10 winter camping adventures: luxurious to rugged
Crisp icy mornings, fresh powder covering the ground, and a winter wonderland that’s all yours to explore when you wake to a world of snowy adventures. If you’ve never tried camping in the colder months before, you’re in for a real treat—try booking one of our canvas-sided oTENTiks for a dash of comfort to ease you into the winter camping vibe. So wrap up warm and start making plans right now.
Backcountry camping on the Chilkoot Trail
Are you an expert backcountry winter camper? Then prepare for self-sufficient good times in the unpatrolled wilderness of Canada’s largest national historic site. By day, enjoy the adventures that the fabled Chilkoot Trail has to offer. By night, it’s up to you to decide where you’ll pitch your tent. In the winter you don’t need to stay in designated campgrounds at this national historic site, so find your favourite spot.
Sweet dreams! Before you fall asleep, spare a moment to think about those who made camp in the snow before you—Chilkoot Tlingit Traders, and later the Klondike Gold Rush stampeders—all without modern thermal sleeping bags!
Rustic winter shelters at Kouchibouguac National Park
A cosy rustic winter shelter awaits those who make the trip to the South Kouchibouguac campground along the cross country ski trail. Come by snowshoe, ski, fat bike, or just take a walk and enjoy the blanketing silence of the snow, and beauty of the mixed-wood winter forest.
Top Tip: Make sure to bring your sleeping bag and best campfire stories. We’ll supply the wood stove, kindling and firewood.
Camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park
Experience the pristine beauty of the traditional home of the Saugeen Ojibway First Nations, just a four-hour drive from downtown Toronto. Head for the Tamarack campground and let the ancient cedars and rugged Georgian Bay shoreline work their timeless magic as you unwind and enjoy Bruce Peninsula’s winter activities and life at a slower pace.
Top Tip: If the ground is frozen, use sticks packed down in snow, instead of tent pegs to stake your tent out.
Backcountry camping in Kluane National Park and Reserve
Immerse yourself in a true winter wilderness in the inspirational surroundings of the Yukon and Canada’s largest icefield. You can camp permit-free in most areas of Kluane between mid-November and the end of March, but if you’re planning an overnight expedition within the icefields, then don’t forget to book a permit.
Top Tip: Keep your water bottle in your sleeping bag overnight, that way you’ll be able to have a drink in the morning as it won’t be frozen solid.
oTENTik tents in Riding Mountain National Park
Never tried winter camping before? No problem! Dip an experimental toe into the world of snow and canvas when you book a night in one of the five oTENTiks in Riding Mountain National Park. The perfect first step for wannabe winter campers, oTENTiks boast electric heat, lights, a wood stove and even USB outlets to keep you charged up for a day of snowshoe trail selfies!
Top Tip: Don’t forget the golden oTENTik rule: no food or drink allowed inside. Store food and drink in your vehicle, and always cook and eat outdoors or in the kitchen shelter. Fire up the grill and cook over the open fire or on the gas BBQ provided.
Yurts, oTENTiks and cabins in Fundy National Park
Imagine waking up and looking out over one of nature’s miracles, the Bay of Fundy with the world’s highest tides, from the doorway of an exotic yurt nestled in the forest. Welcome to winter camping in Fundy National Park, where you can pick from four different kinds of accommodations: comfy yurt, cosy oTENTik, rustic cabin, or just BYO tent and camp like a pro.
Top Tip: Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep up your fluid intake in the winter, so bring a Thermos flask and supplies so you can sip on hot chocolate, tea or coffee and stay warm and hydrated!
New oTENTik tents in Point Pelee National Park
Book a stay in a Point Pelee oTENTik under the overarching hickory and chestnut trees in the Carolinian Forest in Canada’s smallest and most ecologically diverse national park. Don’t forget to head out for a nighttime expedition to view the stars; Point Pelee is a designated Dark Sky Preserve and nothing pairs so well with twinkling celestial bodies as a hot thermos of cocoa!
Top Tip: Remember to pack extra gloves. There’s nothing worse than losing one glove and worrying about cold fingers!
Historic stays and oTENTiks in La Mauricie National Park
It may be too cold to take a dip in the beautiful waterfalls here, but it’s the perfect weather to try a fun new activity like snow tagging or fat biking in the heart of the Laurentian forest, less than two hours from Montreal. Spend the night in one of La Mauricie’s oTENTiks for a camp experience without all the muss and fuss or try a dash of luxury in the historical buildings at the Domaine Wabenaki-Andrew, where the Kennedy Family used to stay.
Top Tip: Use lithium batteries in your electronics. They perform better in sub-zero temperatures.
Historic stays and more in Jasper National Park
As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, everyone knows that this park packs plenty of “wow!” But did you know that when it comes to picking accommodations for an overnight stay in Jasper, there’s everything from historic heritage buildings at the Palisades Centre to backcountry freestyle camping and frontcountry camping nestled next to the ski trails. Maybe mix it up and try all three this winter!
Top Tip: Always layer up in the winter with base layers of Merino wool or a synthetic insulating fabric.
Camping in Banff National Park
In peak season, there are 2,462 sites located within 14 campgrounds across Banff National Park, however during winter, year-round adventurers and hard-core campers can escape the crowds and have the run of the Tunnel Mountain Village II campsite. Imagine waking to the snowy, majestic Rocky Mountains to start a day packed with classic Canadian winter fun, such as an impromptu game of pond hockey, or cross country skiing through the pines. Breakfast over the fire pit never tasted so good!
Top Tip: Pack your last meal of the day with complex carbs and fat to stay warm throughout the night. Try a one-pot meal such as a hearty bison stew, inspired by the trappers and traders from the 1800s.