Stars glisten overhead and the campfire crackles slowly in the solitude of nature. Snowflakes begin to fall from the sky and slumber strikes almost instantly, thanks to a full day of adventure. When the sun rises, step outside to hear the crunch of fresh snow underfoot, crisp and untouched.

Create unforgettable winter camping memories for those who conquer cool snowy conditions. Gather winter gear and head to Astotin Lake Campground to take on the challenge.

Winter camping is available in the RV loop and the walk-in tenting area for the 2018/2019 season. Season operating dates are October 9, 2018 to April 21, 2019. The campground will be closed from April 22, 2019 to May 16, 2019.

Features:

  • Unserved sites for tents or RVs
  • Self-registration station

* Review all camping safety, regulations and etiquette before departure.

What’s at each campsite:

  • Picnic table
  • Fire pit (fire permit must be paid for at the self-registration station)

Nearby:

  • Outhouse washroom only. No shower facilities open during the winter
  • Shared kitchen shelter
  • Fire wood in wood boxes

Come prepared:

When visiting Elk Island National Park during the winter be aware of the extra hazards such as cold temperatures, storms, challenging travel conditions, and short daylight hours. Safety is a shared responsibility. To make each winter visit safe be sure to:

  • Visit Elk Island National Park’s visitor winter safety webpage 
  • Assess the local weather forecast before departure
  • Pay special attention to wind chill. Though the thermometer shows -20°C, the temperature may feel like -30°C with wind chill
  • File a trip plan with a trusted adult
  • Bring essential items, like food, water and a head lamp. There are no indoor facilities open during the winter. Heated washrooms are available at the Astotin Lake Recreation Area. No showers are available during the winter
  • Know the dangers of ice. Assess all ice before using it and never go onto ice alone. Do not skate on snow-covered ice or at night. Visit the Canadian Red Cross to learn more about ice safety
  • Children must be supervised at all times, especially around snow and ice
  • Hypothermia can occur without exposure to cold water. Dress for the weather
  • In case of emergency call 911 or Parks Canada Dispatch 1-877-852-3100
  • Cellular telephone coverage varies and may not be available in all areas of Elk Island National Park. Be prepared for any emergency or delays that may arise as help may not be immediately available

Winter camping fees:

  • $4.90 per person/per night
  • Firewood available with permit: $8.80/night

Campground check-in / check-out

  • Check-in at the Astotin Lake self-registration station located at the RV loop. Fees are payable by cash or credit card
  • Check-in time is 2:00 pm.
  • Check-out time is 11:00 am.

Additional information:

It is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any wildlife in a national park. Violators may be charged, be required to appear in court, and could pay fines up to $25 000.
To report offenses call Parks Canada Dispatch: 1-877-852-3100.