Hiker’s code of ethics


The hiker’s code as established by the Walking Federation of Quebec

The hiker’s introspective
Safety, self-sufficiency, enjoyment

  • Plan the hike considering its length, difficulty and your physical ability and endurance for the load you’re carrying.
  • Inquire about the weather conditions, potential hazards (hunting, wild animals, debris) and any special regulations pertaining to the area you are visiting (eg. dog access, etc.)
  • Have a first aid kit, trail map, provisions and adequate equipment considering the availability of water.
  • Be prepared for rain
  • Anticipate problems and turnaround time

With respect to others
Respect, sharing, support

  • Respect the rights of others (humans and animals) intimacy and quietness
  • Help anyone in need, to overcome obstacles and difficult sections (rain, windfall, rocks and climbing)
  • Never leave anyone behind
  • Help the injured and ensure they are OK, even if it means you have to change your plans.
  • Share food, water, or clothing when another is in need.

The hiker and the environment
Protection, responsibility, legacy 

  • Don’t leave the trail in an effort to protect the flora, and avoid trampling moss or lichen if there are rocks on the trail.
  • Don’t collect plants, roots, dead wood or rocks, and do not feed the animals (rodents, birds)
  • Never leave waste behind, and for personal needs when facilities are lacking, respect regulatory distances for higher elevations and rivers and bury all waste.
  • Notify officials of any damaged facilities (bridges, stairs, ropes and chains, trail markers) and the location of any litter you can’t bring out.

Always respect the signs and regulations
We thank the Walking Federation of Quebec for the use of their code of ethics, and we have edited some of the information that did not apply to the Par Monts et Vals trail.

Some plants grow very slowly and can take over 15 years to reach maturity, stay on the trail to avoid trampling on them.
Feeding wild animals and leaving leftover food can harm their health.
Snowshoeing on the cross country ski trails will damage them, so stay on the snowshoe trails.

These instructions and suggestions and may seem trivial but their impact is important.