The Hiker’s Code

Updated on Apr 24, 2024

Although hiking is probably the most democratic activity in the world, it requires that we respect some basic rules so we will always be able to enjoy our treks!

Rights of Way

In the Eastern Townships, most trails run through private lands. Landowners sign an agreement with the trail managers in order to obtain the right to pass through their properties. By remembering to stay on the trails, you will respect these rights of way. Our contribution to maintaining good relationships between both parties ensures that the trails will remain open and accessible.

Trash Is Everyone’s Concern!

The message is simple: hikers must pick up their trash and leave nothing behind! By erasing the traces of our passage, we will preserve the beauty and health of the environment.

Hunting Season

Since hunting periods vary from one site to another, it is strongly recommended to respect the dates on which circulation is prohibited on certain trails. In the descriptive files of each trail, you’ll find the necessary information concerning hunting periods.

Safety means prevention…

  • The amount of water and food you’ll need is determined according to distance and weather. Normally, you should plan to bring about 1.5 litres of water per person.

  • If you’re planning to hike alone, especially over a long-distance, you should notify people about your destination and itinerary. If there’s a welcome centre at the trail head, register your information.

  • For long outings, you should bring a first-aid kit and some survival equipment (a rope, knife, matches, etc.).

What about clothing?

Your feet should be your primary concern. For an enjoyable outing, you must, first of all, have the proper footwear, boots or shoes adapted to the type of trail you’ll be walking on. Ask for expert advice in a specialized store about which footwear is best for your style of hiking.

Multilayering should always be privileged (at least 3 layers of clothing). Why? Simply because this allows for an appropriate and rapid adaptation to any temperature variations by combining specific garments selected according to their properties. Each layer has a precise function:

  1. The first layer leaves your skin dry by evacuating body sweat outwards. It’s usually made with synthetic fibres.

  2. The second layer allows humidity to escape while preserving your body heat. It’s usually made with wool fleece.

  3. The third layer, the external one, is a non-insulated shell-like garment, to ensure your protection when facing bad weather conditions. A good quality coat, such as a waterproof windbreaker made with breathable microfibres, like Gore-Tex, will protect you both in summer and in winter.

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