Winter Camping Programs

Supported Winter Camping in Algonquin Park

Hot Tent and 4 Season Tent packages

Our program is designed as an intro to winter camping for first timers, but also allows for previous winter campers to join and further their skills. When you attend one of our winter programs the goal is for you to feel confident enough afterwards to venture out on your own. Those that attend our programs can also rent our hot tents in the future.

We believe that winter camping should be a layered approach. Designed for everyone, from families, couples, groups, solo campers, etc., our programs are a simple and safe way to learn and grow.

When booking with us, we will review your experience and develop the most appropriate plan with you. We will send you a clothing/gear list, and have a phone/zoom chat with you before your dates.

The Program

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. 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.

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 to help. 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.

learning opportunities may include:

  • Building fires and processing wood
  • Fire Starters
  • 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
  • Camping with kids
  • toboggans/pulks and pulling your gear
  • Kitchen setups, menu ideas

General Itinerary:

Programs are typically three days.

Day 1 – 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. You will learn about different sleds/pulks, how to set up the tents/stoves, sleep systems, etc.

Day 2 – You will have the day to use as you wish. Explore, go snowshoeing, relax, or ask questions and learn more.

Day 3 – 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 and a hot tent package. We will have our base camp hot tent set up for all of our programs so you can book the cold tent and still learn about hot tents. 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 Tents

Solo – $550

2 people sharing a tent – $500/person

3 people sharing a tent – $450/person

4 people sharing a tent – $400/person

Children under 12 are 1/2 price.

4-Season Tent Package

North Face Expedition Tents

Solo – $350

2 People sharing a tent – $300/person

3 People sharing a tent – $250/person

4 People sharing a tent – $200/person

Included with our package options:

TRAVEL SYSTEMS AND GEAR:

We 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). We will also have an assortment of pulks, toboggans and packs to choose from for each person. Saws, axes, tarps, fire starters, firewood 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

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
  • 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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