What are the Do’s and Don’ts of Hiking?

When it comes to hiking, it’s always best to come prepared. Hiking can be a challenging activity, but it’s a very rewarding experience.  Over time we’ve figured out some do’s or don’ts that have helped us and may help you too!  


1)   Stay on the trail

Always stay on the marked trail since they’re created to maintain the environment. Conservation areas work very hard to protect the ecosystem while offering a chance for everyone to explore nature. But when you go off the beaten track, you can do enough damage in seconds that takes years to undo. Don’t veer off track! 

2)  Be prepared

Before you head out, make sure to research the trails and weather. Trails will vary in difficulty, so it’s good to find one that’s suitable for your fitness level. It’s also important to keep an eye out for the weather, so you can stay warm and dry.

Remember to pack enough water and snacks, a phone, a map, a first aid kit, rain gear, warm clothes and your ID. 

3)  Hike with a buddy or group

For your safety, never hike alone – especially in bear country. If your friend can’t join you, consider joining a hiking group instead. Anything can happen out on the trail and you may be many kilometers from any help. Having someone with you can save your life.  Plus, it’s always more fun to hike with a friend! 

4)  Watch your time

Be sure to keep an eye on the time when you’re on your hike. At the beginning of the hike, you’ll have more energy and can finish more of the trail in a shorter period of time. However, as you continue to hike, you’ll get more tired and slow down. Because of this, it’s always better to plan extra time for breaks.

If you happen to be hiking after the sun goes down, make sure to pack a flashlight or headlamp to help you see in the dark. 


1)   Don’t deface, damage or disturb any property or wildlife

When you’re on a trail, don’t vandalize any property or damage wildlife. As the saying goes, “take only photos, leave only footprints.”

2) Don’t litter. Pack out what your pack in. 

Whatever you bring onto the trail, you should also take out with you. It helps to bring a small garbage bag so you can keep track of your trash.

3) Don’t tackle a trail that’s too difficult

Sometimes it’s the difficult trails that offer the most beautiful views, but you have to remember that your safety is key. If you get too tired from the trail, head back to the beginning of the trail and try again when you’re feeling better. Trust us: we’ve had to turn back a few times. 

4)  Don’t underestimate nature

Depending where you’re hiking, the weather can change in an instant. Storms can be dangerous if you’re in the middle of nowhere without shelter. So make sure to keep an eye out for weather changes. If you know that there’s going to be a big storm, avoid heading out to a trail.

If you happen to hike in an area with bears, it’s really important to make a lot of noise to let a bear know of your presence. Also, remember to carry bear spray with you at all times on the trail – you never know when you may have to use it!  

We hope these tips are helpful for your next adventures! 

Happy Adventuring! 

3 Ways to Make Hiking Fun

If you're a new hiker, it might be challenging to get used to being on the trail. But don't worry, we have you covered with these three tips on how to make hiking a fun activity. 

1)   Have a positive attitude

Honestly, the best way to enjoy a hike is to bring a good attitude. Having a happy spirit on a trail makes all the difference. Hiking isn’t an easy task, especially if you go on a long hike through hills with many rocks and roots to avoid. Sometimes you might get too tired, your body will ache or you’ll get one too many insect bites.

Remember to think about the beautiful views you’ll come across and the accomplishment you’ll feel when you finish the hike. Plus, when you finish, you can reward yourself with a treat! My favourite is ice cream. Yum!

2)   Bring a canine companion

Whenever we visit a dog-friendly park, we love to bring Cee’s furry friend Caelum. He’s a 3-year-old Siberian husky who loves stepping into nature as much as we do.

It’s nice to have a pooch to encourage you when things get tough. Remember to be realistic about your dog’s endurance since some trails are easier than others. Don’t forget to pack treats and water for them!  

3)   Hike with a buddy

If don’t have a dog to hike with, don’t worry about it. You just need to bring a friend along. Explore the area to make new memories together.

We always hike with each other and help motivate one another when the trail gets rough. We’ve done hikes that lasted from 30 minutes up to nine hours. Having a companion is really helpful on the longer, more strenuous hikes. 

We hope this information is helpful for your next adventure! 

Happy Adventuring!

Hiking Tips: What to Wear and Pack

When we first started hiking a few years ago, we didn’t pack very well, nor were we very prepared for what we’d encounter.  We hoped for the best and went from there! But as our obsession for exploring grew, we started investing in more stuff that made our adventures a little easier. 

We know that if you’re new to hiking, it might be a little overwhelming to head to the trail without being completely ready. Don’t fret: we’ve got you covered with these tips for when you start your adventurous journey.



What to Wear:

1) Sturdy Footwear

Whether it’s a pair of running shoes or hiking boots, it’s important to make sure you have a sturdy pair of footwear. Some trails are easy on your feet but others can be filled with tons of rocks and tree roots that you can trip on. So, it’s much better to have shoes with support to help protect you from these hazards.

Don’t feel pressured to purchase an expensive pair of hiking boots if you’re just starting out. Any pair of runners will do the trick for a short hike. But if you’re doing long hikes in difficult terrain, then it might be good to invest in pair of quality hiking boots.

What we use: Salomon Waterproof hiking boots.

2) Pants/Shorts

This can be a pair of comfortable hiking pants, athletic tights or trousers. While pants will keep your legs protected from hazards like poisonous plants or insect bites, shorts are good to keep cool on hot days and offer more mobility.

3) Shirts

It’s ideal to wear shirts that are moisture wicking, but you really just need any comfortable top that offers flexibility. On some hikes, we find ourselves needing to use a rock or tree root to help us climb up the trail. Tops with more movement allow us to get around obstacles better!

 4) Rain Gear

In cooler and rainy weather, it’s important to pack a jacket. Make sure it’s waterproof with a hood to help protect you from rain or hail. If you get one with pockets, you can keep your phone or camera in for easy reach!

If you don’t have a rain jacket, you can also use a poncho to keep dry, but it’s not as comfortable.

5) Hat

On sunny days, it’s always a good idea to bring a brimmed hat to protect your face from the sun. But personally, I usually just wear a headband to keep the hair out of my face.  


What to pack:

1) A Small Backpack

 You don’t need to invest in anything fancy, but it’s nice to have a small and lightweight backpack to carry all of your things. Having one with more pockets is useful for organizing everything, but not necessary.

 2) Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

It’s important to protect your skin from the sun as well as insects. There’s nothing worse than coming home with a sunburn and insect bites all over your skin. It’s not fun.

3) First Aid Kit

It doesn’t hurt to keep a simple first aid kit on you. You can either buy one or make your own. We made ours with bandages, alcohol wipes, medical tape, scissors and gauze. Getting scrapes and cuts happen all the times, so we found it’s helpful to be prepared when that happens.

4) Electronics

Bring a camera or phone to take awesome photos from your hikes. Make sure your batteries are fully charged before you start. A phone is also extremely useful in emergency situations, should one come up. 

 5) Water and Snacks

Hydration is key for any hike! Always bring plenty of water on a hike, especially if it’s a hot day. On longer hikes, we like to bring snacks like fruits, nuts, peanut butter sandwiches, beef jerky or protein bars to keep our energy up. But if that’s not your taste, bring something that’s easy and tasty to munch on!

Happy Adventuring!