On the north shore of Lake Superior southeast of Marathon, the 15km round-trip day hike to the White River Suspension Bridge is an exhausting but unforgettable day (for the well-prepared)! The rugged trail, wet in spots, takes you through thick boreal forest. Halfway to the bridge, the secluded beach at Playter Harbour offers a pleasant spot for a rest, snack and bathroom break. It is also a good place to turn back if you are too weary to continue all the way to the bridge. The White River Suspension Bridge is a highlight for many. The bridge spans 30 metres across the chasm at a height of 23 metres. Take your time and feel the mist from the river and the thundering of waterfalls as you cross over. Please record your name and date in the check-point registration book located just before the bridge. Soon after the bridge, you will encounter a portage trail veering off the coastal trail to the right. Follow it downstream to a modest picnic spot at the base of Chigamiwinigum Falls. Check with park staff for updated trail conditions. Keep a sharp eye out for the scarce woodland caribou!
Pukaskwa is located near the town of Marathon, in northern Ontario, Canada. The only road access to Pukaskwa is at the north end, near Hattie Cove. To reach the park, follow Highway 17 (Trans Canada Highway) to the Highway 627 turnoff (10 km east of Marathon). Follow Highway 627 for about 15 km, until you reach Pukaskwa National Park.
Backcountry trail guides can be purchased from the park by phoning 807-229-0801 ext. 242
Overall, White River Trail is the 14th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Ontario.