The AdventureSmart Program


“Get Informed and Go Outdoors” is the theme of the AdventureSmart program. The program can help prevent needless accidents and injury if people educate themselves about the realities of outdoor recreation so they can be safe, while enjoying all that being outdoors has to offer. The goal of AdventureSmart is to prevent people from getting into trouble by expanding public awareness of outdoor safety whether it’s skiing, rafting, hiking or biking.


Canada’s remarkable outdoor environment is not without its risks, and the AdventureSmart program is designed to address those risks and to help reduce the number of calls for search and rescue.


AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”.  The AdventureSmart program was created by the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program with the assistance of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the British Columbia SAR Association.  AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach to reduce the number and severity of Search and Rescue Incidents. 


By following three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of survival should they become hurt or lost. 

  • Trip Planning (Write a trip plan before you go and leave it with a friend or family member)
  • Training (Obtain the skills and knowledge you need before heading out)
  • Ten Essentials (Carry the 10 essentials and know how to use them)

The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS), the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC). Search and Rescue Alberta (SAR Alberta), and Parkland Search and Rescue (PSAR) are providing funding for this program in Parkland County and across the country. As well, a number of public and private sector organizations are providing promotional support. 


Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) has 12,000 members who provide assistance across the country on ground and inland water search and rescue incidents.  These skilled volunteers have partnered with AdventureSmart to deliver this key message in their local communities.  Current AdventureSmart programs include:


Snow Safety Education Program

This presentation is aimed at children in Grades 4-6, teaching ski hill safety and signage, and backcountry information including “Out of Bounds” hazards.


Survive Outside Program

This presentation is aimed at people aged 12-99.  It focuses on Trip Planning and the Code of Responsibility, Training and Tips for safe travel and the 10 Essentials.


Hug a Tree and Survive Program 

This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-6.  It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost.


More Information

For information on these programs, other outdoor activities, being AdventureSmart or to download trip plans, visit 


To find out about Search and Rescue in Canada visit


For further information on the AdventureSmart program with Parkland Search and Rescue, or to arrange a presentation, email