The remote and isolated Uapishka Massif is located in an unorganized territory. No mountain rescue service is available and there is no cellular network. Therefore, you must be fully self-sufficient (orienteering, first aid).

We invite you to complete a return and emergency plan upon your arrival at Uapishka Station. This document will help first responders, if needed. This service is free even if you are not a guest at the Station.

Be ready!

  • You must be in excellent physical condition.
  • You must know how to find your way around and how to use maps, a compass and a GPS.
  • You must have first aid and wilderness experience and adequate gear and clothing.
  • It is important to travel in groups for more effective emergency response in case of an accident.
  • Bring along food for one to two extra days.

To ensure your safety, we rent the following gear:

  • Avalanche kit, Spot beacon, VHF radio, Arva, GPS, satellite telephone

We also recommend the following:

  • Check the weather before setting out.
  • Bring along the following items:
    • Fire starter kit
    • First aid kit
    • Water and snacks
    • Coat and/or waterproof clothing
    • Your medication
    • Activity-appropriate equipment

Code of Conduct (source: www.leavenotrace.ca)

Due to its unique, natural character, the government has established a protected area on the Massif. We encourage you to contribute to the conservation of the area.

  • Campfires: Avoid making a campfire as much as possible. However, if necessary, cut out a square from the top soil, make your fire and then place the cut-out top soil back once the fire is extinguished. Water the top soil. Only burn pieces of wood smaller than your wrist in diameter. Never leave stone circles or burned wood in sight. Scatter them around the area.
  • Woodcutting: Preferably, cut wood in a scattered manner rather than on a single tree. Make only a small fire and cut only what you need. Uapishka forests are said to be irreplaceable.
  • Hiking: Hike spread out rather than in single file, preferably on rocky or hard surfaces (much like campsites). Instead of widening a trail, step on the beaten path and risk getting your footwear wet.
  • Human waste: Preferably, in a mossy area. Bring back or burn any soiled toilet paper.
  • Stone landmarks: After reaching a summit, many feel the need to erect a stone cairn as a tribute to their efforts. Cairns are used as landmarks at specific locations; increasing their numbers is to be avoided.
  • Be respectful of other visitors and sensitive to the quality of their outdoor experience.