Minimizing Your Impact
Some of these tips are for every visitor to Kananaskis
Country. Others apply more to the backcountry. If
you're going into the backcountry, please review our information on
- Use trails where they exist. Stay on the trail even if it's wet
or muddy. Otherwise, multiple trails result ("braiding") which
further damages the landscape.
- Don't short-cut switchbacks. It encourages others to follow and
- Walk on durable surfaces such as trails, rock, gravel and dry
grasses. Avoid walking on fragile vegetation, especially
along stream banks.
- Camp in designated campsites.
- Be considerate of other visitors. Share the trail. Step
to the downhill side of the trail when encountering horses.
Give Wildlife Their Space
- Stay on trails whenever possible.
- Keep your pet on a leash. This protects your pet as well
- Respect trail closures and restrictions. Reasons for
restrictions include bear activity, sheep calving, wolf denning and
- Learn to recognize prime bear feeding habitat and food sources.
Consider choosing an alternate trail until the ripened
buffaloberries are finished.
- Keep your distance from wildlife. Never follow or
approach wildlife. Never feed wildlife.
- Review our info on wildlife safety.
Use Fire Carefully ... Or Not at
- Campfires are permitted in certain areas. However, we
recommend you use a portable gas stove. It's easier on the
environment - and cleaner to cook over!
- In the backcountry in
Provincial Parks, campfires are only permitted
in designated sites. Use only the provided
Wildland Parks, campfires are permitted. Use provided firepits
or established firerings when available.
- Keep your fire small. If using deadfall in a Wildland
Park, use only sticks that can be broken by hand. Burn all
your wood to ash. Before leaving camp, ensure your fire is out and
cold to the touch.
Put Waste in its Place
- Use outhouses when available. Where there are no outhouses,
bury waste in a cathole. Dig 15-20 centimetres (6-8 inches)
deep and at least 50 metres from any water source. Please
carry out your toilet paper.
- Bathe and wash dishes well away from any water source.
Never wash dishes in a stream or lake.
- Dispose of soapy ("grey") water in outhouses where provided.
Otherwise, pour wash water into a sumphole away from camp and water
sources. Then fill the hole with dirt.
- When disposing of fish guts (offal), first pierce the air
bladder. Then throw the fish guts far out into the
If You Pack it In, Pack it Out ... And Then
- Pack out all your trash, leftover food and hygiene products. Do
not burn your garbage.
- If you see litter previously left by others, please pick it up
and carry it out.