On April 16, 2016 at 6:54 p.m., the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) received a call regarding two lost persons hiking in the
Bruce Peninsula National Park, in the Municipality of Northern Bruce
An OPP Sergeant and a Bruce Peninsula National Park Warden contacted the
missing hikers via cell telephone and were able to ascertain the
approximate location. The two persons were found near Loon Lake; cold,
and unprepared for the extended hike. After approximately 5 hours from
the initial call to Police for help, they were returned safely to their
With the weekend and summer approaching, the Bruce Peninsula OPP would
like to remind residents and visitors of the following safety checks
before embarking on the trails.
Before you head out on a hike,
plan your route. Carry maps, gps and prepare for the terrain and
Always let someone know where
you are heading, and what time you plan on returning.
If you have parked a
vehicle nearby, leave a note on the dash with the above information.
Do not leave any valuables in
Ensure you are dressed
appropriately for the weather. It may be warm when you start out on
the trails but the temperature and weather conditions can change
quickly. Wear layers and proper footwear. The Bruce Trail is not
meant to be hiked in flip flops!
Never go out on the trails
without water and food.
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Bring all necessary
supplies and/or your medication in case any issues arise.
Some items to pack are; sunscreen, band aids, inhalers, epi
pens (first aid kit), flashlight and a lighter.
Carry a fully charged
cell phone and list of emergency contacts in case you find
yourself lost and needing help.
It is not always
guaranteed you will have cell phone service on the Bruce
Peninsula; so being prepared to hunker down for the night,
may be a safe option until day light emerges and/or
emergency personnel can reach you.
Be prepared, have fun and enjoy
the beautiful Bruce Peninsula.
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