Visitors to the park are sure to be thrilled with the vast array of plant life that is part of Pukaskwa. Some of the more prevalent species include: White Pine, Red Pine, Tamarack, Sugar Maple and Black Ash. In the more northern parts of the park only the coniferous forest is able to survive. Along with the vast array of plant life, there is also a strong community of animal wildlife that calls Pukaskwa home. Visitors may be lucky enough to see several different species in their own habitat. Some of the animals that live in the park are: the Loon, Beavers, Snowshoe Hares, Grouse, Lynx and Black Bears. In addition to that impressive list the park is currently working on a project that involves tracking Moose, Caribou and Wolves. The animals are being tracked by radio collars, which allow the researchers to follow the movement of these animals and see how they are currently using their habitat. This will also indicate what the preferred habitat is for each of these animals. The end will result will be better use of the park’s land and the ability to preserve these species in the most advantageous manner possible.
Quite possibly the best way to travel within the park and take in the beauty of Pukaskwa Park is by hiking along the trails or by venturing down the canoe routes. Visitors to park that choose to travel by canoe are encouraged to do so only if they are experienced. Travel by canoe allows visitors to explore and enjoy the White River, the Boreal Forest, the Canadian Shield and of course the rivers and lakes.
Not only rich in natural heritage, the park is also rich in cultural heritage. This is evident in Pukaskwa Park’s employment of Native people. Natives make up a large portion of Pukaskwa’s work force.
While the name: Pukaskwa is definitely of Native decent the actual meaning has never been confirmed. Many believe it means “eaters of fish” or “safe harbour”. Others believe that the name originated from a Native description of cleaning fish. In any event, the name Pukaskwa has certainly become recognizable for many a Nature Enthusiast. Rarely does one have the opportunity to visit such a place that has been barely touched by humans and allows us a rare glimpse into such a natural habitat of wilderness. From the large variety of plant and animal species to the breathtaking rugged landscape and the frigid waters of Lake Superior, Pukaskwa Park offers a wilderness adventure that is absolutely stunning. If you do visit the park be sure to bring your camera. The sheer beauty of nature that you are sure to encounter is something that you will want to remember for years to follow.