Albertans spent all year looking forward to summer – and we all have the right to enjoy it. But garbage and damage from improper use of our public land can ruin the experience for everyone – not to mention damaging the local ecosystem. Here’s a round-up of resources to help you stay safe and responsible when you’re spending time in Alberta’s backyard.
If you’re hiking or camping in the backcountry:
Many Albertans enjoy backcountry camping – but this privilege comes with responsibilities.
- Random camping is no-service camping. Here’s how to prepare before you go.
- You’re not alone outdoors. Take steps to stay BearSmart, and look but don’t touch when wildlife watching.
- Check fire bans before you head out at www.albertafirebans.ca or by downloading the free Alberta Wildfire app.
- Take these 3 simple steps to keep your campfire from turning into a wildfire.
If you’re taking a ride on an off-highway vehicle:
ATVs and other motorized vehicles are a popular way to experience Alberta’s public lands. Minimize your impact to help ensure others can enjoy the landscape you love.
- Keep things legal: make sure your registration and insurance is up-to-date.
- Keep your vehicle away from the shoreline – wheels and water don’t mix.
- Check your hot spots before you leave this long weekend – debris could spark a wildfire.
- Some trails are still recovering from flood damage – obey posted trail closure signs.
Want more tips? Take a look at these round-ups from last year’s long weekend:
- Obey the law and respect the land this summer season
- Tips to have fun and stay safe in Alberta’s great outdoors
Stay in touch – here’s the number to call if you spot…
- A wildfire: 310-FIRE (3473)
- Damage to public land: 310-ESRD (3773)
- An environmental emergency: 1-800-222-651