Sporting new suspension bridges and tent pads, and with recently improved boardwalks and stairs, the Coastal Hiking Trail in Pukaskwa National Park is in better shape than ever. But this route along the Great Lakes’ longest undeveloped coastline remains tough and rarely travelled.
The easiest way to tackle the whole 60 kilometres from North Swallow River to Hattie Cove is with Naturally Superior Adventures. Their five-day hike begins with a boat trip to the trail’s southern end. From here the trail flirts with the Superior coast, tracing the headlands and coves, and occasionally breaking out of the Boreal forest at rocky outcrops to deliver superb views across the great lake.
Along the way, you’ll see pits excavated by early First Nation residents, and if you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of the woodland caribou that live in the park, especially near the southern end. Campsites are in coves and at white sand beaches, perfect for a cooling dip after the daily 10 to 15 kilometres of hiking.
And because the trail runs along Superior’s eastern shore, there’s a sunset show almost every night.
When: August 4 to 9, 2012
Cost: $980 includes guide, meals, park fees, boat shuttle and taxes.
Led by: Naturally Superior Adventures