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 try and 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.

  1. Trip Planning (write a trip plan before you go and leave it with a friend or family)
  2. Training (obtain the skills and knowledge you need before heading out)
  3. Ten Essentials (carry the 10 essentials and know how to use them)

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.

AdventureSmart is divided into 3 sections for various age groups and conditions:

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

If you would like to have one of the presentations performed for your organization or group you may contact any of the local teams or visit the AdventureSmart website