Visitor safety

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

When visiting Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, you are in an area where rescue services and medical assistance may take time to reach you in case of an emergency. Ensure that you have the level of training and experience necessary to take responsibility for your safety and the safety of your group.

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors visit

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

  • Police, Fire, Ambulance: CALL 911 (indicate that you are calling from Canada)
  • Park Offenses or Emergencies: 1-877-852-3100
  • Marine Distress VHF: Channel 16

NOTE: Carry a marine radio if you are planning activities on the water.

Cell phones may not work at all locations in the park due to a variety of environmental factors and your provider’s coverage area. Check with your cell plan provider regarding your coverage. You may pick up a US-based service at some locations. So ensure that 911 operators know you are calling from Canada.

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