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Some park resources (historical and life science features) are sensitive to damage. Their vulnerability must be respected. Please remember that it is an offence under the Provincial Parks Act to remove or damage any park feature.

Leave no trace of your passage. No other phrase better captures the spirit and philosophy of wilderness travel. Every bit of debris, no matter how small, or every scar, no matter how slight, is an affront to the natural landscape and to those who follow in your tracks.

Grey water from dishes, bathing or personal hygiene should be disposed of well away from water or campsites.

transparent-spacer610wx55h.gif (281 bytes) If bathing with soap, choose biodegradable. Jump in the water, lather up on shore at least 20 metres (66 feet) from water, and get a buddy to rinse you off.

Nothing so defaces a campsite or hurts the environment more than the improper disposal of human waste. To answer the call of nature, choose a spot at least 45 meters (50 yards) away from lakeshores, rivers, campsites and trails, and do the following:
Peel back the surface moss and dig a small pit a few inches deep and wide. Do not dig deep; the bacteria and fungi that break down feces are close to the surface. The goal is to cover just enough for aesthetics, and to keep flies away. Cover the waste in the pit with the dirt you removed and replace the surface vegetation.
Make sure that no trace of your "visit" remains. Use as little toilet paper as possible. Soiled toilet paper (use white or unbleached) should be buried with the waste material or burned in the firepit. As for disposable diapers, and feminine hygiene products, triple bag them and pack them out! While this sounds like a "messy" practice, it is the only responsible thing to do. The multiple layers and plastic in these products will remain for years and years before they biodegrade.

Wabakimi is one of over 270 parks in the Ontario Parks System.

Wabakimi is one of over 270 parks in the Ontario Parks System. Click here to visit the Ontario Parls Website - www.OntarioParks.com
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