Safety, it’s part of our nature
In the great outdoors, preparation and prevention are the key to a safe and enjoyable experience. Put all the chances on your side; make safety your priority.
These tips are provided by Québec’s regional parks, with the financial support of the Québec government.
Before you go
- Use an official map of the area in planning your outing or contact park officials for itinerary suggestions.
- Choose an itinerary that suits your abilities and those of your partners.
- Check the weather and adjust your objectives accordingly.
- Dress appropriately for the season and the activity. The multi-layer system is ideal for managing your body temperature in all seasons.
- Never rely on others, always bring what you need to support yourself:
– A fully charged phone and a whistle;
– A sufficient amount of water and food;
– Map of the area;
– First aid kit;
– Contingency supplies (ex : extra clothes).
- Inform a close friend about your itinerary and its duration. This person will be your guardian angel and can notify the emergency services should you go missing.
- Make sure you know the rules and regulations, and hours of operation. Get a pass at the park entrance or online.
During your excursion
- Write down the emergency contact number and the procedure to follow when in areas without mobile phone coverage.
- Leave early enough to complete your activity before dark or have the necessary equipment to remain safe after sunset in case of unforeseen circumstances.
- At intersections, take the time to check your position and wait for your partners.
- Conserve your energy by taking regular breaks. Use this time to eat and drink.
- Respect your limits and do not hesitate to turn back if the chosen activity or route prove to be too difficult.
- It is wiser not to set out by yourself.
When you return
- Let your guardian angel know once you are back.
- Let park staff know of any breakage or potentially dangerous areas observed during your visit.