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Parks Canada Mountain Safety Program

Purpose

The Parks Canada Mountain Safety Program’s purpose is to:

  • Provide a 24/7 backcountry emergency response program
  • Maintain the highest standards and certifications through intensive training for its personnel
  • Deliver public avalanche information and promote avalanche awareness
  • Support inter-agency cooperation between others groups and agencies devoted and connected to public safety and mountain recreation
  • Encourage information and knowledge sharing
  • Promote public self-sufficiency and responsible mountain travel
  • Safeguard highway corridors from the threat of avalanches
  • Be friendly, approachable and non-judgmental
Mountain Safety Specialists respond to an emergency in Lake Louise, Banff National Park Mountain Safety Specialists respond to an emergency in Lake Louise, Banff National Park
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Aim

The Parks Canada Mountain Safety Program strives to:

  • To be a world leader and innovator in mountain safety and to provide the public with professional Search and Rescue and Avalanche Safety services.
Parks Canada Mountain Safety Specialists practice their skills regularly with other rescue team members. Parks Canada Mountain Safety Specialists practice their skills regularly with other rescue team members. © Parks Canada