Members and guests are encouraged to carry a map similar to that included in the Bus Book, showing the proposed trails and destinations for the outing. Many carry a small compass, a hand-held GPS device, or a pace counter with them to enable orientation in wilderness settings.
Group leaders are given beacon locators and two-way radios for use during the hike or snow season outing. These devices allow the leader to keep in contact with other groups and the bus operator, as wells as rescue assistance in the event of an emergency.
Bear spray, with the safety catch on, must be placed in the dedicated bear spray boxes located in the cargo hold during all summer bus outings.
Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Obtain and read a copy of the Alberta Parks leaflet “Bear Safety” available at any Parks Information Centre and at many outdoor specialist shops.
The best protection from bears is to stay in a tight group of no less than 4 hikers, making sufficient noise to alert any bears in the vicinity of your presence. Look out for “bear signs” such as tracks, fresh bear scat, scoopings and diggings for roots.