For a great outdoor experience
Outdoor activities can involve certain risks, so always be sure to have the skills and abilities required for the activity you choose. Your abilities must not be impaired by alcohol, a drug or medication. It is very important to find out about the risks involved in the activity, to know and respect your own limits and to use appropriate equipment.
Sépaq has been making the best landscapes of Québec nature as accessible as possible for a number of years. However in addition to this mission, it is also concerned with visitor safety.
All visitors remain responsible for their own safety, with risk management being an integral part of the outdoor experience. Preparing yourself adequately is the first step in the safe and enjoyable practice of your favourite activities.
We invite you to consult our safety guides for Sépaq activities.
The costs and expenses incurred in conducting search and rescue operations are the responsibility of the beneficiary. We invite you to get insurance coverage on these risks.
Sépaq wishes you an unforgettable outdoor experience!
To minimize the risks when bathing
Supervised bathing is offered at certain Sépaq establishments and on sites designated for this purpose. We recommend that you engage in this activity only at these locations and according to the instructions in effect.
Unsupervised bathing in all other locations is at your own risk. This is not recommended as there is a considerable risk of drowning. Always remember that a waterway may present an unseen danger (steep slope, slippery bottom, etc.). Although unsupervised bathing is strongly discouraged, if you choose to do so please make sure that you are not alone or that you have informed others of your intention to bathe and that you are not impaired.
River bathing: special risks
Although the river may seem calm and safe, it is a natural environment with unexpected sources of danger and can quickly become hazardous. Despite your best efforts, the strong current can drag you down and put you at risk of drowning. The presence of eddies, unstable bottoms, branches and rocks, and variations in depth also increase the risk of drowning. In addition, be doubly vigilant near a dam.
Remember that your safety is your own responsibility.
For a safe accomodation
The information and instructions to follow are intended to promote safe accommodation during your stay at one of our Sépaq-network establishments.
It is your responsibility to inform your guests of the inherent risks involved in the activity you have chosen, including the information provided in the safety guides.
In emergency situations, call 911 or the Sûreté du Québec at 310-4141 or if calling from a cell phone, dial 4141 (where cell phone networks are available).
Before Planning an Activity
Sépaq activities require certain skills and abilities and involve inherent risks, which must be taken into consideration even before planning an activity. It is your responsibility to:
- Find out about the possible risks involved in the outdoor activities
- Check the skills, abilities and physical condition required to participate in them
- Prepare accordingly.
We invite you to consult our safety guides for Sépaq activities. Some organizations can help you plan safe stays and activities. Please don’t hesitate to contact them.
1 866 673-3838
Aventure Écotourisme Québec
1 866 278-5923
1 800 363-0457
Current conditions and forecasts
Fédération québécoise de la marche
1 866 252-2065
Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l’escalade
1 866 204-3763
Fédération québécoise du canot et du kayak
Office of Boating Safety
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec
Protecting Yourself from Mosquito and Tick Bites
Public Health Agency of Canada
Outdoor Fanatic? Beware of Lyme disease!
Public Health Agency of Canada
West Nile Virus - Protect Yourself!
Ski de fond Québec
1 800 463-3389
1 800 567-8356
Before leaving home
- Plan on leaving in a group of at least two people with the necessary skills, abilities and physical conditions;
- Check the weather forecast. We suggest that you contact the establishment you will be visiting to find out about local weather conditions, trail conditions, water levels in the bodies of water and the risk of forest fires.
- Bring food and water even if the activity only lasts a few hours
- Wear suitable shoes for the activity
- Bring extra clothes (rain coat, warmer clothing, etc.)
- Be sure the equipment you will be using during the activity is in good condition
- Pack a whistle, flashlight, first aid kit, etc.
- Don't forget mosquito repeller
- Let somebody know the exact location of your destination and the date you plan to return home, with instructions to contact emergency services (911) if you do not return.
Before starting an activity
- Get a map of the area
- Check how much time the activity takes
- Follow the specific instructions for each activity
- Register at the reception office and inform the staff of your itinerary
- Respect signs and notices of restriction, including instructions for outside fires
- Never leave children unattended
- Boil or treat (filter, chorine, iodine) water from lakes, rivers or streams before drinking it
- When camping, put food in hermetic containers away from anim
- Don’t count on your cell phone; in most areas the networks are not available
- Do not overestimate your strength; choose your itineraries according to your physical condition
- If you notice that a piece of equipment or an accessory is missing or defective, stop the activity and immediately tell a staff member about the situation..
When you get back
When you have finished your activity, be sure to report any damage, malfunction or problem.