AdventureSmart Programs


AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach to try and reduce the frequency and severity of Search and Rescue incidents. AdventureSmart’s Hug-A-Tree and Survive, Snow Safety Education Program, Survive Outside, Survive Outside Snowmobiling and PaddleSmart Programs focus on trip planning, training and taking the essentials including the importance of carrying a signaling device like a Fox 40 whistle to alert others in case of emergency.

Current AdventureSmart programs include:

Hug a Tree and Survive Canada
This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-5. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost.

Snow Safety Education Program
This presentation is aimed at children in Grades 4-6, teaching ski hill safety and signage, and backcountry information including "Out of Bounds" hazards.

Survive Outside Program
This presentation is aimed at people aged 12-99. It focuses on Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials. It includes information on how to alert the Search and Rescue system and focuses on survivability pending rescue.

Survive Outside Snowmobiling
This presentation is geared for snowmobilers and uses much of the content from Survive Outside adapted to winter conditions. Segments feature travel tips on both snow and ice, including critical information when travelling in avalanche terrain.

This presentation is designed for youth and adults who want to paddle, whether it is using stand-up paddleboards, kayaks or canoes. Topics include trip planning, training and taking the essentials for water based activities. Segments on moving water and coastal water can be added to the presentation depending on location.

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