- All outdoor activities involve some risk. When you are in the
backcountry, you must take responsibility for your personal safety.
Find out about natural hazards so you can avoid them when possible.
Have a plan to deal with them hazards if you need to.
- Contact the Parks Division District Office (403-382-4097) or
talk with staff on-site for information on trail conditions and
hazards. Check for any posted Advisories. 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 or #310 for Bell & Telus)
followed by the phone number.
- Weather conditions can change rapidly in this area. Ensure your
plans are flexible in case severe weather or natural hazards make
it necessary to alter your schedule.
- Advise someone of your route and when you intend to return.
- Leave a note on your vehicle's dashboard or in your
campsite noting your intended destination and expected return
- Take along a map, compass and basic survival kit. This
should include a flashlight, extra high energy food, water, warm
clothing, first aid kit, rain gear and a tool kit (if skiing).
- Firearms are generally not permitted in Beauvais Lake
Provincial Park, except under special cicumstances during certain
times of the year. Please contact a Conservation Office at
the District Office for more
On the Trail
- Stay on trails. Shortcutting between trail switchbacks damages
soil and plant life. This ruins the look of the area and makes it
vulnerable to further damage by erosion. Staying on the trail is
extra important when soils are wet and more easily
- Use bridges whenever possible. Streams can be dangerous.
- Stay off frozen lakes and streams in early fall and late
Pack Out Garbage
- Do not litter. Pack out ALL your own garbage. We
appreciate your help in packing out any litter you find along the
- By law, you are responsible for everything you take into the
backcountry, including garbage. Litter in the backcountry is
unsightly and hazardous. Animals may be injured by scavenging in
- Do not dispose of garbage in pit privies as it may attract
Deal with Human Waste Properly
- Use the pit privies provided, if possible.
- If there are no facilities nearby, select a spot away from
trails, campsites and at least 70 metres from water sources. Dig a
hole 12 to 16 centimetres deep with a stick, the heel of your boot
or a small trowel to reach the dark-coloured biologically active
soil layer. Fill the hole with soil afterward; do not pack it down.
Use as little toilet paper as possible.
- Pack out feminine hygiene products.
Keep Dogs on Leash
- Consider leaving your dog at home. Wild animals see dogs as
either prey or predator. This can provoke confrontations with
wildlife and endanger you.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- Respect other trail users. Keep your dog under control and
always clean up after it.
Do Not Collect Natural or Cultural Objects
- Leave rocks, fossils, horns, antlers, wildflowers, nests and
all other natural or historical objects as you found them for
others to enjoy.
- It is unlawful to disturb, damage or remove any natural or
cultural resource within a provincial park.
Wildlife is extremely sensitive to the stress of human activity.
Following these basic practices will help you avoid encounters with
wildlife like bears, cougars, elk and moose.
- Take photos and enjoy wildlife from a
distance. Use binoculars and a zoom lens.
- Closures due to wildlife are intended to
prevent unnecessary people-wildlife conflicts. Respect all trail
and area closures. Closures are legally binding.
- All park animals are wild and can be
dangerous. Any animal can become aggressive if it feels
- Large ungulates like elk and moose can be
unpredictable. Respect these animals and give them their
- Keep your distance - 30 metres from most
animals and at least 100 metres from carnivores such as bears,
- Make noise! Call out, clap hands, sing
or talk loudly, or shout "Yo bear!" to warn animals so you don't
surprise them. This is especially important near streams,
dense vegetation and berry patches, on windy days, and in areas of
- Watch for fresh bear signs - tracks,
droppings, diggings, torn-up logs and turned over rocks. Leave the
area if the signs are fresh.
- Use your senses of smell and hearing too.
Smelling an animal carcass or hearing noise in the bush may
warn that a bear or other animal is in the area.
- Larger size groups are less likely to have a
serious bear encounter. We recommend hiking together in a group of
four or more.
- Never let small or young children wander
- Never approach a bear.
- Use officially marked paths and trails.
Travel during daylight hours; avoid hiking at night.
- If you come across a large dead animal, leave the area
immediately and report it (see below).
- Take photos and enjoy wildlife from a distance. Use binoculars
and a zoom lens!
- More info
Let Us Know!
- Report wildlife sightings, encounters or unusual observations
to park staff.
- Call 403-382-4097 to contact a Conservation Officer about
enforcement, public safety or resource management issues.
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 or #310 for Bell
& Telus) followed by the phone number.
- Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.