Hiking is a very enjoyable activity because you get to take in the scenic views that Canada has to offer while breaking a sweat. However, hiking can pose dangers if you are not prepared. Each year, rescue groups respond to a number of hikers who are lost and injured. Some hikers even lose their lives.
It is important to remember that you will be in an isolated area with less foot traffic and there is a chance you may encounter wildlife.
The best way to enjoy yourself is to have a plan. Learn what the potential risks are and what you need to bring. Learn our top tips for hiking so that you can stay safe this summer.
It's extremely important to bring enough water on your hiking trip to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can cause headaches, dry mouth, dizziness, and could even make you feel sleepy.
Most trails take at least 2-3 hours to complete, and summer temperatures can be hot, especially when walking uphill. Be sure to pack at least 2-3 litres of water.
Make a Gear List
Create a gear list so that you don't forget anything! On top of extra clothing, navigation, and shelter, it's always good to have an Emergency Preparedness Kit.
Our Emergency Preparedness Kit for Hiking/Biking equips you with the basic necessities to face injuries in the wild with ease. Supplies include:
- 1 Light Stick
- 1 Food Bar (409 cal)
- 1 5 in One Survival Aid
- 2 Emergency Waters (125ml)
- 1 Emergency Poncho
- 1 Waterproof Matches (40/Box)
- 10 Antiseptic Wipes (Benzalkonium Chloride/BZK)
- 1 Multi-tool
Hike During the Day
Always hike during the day. Hiking in the evening can pose dangers because it is easier to get lost in the dark and you are harder to find by rescue groups. There is also a higher risk for injury because you can lose your footing and fall.
If you plan to do a trip that is longer than a day, plan ahead and find a camping spot to rest at during the night. Pick up the trail again in the morning.
Also - hiking during the day is beautiful!
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