Some RVers assume that the start of winter means the end of the camping season, but that is not necessarily true. There are many beautiful winter camping destinations in Canada to offer for those willing to bundle up and take a few extra safety precautions with their RV. From Alberta to the Yukon Territory, adventure awaits those who seek it.
Banff National Park, Alberta
The Tunnel Mountain Village II campsite is an ideal location to pitch your heated tent in Banff National Park. You will wake up to magnificent views like the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. For activities, consider cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or skating on the pond. You can reserve your winter camping spot online via Parks Canada or call 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783).
Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
This park offers A-frame cabin rentals during all four seasons, giving you and your travel companions plenty of space and comfort. Each cabin has three sleeping platforms and sleeps up to six people. When it comes time to enjoy a meal, you and your group can gather around the table with seating for six. Riding Mountain National Park also provides wood stoves in some of the cabins.
If you want to spend time outdoors but still want to stay warm, gather around the outdoor campfire ring with your friends or family. You can even have a picnic outside if the weather permits.
Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Located in the center of Kouchibouguac National Park, Petit-Large Campground is the ideal place to camp if you love cross-country skiing. The park is full of trails for everyone, from beginners to those who have skied for years. Before you set up camp, keep in mind that the campground is 500 metres from the closest shelter and approximately three kilometres from the closest parking lot.
Petit-Large Campground is so remote that you cannot drive to it. You will need to ride a bicycle with fat tires to get through the snow, ski, or snowshoe to reach your destination. Keep this in mind as you plan your camping gear and supplies since you must carry it all on your back to get to your campsite.
Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Ontario residents consistently rank Killarney Provincial Park as one of the most tranquil and beautiful locations in the entire province. That should tell you everything you need to know about setting up camp here. The Group of Seven, a Canadian-based painting group, made the park famous in several of its portraits. The painters especially focused on the Georgian Bay Coast.
Most people who visit this park in the winter come here to go cross-country skiing. You will find an extensive connected network of trails that take you past rock structures, forests, and ponds while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Hiking and watching the stars are two other popular pastimes in Ontario’s well-known Killarney Park. Stargazing is so popular that park staff have made an observatory available to guests year-round.
Whether you prefer to sleep in a tent or in a building with an actual roof, you can do either at Killarney. In addition to multiple winter camping sites, visitors can choose to stay in one of two cabins or six yurts.
La Maurice National Park, Quebec
Located less than two hours from the major cities of Montreal and Quebec City sits La Maurice National Park, where thousands of people flock each year to go cross-country skiing. They also enjoy other favourite wintertime activities like hiking and snowshoeing.
Like most of the other featured parks, La Maurice offers oTENTik lodging options. These heated dwellings come complete with beds, chairs, tables, an outdoor barbeque, and all other modern conveniences. However, the thing that campers tend to appreciate the most is that well-groomed trails are just steps from the front door of their lodging facility.
Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon Territory
This Yukon park allows overnight camping each year from 16 November to 31 March for people who have made a reservation. You will sleep outside in a tent, but the use of bear-resistant food canisters is not necessary when camping between these dates. You also do not need a permit for winter camping unless you plan to visit the Icefields. Nearby Kathleen Lake offers plenty of opportunities for ice fishing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and much more.
This blog highlights just six winter camping destinations in Canada. You can always choose to keep researching or visit more than one.