We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and, most times, everything will go right. However, sometimes the unexpected happens and when it does, it's important that you are well informed and well prepared to minimize the negative impact of unfortunate circumstances.

For general information on how to stay safe and a list of the 10 essential items you should bring when enjoying the outdoors, visit www.adventuresmart.ca

Parks Canada encourages visitors to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer; however, visitors are responsible for their own safety and conditions in the natural environment are not always predictable. Take the time to learn about possible hazards that could affect your visit.

If a child becomes lost in the woods, hugging a tree can help them stay safe, stay put, and be found.

Wildlife and your safety

Visitors to national parks have the responsibility to treat wild animals with the respect they deserve, and need. Do not feed wildlife!

Black bear

As a national park visitor, you share this natural area with bears and other wildlife that depend on it for their survival.

Noxious plants and insects

Be mindful of the presence of ticks, insects and poison ivy in Kouchibouguac National Park.

Beaches

Swimming in Kouchibouguac's warm beaches can be enjoyable, but dangerous if you're not careful.

Paddling

Ensure that you’re prepared before you venture out and meet all legal requirements for onboard safety equipment.

Trip planning

Know before you go! Plan your travel route, check the weather forecast, and know the terrain and conditions before leaving.

Heat-related emergencies

It is important for everyone enjoying the outdoors to know how to prevent heat emergencies.

Cyclists on a warf during winter
Cold-related emergencies

A decline in core body temperature is a serious safety concern and can be life threatening.

Coyotes

It’s unusual to see a coyote, and often they’ll run off as soon as they see you. By following these tips, we can all do our part to help keep people and coyotes safe.

Drinking water

Water is one of the most important elements in wilderness survival. Dehydration is deadly in hot and cold weather.

A kid on a trail
Hug a tree

If a child becomes lost in the woods, hugging a tree can help them stay safe, stay put, and be found.

Cyclists wearing helmets
Cycling

Always wear a helmet and protective gear and carry all essentials and non-essentials in case of a break-down or emergency.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well-informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor centre to speak with our employees for the most up-to-date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

To report a lost person, forest fire, aggressive animal, excessive noise or disturbances in the park, call 1-877-852-3100.

For all other emergencies, call 911.