|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – March 2012
Paddle and portage fish-filled waters past wild cascades to the greatest of lakes.
From White Lake Provincial Park, spend five days paddling through forested canyons and camping on granite ledges beside roaring rapids, before a four-mile lake paddle across Superior. Build in extra days in case winds or surf delay your lake travel.
Looking for more challenge? Run the longer, swifter and more remote Pukaskwa River (go in May or June). Fill any extra time fishing for “jack” (Northern pike), “pickerel” (walleye) and rainbow trout. For that you’ll need an Ontario Outdoors Card ($10CAD) and a separate fishing license ($21-$76 CAD; 800-387-7011; mnr.gov.on.ca/en).
Permit Via Pukaskwa National Park; (807) 229-0801; pc.gc.ca
Guide & Gear Naturally Superior Adventures; naturallysuperior.com
Thunder Bay (major airport city)
>>Motel: Travelodge Airlane (Close to the airport, grocery stores, and Canadian Tire); (807) 473-1600
>>Transportation: Budget Rental Car (best prices our scout found); (807) 473-5040
>>Supplies: Canadian Tire (Fuel, kneepads, bug repellant, misc camping supplies, fishing licenses, tackle.); 1221 Arthur Street West; (807) 475-4235
>>Groceries: Safeway; 1015 Dawson Rd; (800) 723-3929
Marathon (Pukaskwa National Park gateway)
>>Supplies: Canadian Tire (fuel, bug repellant, miscellaneous camping supplies, fishing licenses, tackle), 3 Peninsula Rd (in the mall); (807) 229-2900
>>Groceries: D H Foods Ltd, 3 Peninsula Rd (in the mall); (807) 229-0641
>>Restaurant: Rumours Coffee House; 3 Peninsula Rd (in the mall, around back) (807) 229-8350