Camping Canada: Enjoying the Outdoor Life in Alberta
September 28, 2015
Alberta is easily one of Canada’s most breathtaking regions. This western province is home to hundreds of campgrounds and world-famous parks that attract throngs of outdoor lovers. From enchanting mountains to serene lakes, Alberta has so much to offer visitor who come to explore its wilderness. It’s essential for everyone to remember, however, that the wilderness requires a good deal of respect; be sure to keep the following safety rules in mind so you can enjoy your Alberta outdoor adventures.
Pack for the Weather
Depending on where you travel in Alberta, the weather can prove quite treacherous, especially during seasonal changes when people might be unprepared for abrupt weather changes. It’s always best to pack up plenty of warm clothing and protective gear. If your ride isn’t up to tackling the mountains and badlands of Alberta, check out ChryslerOffers.ca for a great deal on a vehicle that will complement your outdoor lifestyle.
Be Vigilant for Bears
A thriving bear population roams the backcountry of Alberta. Sometimes they are brazen enough to walk right through your campsite, and they may if you have food out in the open where it can attract them. Make sure to store you food where the bears can’t reach it. Experts suggest that you pack all food in airtight containers that you leave stowed in your car or truck. You should also prepare to take your trash out with you so that you don’t inadvertently teach bears to associate food scraps with humans. When out camping, it doesn’t hurt to protect yourself with pepper spray approved for use in the parks or backcountry.
Pack a First Aid Kit
Once you trek into the wilderness, you may be miles and miles from emergency care services. From falls to cuts, injuries are not uncommon out in the backcountry. Make sure that you pack a well-supplied first aid kit that includes antiseptic wipes, bandages, and antibiotic ointment. A well-stocked kit will allow you to deal with common minor injuries that often plague campers.
Prevent Wild Fires
Most wildfires that occur in Canada are the result of human error. Be sure that you make fire safety a priority when camping. Camp fires, cigarette embers, and burn barrels are just some of the hazardous items that have caused wild fires in Alberta. You can reduce the risk of wildfire by using only designated fire pits in Alberta’s campgrounds and parks. You should also check for warnings about wildfire risks; at such times, campfires may not be permitted.
Take a Friend–or Several
When you head out into Alberta’s wild lands, it’s a good idea to travel with someone else, especially if you plan to do any fishing or anything else out in the water. If you do venture into Alberta’s wilderness on your own, be sure to tell someone where you are heading and when you intend to return so they can check on you.
You’ll find that your camping experience in Alberta will be an extraordinary one when you keep these safety tips in mind.
Evelyn Perrault has worked for many years as a safety officer and is an outdoor enthusiast. She likes to share her experiences online and her insights can also be found on outdoor activity and travel blogs.