What to pack and safety tipsBecause Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is a natural outdoor environment, in order to make your adventure pleasurable be sure to pack these items and be safe outdoors.

Plan according to the season and the expected weather for the day.

Must Pack

  • Fully closed running shoes or hiking boots with good treads. 
  • Layers of comfortable clothing as required (raincoats, jackets)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Leak-proof water bottles
  • Snacks (dry/non meltable: protein bars, nuts + raisins, hard fruit/ vegetables)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Bug spray and After Bite
  • Camera/cell phone (with charger) / Go Pro (Drone cameras are not permitted)
  • Wet wipes/tissues
  • Small first aid kit (band aids, digestive aids, pain reliever, Benadryl)
  • Day pack to fit everything, but not too heavy!
  • Map/directions
  • ID, credit card + cash (25 cent quarter for fish food and one $ dollar loonie for viewfinders might be helpful)

ADDITIONAL helpful items to pack

  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Picnic blanket and picnic cooler
  • Change of clothes (in case it rains or you get too hot)
  • Extra bags (for garbage, dirty clothes, etc.)

Hiking shoes sold at Gift ShopIf you FORGET

In case you forget, there is a good selection of running shoes on sale at the Gift Shop.

The snack bar sells hot + cold drinks, food and snacks. During the summer, the BBQ is also available.

Prevent Heat Stress and Dehydration

It’s important to recognize the signs and take action immediately.

Signs and symptomsActivities- Family hiking along nature trails

  • Fatigue
  • Light headedness
  • Dizziness, nausea
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble focusing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid pulse

Prevention + Recommendations

Keep your body cool by wearing cotton or other loose woven fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin.

Drink reasonable amounts of water (not extremely cold), frequently.

Take rest breaks under shaded areas to cool off.

Direct sun exposure is strongest between noon and 3pm.

Read more: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Protecting-Children-from-Extreme-Heat-Information-for-Parents.aspx

Thunderstorm/Lighting SafetyTotem pold in fog

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is open rain or shine.  That said, storms can pop up with little warning especially during the summer months.  

Our front line staff watches weather closely and tries to advise visitors of possible weather changes.

For safety reasons during high winds, thunder and lighting, the Suspension Bridge, Eco Adventure Tour and Thunderbird Twin Zipline close. The closure may be temporary or for a longer period of time, depending on the weather.

Be safe!

“When the weather roars, get indoors” – seek shelter in buildings or cars.

If you can’t get inside a safe building or vehicle, seek shelter in a low-lying area, squatting low to the ground, and stay away from tall isolated trees or metal poles.

Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

If you find yourself in an exposed location squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not sit or lie down on the ground.

Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/lightning/safety/overview.html

Poison IvyHow to identify poison ivy

Since this is a natural biosphere reserve, there are patches of poison ivy in some sections of the forest.  They are well marked with signage.

Please remind your children to stay on the trails and don’t run off into the forest.

Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-garden-safety/poison-ivy.html

Be prepared..be safe and most of all – have FUN!