Hiking safety

Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park has over 80 km of hiking trails. From coastal vistas to mature forest there are many experiences to choose from!

Where to go

Plan ahead and prepare

Safety is your responsibility. There are always hazards involved with outdoor recreational activities. Be prepared. Even short trips can have serious consequences. Minimize your risk by planning ahead.

  • Study trail descriptions and maps before starting. Select a trail which best suits your group’s abilities. Be sure to note the trail "Difficulty" when choosing your route.  
  • Check the weather forecast. Coastal weather can be unpredictable so be prepared for unexpected changes. 
  • Bring extra food and water. Surface water may be unsafe for drinking. 
  • Wear wind and water resistant clothing.
  • Tell somebody where you are going, when you will be back, and who to call if you do not return. 
  • Carry a first aid kit and bear spray or a whistle.
  • Carry bug repellent and sunscreen.

Leave no trace

Show courtesy to fellow outdoor enthusiasts!

  • Leave what you find. Natural and cultural resources such as rocks, fossils, artifacts, horns, antlers, wildflowers and nests are protected by law and must be left undisturbed for others to discover and enjoy. 
  • Take out what you bring in. Pack out all garbage, including diapers and food waste. 
  • There are toilet facilities at back country campsites. If required, dispose of human waste at least 100 m from any water source and bury solid human waste in a hole 15 cm deep. 
  • To prevent damage to vegetation stay on the trail and avoid shortcuts. 
  • These trails are used by a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to yield to others.

Keep wildlife wild 

  • Do not feed, touch or approach wildlife. Stay at least 30 to 50 metres away from most animals, and 100 metres away from bears, coyotes and moose.
  • Travel in groups and make noise to prevent surprise encounters with wildlife. 
  • If you are planning to take your dog out on a trail, please respect the following: dogs can stress wildlife as they can remind them of predators such as bears and coyotes. Keep your dog under control and on a leash at all times.

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