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Adventure beckons on le parc linéaire des Bois-Francs, QC. Photo: Stéphane Tellier
As an Irish twentysomething who came to Canada just over two years ago, I used to have a simplified view of Canadian landscapes. The idea of a limitless expanse of forests, lakes and mountains intrigued me, but the thought of encountering bears, coyotes and even raccoons terrified me.

Luckily, I’ve realized that staying safe in the Canadian outdoors isn’t complicated. I’ve even let go of my fear of raccoons – well, maybe I’m still a bit scared of them. 

However, as any outdoor enthusiast will tell you, safety should never be taken for granted. In other words, it’s not just about bringing along some bear spray and hoping for the best.

This month, Stéphane Tellier chats to volunteers in Quebec, who do everything to ensure all Trail users have a safe and enjoyable time on their section of the Trail. Later, wilderness expert Kevin Callan shares his tips to ensure peace of mind on your next trip. We’re also taking a look at the worrying trend of increasing cases of Lyme disease, and offering advice on keeping your hike tick-free this summer.
 
Jane O’Faherty

Trans Canada Trail
Safety and the outdoors with the volunteers of le parc linéaire des Bois-Francs
 
Whether it’s fixing bikes, reporting emergencies or Trail issues or simply chatting to Trail users, the “patrouilleurs” of le parc linéaire des Bois-Francs are the guardian angels of this Trail section in Quebec.
 
Trail safety tips with Kevin Callan and SPOT X
 
Award-winning outdoors expert and guide Kevin Callan knows more about exploring the wilderness than most, but he never underestimates the importance of taking simple precautions. Discover why he always brings his SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger with him.
 
Not just ticking boxes: How to protect yourself from Lyme disease
 
With cases of Lyme disease increasing rapidly across Canada, I have five tips for keeping you and your family safe this summer.
 
Donor Profile: Max and Marian Scholz
 
After a lifetime of enjoying the outdoors together, one couple from Ontario are leaving a gift in their will to Trans Canada Trail (TCT). 
 
WATCH: The Path Ahead on Prince Edward Island
 
With plenty of services (including cyclist-friendly guesthouses) along The Great Trail in P.E.I., visitors can pedal or hike across an entire province in under a week while sampling island-produced cuisine and breathing fresh maritime air.
 

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