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Backcountry Safety

For Your Safety

  • Leave word with a responsible person about where you're going, your route and when you will return.
  • To report an emergency call 9-1-1.
  • Report sightings of bears, cougars, wolves and problem wildlife to Kananaskis Emergency Services at 403-591-7755. To be connected toll-free in Alberta dial 310-0000 followed by the phone number. From a cell phone, dial the toll-free code (*310 for Roger's Wireless; #310 for Bell & Telus) followed by the phone number.

Be Prepared

In Case You Need to be Rescued...

Everyone who travels in the backcountry should be fully prepared. You should plan to self-rescue if possible. If not...

Calling for Help

  • Dial 9-1-1 from a pay or cell phone - remember that cell phone coverage is limited in many locations throughout Kananaskis.
  • Tell the dispatcher that you have an emergency in Kananaskis Country. The dispatcher will then transfer you to the Kananaskis Country Emergency Services Centre.
  • With a satellite phone, dialing 9-1-1 may transfer you to an emergency centre unfamiliar with Kananaskis Country - if you're using a satellite phone, call the local emergency number instead (403-591-7767).
  • Kananaskis Country Emergency Services Centre dispatch will ask you questions to better understand:
    • the exact location of the emergency;
    • the nature of the accident and the seriousness of any injuries;
    • your name and call back number; and
    • when the accident occurred.

Signalling a Helicopter

  • On occasion, a helicopter may be used for backcountry rescue.
  • Rescue staff in the helicopter are not able to communicate with people on the ground.
    • It is imperative that you use standard visual signals to reduce confusion.
    • Although dispatchers will coach you on how to make these signals, knowing them before you head into the backcountry is preferable.
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  • To reduce confusion when a helicopter approaches, the person on the ground with a satellite phone or cell phone should remain on the line with dispatch.