[1-Playter Harbour on Lake Superior]
[2-Bay on Lake Superior]
[3-Lake Superior shoreline]
This park encompasses 1,878 square miles along the eastern shoreline of Lake Superior.
There are many spellings to the word “Pukaskwa” which provide different meanings: cleaning of fish, eaters of fish, something evil or safe harbour.
Of primary concern in Pukaskwa National Park is the survival of the small herd of woodland caribou resident there. Rare arctic plants grow here due to Lake Superior’s Arctic influence, as do coastal heron rookeries, forest mammals, birds, and inland water quality.
[4-This rabbit walked up to the photographer on the beach without any concern]
Ontario Fishing Regulations apply in the Park. The use of lead sinkers and weighted lures are prohibited in national parks and national wildlife areas in Canada.
Pukaskwa is a remote area with no refueling opportunities.
Cyclists can travel on Highway 627 and campground roads. Bicycles are not permitted on any of the trails in Pukaskwa National Park.
Parks Canada provides the following information about backpacking into the wilderness of the Park:
“Pukaskwa National Park protects a nationally significant area of Lake Superior shoreline and boreal forest. With no road access, the Lake Superior shoreline between Hattie Cove to Michipicoten is the least developed shoreline anywhere on the Great Lakes. As interest in exploring this coastline continues to increase, we ask that you take steps to minimize your impacts on the ecosystem as you travel through the park. Wild spaces can survive as long as we strive to be stewards, not consumers, of wilderness areas.”
[6-White River crossing on a wire and slat bridge on one of the many trails in the Park]
On the link below are guidelines to follow when visiting the Park.
[7-Sunset over Lake Superior]
Photo Credits: -Geoffrey Rockwell CC=nc-nd-flickr, -Troy B Thompson CC=nc-nd-flickr, -begemot CC=nc-nd-flickr,
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