Exploring the wild is an amazing to do. You can have tons of fun exploring some of the most hidden areas of forests and mountains. However, just as you do every other time you travel, there are precautions that you must take to ensure that you are safe and most importantly that you have the best experience possible.
Below are a few tips that will help you with that.
6 Adventure Travel Tips for Traveling in the Wild
Never a Good Idea to Feed Wild Animals
Sure there are many wild animals that are cute and you just want to feed them. This is never a good idea when camping. You just get wild animals like raccoons attracted to your campsite and then they expect to get food every time they visit. You would not like it if you prepared breakfast lasagna in the morning for your family and you had a raccoon expecting breakfast as well. You have to keep in mind that once wild animals have gotten a taste of human food they might prefer it to the natural food they have plenty of. The rules are that it is illegal to feed wild animals in national parks and you can have a charge brought against you under the Canadian National Parks Act. You cannot offer wildlife food and you have to clean up after yourself once you leave so that they cannot find food or garbage that you have left behind.
Find Out About the Wildlife in the National Park You’ll Be Visiting
Every one of Canada’s national parks is home to different kinds of wildlife species. You should find out what kind of wildlife makes their homes in the national park you’ll be visiting. You can go online and find information about the national park and the wildlife that live there. Parks Canada manage 48 national parks and one national urban park from coast to coast. These are all protected areas and thousands of different species including mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and other wildlife make their home there.
Keep Your Campsite Clean
It is important to remember that leaving food on the table or anywhere in your campsite will attract wildlife. You might not be feeding wildlife but if they smell and see food around your campsite they will come to investigate. So after snacking on some delicious black and white cookies make sure you put the rest away for later.
Unfortunately, wildlife cannot distinguish between human food and other things you leave around like toiletries that include soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. These non-food items can make wildlife sick so when you are done cooking for the day clean up and throw away what you won’t use again, put away food that you need for cooking, and make sure that all of your toiletries are stored away where wildlife cannot get them.
When to Go Hiking
When you’re planning your hiking trip remember that wildlife are most active at dawn and in the late evening. You should make sure that you and your family can hike safely so do this during the day. Always check the weather conditions before you set out and find out what the trail conditions are like. Since you cannot be sure if you will or won’t run into wildlife make sure that there is someone like a park ranger who knows that your family has gone hiking and when you plan on returning. To avoid unpleasant confrontation be aware of the signs that wildlife are around like fresh tracks, freshly scraped soil or tree bark, and fresh droppings. If you notice that the signs are there make a lot of noise, keep everyone in sight, and choose a different trail to hike along.
Stop When It Is Safe To Stop
When traveling everyone loves to pull over when they see wildlife somewhere along a highway. Keep in mind that if a vehicle pulls over slowly and stops to observe the animal is getting the idea that human vehicles are nothing to be afraid of. However, the next time this animal spots a vehicle they might feel no fear to run along the highway and in this way many wild animals get struck by cars and killed. Often stopped vehicles become obstructions to other drivers and accidents can occur. It is best if you spot animals near the highway to slow down but continue driving as you look at them. The only time it is safe to stop is when there are special places to park you vehicle. If you follow the rules then you can return to your campsite and discuss the wild animals you saw along the way and relax and enjoy a meal of no boil lasagna.
Keep a Safe Distance From Wild Animals
It is important to keep a safe distance from wild animals because you never know how they’ll react to humans. So make sure you bring along binoculars or equip your camera with a telephoto lens. In this way you can enjoy the photos you have taken and remember the wild animals you saw along the way. It is important to keep a distance of at least 30 meters from large animals and 100 meters from such wild animals as bears, wolves, coyotes, and cougars. To keep yourself and your family safe never attempt to take “selfies” with wildlife.