When we dream of going on an epic road trip we think of remote locations, no one else around when we are camping and beautiful landscapes. Although that is not always possible without having to drive tens of hours to get out of the densely populated areas. While on our Northern Ontario road trip we planned on camping at Pukaskwa National Park but did not find a ton of information about the area or what we would expect from the campsites. We were not able to book a campground either as it is first come first serve so we were not even sure if we would be able to get one of their limited electrical spots in the Hattie Cove Campground.
Although this can sound like a pain that is what makes the Hattie Cove Campground at Pukaskwa National Park such a hidden gem and a place all RV’ers and adventurers alike should dream of visiting someday. Located between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay off of Highway 17 and sitting on the rugged and rocky shorelines of Lake Superior Pukaskwa National Park is one of the most beautiful Canadian National Parks and places in general we have ever visited.
When you arrive at Pukaskwa National Park depending on what time you arrive you will either be met by a Parks Canada staff member at the gate or a self check in form. We arrived after the staff had left for the evening we grabbed a self check in form and drove around the campground to find a spot that would be fit our RV and would give us either a nice view or some privacy. As we drove around the campground it was easy to see it was segregated into two different areas one being the main area with electrical the other non-electrical. The electrical area was largely full but there was a few spots left. To our luck there was a beautiful secluded spot, with tons of thick pines and a deep, long lot.
Hattie Cove Campground is located in the north end of the national park that has two loops – the north loop with 25 sites that are all electrical and the south loop is a mix of 13 electrical and 29 non-electric. There is comfort stations located throughout the campground with showers and toilets along with a water fill and dump station. All sites in the campground are great and most are well-treed with good privacy and the sites are larger than some of the other national parks like Bruce Peninsula. No matter your site you are all within a few minutes walk to any one of the many excellent hiking trails throughout the park.
Pukaskwa National Park has limited cell signal but the visitors centre has great and free Wi-Fi. With lots of places to sit in the visitors centre and coffee or tea for purchase it is the perfect place to reconnect if need be. Otherwise the remoteness of Pukaskwa National Park will whisky you away with its insane beauty, rugged landscapes and stunning beaches. We could have spent weeks here reconnecting with nature, watching the sunset each night from a different beach or one of the red Parks Canada Chairs. Even though we were still camping in an official campground with others around, the large, private, sites and the limited number of sites at that we felt like we were able to have the ultimate experience in a remote location and totally immersed in the sounds and sights of nature.
If you haven’t visited Pukaskwa National Park in beautiful Northern Ontario we highly suggest you add it on your list of places to visit ASAP. This remote beauty and hidden gem is a place where you truly feel you can reconnect with nature, yourselves and just relax. For us camping at Pukaskwa National Park is the Ultimate RV’ers dream to camp! Do you have a favourite place to camp in Ontario? We would love to know!