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Winter Activities > Back Country Touring
Though it is beautiful, the Canadian backcountry is remote and can be unpredictable. Severe weather and avalanches are two of its primary hazards, so for any backcountry travel you – and everyone in your group – must be self-sufficient. If you’re travelling in avalanche terrain, ensure that you and your group also have proper avalanche training. No matter which backcountry sport you choose – skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling – always be thoroughly prepared before you head out.
- Understand and recognize weather patterns.
- Ensure to be able to read alpine terrain.
- Know the avalanche dangers.
- Carry and practice with an avalanche tranceiver, probe and shovel.
- Check conditions before heading out.
Taking The Essentials
- Fire making kit
- Whistle or mirror
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothing
- Navigational / communication aids
- First aid kit
- Emergency shelter
- Pocket knife
- Sun protection
Specific to Back Country Touring
- Layered clothing
- Hydration system
- Appropriate footwear
- Warm gloves and socks
- Hand/feet warmers
- Avalanche transceiver
- Winter shelter
- Proper backpack
- Stove and fuel
Weather forecast and alerts for Canada. Seasonal, marine, satellite view and extended forecast.
Avalanche Canada is a non-government, not-for-profit organization dedicated to public avalanche safety. We issue daily avalanche forecasts throughout the winter for much of the mountainous regions of western Canada, providing this free information via our website and our app, Avalanche Canada Mobile.
The Alpine Club of Canada has 24 local sections across the country from Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver Island and the Yukon. We’ve been passionate about climbing, hiking and skiing in alpine environments for over 100 years. Everyone is welcome.
The scenic 10,000 kilometre foot trail is growing to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific. Already, trails spanning much of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are in use. Once established, the trail corridor will help to protect our heritage of natural landscapes and historic places, and provide passage, habitat, and refuge for wildlife.