Weather related safety
WeatherSome factors will be ever changing, and you will want to talk to Kejimkujik staff for up-to-date information on weather and its effects on fire hazard, trail conditions, and canoeing conditions. We can also inform you of any recent animal sightings that you should be aware of. You can contact the Visitor Centre staff at (902) 682-2772. View the Kejimkujik weather forecast (Environment Canada).
Cold-related emergenciesA decline in core body temperature is a serious safety concern. Cold-related emergencies, such as hypothermia, can happen to anyone who is exposed to cold temperatures (or rain, wind, water or snow) for too long, and can be life threatening.
- Bring extra clothing. Replace wet clothes with dry ones before you get chilled.
- Dress in layers; adjust as you go to prevent overcooling or overheating.
- Wear clothing that retains its insulating properties when wet (e.g. polypropylene, fleece, wool, gore-tex). Do not wear cotton, e.g. jeans.
- Be alert to the first signs of hypothermia: shivering, difficulty using your hands, disorientation, and a drop in body temperature.
- Drink plenty of water and snack throughout the day.
Ice SafetyIce conditions on Kejimkujik's lakes and rivers can remain hazardous all winterLearn about ice factors and ice safety (Canadian Red Cross)
Heat-related emergenciesHeat-related emergencies occur when the body becomes dehydrated, which may result in an increased body temperature. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long.
Young children, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, and those taking certain medications can become ill in hot, humid weather faster than healthy adults.
It is important for everyone enjoying the outdoors to know how to prevent heat emergencies, recognize when someone has been in the heat for too long, and be able to provide help when needed. Learn more about the prevention and treatment of heat-related emergencies (Canadian Red Cross).