Get out and enjoy all winter has to offer—safely!

Canada is a winter wonderland, with lots to offer outdoor enthusiasts—whether it’s taking a snowy walk in the woods, heading out snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, or hitting the trails on your snowmobile. But if you’re heading out on the trails, it is important to make sure you stay clear of railway tracks.
Blowing snow, fog, and sleet can reduce visibility, making railway tracks almost impossible to see. Snowbanks and snow in trees can also reduce sight lines. This can make it hard to see an approaching train—until it’s too late.
Brush up on the rail-safety basics before you hit the trails
Reducing the likelihood of being in a rail-related incident starts with proper planning and knowing the rail-safety basics. So, before you head off on your next outdoor winter adventure, make sure you follow these tips:
  • Respect the rules. Stay on marked trails and off private property, including railway tracks. Only cross tracks at designated crossings and obey all railway warning signs and signals.
  • Never ski, walk, or ride on or next to train tracks. Trains are wider than the tracks, and it may be hard to hear when one is approaching.
  • Plan your trip. Plan the route you’ll take and avoid ones that take you near or across railway tracks.
  • Be aware of the weather. Canada’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
  • Take sufficient supplies. Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication along with you.

If you’re a snowmobiler, why not experience Operation Lifesaver’s Look. Listen. Live. snowmobile-focused virtual reality video? It gives viewers the shocking—and hopefully unforgettable—experience of what being involved in a snowmobile-train collision would be like. And check out OL’s website for other resources to help ensure your favorite winter pastime is a safe one.