As part of our regular feature on the seven Leave No Trace Principles, we’re featuring Principle #2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Last time we focused on the first part of this Principle. Now we’ll focus on the second part: Camp on Durable Surfaces.
Selecting an appropriate campsite is perhaps the most important aspect of low-impact back try use. It requires the greatest use of judgment and information and often involves making trade-offs between minimizing ecological and social impacts. A decision about where to camp should be based on information about the level and type of use in the area, the fragility of vegetation and soil, the likelihood of wildlife disturbance, an assessment of previous impacts, and your party’s potential to cause or avoid impact. Find more detailed information here on:
- Choosing a campsite in high-use areas
- Camping in undisturbed remote areas
- Camping in river corridors
Learn more at Leave No Trace Canada.