Backcountry 101: Learn How to Stay Safe in the Backcountry

  • Date
    Saturday, 24 August, 2019
  • Time
    From 09:00 am to 10:30 am EDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Ottawa
  • Price
    Free
  • Address
    MEC
    366 Richmond Road
    Ottawa, ON

Ticks. Bugs. Bears. Drinking water. Sign up for this beginner-friendly clinic to see how to handle this stuff in the backcountry. You’ll learn simple tips to be prepared and keep everyone in your group safe and happy when you’re camping, hiking or canoeing.

Skill level: beginner

Format: knowledge-based, small group class

You’ll learn

  • How to look for and remove tick
  • What to know about West Nile virus
  • How to avoid insect stings (and what to do if someone is stung)
  • How to be bear aware and avoid bears
  • How to store food and keep food safe
  • Basics for filtering and purifying water
  • How to be prepared and what to include in a first aid kit

Who’s teaching the clinic?

Our clinics are taught by friendly MEC staffers who are ready to answer any questions and share all the stuff they love about being outside. Everyone’s welcome!