At Pukaskwa, bear hugs are taken literally. Open May through October, the park offers many of the same topographical features as Lake Superior Provincial Park and has an intact predator-prey ecosystem, including a small herd of elusive caribou. There are only 4km of roads in the entire park.
Pukaskwa's frontcountry is based around the only general use campground at Hattie Cove, near the park's entrance. Check in with the visitors center when you arrive: guided hikes and activities depart here most evenings around 7pm.
Three short trails begin at Hattie Cove, offering glimpses of the pristine setting. The popular Southern Headland Trail (2.2km) is a rocky, spear-shaped route that offers elevated photo-ops of the shoreline and craggy Canadian Shield. Look for the curious stunted trees, so formed by harsh winds blowing off the lake. The Halfway Lake Trail (2.6km) loops around a small lake: informative signs offer a scientific perspective on the inner workings of the ecosystem. The Beach Trail (1.5km) winds along Horseshoe Bay and Lake Superior revealing sweeping vistas of crashing waves and undulating sand dunes.
Pukaskwa's stunning backcountry is not for the fainthearted: 1878 sq km of remote, untouched wilderness defines isolation. The Coastal Hiking Trail (60km) is the main artery for hikers, dipping along the vast shoreline. For a taste of the backcountry, many fit hikers opt to traverse the first 7.6km of this trail, culminating at the 30m-long, 25m-high White Water Suspension Bridge. The trek is damp, arduous, and there's only one way in and out (15km total).
Paddlers choose from three incredible routes, including the acclaimed White River Canoe Route (72km), which links Hattie Cove to White Lake Provincial Park. Do not attempt any of these hiking or water voyages without proper preparation. If you need a water taxi, McCuaig Marine Services pick up and drop off anywhere along the coast, though fickle weather can delay pickup service. If you're not a skilled independent hiker, Naturally Superior Adventures and Caribou Expeditions both offer a variety of guided excursions through Pukaskwa's backcountry.