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Best Places to Winter Camp in Ontario

Best Places to Winter Camp in Ontario

When the weather turns colder, many people retreat indoors and wait for spring to arrive. But for the adventurous and outdoorsy, winter is the perfect time to go camping in Ontario. With its diverse landscape, stunning scenery, and varied parks and wilderness areas, Ontario offers some of the best winter camping in Canada.

Here are some top destinations for winter camping in Ontario:

Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park is renowned for its beautiful lakes and forests, and it is a popular summer destination. But it is also a prime winter camping spot. There are several winter campsites available with a variety of accommodation options, including heated yurts, cabins, and tent sites. If you want to go the classic tent camping route, Mew Lake campground offers plowed sites and winterized comfort stations. If you want more of ‘Stay cozy’ experience, Mew Lake also offers seven yurts that have electrical heat, lighting, electrical outlet, bunk beds, tables and chairs. If you want a more adventurous experience, Algonquin’s backcountry sites are available to book in Winter too. Which ever option you choose for your camping, the park offers a lot of activities to do while camping. There is an ice rink open in Mew Lake and there are also plenty of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and the frozen lakes are perfect for ice fishing.

For more information, check out following blogs on winter camping at Mew Lake

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is a wonderful place to explore year-round, but winter is a particularly magical time to visit. The frozen caves and ice formations along the Georgian Bay shoreline are a unique sight to see. The park offers backcountry camping opportunities in the winter, although the campgrounds may not be serviced or winterized. Winter camping permits are required, and it is recommended to have previous winter camping experience.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

Arrowhead Provincial Park in Muskoka is a popular winter camping destination with excellent facilities. The park offers heated cabins, yurts, and campsites for winter campers. There is a heated skating trail that winds through the forest, a walkway of ice sculptures, and plenty of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the park’s trails.

Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney Provincial Park is nestled on the rugged northern shore of Georgian Bay. Some of the park’s campsites are open year-round, and winter camping is permitted. There are several backcountry campsites available, with wood-burning stoves to keep campers warm. The winter scenery in Killarney is stunning, and visitors can go ice fishing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking.

Frontenac Provincial Park

Frontenac Winter Camping

Frontenac Provincial Park is a quiet and serene winter camping destination. With its backcountry sites open year around, visitors can enjoy winter camping in the park’s remote settings. There are more than 100 kilometers of trails suitable for snowshoeing, skiing, and winter hiking. The park also offers wonderful ice fishing opportunities, with clear and pristine lakes to explore. Frontenac also organizes winter camping workshops. Winter camping at Frontenac is only allowed at designated backcountry sites with camping pad, so you need to get a valid interior camping permit. You can reserve the sites online. You also need a valid vehicle permit that can be purchased at the park office or self serve kiosk upon arrival at the park

Winter Safety

  • Unless clearly marked, travel over frozen lakes and ponds is generally not recommended when you are out in the backcountry. This rule should be considered even more seriously if you are solo camping
  • Try to stay on the designated trails wherever possible
  • Carry a satellite phone or emergency device with you to call for emergencies
  • Be prepared to deal with sudden change in weather
  • Wear layers of warm clothing and always carry 1 or 2 seats in a separate emergency waterproof package that you don’t normally open
  • Let your friends, family and/or park office know of your planned stay and activities for each day and check in with them at agreed upon frequency
  • Get a paper trial map and park map, don’t always rely on digital devices

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