Best destinations for winter camping
Camping in the winter? Why not! It’s a lot simpler than you might think. Whether you’re an expert or just getting started, we’ve got you covered with tips on where to go and how to stay warm while winter camping. Give it a try in the comfort of an oTENTik, or cozy up in your own tent at one of our many Parks Canada campsites. Let yourself be tempted by our frosty suggestions and make your winter camping reservation today!
Location: Kouchibouguac National Park
Treat yourself to a night of winter camping at Petit-Large campground, located in the heart of a network of cross-country ski trails. Perfect for beginners, Petit-Large is just 500 metres from the closest shelter and just over 3 km from the parking lot. Venture to this tranquil location by snowshoe, ski, or fat bike and take in the beauty of this mixed forest in winter.
Pro tip: Bring an extra lighter and some fire starters. Heat from a campfire is often essential to winter camping! We provide the fire pit and firewood.
Location: La Mauricie National Park
Treat yourself to an outing in one of the most beautiful cross-country skiing areas in Quebec, less than two hours from Montreal and Quebec City. Explore the great landscapes of La Mauricie National Park and take advantage of the many facilities offered on site. It’s the perfect place for athletes of any level looking for fun winter activities, like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Extend your stay in the warmth of an oTENTik tent, located in the heart of the forest just steps from the trails. At La Mauricie, you’ll discover the joys of hassle-free winter camping.
Pro tip: Use lithium batteries in your electronics. They perform better in sub-zero temperatures.
Location: Point Pelee National Park
Spend the night in an oTENTik tent in Point Pelee National Park, an enchanting Dark-Sky Preserve known as one of the best places in Canada for stargazing. Bring a thermos of hot cocoa, grab your binoculars and embark on the nighttime expedition of a lifetime! See if you can spot some familiar constellations, or maybe even imagine some new ones!
Pro tip: Remember to pack extra gloves and hand warmers. It’s better to be safe!
Location: Riding Mountain National Park
New to winter camping? Get started with a cozy night in the comfort of an oTENTik in Riding Mountain National Park. After a fun-filled day in the great outdoors, spend the evening relaxing around the wood stove, already provided with firewood! If you prefer, oTENTiks also have electric heating, lights, and even outlets!
Pro tip: Prepare your meals away from the winter winds in the kitchen shelter. Remember: cooking and storing food is not permitted in the oTENTik.
Location: Banff National Park
Avoid the crowds and visit Banff National Park in the winter! Sleep soundly in your tent at the Tunnel Mountain Village II campsite. Wake up in the heart of the majestic snow-capped Rockies and have breakfast over the fire. Ready for a day of outdoor fun? Play an impromptu game of pond hockey, go on a cross country ski excursion or snowshoe through the pines… there’s no shortage of winter activities to enjoy!
Pro tip: Make sure your last meal of the day contains complex carbs and fat so you’ll 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!
Camping and historic stays
Location: Jasper National Park
Stay overnight in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies! Earn some bragging rights as you snuggle up in one of the historic buildings of the Palisades Centre, or experience the thrill of backcountry camping. After a day filled with winter adventures, kick back, relax and admire the magnificent night-sky at this Dark Sky Preserve!
Pro tip: Always wear multiple layers of clothing. In the winter, a base layer of Merino wool or a synthetic insulating fabric works best.
Location: Kluane National Park and Reserve
Permits aren’t necessary for winter camping from mid-November to the end of March— except for the Icefields. If you are planning an expedition in the Icefields, make sure you’re prepared. Check out our website for the procedures and requirements for obtaining a permit.
Immerse yourself in the vast wilderness of the Yukon. Kluane offers a number of winter activities to get you moving! To complete your winter experience, stay overnight in the warm comfort of your tent!
Pro tip: Keep your water bottle in your sleeping bag overnight so the water doesn’t freeze. Better yet, fill it with hot water for a warm, cozy sleep!