Canada 150: An Eastern Canada National Parks Tour — Stop 1. Pukaskwa

Mountain Life founder Glen Harris is getting back behind the camera where it all began. In celebration of Canada’s 150th he and his clan just left on a on three-month Eastern Canada National Parks tour.

This week they explored Pukaskwa National Park located on Lake Superior. Keep a lookout for our photo essay series in the coming months. For daily updates you can follow Glen on Insta @glenedwardharris

 

Pukaskwa National Park

Waking up to the pitter patter of rain after arriving the night prior was a little discouraging. Until I realized it was the black flies banging against our tent fly, then it got a little more discouraging.

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After rolling over over and falling back to sleep like it was a bad dream, I woke and ventured out. Luckily they were not that ferocious and after a while you kind of forget about the swarms. Layers of bug dope later we made our way off the site and into the Park. Known for its multi-day hikes and beautiful and remote shoreline, Pukaskwa is a wilderness park located on the northeastern shore of Superior.

 

Parks interpreter Carly Robillard tours us around the Park educating the crew on Pukaskwa’s ecology and geology.

It’s a relaxed atmosphere at Pukaskwa and we met the pace happily. The next five days had us hiking, paddling, reading, exploring the wealth of trails and beaches, and experiencing a cultural awakening with the Ojibway.

 

Anishinaabe warriors dance during the Ojibway Pow Wow grand entry. Ojibway Pow Wow jingle dresses and cultural pride.

 

Signy Teague cruises the inner channels found on the edge of the Park during a calm day.

 

The Greatest Lake. Superior holds 1/10th of the world’s freshwater and feels like an ocean with its surf and mass.

 

Caption: Who knew lichen created soil on the Superior landscape after the ice age? It is estimated 6% of the world is covered by this lichen.

 

Joshua LeClair teaches sustainable Ojibway birch bark harvesting.

 

Keep a lookout for our photo essay series in the coming months. For daily updates you can follow Glen on Insta @glenedwardharris

 

 

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