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Protecting Visitors

Below are a few ways to keep safe while visiting Algonquin Park.

  • Carry water, a map, adequate and appropriate clothing/footwear, a First Aid kit, and a flashlight.
  • Practice safety when in, on, and around water. Supervise children at all times. Wear your Personal Flotation Device (PFD) especially if you are not a strong swimmer or when the water is cold. Monitor the weather. Pay attention to changing wind speed/direction when travelling on lakes; watch for storms. In spring, be aware of your surroundings when on water with ice. Leads (openings in the ice) can close in quickly and you may find yourself stranded away from your campsite.
  • Give yourself enough time to be off trails and back at your vehicle before dusk.
  • During the winter months, do not start out on any trail after 3:00 p.m.
  • Be careful near cliff edges.
  • Remain in one place if you become lost or separated from your group.
  • Wear a helmet when cycling. Obey traffic laws.
  • Watch for wildlife on roadways, especially at night. If you do stop to view wildlife, pull right off the travelled portion of the roadway/highway.
  • Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. Make sure to always lock your vehicle.
  • Do not rely on your cell phone. Cell coverage may be "limited" to "none."
  • Tell someone at home your plans. When you are leaving, where you are going, and when you will return.

Remember... your safety in Algonquin Park is ultimately your responsibility. Be prepared!


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