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Sharing Responsibility for Safety

Sharing The Responsibility

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Parks Canada is responsible for providing a public safety program that deals with the specific incidents and issues encountered within each heritage area. Although there is national coordination of the public safety program, levels of service and methods of dealing with incidents vary from one heritage area to the next.

Parks Canada also recognizes that park visitors have a certain responsibility for their own safety, and that risk management must become an integral part of their experience.

While some visitors recognize the risks involved in outdoor recreation, and are prepared for their adventures, many others don't know what they're getting into. That means they're unable to choose effectively between taking a smart risk and a foolhardy one.

The rising popularity of adventure travel and outdoor pursuits makes it particularly urgent to ensure that visitors take responsibility for their own safety.


Responsibilities Of Visitors:

Visitors are expected to plan and prepare for their trip before they leave home and once they arrive at their destination.

To do this, they must:

  • recognize the risk inherent in their activities and ensure that they have the knowledge, skills and physical fitness to participate
  • get trained, be properly equipped, and be prepared to survive until help arrives
  • seek and heed advice from Parks Canada staff concerning risks and hazards, and how to prepare for them
  • observe and adhere to regulations, fencing, barriers, and signs

Responsibilities Of Parks Canada:

Parks Canada's public safety program involves the following:

  • identification and remediation of hazards related to infrastructure
  • visitor risk management and public safety planning
  • appropriate levels of search and rescue services
  • targeted prevention, education and information programs that encourage self-reliance
  • communication of site-specific hazards to visitors
  • cooperation with other departments, non-governmental organizations, tourism operators, concessionaires, and service providers