Bear safety

Bears in the mountain national parks

The Mountain National Parks are home to both grizzly and black bears. Although the chances of having an encounter with an aggressive bear are low, proper planning before you head out can help reduce your risk. By following a few “bear-aware” rules, you can help protect bears, too. Here are some safety tips to get you started on the right foot.

The "Bare" Campsite Program

Parks Canada’s “Bare” Campsite Program is in place for your safety and to help keep the animals in the national parks alive and wild.

Bear spray

Whether you are hiking, picnicking, camping, biking, trail running, or paddling in Parks Canada’s Mountain Parks, carrying bear spray is a good idea.

Tips for Roadside Bear Viewing

Seeing a bear in the wild is truly a unique and remarkable sight. This rare privilege comes with important responsibilities.

Safe travel in bear country

The Canadian Rocky Mountains are home to both grizzly and black bears. You can run into a bear anywhere here, be it on a busy trail close to town or in...

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