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How to stay safe around the river


Stay on the trail

Stay on the trails

  • Stay on the designated trails in the park and around the river. Under normal conditions these are a safe distance from the river’s edge.
  • Follow all signs and do not enter areas posted as dangerous. 
  • Monitor the river for changes in water levels. 
  • Don’t get into the river! You could get hypothermia, be seriously injured or worse from unexpected surges and waves, fast flowing water, rocks and branches.
Be prepared

Be prepared

  • Look and listen! Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions like headphones.
  • Check park information kiosks for additional safety information and maps.
  • Don’t hike alone, bring a friend.
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • Bring a snack, water, and a flashlight.
  • Be ready for changing conditions by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Know your limits and allow sufficient time to return before dark.
  • If you get lost, stay where you are, make your location as visible as you can and wait for help.
  • Bring a mobile phone. While coverage is not available in all areas, mobile phones left on are often helpful in recovering lost or injured visitors.
  • Do not use parks when they are closed to the public.
Stay on the trail

Respect wildlife

  • Do not feed wildlife. 
  • Do not leave any food or garbage behind.
  • Give animals plenty of space and only observe them from a safe distance — do not encourage wild animals to come closer.
  • If you see a bear, remain calm and back away while speaking in a non-threatening voice. 
  • Avoid behaviour that could be interpreted as aggressive: don’t make direct eye contact, shout, or throw things at an animal that is not behaving aggressively.
  • When using trails with few people around, warn animals of your presence by talking, clapping or making noise.

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