About Pukaskwa National Park: The Largest Lake in North America is Here!

About Pukaskwa National Park: The Largest Lake in North America is Here!
Pukaskwa National Park - Photo by Al from Flickr

Tripboba.com - When we talk about Canada, you can't skip the things about its cold and beautiful nature. So, you will find some big natural parks whose unique ecosystem.

Inside this article, Tripboba will tell you about Pukaskwa National Park, one of the national parks in Canada.

Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

Pukaskwa National Park - Photo by Bradley Fortner from Flickr

Pukaskwa National Park is settled in the south of the town of Marathon and the north of Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. Pukaskwa National Park is well-known for its big ecosystem. In this national park, the largest lake in North America, Superior Lake is here and the boreal forest is covered almost the whole of the land.

Pukaskwa National Park itself has an area of 1,878 square kilometers (725 sq mi) and become a home for some floras and faunas


Some tree species exist from both northern and southern:

  • White birch

  • Trembling aspen

  • Balsam poplar

  • Black and White spruce

  • Jackpine and White pine


  • Moose

  • Beavers

  • Peregrine falcons

  • River otters

  • Lynx

  • Black bear

  • Timber wolf

  • Woodland caribou  

Pukaskwa National Park also has a function to protect some parts of the longest undeveloped shoreline on the Great Lakes.


Since it was established in 1978, Pukaskwa National Park is a favorite national park in Canada for tourists. There are a lot of activities you can do, such as

  • Camping

  • Hiking

  • Boating

  • Padding

  • Fishing

  • Swimming at Horseshoe Beach

  • Feeling the red chair experience

  • Walking at the White River Suspension Bridge Trail

  • Geocaching

  • Picnicking

Pukaskwa National Park Camping

Pukaskwa National Park - Photo by Pexels from Pixabay

Your outing in Pukaskwa National Park doesn’t have to end at dark. There are some camping experiences that you should try:

Frontcountry camping

Hattie Cove campground is the campground for you who choose to experience the Frontcountry camping. This campground is a perfect spot to bring a group of people, like your family or friends, because the design of every campsite is only fit for 6 adult people, with 2 tents and 1 motor vehicle. Totally, there are 67 vehicle-accessible campsites in Hattie Cove campground

Frontcountry season:

  • May - September
    Comfort stations with flush toilets and showers are open, potable water is available
    Register at park Kiosk
  • September to October
    Pit privies available, no potable water
    Self-registration available
  • (The seasons of Frontcountry is fickle)

Backcountry camping

Backcountry camping is devoted to all the hikers and paddlers. You can visit one of the 65 designated backcountry campsites by hiking or paddling. In the hike-in backcountry campsite, the firepit, access to a food locker, and a privy toilet are provided.

And in Paddle-in backcountry campsite, there is no accommodation offering; only for primitive campers. Backcountry trails and campsites are open (weather permitting) from May 18 – October 14.

Make sure you make a reservation first. Here's how:

  • Check-in for registration, permits, and orientation

  • Go to the park Kiosk to receive your mandatory backcountry orientation and permits. Also, prepare some information, such as:

  • Booking number

  • Group member names

  • Emergency contact information

  • Equipment descriptions (tents, canoes, kayaks, etc.)

  • Vehicle descriptions

  • Planned itinerary

Otentik campsites

Only in Pukaskwa National Park, you can camp at a tent that is designed by combining a tent and a rustic cabin. Each unit includes:

  • 1 queen-sized mattress and 2 double mattresses

  • A table and seating for 6 people

  • A battery-powered lamp is provided

  • Electricity and a wood stove

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Please note: there is no plumbing inside the tents

Pukaskwa National Park Map Reservation

  • Online: www.reservations.pc.gc.ca

  • Phone: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783)

  • Outside of North America: (519) 826-5391

  • For further information: 1-888-773-8888

  • Online service fees: $11.50 per reservation,

  • Modification or cancellation and call center fees: $13.50 per reservation

  • Reservations are available at the beginning of January.

  • Boat shuttle service: 807-229-0801

Pukaskwa National Park Map

Pukaskwa National Park - Photo by slon_dot_pics from Pexels

Please check this link to get some maps of Pukaskwa National Park here.

Hotels Near Pukaskwa National Park

Pukaskwa National Park - Photo by givingnot@rocketmail.com from Flickr

For an emergency, you can find some hotels near Pukaskwa National Park:

1. The Voy

  • 28 On-17, Schreiber, Ontario P0T 2S0, Canada

  • 46.6 miles from Pukaskwa National Park

  • Reservation: +1 807-824-2002

  • $79.84/night

2. Villa Bianca Inn

  • 65 Kingsway | PO Box 909, Schreiber, Ontario P0T 2S0, Canada

  • 47.0 miles from Pukaskwa National Park

  • Reservation: +1 807-824-2172

  • $60.47/night

3. The Coach House Motel

  • Trans-Canada Hwy 17 | Jackfish Lake, Terrace Bay, Ontario P0T 2W0, Canada

  • 33.3 miles from Pukaskwa National Park

  • Reservation: +1 807-825-9113

4. Norwood Motel

  • 1100 Hwy 17 | P.O. Box 248, Terrace Bay, Ontario POT 2WO, Canada

  • 38.9 miles from Pukaskwa National Park

  • Reservation: +1 807-825-3282


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