The campdown is over – the May long weekend is finally here!

Albertans are eager to get outside and shake off the memory of a long, cold winter. But before you pack up the tent, load the kids and dog into your family vehicle and hit the road for a memorable long weekend adventure, here are a few friendly tips and reminders to keep in mind.

Nature is unpredictable, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail, so planning ahead is the key to an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Safe travels:

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  • Alberta’s 250 provincial campgrounds are ready to receive visitors for the 2018 season. Still looking for a campsite or a day-use area? Check out AlbertaParks.ca/camping.
  • Be aware of liquor and fire bans; nine provincial campgrounds have liquor bans this weekend.
  • Before you head out on a hike, check for advisories, trail conditions and any closures.
  • Respect the land and know the rules and regulations around random camping on public lands.
  • Albertans share the landscape with wildlife, so be bear and cougar smart and help keep wildlife wild.

Get wet:

Know the rules:

Don’t play with fire:

  • Check for fire bans and restrictions at Alberta Parks and across the province before striking a match.
  • Don’t let a campfire get out of control. Even a small campfire can potentially become a dangerous and unmanageable wildfire.
  • When extinguishing your fire – Soak it, stir it and soak it again. Remember: If the coals are too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
  • Don’t use the great outdoors as your ashtray. If you smoke, please dispose of your cigarette butts safely.
  • For up-to-the-minute fire information, download the Government of Alberta’s free wildfire app. Please note this app does not show fire bans in Alberta’s provincial parks system.
  • Call 310-FIRE to report a wildfire in the Forest Protection Area.

 

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