Winter Camping

Supported Winter Camping Programs 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 us and further their skills. When you have attended one of our winter programs you feel confident enough 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 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

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 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.

Instructional topics 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
  • Tarp set-ups and knots
  • 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 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.

Day 2 – You will have the day to use as you wish. Explore, relax, or participate in different learning opportunities.

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.


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 Tent 2-4 Person

2022/2023 prices to be posted soon

4-Season Tent Package

North Face Expedition Tent 2-4 person

2022/2023 prices to be posted soo

Included with our package options:


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, fire starters, firewood and other gear will also be available for the groups to use and learn about.


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 and we have large group (10+) discounts and private date options.

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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