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Bears are working extra diligently this time of year to put on their winter calories. For those that are looking to the great outdoors for their mental health and to enjoy the great outdoors, remember to stay prepared while enjoying the outdoors.   What to do if you encounter a bear?   Defensive Encounter May occur when a bear is defending something such as cubs, its food source or if the bear is surprised by your presence.  Do not run Ready your bear spray Try to appear non-threatening, avoiding eye contact Talk in a calm voice Slowly move away without turning your...

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It's been an incredible past couple of years and now it's back to school.  Parents are busier running kids around and many kids are zombies their first week back as they get used to new schedules and routines.     This long weekend, we hope you take in the health, mood bosting and rejuvenation that the outdoors brings.  Breathe in some fresh air, be outdoors and let nature take care of you. Studies regularly show being outside reduces anxiety, stress and anger and leads to significant health benefits, improved blood pressure and boosts mental health. All the best this long weekend. Be Outdoors.  Be...

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Campsite Bear Safety Checklist  As we enjoy the final days of summer camping season, our bear neighbours are out and about preparing for their winter getaway. Parks and trails have seen more and more bear encounters, especially around campgrounds, where food and treats can be found.  Here are a few campsite bear safety tips to consider when setting up for your nature stay. Setting Up Your Campsite Consider the location of your campsite. If possible, camp away from wildlife trails, bodies of water, shrubs and berry patches. Leave a bit of space between all the equipment on your site to...

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After 46 years, our bear spray manufacturer has decided to do their first voluntary bear spray recall in June 2021 with bear spray that has expiry dates between 08/2024 and 12/2024 and an expiry date of 03/2024.   All of our inventory of recall bear spray was cleared out in June and we only have clean bear spray in stock.   We're proud of our manufacturer for doing the right thing in June 2021, responding quickly and efficiently and getting this information out there as early as possible to make sure everyone is kept safe this bear season and into the future. Here's details on the...

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  From WildSmart on the Trail (click here to go to their website) Carry Bear Spray and Know How To Use It Below is one of our favorite videos on how to use bear spray. When recreating in bear country, your best strategy to avoid an encounter with a bear is to make lots of noise, stay in groupsand be alert for signs of bears in the area. Diggings, scat, visible tracks and overturned logs and rocks, are all early warning signs that bears are around. In most cases, bears will do their best to avoid people. Most encounters happen because bears are...

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