The park is quintessential SHIELD country, an ancient plateau of granite and gneiss riddled with rock-rimmed lakes dissected by tumbling rivers and covered by dense BOREAL FOREST. In this wilderness roam moose, BLACK BEAR, wolves and smaller species adapted to the northern forest of black spruce, jack pine and white birch. A small herd of woodland caribou, rare in this part of Canada, roams the park. This herd is decreasing due to forestry operations and habitat change in lands adjacent to the park. Their decline emphasizes that, like in so many parks, habitat requirements for large mammals are not encompassed by park boundaries.
Author MAXWELL W. FINKELSTEIN
Links to Other Sites
Pukaskwa National Park of Canada
This illustrated Parks Canada website focuses on local aborigial history and recent resource management projects in Pukaskwa National Park.
The official website for the Town of Marathon.
Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario
This online slide show captures the striking beauty of Pukaskwa National Park in Ontario. Part of the “Canada's Aquatic Environments” website from the University of Guelph.
An online travel guide covering popular destinations and recreational opportunities in Northern Ontario.