For Your Safety
- Leave word with a responsible person about where you are going,
what route you are taking and when you will return.
- You may also register your trip at a Kananaskis Country visitor centre.
- 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.
Research the route you plan to
Check local weather forecasts before
you go. Be prepared for sudden changes in mountain weather. Snow is
possible any month of the year.
For current conditions on trails
and potential wildlife concerns, check
Leave all valuables at home. Vehicle
break-ins do occur in Kananaskis.
While You Hike
Stay on established trails when
possible to avoid trail braiding.
Do NOT pick or collect wildflowers or
other vegetation including deadfall. Picking or collecting rocks,
fossils and artifacts is NOT permitted - take a photograph
Share the trail with other users.
During breaks, step off the trail so others can pass.
Do not litter - this includes
cigarette butts, seed shells and tissue.
Occasional shouting will warn wildlife
that you are in the area.
This is especially important near
noisy creeks and in dense forest.
Shouts are more effective than a bell,
whistle or horn.
If you decide to take your dog into
the backcountry, remember:
Your dog must be kept on a leash
at all times.
Your dog's waste must be packed out or
Wildlife regard your pet as either
prey or predator.
Cooking & Cleaning
Fires in parks and campgrounds are
permitted only where metal fire rings are provided.
Burn only the wood provided and be
aware that supplies may be limited.
Collecting and burning dead wood is
Cooking with a portable stove is
If you choose to have a fire, make
sure it is completely extinguished before going to sleep or leaving
For splitting wood, an axe is provided
at the woodpile at backcountry campgrounds.
Pack out all food waste and garbage.
Leftover food should not be buried, dumped in the outhouse or
Do not clean pots and dishes in any
water source. Instead, carry water a good distance away to wash
your dishes. Dump the soapy ("grey") water in the outhouse.
Wash and bathe at least 50 metres from
any water source.
Keep food, garbage, toiletry items
(like soap and toothpaste) and clothing used while cooking out of
reach of bears:
Hang/store food bags on racks or
storage lockers provided.
Always secure your food before going
to sleep or leaving camp.
Never store food or toiletries in your
Disposal of Human Waste
- When hiking, urinate at least 50 metres from trails and water
- When hiking, defecate in a cathole (catholes should be 15-20
centimetres deep and 50 metres from trails and water sources). Bury
your waste then replace the topsoil.
- Pack out toilet paper or dispose of it in an outhouse.
- If you are travelling on snow or ice or in the high alpine,
please pack out your waste.
- While at camp, use the outhouse to urinate or defecate.
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
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.