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Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior Circle Route

Pukaskwa Park
Hattie Cove, Pukwaska National Park Marathon, Ontario

Pukaskwa in Ontario's largest National Park. It is a wilderness area with no roads so its main users are serious back country hikers, long distance canoeists, and kayakers (due to a long Lake Superior coastline). Circle Tour Travelers can sample a part of the park by driving into the Hattie Cove campground.


The road to Hattie Cove is about 5 miles east of Marathon and runs south 10 miles through the First Nation communities of Heron Bay and Pic River. Due to it being a bit off the beaten path, the campground had lots of empty sites. A great place to visit for the day or spend a few days. Hattie Cove itself is protected enough to bring your canoe or kayak. Also sailing and swimming. There are several shorter scenic day hiking trails in the park as well as the 60 km Coastal Hiking Trail.

The day we spent there started out dark and overcast as you'll see from the photos, but ended up much brighter by the time we were through with our hiking. Below the photos are a Map of Hattie Cove and a Link to the park website.


Hattie Cove

< < < Looking across Hattie Cove to where it empties into Lake Superior.

Hattie Cove


Looking down the length of Hattie Cove from the dock. > > >

Pulpwood Harbor

< < < Looking across Pulpwood Harbor from atop the Southern Headland Trail.

Hattie Cove Southern Headland


Jo and Hans take a break on the Headlands Trail.

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay has a nice sand beach, calm waters, and a SW exposure - ideal for an afternoon swim. > > >


Beach Scene Pukaskwa Park
< < < A rock peninsula jutting out from the mile long western beach.

Hiking Trails Pukaskwa Park

Lush vegetation and wild flowers lined the hiking trails.

Beach Scene Pukaskwa Park

Pukaskwa National Park Links & Information

Hattie Cove Map

< < < A map of the central part of the Hattie Cove campground.

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