Winter Camping

Supported Winter Camping Programs in Algonquin Park

Three package options for you to choose from: Hot Tent, 4 Season Tent, or Igloo

Our program is designed as an intro to winter camping for first timers, but also allows for previous winter campers to join us and further their skills. When you have attended one of our winter programs you will then be able to rent our winter systems on your own for your future adventures.

We believe that winter camping should be a layered approach and our supported programs have been designed to be a simple and safe way for our customers to learn and grow with us. Our programs are designed for everyone, families, couples, groups of friends and solo campers.

When booking one of our supported programs we will review your experience and develop the most appropriate plan with you. We will prepare you for what to expect and will send you a clothing/gear list once you are booked.

The Program

Join us and our very experienced guides Peter and Martin. We will have a hot tent set up as a basecamp warming station/gathering area for the group. You/your group/family will have your own tent and will set up in close proximity to the base tent, or if you have some experience and want to go a little further from the group you can. We will also have one booking available on each of our posted dates for your group/family to build and sleep in an igloo. (See details below)

Our trips are not guided trips with a detailed itinerary, it is a supported program. What we mean by that is you get to choose your own itinerary. You will participate in all aspects of the work involved with winter camping and we will be there for you for help, support and learning. You choose how to spend your day and how much more you want to learn. You will be setting up tents, gathering wood, cooking your own meals, etc., and then you can go exploring, play in the snow, or socialize with other members of the group. There will also be plenty of opportunities throughout the day to ask questions and learn new skills. We will offer many opportunities throughout the weekend to learn wilderness skills and try out gear.

Topics and Skill opportunities may include:

  • Building fires and processing wood
  • Axes and Saws (We will have a selection available for participants to try)
  • Layering and tips for staying warm
  • Shelter and sleep system options
  • Winter camping safety
  • Tips for camping with kids
  • Tarp set-ups
  • Kitchen setups, menu ideas

Our basecamp tent will be set up just a short hike in from the parking area. This will allow new winter campers to bring extra clothing layers to experiment with and learn what works. We will review your experience base and comfort level to help develop the most appropriate plan with you.

General Itinerary:

Programs will run Fridays to Sundays. You can choose to do the full three days or join in on the Saturday. We will meet everyone at the trail head with all of your gear ready to go.

Friday – Meet and greet in Algonquin Park at the trail head. Organize gear and load sleds/pulks. Friday’s focus is setting up the basecamp and individual tents. If you have booked the igloo, you will work with Martin and start the building process.

Saturday – Those that are joining on Saturday will have the same days as above. The Friday folks will have the day to use as they wish. Explore, relax, or participate in learning opportunities.

Sunday – Spend the morning exploring or socializing. Pack up starts around noon with a 1-2pm departure, at which time you can head home or continue to enjoy the park. Your permit allows you to spend the day in the park, you can go hiking or go check out the Algonquin Visitors Centre.

NOW LETS BUILD YOUR PACKAGE!

We have a cold tent (four season tent) package a hot tent package and an igloo package. We will have our base camp hot tent set up for all of our programs so you can book the cold tent or igloo package and still learn about hot tents. All of our packages include your tent, duffel/dry bags, backpacks, snowshoes and complete sleep systems. At the basecamp hot tent we will have water, hot drinks and fire wood.

Hot Tent Package

Snowtrekker Hot Tent 2-4 Person

3 Day Program minimum

Adults $450/person/program

Children under 12 $225/child/program

4-Season Tent Package

North Face Expedition Tent 2-4 person

2 or 3 Day Program options

Adults $300/p/program (3 day)

………….$225/p/program (2 day)

Children under 12 $225/program (3 day)

……………………………….$150/program (2 day)

Igloo Package

2 person minimum/4 person maximum

2 or 3 Day Program options

Adults $300/p/program (3 day)

…………..$225/p/program (2 day)

Children under 12 $225/program (3 day)

……………………………….$150/program (2 day)

Included with all three package options:

TRAVEL SYSTEMS AND GEAR:

We will set everyone up with snowshoes at the trailhead. (If you would like to upgrade to your own OAC Backcountry skis we need to know ahead of time, but we will have a couple of pairs for people to try). We will also have an assortment of pulks, toboggans and packs to choose from for each person. Saws, axes, tarps and other gear will also be available for the groups to use and learn about.

SLEEP SYSTEMS:

We will have your sleep system packed in a duffel and ready to go. Sleep systems consist of the following gear:

  • -20 MEC sleeping bag or -30 Wiggy’s sleeping bag depending on temperatures
  • thermal liner
  • bivy or insulated overbag
  • wool blanket
  • insulated reflective ground sheet
  • closed cell pad

*Programs prices are per person/ per program

*Children’s prices are for 12 and under

*We have a 15% discount for a group of 4 adults booking the Hot Tent Package together

Items not included:

  • You are responsible for your own park permits and your own food.
  • Headlamps and batteries
  • Stove and fuel (or you can cook over the fire)
  • Pot set and cooking utensils
  • Plates, mugs and utensils
  • Bio Soap and washing supplies
  • Thermos
  • Water bottle with insulator
  • Matches/lighter and fire starter
  • Lantern
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal items – medications, cameras, clothing, etc.

If you do not have the above items you can get complete outfitting which will include all of the above (except personal items) for your group at an additional cost of $50 per group. If you are only in need of a couple things above we can assist with partial outfitting as well.

Feel free to email us with any questions you have about our Winter Camping Programs!

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