No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared.
Follow the three Ts —trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.
Hiking, Mountain biking: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails.
Skiing (alpine): Alpine resorts are bordered by uncontrolled wilderness areas. Respect the boundary lines and don’t ski out of bounds. Make sure you know the Alpine Responsibility Code and learn about the danger of tree wells.
Backcountry skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling: Winter recreation in backcountry areas means severe weather and avalanches are real hazards. You and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient—carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training.
Backcountry camping: No matter where you plan to go, make sure you are well prepared for your backcountry trip.
Water activities: It is imperative to stay safe when playing on or near water. Be prepared, wear a lifejacket or PFD (personal flotation device), don’t drink alcohol, and make sure you are familiar with your chosen activity.
Wildlife (bears): When you are hiking, biking, and camping in BC, you are in bear habitat. Make sure you are informed, prepared, and aware at all times. The Wildsafe BC is a great resource for making your bear experiences positive and conflict free.
Wildlife (whales): BC’s coastline provides opportunities to observe whales and other marine life in their natural environment. Make sure you bring your binoculars and follow the guidelines to enjoy watching marine animals safely and responsibly.
Campfires: Make sure you are aware of any current fire restrictions in BC before heading out to camp. Visit BC Wildfire Service for up-to-date information.
Wildfires: If you are currently visiting BC or planning a trip, find out the latest wildfire information and know before you go. Check Drive BC for information on road closures, the BC Wildfire Service for an interactive map, and Emergency Info BC for alerts.