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Dangers of solo hiking (in Ontario)

Traveling solo doesn't necessarily make a hike any riskier, or lessen your chance of injury. What is does do, is increase the response time of rescue workers. When you're hiking in a group and ...
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What are lawful wilderness activities in Canada?

In Ontario, the relevant terminology is "Crown Land". This is land that is not owned by any private entity, and is essentially free for use, however there are some rules. Most of the province is ...
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What does it take to become a wilderness skills guide as a business?

In my experience, it comes down to 4 things. Wilderness First Responder Certification: The first course is 80 hours and then you need to recertify after 2 years. There are other certifications such ...
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Snowshoe hare migration patterns through changing seasons

This page makes it seem like they do not migrate. Most other plant eaters, like deer and elk, vacate deep snowy areas and migrate to the lowlands, river bottoms, or south-facing slopes that are ...
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What are lawful wilderness activities in Canada?

It really depends on which province you are moving to and how far you are willing to go from urban centers. First off, stay away from any private property. While my activities can sometimes bring me ...
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Dangers of solo hiking (in Ontario)

The biggest danger in hiking alone is that any sort of injury or illness can very quickly put you in a situation where your life is at risk. anything which immobilises you in the wilderness is ...
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What ever happened to the proposals for no-rescue zones for backpackers?

It looks like it was most commonly proposed in the 1980s to around 1994 and has since been brought up at different times by different people but was never implemented. Here are the results I found ...
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What kind of sea creature leaves this skin/shell?

It looks a lot like dried Turkish Towel seaweed, or Chondracanthus exasperatus. Turkish Towels are often solid red when alive, but then changes to shades of brown, pink, cream, and translucent as it ...
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Is there a benefit for animals who return to the area of a deadly forest fire after the fire is out?

According to United States Forest Service, fire has a number of benefits for the wildlife including more nutrients in the ground, more open spaces, there are some plants that need fire to spread and ...
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What ever happened to the proposals for no-rescue zones for backpackers?

There are lots of good reasons to reject such proposals, and these would have stopped them being implemented. Some examples: Deliberate injury - would the emergency services attend if someone was ...
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Collecting plant foodstuff in the Canadian wilderness of Alberta during winter?

This is really a comment, or several of them, but too big to use the comments mechanism. Alberta is a big place with quite varied climates. In particular, you can divide the province into the Rocky ...
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Topo map server out there somewhere?

I personally use several WMS layers (Web Map Service) in GIS software. Many are free to use, some are licenced. Here's a short list that might interest you: CalTopo: has USGS and NRCan scanned topo ...
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Does an Inflatable boat w a 4hp motor need a license in Ontario?

This Government of Canada website says: Licensing a pleasure craft A vessel used for pleasure, recreation, or daily living is a pleasure craft. Determining whether a Pleasure Craft Licence is ...
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Where can we see genetically pure American Bison, including Yellowstone National Park?

Do check out Hayden and Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. The following is taken from Watch Wildlife in Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley Wildlife Watching In Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone’s huge, ...
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What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?

I am an amateur radio operator (Extra Class) active in Skywarn. Yes, PMR radios transmit in the amateur radio spectrum in Canada and the U.S. Yes, it is not legal. In the wilderness, far away from ...
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What are the markings on the Grouse Grind?

The trail is divided in quarters marked by signs (still more about elevation than actual distance) and the elevation is signed in 40s increments
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Topo map server out there somewhere?

You don't say what area of the world you are looking for maps of, but I see your profile locates you in Alberta. If you were looking for locations in the USA, mapper.acme.com tiles USGS topo maps ...
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OFSC (snowmobile) trails in summer, are there restrictions/rules regarding non-motorized summer access?

There are no solid rules. I'm self answering after 2 years, as I've now spent a fair amount of time in the area with these trails and learned more about how they operate. These trails run over a mix ...
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Can deadfall make for good firewood?

Dead, fallen wood can be good firewood. It depends on whether it's wet or dry. Wet or dry depends, not on rainfall, but on contact with the ground. It also depends on how long the log has been lying ...
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Where to buy ethanol in Canada?

Ethanol is usually sold as bio-ethanol in Canada, although, strictly speaking, it is really denatured alcohol (i.e., it has an additive to prevent people from drinking it). While you can get it from ...
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Dangers of solo hiking (in Ontario)

You don't say whether you will be backpacking or sleeping in a campground or motel. I strongly advise against a backpacking trip as your first experience hiking alone. I'd advise against anyone ...
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Is it worth getting snow shoe chains/spikes for only a one week trip to a snowy area?

Personally, I think you should be okay with your boots. You will have to walk slowly, but you should do fine. It may be beneficial to walk around with a walking stick in spots and try to avoid the ice ...
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What does it take to become a wilderness skills guide as a business?

I like the answer of @Charlie Brumbaugh, and it would be hard to do better as an official answer, but I would like to add the perspective of one category of prospective client: The older, highly ...
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What does it take to become a wilderness skills guide as a business?

A great starting point would be to undergo an intensive program in outdoor skills and leadership. In Canada there is COLT -- Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training. COLT is 100 days long and covers ...
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Are these seabirds near Vancouver Scripp's murrelets?

These look like Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) ducks. Definitely not Murres, and the beaks aren’t long enough relative to head size to be a loon.
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What weather can I expect in February on Blackcomb Mountain near Whistler?

I wouldn't worry overmuch. I've skied up there about a dozen times over the years. I can only recall one time that it was really quite cold at the summit. -14-18 if I remember correctly. Most of ...
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Lake Ontario boating restrictions near Darlington nuclear plant?

This sort of information usually comes off the navigational charts, but sometimes those are supplemented by Sailing Directions. In this specific case, we can refer to "Sailing Directions, CEN 302 ...
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Seagulls flocking by night?

a bit late on the response but I got here eventually! I live on the south coast in the UK & the seagulls here exhibit similar behaviour. As it gets towards evening they start off from their inland ...
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Is it worth getting snow shoe chains/spikes for only a one week trip to a snowy area?

I'm not too sure if you'll be going through deep snow on a mountain hike or navigating icy sidewalks in Stanley Park & Vancouver, but it's worth almost any price to not get hurt falling down on ...
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Where can we see genetically pure American Bison, including Yellowstone National Park?

For animal viewing. I would go to N Dakota. Drive the back roads not the mains roads. Stop at the badlands see some wild goats & buffalo. Mt Rushmore. Take the ranch roads around from there. Many ...
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