Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve


Communication tools such as satellite phones or satellite emergency notification devices are often the only devices that work in Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve however they can be unreliable and at times you may be unable to make contact with others. As with all technology, you need to be aware of the weakness in your system and plan for it to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Your adventure is not the place to learn how to use your emergency communication device. Be familiar with it and understand the functions. For example; the difference between the “SOS/Emergency” and “Messaging” functions. Prior to departing on your trip, ensure your contact person how to reach Parks Canada in case of an emergency.

Satellite phones

Satellite Phones are the preferred means of making contact. Your phone can put you in touch with emergency assistance 24 hours a day. We recommend obtaining a satellite phone prior to your trip. Make sure to bring extra batteries. Portable solar chargers for batteries are also recommended. Be sure to write down emergency phone numbers and program them into the phone.

Satellite Emergency Notification Devices (SEND)

Carrying a Satellite Emergency Notification Device such as those produced by SPOT, InReach, ZOLEO, Etc. will allow you to keep in touch with family and friends or initiate an emergency response. Emergency signals are received by the Canadian Forces and they will initiate a rescue if one is received. The SOS/Emergency functionality on these devices is to be used in a life-threatening situation only. During your registration we will collect information about your device in the event that there is a need to check the activity from it.

Personal locator beacons (PLB)

Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) can also be carried into remote areas. When activated, they send a distress signal to the Canadian Armed Forces in Trenton, Ontario who will initiate a rescue from there. Once activated, the signal is nonreversible; these are to be used in a life-threatening situation only. Make sure your PLB is properly registered by calling the Canadian Personal Emergency Beacon Registry in Trenton at 1-877-406-7671 or online. Only PLB’s that transmit a distress signal at 406 MHz are permitted in Canada.


To report an emergency within the National Park Reserve, contact: 1-780-852-3100
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