10 tips for the backcountry camper

Backcountry etiquette
Backcountry explorations promise and deliver a more intimate experience with the natural environment. But, they also carry responsibility. Do your part to ensure that our parks are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations by leaving your pristine surroundings just as you found them.

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

These tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable trip while preserving our parks for future generations.
• Plan your route and learn the park regulations. Let someone know when you plan to be back.
• Bring proper clothing and equipment – including a map, compass and first aid kit.
• Pack food in reusable, leak-proof containers. Don’t bring cans or bottles.
• Camp only on designated sites. Keep your group to nine people or less.
• When travelling, stay on existing trails and portages.
• Use pit privies where provided. You may need to create your own, so learn the proper way to do so before heading out.
• Keep the water clean – only use biodegradable soap. Dump wastewater at least 60 metres away from the water’s edge.
• Treat your drinking water – use a water filter, iodine or boil water for at least five minutes.
• Use a lightweight camp stove. Keep fires small and confined to existing fire pits. Never cut live trees. Ensure fires are completely extinguished.
• Keep your campsite clean. Burn any paper, but carry all other garbage out with you.
• To keep food and garbage secure from wildlife, hang your pack at least six metres above the ground. Never bring food of any kind into your tent!