Adventure Smart Trip Plan App

Outdoor Trip Planning? There’s an App for That!

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) launches signature AdventureSmart Trip Plan app to aid outdoor recreationalists to “Get informed and go outdoors”.

Canadians love the outdoors. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 7 in 10 Canadians participate in outdoor or wilderness activities every year, with hiking and backpacking being the most popular activity[1]. While this love of the outdoors plays a critical role in the health and wellbeing of Canadians, it can also create some problems. Each year there are approximately 15,000 search and rescue incidents and national search and rescue program partners provide assistance to over 25,000 persons lost or in distress.

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 it is now available as a free download for iPhones (on the Apple App Store) and Android (via the Google Play store). Developed with the knowledge and expertise 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 the “Three T’s”:

Trip Planning – Let the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App walk you through a comprehensive trip plan, then easily share it with a responsible party, family or friends, with just a couple of clicks.

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

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

The AdventureSmart Trip Plan App incorporates a six step process to ensure the emergency contact(s) you choose have the detailed information of your trip, which can be provided to the authorities in case of emergency. That process provides a wealth of critical information, including time of departure and expected return, location and purpose of a trip, as well as names and contact information for all participants. While the trip plan is not monitored (and it is up to you or your emergency contact(s) to notify the appropriate authorities should you become overdue or in distress), the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App helps give recreationalists and search and rescue professionals essential information to assist in the response for your safe return.



AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to ‘’Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart balances key safety messages with an individuals’ responsibility for safety and encouraging the public to obtain the knowledge, skills and equipment necessary for them to enjoy their outdoor pursuits. By being AdventureSmart, outdoor recreationalists make informed decisions, mitigate risk and ultimately reduce the number and severity of search and rescue (SAR) incidents. To learn more about AdventureSmart and to find more information on the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App, visit


The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a registered not-for-profit and educational organization that supports, coordinates, develops, informs, promotes and implements search, rescue and emergency response with the underlying principle of saving lives. To learn more about SARVAC, visit


The development of this app was funded through a Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund program. The SAR New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF) was established by the Federal Government in 1988, and is managed by Public Safety Canada (PSC), in partnership with other Federal, Provincial and Territorial SAR organizations. SAR NIF provides funding for projects that will improve the National Search and Rescue Program and address National SAR Program Annual Priorities.


SARVAC would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the volunteers which continue to make the AdventureSmart program and the development of the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App, a huge success!

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

Lest We Forget

In honor of those whose lives are lost, those who served, and those who are here to continue serving. Brandon Regional Search and Rescue is proud to have volunteers who have devoted their careers to military service. Today, one of our members, Trevor Michelsen, is leading an around-the-world artillery salute to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI.

Brandon Sun – November 2, 2018

Read the full article online.

Source:  Kemp, Chelsea. “CFB Shilo taking part in Armistice artillery salute.” Brandon Sun, 2 November 2018. Accessed online:

Honoring Amber McFarland

There is a special prayer in the hearts of Brandon Regional Search and Rescue for those who remain missing, and this is especially true for Amber McFarland and the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance.

In particular, this case was the spark that began the movement to create a dedicated GSAR team in Brandon to support communities and loved ones of those who are missing within our region. The search that followed to find Amber included a massive turn out of support by the Portage community, and was long and hard for everyone involved.

Robin, Brian and Paulette attended the vigil service for Amber held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and were overwhelmed by how many people Amber touched in her life. The significance of our duty to help bring home those who are missing is evident by the outpouring of love and support that brings a community together. BRSARA honors Amanda McFarland by serving, so others may live.

Manitoba Mudrun 2018

It was a scorching hot day on August 11, 2018 as the BRSARA team prepared for signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration as part of our First Aid commitment to the Manitoba Mudrun in Dauphin, MB. We were all thankful as a cool wind lifted some of the heat, and with plenty of water available for relief the day was positive and uplifting for everyone involved.

Thank you to the event coordinators for hosting us as your emergency first aid team!


Team Building, First Aid and Events

Yes, we do take emergency response seriously! That is why you will see a team of orange, armed up in cold packs, first aid gear and stationed at various posts performing duties (and yes, laughing and have a little fun along the way) that may make you wonder – what does this volunteer work have to do with rescue?

Responding to a search is serious work; and being able to know and trust your teammates is crucial.  Team Building through First Aid and Events is one of the many ways we practice and train together. We participate together to build that trust in each other’s skills so that when we are called to perform – that is exactly what we do.

You may have seen us recently out and about, Canada Day 2018 at the Discovery Center, Generation Next Angler Walleye Tournament, and Softball Manitoba U19 A Girls’ Championship.

Next time you are at an event keep an eye out for the orange shirts, and stop by our Adventure Smart trailer if you have any questions or would like to share what you think about our presence in the community!

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Local cartoonist and community advocate Curt Shoultz creates a compelling story through his comic pages, Brandoon Heroish published in Saturday’s edition of the Brandon Sun, about four teenagers on the graduation committee of their high school searching for ways to convey the true nature of heroism for graduation day.  While exploring various “heroic” occupations in the community, we suddenly come across these teens assisting local authorities along with a search and rescue volunteer group, to locate a lost child.

Background of all of our lives is Heroism — Curt Shoultz

We are fortunate to live in a community where many of us understand the value of volunteering time and resources back into the very place we call home.  The important distinction that Mr. Shoultz conveys in his work is that part of what makes a hero is through dedication, by honouring your commitments.

Brandon Regional Search and Rescue would like to thank Curt Shoultz for his talent and insight.  Brandoon Heroish is featured in every Saturday issue of the Brandon Sun from February 24, 2018 to June 16, 2018. You will find completed comic works on his website at


Credit: Curt Shoultz, used with permission, The whole story can be found in e-book form after June 15 at