Batoche National Historic Site of Canada

Visitor Safety

Visitors should be aware that the site covers an extremely large area. The landscape is rolling parkland and contains numerous depressions, brush filled areas and natural hazards such as gopher holes which are not always obvious to the eye because of the long grass. For these reasons, it is suggested that suitable head covering and footwear be worn to protect against discomfort from weather conditions and the terrain.

Bring sun-screen, sun glasses, hats and water bottles . The rays from the sun especially between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. can be very damaging to your health and skin. Wearing sun-screen, staying in the shade as much as possible, wearing hats and drinking lots of water will help in preventing adverse effects from the sun. For information and weather details visit www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca .

Insects:

There are ticks, mosquitoes, black flies, wasps, bees and other small insects found on site.

Ticks are found in forests and drop from leaves onto animals and humans. They are tiny, brownish/red in color and looks like a little beetle. They bite through the skin and attach themselves. Infection from ticks may be harmful.

Prevention:

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants. If wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts check for ticks periodically.
  • Some insect repellents are labelled to repel ticks, however, it is not known how effective this is.
  • Keep out of tall grass and be aware when walking the trails.
  • Don't forget to check your pets . Ticks don't always attach themselves right away and could very easily jump from your pet to you or other members of your group.