LIVV Adventures is dedicated to preserving, and even improving, the natural state of the parks that we provide transportation to. In addition, we also do our best to prepare our guests for a safe and responsible experience. We have launched our RESPECT Program that puts equal focus on respecting your own safety as well as helping to protect the pristine environments that you will visit on one of our trips.
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS
Leave No Trace. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
Any form or waste left behind is first of all not good for the environment and secondly it creates an unpleasant experience for everybody else. Everybody must strive to "Leave No Trace" and "Pack In what you Pack Out".
Take along a garbage bag and carry out all garbage that you generate. Ask one of the LIVV team members to provide you with a garbage bag if you forgot to bring one. Biodegradable scraps such as apple cores and orange peels, which probably won't decompose before the next hiker comes along, should also be put in a garbage bag. Don not bury anything except human waste. The ground will be disturbed by digging and animals will dig up and scatter your buried garbage.
LIVV Adventures has a Negative Garbage Policy. Not only do we collect all waste generated from our guests; we also sporadically send volunteers to the parks where we operate to collect garbage along the trails.
Our convenient and affordable bus service between Vancouver and provincial parks such as Joffre Lakes and Garibaldi, takes cars off the road. We therefore help to eliminate carbon emissions that would have been emitted by individual cars if our service was not offered.
RESPECT THE SAFETY OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Make sure that you have the right gear for the type of hike and time of year. You can expect much different weather conditions at higher elevations than you will find in Vancouver. For example, you could expect some snow on the ground at higher elevations - even in summer. It is a good idea to check the weather before your trip, to ensure that you bring appropriate clothing. Hikers must have proper footwear. Hiking in sneakers of flip-flops will put you at a high risk of hurting yourself. In addition, it is a good idea to bring a small hiking bag, a first aid kit, rain gear as well as a hat / sunblock to protect you from the sun.
When you are preparing to go on a day hike, whether it is easy or more strenuous, taking enough of the right kinds of snacks is a priority. Staying hydrated by taking plenty of water is a must. Most of the parks that we visit, don't have any water fountains and you will need to treat any water from streams along the hike before it is safe to drink.
If you are looking for ideas on what to pack for your day hike, check out the list below. Consider taking food that are wrapped in as little plastic as possible as you have to ensure to Leave No Trace and Pack In what you Pack Out.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- Dried Apricots
- Canned Tuna + Whole Grain Crackers
- Granola or Fruit & Nut Bars
- Something Sugary for when you need an energy boost
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Carrot Sticks
- Avocado + Whole Grain Crackers
- Thermos of Soup
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Fruit e.g. apples
On your day trip, you may encounter some wildlife. Mostly it is birds and pikas (small mammals), however bears have been spotted in many of the Provincial Parks in BC. It is not very common to see bears on busy hiking trails such as Joffre, however, it is a good idea to be aware of how to react when you do come across one. Bears are very sensitive to human disturbance and activity. Avoiding an encounter is the best way to protect both yourself and bears. when on trail, consider the following:
Make noise. Don't surprise a bear. Call, sing, clap or talk loudly especially near streets and in areas of low visibility.
Be alert. Watch for bears or their scat and tracks, any strange smells or disturbed vegetation.
Stay together. Hike and bike in groups and don't let children wander. Larger groups are less likely to have a negative bar encounter.
Watch your pets. Keep dogs on a leash at all times. Dogs can provoke defensive bear behaviour.
Use officials marked trails. Travel during daylight hours. Bears are most active at dawn and dusk.
Carry a whistle.
Be considerate to other hikers. Don't play loud music and dispose of your waste properly.