Outdoor Activities - 6 good practices

Updated on May 4, 2022

Outdoor activities have never been so popular, and that’s a good thing. Here are a few ways to demonstrate your love of nature every time you go out and enjoy it!


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Pick up your waste.

Then, get rid of it properly. Both by using public trash bins, or in your household sorting bins. This, of course, includes your dog’s “present” left on the ground! Please note: Even biodegradable and composting bags take years to break down in nature.


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Only take your dog to designated areas and keep your pet on a leash.

Good to know: many animal species avoid areas because of the odours left behind by dogs.


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Stay on the trails.

In natural environments, trails scar the terrain and each footprint we leave outside a marked route extends the damaged zone. Not to mention the risk of falling or getting lost, which can be dangerous for you, but which could also result in thousands of dollars in rescue costs!


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Be courteous.

When you’re on a trail, give the right of way to those heading up; avoid creating any noise pollution (screaming, music…); warn people if you wish to pass them; respect the designated activities (e.g., don’t ride a mountain bike on a footpath); etc.


Think safety.

Find out more about where you’d like to go (distance, level of difficulty, etc.); tell at least one person where you’re going; wear appropriate clothing and shoes, bring water, food, etc. There are many things to plan before you head out.


Pay the access fees.

Often only a few dollars are involved, but your contribution will make a big difference when it comes to keeping parks and nature centres in operation. A legacy we want to leave to our children, right? Psst! Speaking of infrastructure, please respect the designated parking areas!

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