Camping in Bear Country
Bear-proof your food! Become familiar with "attractants"
(see Bear Attractants). Never leave these items unattended and store
them in a vehicle or hard-sided trailer when not in use. Remember that
hard-top/tent trailers are not bear-proof!
Never cook in, or near, your tent or tent-trailer.
Dispose of wastewater from cooking or doing dishes in washrooms or at
a dumping station. Clean up promptly after meals.
Stash your trash! Garbage should be placed in the park's bear-proof
garbage containers. If you store garbage at your site, keep it in a
vehicle or hard-sided trailer. Keep your camping equipment, tent and
tent-trailer clean and free of food odours.
Bear-proof your food! Store all food and other attractants
in bear-resistant food-storage facilities where provided, or suspend
them between two trees (minimum of four metres off the ground and one
metre from tree trunks). Bear-proof/air-tight food containers are an
option if tree storage is unavailable. Avoid smelly foods (use dried
or prepackaged food instead). Plan meals carefully to reduce leftovers.
Store all dishes and pots with food.
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Keep your sleeping gear and tent free of food odours.
Never cook in or near the tent as lingering food odours are an invitation
to bears. Store the clothing you cooked in with your food in air-tight
bags or containers. Keep tent pads clean and free of food and garbage.
If possible, cook at least 100 meters (approximately one football field)
downwind from your sleeping area.
Dispose of wastewater from cooking or doing dishes
in a well-drained area downslope from your campsite and not near fresh
Dispose of fish offal (remains) in a fast-moving stream
or in the deep part of a lake; never along stream sides or lake shores.
Pack all garbage back out of wilderness areas. Do
not bury garbage as bears can easily locate and dig it out! If food
scraps are burnt, pack out all unburned portions. Store garbage with
food in air-tight bags or containers. (See notes on food storage above.)
Use a flashlight at night, it will help reduce the
likelihood of surprising a bear and may warn wildlife away.
Select an appropriate campsite. Use designated sites
when available. In random camping areas, pick a spot away from berry
patches, animal and walking trails, and the sound of rushing water.
Camp in open areas or near large, sparsely branched trees that can be
climbed if necessary. Watch for bear signs; if present, choose another
area to camp in.
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