How to Dress

  • Even in summer, be prepared for wet, cool conditions. West Coast weather can change quickly
  • Dress in layers
  • Wear clothing that stays warm when wet and dries quickly (i.e. fleece - not cotton)
  • Wear appropriate footwear (i.e. sturdy hiking shoes)
  • In summer, wear sun-protective clothing (i.e. hats with brims)

What to Bring

cane-waterbottleAlways carry a daypack filled with essentials, in case you need to stay out longer than planned. Here are some suggestions:

  • current map of area
  • water
  • snacks and extra food
  • flashlight and spare batteries
  • large orange plastic bag (useful as rainwear, shelter or for signalling)
  • extra clothing in a waterproof plastic bag (i.e. raingear, hat, gloves)
  • sunscreen
  • pocket knife
  • waterproof matches/lighter
  • fire starter paste or cubes
  • candle
  • compass (learn how to use it before you set out)
  • first aid kit (be familiar with the contents)
  • whistle
  • pencil and paper
  • emergency tarp or thermal blanket
  • pack of tissues
  • cell phone
  • plastic bags for pet droppings

Hike Safely

  • Plan your trip and stick to the plan.
  • Check weather forecasts before heading out.
  • Make sure your equipment is in good working order.
  • Know the trails of the parks you visit. Read park brochures and information kiosks.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Hike with a friend or in a group.
  • Leave a trip plan with a friend. If you don't return on schedule, your friend can contact emergency personnel.
  • Be prepared to stay out longer than planned.
  • If lost, make yourself visible and stay where you are until help arrives.
  • Be aware of wildlife and exercise caution in wilderness areas with cougars, bears and other large omnivores.

Human-Wildlife Conflict

These habits help to minimize the risk of human-wildlife conflict, and to protect yourself and large carnivores:

  • Stay alert and be aware of wildlife.
  • Exercise caution in wilderness areas with cougars, bears and other large omnivores. As a park visitor, you share this natural area with wildlife such as bears, cougars and wolves, which depend on this park for their survival.
  • Do not approach wildlife and always keep at a safe viewing distance (30 to 100 metres).
  • Do not feed wildlife or leave behind food or garbage.
  • Ensure all food is stored properly and not left unattended.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended.
  • Report wildlife-human interactions where public safety may be at riskto the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.800.663.9453.

Swim Safely

  • Never swim alone, and look before diving. Lakes contain hidden hazards like rocks, ledges and logs.
  • Remember, lifeguard service is not provided in regional parks.
  • If you’re a new swimmer, stay shallow. Don’t go past your belly button. Swim with a buddy.
  • Remember, inflatables and life jackets are not as safe as adult supervision.
  • Be sun safe. Wear sun screen and a hat. Drink lots of water.

Park Safely

Unfortunately, thieves strike where people gather. Leave your valuables at home, or take them with you. Don't forget to lock your car.