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
Always carry a daypack filled with essentials, in case you need to stay out longer than planned. Here are some suggestions:
- current map of area
- 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)
- pocket knife
- waterproof matches/lighter
- fire starter paste or cubes
- compass (learn how to use it before you set out)
- first aid kit (be familiar with the contents)
- pencil and paper
- emergency tarp or thermal blanket
- pack of tissues
- cell phone
- plastic bags for pet droppings
- 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.
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.
- 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.