Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

As of June 1, Pukaskwa National Park began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

Important information about your visit to Pukaskwa National Park

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and services. Beginning June 5, 2020, visitors will be welcomed back to Pukaskwa National Park with safety being a priority. Access will be focused on the resumption of autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings and include the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

To ensure the safety of visitors, residents and staff, Parks Canada is taking a phased approach to restoring access to the park. In doing so, physical distancing for the public remains a critical requirement in all areas of the park. While some of the restrictions and closures implemented in the park to date as a result of Covid-19 have been lifted, others will remain in effect at this time.

In accordance with Thunder Bay District Health Unit, it is now mandatory for all members of the public entering the indoor premises of businesses and organizations in the district to wear a face covering (i.e. non-medical mask). This includes entry to the visitor centre.

What’s open (updated October 15)
  • Front-country hiking
  • Back-country hiking

What’s closed (updated October 15)
  • Front-country day use areas
  • Front-country day use washrooms
  • Visitor centre parking lot
  • Kiosk 
  • Mdaabii Miikna & Coastal Hiking Trail including the White River Suspension Bridge Trail
  • oTENTik tents
  • Anishinaabe camp
  • Limited Outdoor Visitor Programs
  • Laundry
  • Store (Located in the Kiosk)
  • Administration building
  • Campground
  • Campground washrooms
  • Visitor Centre
  • Trailer dumping station
  • Back-country camping
  • Firewood
  • Canoe/SUP rentals
  • Fire circle programs
  • Showers
Camping during COVID-19 (updated June 17)
  • Firewood will be available
  • Comfort station washrooms will be reduced to 50% capacity
  • Showers will not be available
  • RV users are encouraged to use self-contained waste units

Events, group, and interpretation activities remain suspended until further notice. 

Visit our camping page for information on camping services available in Pukaskwa National Park during COVID-19.

Your safety when visiting
  • Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
  • Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories and area closures.

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