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Bear Spray Demonstration/Workshop, Mission

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Fraser River Heritage Park – Gazebo

Mission, BC

Directions: Please note that the bear spray demo/workshop will take place at the gazebo at Fraser River Heritage Park; the pinned location on the map may not reflect the precise location of the gazebo.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.


WildSafeBC is all about keeping wildlife wild and communities safe, and one of the best ways we can do both is by managing wildlife attractants found around the places where we live, work, play, and grow. British Columbia is both wildlife country and bear country, and we may find ourselves in a surprise animal encounter either at home or while out recreating in natural areas.

Bear spray has been determined to be an effective deterrent that can reduce injury and potentially save your life during encounters with wildlife. But, do you know how to safely handle and deploy bear spray when the situation calls for it, and how to determine when bear spray should be used?

As part of both the WildSafeBC Province-wide initiative" BC Goes Wild" weekend and the Mission Culture Days celebrations, WildSafeBC is offering free bear spray training. If you'd like to "pay what you may," all cash donations will go to the British Columbia Conservation Foundation. The FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator will provide an informative talk about the efficacy and safe use of bear spray. All attendees are welcome to watch the demonstration, but only those who sign up in advance will receive hands-on training. By signing up in advance, you guarantee your chance to use inert bear spray and practice its safe deployment to help solidify the guiding principles of bear spray use. Only 20 spaces available for hands-on bear spray training during the workshop; be sure to sign up early and guarantee your spot! Duration is approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of workshop attendees.

Follow WildSafeBC Fraser Valley on Facebook to learn more about the Sept. 27/28 "BC Goes Wild" weekend events in Mission, Chilliwack, and Harrison Hot Springs, or contact the FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator directly at [email protected].

* IMPORTANT NOTES: Outdoor event in covered and uncovered space. Weather-appropriate clothes/footwear required. Possible tripping/overhead hazards. Bring any medications/snacks you may require; no refreshments provided. Rain or shine. Minors (18 & younger) must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs, please. Accessibility concerns? Contact the WildSafeBC Community Coordinator to discuss.


WildSafeBC Fraser Valley

WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education, and community solutions. It evolved out of the highly successful Bear Aware program and is owned and delivered by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation. WildSafeBC provides information on how we can reduce human-wildlife conflicts in all aspects of our lives, including how we live, work, play, and grow.

Founded in 1969 by the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is a registered society and charity. Established to achieve ‘on-the-ground’ conservation success, BCCF has been involved in over 5000 research, restoration, mapping, and education projects since 1986. Since 1998, BCCF has adopted a leadership role in reducing human-wildlife conflict, helping to expand and deliver programs in more than thirty BC communities. We focus on a wide variety of wildlife species found throughout BC, explore the species pages on our website to learn more.


Erin Patrick, FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator

This event is part of a hub:

WildSafeBC's "BC Goes Wild" Weekend, Fraser Valley Sept. 27/28

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