• Activities:

    Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Beautiful backcountry views & campsites in Pukuskwa Canadian National Park along the Coastal Hiking Trail.

Pukuskwa Canadian National Park is located near the town of Marathon in northern Ontario. The only road to access the park is at the north end near Hattie Cove. The park is home to the Coastal Hiking Trail as well as a paddling route and other various water activities. All trails are open May 1st - September 30th.

The Coastal Hiking Trail starts near the Visitor Center at Hattie Cove. The entire trail is about 60 km, but there are many different campsites you stay at to the make the trip as long or as short as you want!

With three kids (ages 10, 8, & 5) we chose to hike to Playter Harbour, only 4.5 km from the visitor center. We were even able to leave our Airstream trailer parked in the lot overnight with no problems.

After we had checked in with the ranger and were geared up, we set out at about 4pm. It took us about 2 hours to hike to the campsite over fairly mild terrain. There were plenty of tree roots and rocks to scramble over, but overall the trail was well-defined and easy to follow.

Playter Harbour is tucked back away from the trail in a small outcropping of rocks right on one of the bays of Lake Superior. There is a fire ring, amazing views, a great swimming hole, bear box, and a pit toilet.

This spot is unique in that you can see both sunrise & sunset, so don't forget your camera!

Pack List

  • Permit
  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Food & cooking equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Camera
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One of the best adventures on the coast of Lake Superior. The Pukaskwa is rugged and wild and follows the coast through coniferous forest, above granite bedrock and across lonely beaches. Great adventure. Kid-friendly, if your kids are up for a challenge.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Jess Curren Explorer

Outdoor adventure loving mom of 3 amazing kids and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for. We sold everything in 2013 to travel the United States in our Airstream travel trailer. We bike, hike, backpack, and love to explore new places as a family.

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