Responsible Recreation

British Columbia is beautiful, and we think that outdoor exploration is a great thing. In fact, we encourage it. To help everyone on their way to having a safe, responsible and respectful adventure in a BC Park we’ve come up with a couple guidelines. We hope these messages can inspire respectful behaviour so that we can all enjoy our parks for a long time to come.


Parks are not self-cleaning

Parks are not self-cleaning

  • Trash ruins the park for everyone. Remember to pack out your garbage.
  • Litter attracts wildlife and increases wildlife-human conflict.
  • Leaving trash in bear caches and bear hangs can damage these facilities and prevent others from using them.
Messy campsites cause mayhem

Messy campsites cause mayhem

  • Treat your campsite like your home. If you aren’t around, your food shouldn’t be either.
  • Store all wildlife attractants like food and smelly items, including things like deodorant and toothpaste, in a hard-sided vehicle, trailer, bear cache or bear hang.
  • The firepit is not a garbage can.
  • Pack out all garbage, recyclables, and organics. Organic matter can attract wildlife.
  • Learn more in our Frontcountry Visitor Guide
  • Learn more in our Backcountry Visitor Guide
Wildlife is meant to be wild

Wildlife is meant to be wild

  • Travel in numbers and make some noise – startling large animals may not end well so make your presence known.
  • Help keep wildlife wild – when you see animals, do not appuroach or tant them; give them space to simply be.
  • Know how to look for signs of recent animal activity, folllow posted wildlife cosures, and know what to do in case of an encounter.
  • Learn more about Wildlife Safety
Wild animals are supposed to eat wild things

Wild animals are supposed to eat wild things

  • Fed animals lose their natural fear of humans and can become aggressive.
  • Wildlife have access to a whole forest full of food; they’re not hungry.
  • Animals change their patterns to accommodate food sources like garbage; don’t mess with nature.
  • Learn more about Wildlife Safety
Nice people make nature nicer

Nice people make nature nicer

  • Acknowledge others on the trail; this is a shared space so remember to be kind and considerate so everyone can have a good time.
  • Stay on the trail; shortcutting and trampling cause erosion and impacts plant and animal habitat.
  • Give animals space; it’s their home first.
  • Don’t blast music; not everyone came to the park to listen to your music.
  • Learn more in our Frontcountry Visitor Guide
Keep nature serene

Keep nature serene

  • Let the sound of nature prevail.
  • Parks are for everyone and not everyone enjoys it with a bass line.
  • Keeping your neighbours up at night isn’t cool; adhere to posted quiet hours and noise rules.
  • Learn more in our Frontcountry Visitor Guide
The best thing to inhale is fresh air

The best thing to inhale is fresh air

  • Smoking tobacco and cannabis, using e-cigarettes, and vaping are not permitted in any BC Park, except in frontcountry campsites.
  • We recommend you just get high on life.
  • Learn more in our Frontcountry Visitor Guide
Outhouses are toilets not garbage cans

Outhouses are toilets not garbage cans

  • If you wouldn’t put it in your toilet at home don’t put it in the outhouse.
  • Garbage backs up the outhouse, renders it unusable and can attract wildlife.
  • Outhouses can be some of the best views on the trail. Help keep them clean and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Learn more about outhouses – understanding a bit about how your business becomes our business ensures that these toilets remain functional for all users.
Poop considerately in the wild

Poop considerately in the wild

  • Pooping in the backcountry can have detrimental effects on the environment, water quality, and landscape. Try to hold it until you can find an outhouse.
  • If you have to go, dig a hole 100m away from camps, water sources and trails and bury your waste, or pack your poop out.
  • No one wants to see human waste and toilet paper while hiking.
  • Learn more in our Backcountry Visitor Guide
If everyone took something there would be nothing left

If everyone took something there would be nothing left

  • Items like flowers, mushrooms and dead wood all play a role in our parks, so please let them do their thing.
  • Learn more about Regulations in BC Parks
Forests are not firewood

Forests are not firewood

  • Use supplied firewood and burn it only in designated areas.
  • Before you plan on having a campfire, check to see if a campfire ban is in effect.
  • Campfires are illegal in many backcountry and alpine locations.
  • Buy it where you burn it. Moving firewood can spread invasive species and diseases.
  • Learn more about Campfire Bans and Safety
Fido can’t always be free. For good reason.

Fido can’t always be free - for good reason

  • Leashing your dog keeps you, them, and other wildlife safe. Triple win.
  • An unleashed dog can cause negative impacts to the trail, park visitors, natural resources, and sensitive wildlife that call the park home.
  • Adhere to posted signs regarding on- and off-leash areas.
  • Not everyone is a dog-lover, yet everyone has a right to enjoy the trail.
  • Find a dog-friendly BC Park near you
Plan ahead and prepare

Plan ahead and prepare

  • Prepared people get lost less and stay alive more. Do your research and pack your essentials.
  • Nature is unpredictable, so it’s good to be prepared for anything.
  • Make a trip plan and tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Learn more about trip-planning with Adventure Smart
  • Learn more about Visitor Health and Safety
Drones should be kept at home

Drones should be kept at home

  • It’s illegal to operate drones in the park without permission
  • If you get permission, keep drones away from people and wildlife
  • Learn more about Drones in BC Parks
It’s important to camp safe not sorry

It’s important to camp safe not sorry


Responsible Recreation Ambassadors

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