the Trans Canada Trail can be an exciting adventure. But it
can also be potentially hazardous. BCs Trans Canada
Trail is a work in progress. Portions of the trail are remote
and users will encounter sections (including bridges, trestles
and tunnels) that may not yet be fully upgraded.
guidelines can help you plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable
the Trail. The Trans Canada Trail is a shared corridor for
a variety of participants: hikers, cyclists, horseback riders,
cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, where possible.
aware that on some sections of the trail, motorized equipment
may be utilized for farming, forestry or other purposes.
the rights of other trail users and the adjoining land owners.
the trail corridor is grazed, dont disturb the stock.
Respect open and closed gating arrangements.
agricultural activities such as orchards are nearby, keep
to the trail.
designated public services and access points. Never leave
vehicles blocking adjacent properties or the trail route.
all posted signs.
don't litter - pack out what you pack in.
keep your dog on a leash or at home. Dogs can be a nuisance
to others, and may harass livestock and wildlife.
do not collect natural materials along the trail. Flowers,
trees, plants and even rocks are part of the trails
heritage features in place. BC law forbids the removal of
archaeological material or historical artifacts.
all fire restrictions and take all due care with fires.
you have the proper equipment on hand including water, extra
clothing and food, a bike repair kit including extra bike
tubes, a knife, flashlight, map, compass, fire starter,
matches, sunglasses and a first aid kit.
common sense and recognise your limitations.
family or friends of your travel plans before you leave.
that much of the trail in BC is remote with little immediate
access to services. You must be prepared to be self reliant
in case of emergencies.
more safety information, check out the following Web pages:
Outdoors - http://www.destinationoutdoors.com/
Outdoor Recreation Page - http://www.gorp.com/gorp/health/main.htm
cycling along BCs Trans Canada Trail:
out for other trail users on the Trans Canada Trail, especially
when approaching corners and blind spots.
sure your speed is appropriate for current trail conditions,
crowding and visibility levels.
passing other trail users, use a bell and give adequate
all circumstances yield to pedestrians.
on marked trails. Riding off the beaten path can damage
across bridges and trestles. Approach tunnels with care.
trespass on private property.
of the Trans Canada Trail run through bear and cougar country.
Its very important to know how to avoid bears and cougars,
and what to do if you encounter them.
take the time to review important wildlife safety material
prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks,
Wildlife Branch. We recommend that you read the following
Safety Guide to Bears in the Wild http://www.elp.gov.bc.ca/wld/pub/bearwld.htm
2. Safety Guide to Cougars http://www.elp.gov.bc.ca/wld/pub/cougsf.htm