Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lost in the woods! How a child can keep safe until help arrives

A game of hide and seek took on new meaning for one family while camping recently.

Two little girls, cousins aged 9 and 11, went missing from their Calabogie, Ontario, campground on August 4, wearing only pajamas and running shoes. They were playing hide and seek that evening, but soon found themselves out of range of their campsite.

An Ontario Provincial Police search crew began scouring the forest at 10 pm. Canine units and a helicopter crew joined the search party the following morning. Fortunately, the girls were found safe and sound around 1 pm the day after their disappearance.

For the full story, click here.

The 10 minute video below explains how a child can keep safe if they're ever lost in the woods. It was produced for the National Association for Search and Rescue by the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and Alexander Video Productions in Glendora, California. Watch it with your children or grandchildren, and discuss things they should and should not do if they ever get lost while camping. It only takes a few minutes for a child to get lost in the forest. It also only takes a few minutes to teach them how to stay safe if that happens.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Watch out for hungry grizzly bears

As one Parks Canada employee recently learned, the grizzly bears in western Canada are being forced to search for food in lower altitudes, thanks to a colder than usual spring.

Wildlife conflict specialist Etienne Cardinal survived an attack while riding his bike near Jasper, Alberta. He had been on a solo bike ride when the bear hit him on the side of his back, knocking him off his bike. The bear then tried to bite him, but instead got a mouthful of Cardinal's backpack – and the can of bear spray inside it.

The bear took off, and Cardinal was treated in hospital for minor injuries and released. Parks Canada officials say this attack was defensive, not predatory. Attacks are rare, but visitors are more likely to encounter bears this spring because the snow is taking longer to melt in the mountains, meaning food is harder to find.

For the full story, visit www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton.

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Parks Canada offering hassle-free camping in pilot project

Many RVers start off with tent camping and then work their way into the RV lifestyle. But even tent camping can be cumbersome and pricey, especially when you consider all the equipment you need for a weekend outing.

That's why Parks Canada, in an effort to increase camper numbers in its parks, is offering tents and all necessary equipment to would-be campers at several of its parks through a pilot project called Equipped Camping.

For $55 CA a night, campers can use a six-person tent (already set up on site), tent pads, and meal prep equipment. All they need to bring is bedding and food.

Participating parks include:
  • Banff National Park
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Elk Island National Park
  • Kouchibouguac National Park
  • Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
  • Prince Albert National Park
  • Riding Mountain National Park
  • Thousand Islands National Park
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park
This could also be beneficial to RVers who want to camp with family or friends and are unable to accommodate them. And who knows, some of the campers who take advantage of this program could be future RVers.

For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/hebergement-accommodation/equip