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Welcome to Bear Country

This is not meant to scare you!  But this is the reality of where we are!  Please be familiar with the following information, and don't be afraid to ask if you are unsure.  Remember, "bare"campsites, are safe campsites!

Please Do Not:  

  • Store food, soaps, toothpaste or other aromatic items in, or near, your tent

  • Cook near your sleeping area

  • Feed ANY wildlife - ever!

  • Leave food in your camping area unattended

Please Do:

  • Store food in bear hangs provided or in trunk of vehicle

  • Keep camping area clean and free of garbage

  • Read and follow any notices or further instructions given by staff

What Attracts Bears:
Bears have an incredibly acute sense of smell and can smell the smallest item of food at great distances. Bears are attracted to:

  • Anything that we have cooked or are about to eat

  • Dirty barbecues or camp stoves

  • Any item associated with food prep or clean-up (dish rags, scrubbers, pots, pans, etc.)

  • Grey water pails and discharge

  • Garbage, wrappers, empty bottles, cans, condiments, or anything that has been in contact with food

  • Containers for gas, oil, or other petroleum-products 

To Prevent an Unexpected Encounter With a Bear While Out Hiking:

  1. Hike in a group and make your presence known by talking loudly or singing - especially in areas where there is limited visibility and/or where it may be hard for a bear to hear your approach (e.g. alongside a loud river or stream).

  2. Keep your dog on a leash.

  3. Be aware of your surroundings and watch for fresh scat, claw marks on trees, logs torn apart or other bear sign. 

What to do if You Encounter a Bear Hiking or Camp:

  1. Remain calm and do not run; running can trigger an attack.

  2. Never turn your back on a bear but do not stare at it directly either.

  3. If the bear sees you, talk to it in a low calm voice and take a step or two backwards.

  4. Always carry bear spray with you and know how to use it. Visit and check out our extensive bear safety pages.

  5. Report any encounter with an aggressive bear by calling the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

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