Pukaskwa National Park offers great activities for the whole family!
Pukaskwa National Park is offering an array of activities this summer: be inspired by the park’s rugged wilderness while creating a work of art through Art in the Park; on July 19, lace up your hikers and take a guided hike to celebrate Parks Day; channel your inner techie and explore the park through a new Geocaching adventure; and bring your kids to experience the Xplorers program, Parks Canada’s new national program of exploration and fun activities!
Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada’s National Conservation Plan (NCP) by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada—with programs like the Xplorers program, special events, and exciting new activities across the country—is enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.
Art in the Park
- Pukaskwa’s Art in the Park program kicks off June 30 and runs until September 1. Explore hidden driftwood beaches, dramatic rocky headlands, and the ever-changing moods of Lake Superior. Pukaskwa has a fantastic line-up of artists and workshops planned!
- From June 30 – September 1, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays at the Visitor’s Centre, participants can “Meet the Artist” from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to chat about art. Original works will be displayed at the Hattie Cove Visitor Centre.
- Each artist will be sharing expertise with on-site workshops, including; designing stencils, creating crayons from local colours, slate amulet necklace making, wood carving demonstrations, interpreting nature through mixed-media and creating a Pukaskwa Candle Keepsake. Workshops are included in the park entry fee and all materials will be supplied.
- The geocaching program gives visitors the chance to play a virtual game of hide n’ seek while discovering Pukaskwa National Park.
- Six geocaches have been placed along the front country trails, with each one containing an interpretive message.
- Geocaching is a great way to learn new things and capture the breathtaking scenery within Pukaskwa. If you’re new to geocaching, attend Geocaching 101 at the Hattie Cove Visitor Centre. If you don’t have a GPS unit, there are GPSs for loan.
- The geocaches in Pukaskwa are part of a larger program called the Heritage Hide ‘n’ Seek Geotour—the only GeoTour in Eastern Canada. It includes 26 geocaches across Northern Ontario with the highest concentration being between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. Geocaching is a great way to break up a road trip (with kids and/or pets) through Northern Ontario.
- Pukaskwa National Park is pleased to announce the launch of a new national program specifically designed for children aged 6 to 11 and their families. The Xplorers program gives young visitors the chance to have fun while discovering the park.
- Pick up an activity workbook from the kiosk or Hattie Cove Visitor Centre. After completing a number of experiences, participants receive a certificate and a souvenir as tokens of their success. The program is included in regular entry fees.
“Pukaskwa National Park is offering a number of new experiences this summer, including a Geocaching program perfect for any age, and the new national Xplorers program for kids. Our popular Art in the Park series is back with new artists sharing their talents each week. Front country experiences, from interpretation programs that showcase the park’s natural and cultural features, to hiking trails and the interactive tour of the Hattie Cove prescribed fire area, provide something for all of our visitors to enjoy!” – Nicole Dupuis, Interpretation Coordinator Officer, Pukaskwa National Park
For more information:
Interpretation Coordinator Officer
Pukaskwa National Park
807-229-0801 ext. 238