Backcountry’s Best Practices

To preserve Woodland Caribou Park’s wild features and to enjoy a safe visit, it is vital that you leave as little evidence as possible of your stay by adopting the following outdoor ethics:

  • Plan your trip carefully – bring the right equipment – contact your outfitter or park office for tips – know your skills
  • Emergency plan – have one and share it – leave a detailed itinerary with friends/family
  • Campsite – use existing sites – choose durable surfaces – focus activities where vegetation is absent
  • Island campsites – to be avoided in caribou calving/nursery habitat or if occupied by eagles
  • Tent pads – do not strip moss off forest floor or conifer branches off trees to create a soft base – this old practice is damaging and unlawful
  • Food – pack to minimize waste – keep the glass bottle ban in mind when packing
  • Structures – make-shift lawn furniture at campsites are damaging, tasteless and not permitted
  • Campfire – keep small – not every night – on mineral soils – use existing rings – foil does not burn
  • Firewood – collect from shoreline, away from campsite – do not delimb trees on campsite
  • Saw – use a collapsible saw instead of a camp axe – lighter – efficient – less damaging – safer to handle
  • Toilet – walk a little further in the woods – deposit and cover up – consider packing out or burning soiled paper
  • Grey water – discard 50m fromwater’s edge – use biodegradable
Source: Park Office Regulations