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Safety Guidelines for the Practice of activities in Forillon National Park

  • Plan your outing carefully. When planning your trip, take into account how much time you have as well as the length and degree of difficulty associated with the trail you intend to take. Tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to get back.

  • Check the weather. Weather conditions can change quickly, particularly in the winter, making any trail all that much more difficult. Check for severe weather warnings and alerts.

  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Dress in layers so you can take off a layer when you’re warm and add one to stay warm if the weather gets colder.

  • Take along food and water. You shouldn’t drink the water from streams in the park.

  • Take along your cell phone or other communication device (VHF, spotlight, etc.). Although cell phone coverage in the park is relatively good, it may not be available in some areas, for instance at the base of a cliff or in a deep valley. Be aware that you might not be able to place an emergency call.

  • Take along a small survival kit. Your kit should at least include the following items: waterproof matches, a candle, an emergency blanket, a whistle and a pocket knife.

  • Take along a first aid kit. Have with you the things you need to provide first aid.

  • Don’t go out on the ice. Ice thickness varies from place to place and at different times during the winter. Snow cover can hide water bodies where the ice is thin. Sea ice can shift about, moved by current, tide and wind.

  • Don’t get too close to the edge of a cliff. It is always hazardous to get too close to the edge of a cliff, but never more so than in the winter when the snow can hide something dangerous (a patch of ice or snow slide).

  • Avoid going out on your own. It’s often easier to get out of a dangerous situation when you’re with someone else. 

Safety Guidelines for Sea-based Activities

For more information, please ask a park staff member by calling 418-368-5505.