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Thunder Bay and a five-hour drive from Sault Ste. Marie.
Hattie Cove Campground is open May 15 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.
From Thunder Bay or Sault Ste. Marie follow TransCanada Highway 17 to Highway 627, just east of Marathon. Take Highway 627 south for 13 km to the end. Pukaskwa National Park’s Administration Office is the first left after entering the park. To get to the Kiosk, Hattie Cove Campground and Day Use Areas, continue another 2 km after crossing the Pic River bridge and entering the park.
Thunder Bay airport (YQT) is the closest commercial airport to Pukaskwa National Park and is a 3.5 hour drive from the park. The next closest airport is Sault Ste. Marie (YAM) and is a 5 hour drive southeast of the park. Several major airlines, including Air Canada, Porter, and WestJet provide service to both airports.
Kasper Transportation offers bus service from Thunder Bay, ON to Marathon, ON. Taxi service is available from Marathon to Pukaskwa.
Paddling or sailing into Pukaskwa’s Hattie Cove can be tricky, as it’s easy to pass by without seeing the protected cove. Be sure to landmark carefully when nearing this stretch of shoreline.
Hours of operation
Open May 18 to October 15
For more details on the level of service visitors can expect, including the Visitor Centre, Kiosk and park administration office hours, visit our website with the complete schedule.
Please note that exact season start and end dates are weather dependent. Visitors should contact the park if planning a visit around those dates.
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. An equally challenging but shorter 25-kilometer loop trail, the Mdaabi Miikana, provides a taste of the full coastal hiking trail experience.
- Day-hike the Bimose Kinoomagewnan Trail and uncover the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Ojibway, the Indigenous people for whom this land is home.
- Paddle in the serenity of Hattie Cove or Halfway Lake if you only have a day. If you have more time and crave adventure, choose white-water excursions on the White and Pukaskwa rivers, or paddle along Lake Superior’s remote coast.
- Pukaskwa is a place of rugged beauty where the forests of Jack Pine, White Birch, and Black Spruce meet the picture-perfect rocky headlands and sheltered coves containing sand and cobble beaches on Lake Superior.