Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) has launched an exclusive AdventureSmart Trip Plan app to help outdoor recreationists “get informed and get outdoors.”

We love the outdoors. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 7 in 10 Canadians participate in outdoor or nature activities each year, with hiking and hiking being the most popular activities.[1].

Prevent the preventable

While this love of the outdoors plays a vital role in the health and well-being of Canadians, it can also create problems. Approximately 15,000 search and rescue incidents occur each year and national search and rescue program partners provide assistance to more than 25,000 lost or endangered people.

Smart Adventure Chart

AdventureSmart is a national prevention program that helps Canadians and visitors to Canada effectively prepare for their outdoor excursions.

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the development of the new AdventureSmart Trip Plan app and is available as a free download for Android (via the Google Play Store) and iPhone (on Apple App Store).

Developed with the knowledge and experience that comes from decades of experience, the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app is a tremendous new aid for those heading outdoors, especially when it comes to:

Three T’s

Trip planning: Let the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app guide you through a complete trip plan and then easily share it with a responsible person, family or friends, with just a couple of clicks.

Training: Use the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app as a reference for outdoor survival tips, suggestions on appropriate clothing, and additional information specific to your outdoor activity.

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Taking the essentials: The AdventureSmart Trip Plan app offers a handy guide to help with the essentials of any gear list, including those specific to your chosen activity, season, and location.

The six-step process

The AdventureSmart Trip Plan app incorporates a six-step process to ensure that the emergency contacts you choose have detailed information about your trip, which can be provided to authorities in the event of an emergency.

This process provides a wealth of critical information, including the time of departure and expected return, the location and purpose of the trip, as well as the names and contact information of all participants.

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While the travel plan is not monitored (and it is up to you or your emergency contact(s) to notify the appropriate authorities if you are delayed or in danger), The AdventureSmart Trip Plan app helps provide recreationists and search and rescue professionals with essential information to assist in the response for your safe return.

  • Qualification – Start your travel plan by creating a brief descriptive title for the benefit of your contacts.
  • Participant and emergency contact(s) – Provide the names and contact information of all participants and those who will be notified if you do not indicate that you have returned safely from your trip.
  • Date and Time – Indicate the date and time of your departure and expected return.
  • Location and purpose – Provide the location and purpose of your trip.
  • Equipment and supplies – Identify what equipment and supplies you carry and consider including all suggested “essentials.”
  • Additional Information – Provide any miscellaneous information for your contact(s) and when it is complete, activate it!
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    Enjoy the ability to access other information, such as local weather, survival information, your current location and emergency contact numbers for local authorities, in case you find yourself in danger.

    What is AdventureSmart?

    AdventureSmart balances key safety messages with individual responsibility for safety and encourages the public to obtain the knowledge, skills and equipment necessary to enjoy their outdoor activities.

    AdventureSmart logo

    By being AdventureSmart, outdoor recreationists make informed decisions, mitigate risk, and ultimately reduce the number and severity of search and rescue (SAR) incidents.

    To learn more about AdventureSmart and find more information about the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app, visit their website.


    SARVAC crest

    The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a registered non-profit and educational organization that supports, coordinates, develops, informs, promotes and implements search, rescue and emergency response with the underlying principle of saving lives.

    Learn more about SARVAC here.


    The development of this application was funded through a New Search and Rescue Initiatives Fund program.

    The SAR New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF) was established by the Federal Government in 1988 and is administered by Public Safety Canada, in partnership with other federal, provincial and territorial SAR organizations.

    SAR NIF provides funding for projects that will enhance the National Search and Rescue Program and address the National SAR Program Annual Priorities.

    Special thanks

    SARVAC would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who continue to make the AdventureSmart program and the development of the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app a great success.

    Give it a try!

    Find more information about the delivery of the AdventureSmart program here.

    To use the travel plan app, visit their website or search for “AdventureSmart” on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

    Smart adventure infographic

    [1] General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and at Home), Statistics Canada, 2016