By: The Working Forest Staff
- Always call 911 in an emergency.
Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting.
Long ropes for hanging food and garbage
Whistle or air horn
Easily prepared food
When enjoying Ontario’s campsites, lakes, forests, or hiking trails, remember you are in a natural bear habitat. Bears have a keen sense of smell and are attracted by the odour of all food and garbage. Avoid conflicts with bears while camping by being prepared and aware.
Plan your trip with safety in mind by learning how to avoid attracting a bear.
Teach children how to be Bear Wise and never approach or run from a bear. Keep
children between adults while hiking.
Think about how to safely store your food and garbage while on the campsite.
Pack food with special care.
Be Bear Wise:
Look for signs of bear activity near your campsite.
Keep dogs on a leash. The bear may follow the dog back to its owner.
Follow the advice set out by Ontario Parks or the private campground.
Use bear-resistant containers or sealed plastic bags to store food when camping or
in back country.
Hang food at least 4 metres (13 feet) above the ground and 3 metres
(10 feet) from tree limbs.
Never eat, cook or store food, cooking equipment or toiletries in your tent.
Clean up at your campsite:
o Clean fish away from your campsite
o Burn scraps and fat droppings
o Drain dishwater.
Visit ontario.ca/bearwise for more tips on being Bear Wise.