Whitney Arnott is a hiking and canoeing enthusiast that likes to spend days at a time in the backcountry when she’s not working at Ontario Parks branch office.
Here are her tips for safe drinking water when you’re in the wilderness.
When it comes to drinking water in the backcountry, you may think it will be simple. There’s lots of water all around you, right?
While that is true, it’s not as simple as turning on a tap at home or dipping your bottle below the water’s surface to fill it.
Untreated water found in lakes, rivers, ponds, etc. isn’t safe to drink. It can contain waterborne parasites and diseases like Giardiasis (also known as beaver fever) or E. coli, which can make you sick.