Canada has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world! Our forests cover 38% of our total country's land and during the pandemic, one of the safest places to be is outside. Hiking has some amazing health benefits as well — it lowers stress and blood pressure, reduces risk of heart disease, and brings people closer together while promoting physical fitness!
That being said, hiking can also present a number of dangers and risks for the ill-equipped. These can be getting lost, underestimating the trail, sudden weather change, injuries from falls or slips, or dangerous encounters with wild animals. In order to best determine what is necessary to bring for your hike, think about how far it is, what the weather forecast says, and how remote the trail will be. As a general rule of thumb, the longer the hike, the more gear, food, and water you will want to bring. Safety starts long before the hikers head onto the trail! Here's what we think you will need for your day hike:
- Map and/or compass
- Hiking boots and socks
- Plenty of food and water (approximately 2 litres per person)
- First aid kit
- Cell phone and ID cards
- Extra weather appropriate clothing
- Fire (waterproof matches, lighter, fire starters)
- Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)
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