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TIPS FOR HAPPY CAMPERS Set up your tent on high ground as soon as you arrive at your site. Be sure to secure all food, beverages and toiletries at night. Otherwise, you'll attract animals. Burn only local firewood and be aware of fire bans. Follow fire safety tips. Respect your neighbours and adhere to the park's quiet time regulations. Leave your campsite as good as —or better than— you found it. ➊ Bears have some of the keenest noses in the animal kingdom. To mask the scent of your food, wrap it in several layers of packaging, or make use of food lockers (pictured above) if they're available onsite. ➋ Cook meals as far from your tent as your site allows, and wash your dishes as soon as you're done eating. Never, ever leave food in your tent. ➌ Gather your food garbage and hang it from a tree away from your campsite. It should be at least four metres off the ground and two metres from the trunk. ➍ If you're hiking in an area known for black bears, travel in groups of two or more and keep dogs leashed. Also, bring some bear spray and a whistle. ➎ If you do happen to come across a bear, don't try to run away or climb a tree. Without making eye contact, slowly back away while keeping the bear in your sight. If the bear doesn't leave, blow your whistle, wave your arms and throw rocks or sticks in its general direction. In the rare case that a bear tries to aack, use your bear spray and do your best to fight back. –Andrew Raven The Bear Necessities When camping in black bear country—which, for the record, is much of Ontario—you'll want to follow these five pointers SUMMER 2021 | 37 PHOTOGRAPHY [ROOF RACK] CAVAN IMAGES/GETTY; [LOCKER] SCOTT MANN/PARKS CANADA. ILLUSTRATION LUERATSATICHOB/ISTOCK

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