Safety

Before venturing on a stretch of water as vast as Lac Poisson Blanc, it is suitable to prepare oneself adequately, in order to have a pleasant, worry-free stay. Be sure to have all the material you will need and to be physically and mentally ready.

The activities offered by Poisson Blanc Regional Park take place in semi-natural or natural environments that are possibly hilly, which are therefore located further from medical services. Thus, if an emergency should occur and an evacuation be necessary, long wait periods are to be expected, which could contribute to worsen an injury or state.

Any person who is leaving for a camping stay by canoe, kayak or other craft on Poisson Blanc Lake accepts to play an active role in risk management (injury, drowning, hypothermia, burns or heat-strokes, etc.) by adopting a preventive attitude for themselves as well as for the other people around them.

You can reach emergency services by dialing 911 at all times on your cell phone, even outside of the signal zone. This remains the first number to be dialed in case of an emergency. Then contact the Park office at 1-866-707-2999 to inform the team of your situation.

Safety advice:

  • Always consider the implications of a possible injury to the most experienced person in the group when taking decisions regarding travel or itinerary;
  • Weather conditions can change rapidly and can keep rowers, even experienced, away from a shelter in bad weather. Stay in groups and always close to the shore;
  • Do not over estimate your abilities and do not forget that you will have less energy at the end of the day;
  • The best rescue is the one that is avoided.

History has shown that problems that occur outdoor are often the result of small acts of carelessness and bad luck. Know how to avoid them in order to take full advantage of the joys of Poisson Blanc!

The wind factor:

Lac Poisson Blanc is about 23 km in length and can reach from 4 to 5 km in width in some places. It is thus very suitable for the creation of wind corridors that can bring on challenges that are sometimes comparable to navigating on the sea. It is therefore always preferable to navigate close to the shore and to remain in groups in order to minimize the dangers that could be brought on by sudden weather condition changes.