Preparation and Planning

Preparation and Planning

Travel Plans:
Always tell someone where you are going. If no one is around, leave a note in your residence, tent or car. The note should include the date, time of departure, number of people in your party, direction of travel, intended destination and estimated time of return.

Equipment:
Make sure all your equipment is in good working order and that you know how to use it. The following is a list of some items that you should consider taking with you:

  • Maps, compass and, if possible, a GPS receiver. For remote locations and long trips, consider bringing two- way communications device that will operate where you intend to travel.
  • If camping, bring enough food, particularly specialized products like dehydrated camping food.
  • Bring plenty of water with you to avoid dehydration.
  • Bring pots, pans and other cooking utensils.
  • Take fuel with you.
  • When traveling in Bear Country, be sure to bring appropriate bear deterrents. For further information on bear safety issues, please visit Parks Canada and the GNWT's Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Please Remember: All bears are dangerous!

Please talk to a local outfitter if you are unsure about what you need. It pays to invest in good equipment!

Clothing:
During the Spring and Fall Season, the temperature ranges from -5oC to 10oC. During the Summer Season, the temperature can go up to 35oC, while in the Winter, it can go down to -45oC.

Depending on the season and length of stay, you should consider wearing, or carrying with you, wool or polypropylene clothing (cap, gloves, shirt, pants and socks), raincoat and pants, and high top boots. Your best protection against hypothermia is to have proper clothing and use the "layering method." Always be prepared for bad weather.

Garbage Bags:
Garbage bags are compact, easily carried, and can provide emergency protection from the effects of hypothermia. If caught out in wet weather, cut a hole for your face in the bottom of a bag, & wear it. The bag will help conserve your body heat, and keep you dry. Orange or yellow bags are usually best, as they can help searchers see you better if you are lost in the bush. Make sure everyone knows how to wear their bag.

Buddy System:
It is far safer and far more enjoyable to go camping, hiking, fishing, berry picking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing with a partner rather than going by yourself.

Mosquitoes and Black Flies:
Be sure that before heading out into the wilderness, you understand the habitat and behaviour of both mosquitoes and black flies.
Also, be sure to pick up a light-weight, durable bug jacket to aid in the prevention of unwanted bug bites.

Further Information:
For further information about outfitters in the North, please contact Northwest Territories Tourism through their Spectacular Northwest Territories website.