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Be Bear Wise while Camping

When enjoying Ontario’s campsites, lakes, forests or hiking trails, remember you are in natural bear habitat. Bears have a keen sense of smell, and are attracted by the odour of all food and garbage. Avoid conflicts with bears while camping by being prepared and aware.


  • Plan your trip with safety in mind by learning how to avoid attracting a bear.
  • Teach children how to be Bear Wise and never approach or run from a bear. Keep children between adults while hiking.
  • Think about how to safely store your food and garbage while on the campsite.
  • Pack food with special care.

Be Bear Wise:

  • Look for signs of bear activity near your campsite.
  • Keep dogs on a leash. The bear may follow the dog back to its owner.
  • Follow the advice set out by Ontario Parks or the private campground
  • Use bear-resistant containers or sealed plastic bags to store food when camping or in back country.
  • Hang food at least 4 metres (13 feet) above the ground and 3 metres
    (10 feet) from tree limbs.
  • Never eat, cook or store food, cooking equipment or toiletries in your tent.
  • Clean up at your campsite:
    • Clean fish away from your campsite
    • Burn scraps and fat droppings
    • Drain dish water.


Packing checklist:

    • Long ropes for hanging food and garbage
    • Whistle or air horn
    • Bear spray
    • Long-handled axe
    • Dog leash
    • Garbage bags
    • Easily prepared food


Always call 911 in an emergency.

Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting.

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Be Bear Wise and avoid bear encounters

Black bears live in most parts of Ontario. Knowing what to do if you encounter a bear is being Bear Wise.

Avoid encounters:

  • Make noise when you move through heavily wooded areas, especially if you are near a stream or waterfall, where bears may not hear you.
  • Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of a bear like tracks, claw marks
    on trees or droppings.
  • DO NOT wear headphones.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are doing activities
    outside (i.e. hiking, jogging, cycling, gardening, berry picking or camping) where bears may not realize you are there.
  • If you are out with a dog, keep it on a leash. Uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.

Think about safety:

  • Carry a whistle or air horn.
  • Carry and understand how to use bear spray.
  • If you are in “back country” consider carrying a long-handled axe.

If you do spot a bear:

  • Remain calm and do not run, climb a tree or swim.
  • Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight.
  • Watch the bear and wait for it to leave, if it does not leave wave your
    arms and make noise.
  • If you are near a building or vehicle, get inside as precaution.

What to do if an encounter results in an attack:

  • Use bear spray.
  • Fight back with everything you have.
  • Do not play dead unless you are sure a mother bear is attacking in defence of her cubs.


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