On June 21st, Consider A Drive to Pukaskwa National Park . Admission is Free.

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Pukaskwa National Park is on Lake Superior, in Northern Ontario, Canada. The White River Suspension Bridge over Chigamiwinigum Falls is a highlight of the backcountry Coastal Hiking Trail. A boardwalk leads to Horseshoe Beach, flanked by coniferous forest. The Bimose Kinoomagewnan Trail and the Anishinaabe Camp, with its traditional structures, showcase the culture and heritage of the Anishinaabe First Nation.

In 2018, each national park, marine conservation area and historic site will offer a day

where you can visit at no admission cost. Lockage at historic canals will also be free.

As northerners, we have some rather spectacular geography to explore. Pukaskwa National Park – which is the only national park in northern Ontario – also happens to be one of the most beautiful places on Mother Earth. On June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples Day –  it’s free to enter.

It is a 4 hr. 24 min. drive north on the TransCanada Hwy. 11/17 leaving Sault Ste. Marie.

The Parks Canada website describes Pukaskwa National Park as follows:

‘Tracts of windswept spruce and pine reach beyond the horizon from towering cliffs and along

secluded sandy beaches. Black bears feast on blueberry bushes; haunting loon songs

score sunsets; moose stilt-walk across wetlands. The Anishinaabe First Nations

connects Pukaskwa National Park’s wilderness to the powerful richness of an ancient

human story. Waves roll across immense Lake Superior and crash against a remote granite shore.’

Admission is already free on Canada Day to National Parks. Parks Canada’s free admission day will vary according to location.

“Join us as we savor bannock & jam, listen to the cultural teachings from local

Anishinaabe knowledge holders and hear the heartbeat of Mother Earth as we celebrate

a new day, new life, and a new season.”

Bannock and tea will be served from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Anishinaabe Camp.

Stories of Mud Bay with Elders of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg runs from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00

p.m.

“The Anishinaabe camp is a place for sharing our culture, our history, our story.

Pukaskwa National Park is on the homelands of the local Anishinaabe, who continue to

hunt, trap, fish and practice traditional activities in the area. Join park interpreters at the

Anishinaabe Camp for weekly conversations and experience some traditional activities

that continue to be practiced today. Here you can explore the rich cultural, spiritual and

historical heritage of the Anishinaabek people. Come learn and relate to the

Anishinaabe world view. To all we say bbaawijiwshinaang – join us.”

A Hand drum social will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Fire Circle on June

21st.

Complete your day with a hike on Bimose Kinoomagewnan ‘Walk of Teachings’.

Pukaskwa National Park has over 60 kms. of hiking trails.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/pukaskwa/activ/gratuit-free

 

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