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Search and Rescue

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Despite all your planning and preparation, and the efforts of Parks Canada, incidents sometimes occur. Parks Canada's highly-trained staff provide visitors with a wide spectrum of search and rescue services, all adapted to the varied and unique requirements of heritage area environments.

Parks Canada's search and rescue services are part of the National Search and Rescue (SAR) Program. Developed to minimize incidents and save lives, Parks Canada's search and rescue program capabilities include the following:

underwater (alpine, and Highlight on SAR Achievement
  • evacuation from all types of remote locations found in heritage areas managed by Parks Canada
  • search for lost persons in wilderness and semi-urban settings
  • first aid and first response services
  • marine, lake, whitewater and surf rescue
  • dive operations
  • avalanche and remote location search and rescue
  • search dog operations
  • medivac operations

Highlight on SAR Achievement


Parks Canada Public Safety Specialists have been the recipients of numerous awards acknowledging their leadership and skill in search and rescue, in many different environments (alpine, underwater, and coastal). Members of the Warden Service have been honoured with SAR Certificates of Achievement from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat and the Silver Plaque from the International Alpine Rescue Association.