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Tips for Hikers


The weather can be quite variable, with summer temperatures ranging from 15C to the high 20s during mid-summer. Mornings may start off cool and foggy and change to a warm sunny day. Rain showers may develop and later clear. Dress appropriately, with layers, and carry a water-resistant shell. Wear suitable footwear to protect your feet and provide a sure grip. The surface of the trail varies greatly, from a wooded environment to rocky coastline to tundra.


Blackfly Protection

Blackflies can be a real nuisance, especially from mid-July to the end of August. Wind is a key factor for determining the nuisance level of blackflies. They're worse on calm days. Wind over 20 km/h greatly reduces their activity. Windy days can be completely fly-free. Check the local forecast before you set out so you have an idea what to expect.

Blackflies landing on you will crawl around before biting, so dress to reduce their access: long pants, long-sleeve shirt with the shirttail tucked in, elastics or clips to close off the wrist and ankle areas. As much as possible, eliminate openings in your clothing. Use fly repellant on exposed skin areas, especially your neck and ears and wrists. A "bug jacket" provides excellent protection. This is a very lightweight, zip-up jacket (with attached hood & face sheild) made of mesh screen. You can wear a baseball cap under the jacket to keep the screen away from your face. And remember that blackflies breed only in clean, running water; a healthy blackfly population is a sign of a healthy & clean ecosystem!


Things to Remember

  • Please keep to the trail
  • Refrain from smoking, feeding animals, or picking plants
  • Respect the environment and the local culture
  • Only start fires in designated areas

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