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Are you ready to try Winter camping?

Yurt at Windy Lake Provincial Park

Ontario Parks offers cozy yurts and more to snuggle up in

Check out these options - yurt, RV, cabin or tent camping.



Winter in Ontario Parks creates the opportunity for many fun activities. Nothing is better than a warm place to crash after spending the day outside snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating or tubing.

Ontario Parks’ campers are familiar with the variety of summer accommodations that are available, but surprisingly, there are several winter options to spend a night camping in the winter.  

Welcome to the yurt 

In Ontario, yurts are available for winter rental at Algonquin, Killarney, McGregor Point, Pinery, Silent Lake and Windy Lake. See below for a description of each location.  

These eight-sided tents, mounted on a wooden deck, offer campers a cozy structure to weather the cool nights. Based on the traditional Mongolian dwelling, each yurt sleeps four adults or a family of six, and comes equipped with bunk beds, lights, kitchen furniture, and electric or wood heat. Outside are a propane barbecue and a fire pit.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park has as much to offer the visitor in the winter as during the summer. Highway 60 is ploughed and sanded all winter and many trails are available for the winter visitor. The Algonquin Visitor Centre is open on winter weekends and daily during the March break. A valid permit is required to use the park. Permits can be purchased at the East or West Gates or at the self-service station at the Mew Lake Campground.

Highway 60 Corridor Mew Lake Campground offers camping from mid-October until early May on a first-come first-serve basis. The main parking lot and the roads adjacent to sites 1-76 are ploughed. Sites are ploughed as time and weather permit. Sites 1 to 66 have electrical hook-ups. Firewood can be purchased at the Mew Lake Campground woodlot. A heated winterized comfort station provides drinking water, flush toilets, showers and laundry.

  

Interior Camping away from Highway 60 in the interior of the park is also permitted during winter. You may wish to use one of the groomed ski trails to enter the park interior but camping within sight or sound of the trails or in trail shelters is not permitted. Winter camping is also not permitted on designated summer campsites or within 30 metres of a lakeshore, trail or portage. We recommend that you camp in low sheltered areas where there is a good supply of standing dead firewood for warmth and cooking.

Roofed Accommodation Seven yurts, located in the Mew Lake Campground, are available for rent during the winter. Accessible by vehicle, these tent-like structures are equipped with basic furniture and electric heat. 

Dogsledding opportunities, offered by commercial operators, are available in two locations in the park - one along Highway 60 and one in the northwest section of the park accessible from the village for South River on Highway 11.

Killarney Provincial Park 

Have you ever wanted to visit Killarney Provincial Park in winter to enjoy its true tranquility? Are you interested in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on our 33 km of groomed trails or limitless backcountry opportunities, but worried about snow and frosty nights? There’s no need to worry any longer – now you can enjoy Killarney Provincial Park in all four seasons from the warmth and comfort of your own yurt.  

A Killarney Yurt is a modern aluminum-framed, eight-sided insulated tent 16 feet in diameter constructed on a large wooden deck. Each yurt is located at the end of a trail off of the main interior parking lot and comes furnished and equipped with lights, electric heat and outlets. Outside, you’ll find a BBQ, picnic table, fire pit and metal food storage box.

Yurts are accessible only by a short 500m ski or snowshoe into the campground from the front gate. Don’t forget to bring your own toboggan to pull your gear down the hill.

Spend your days enjoying Killarney Provincial Park in its true winter glory by foot, ski or snowshoe. Call the park in advance for winter snow and ice conditions.

McGregor Point Provincial Park 

Enjoy excellent snowshoeing, cross-county skiing and ice skating on its 400 metre skating oval then camp in one of the sixteen yurts at the park. 

Pinery Provincial Park

This park has 12 furnished yurts at the Riverside campground, located beside the picturesque Ausable River. Pinery's visitor centre is open most days and guided nature hikes on trails are held on select dates throughout the winter. There are 38 kilometres of cross-country ski trails that form a series of loops and in the centre of the park, there is a heated chalet and toboggan hill. 

Silent Lake Provincial Park 

This park has over forty kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails for your enjoyment. Stay warm and cozy in one of its six winterized yurts. Day-use comfort station, which includes flush toilets and tap water, is available during the winter.    

Windy Lake Provincial Park 

In the winter, the campground roads are transformed into cross-country ski trails and as such, visitors have to ski, snowshoe or walk to one of the four yurts. There are over 15 kilometres of professionally groomed ski trails (both classic and skate skiing options) for all skill levels. 

For reservations for any of the above yurts, call 1-888-668-7275 or visit the Yurt webpage for more information.

COTTAGES/CABINS

Heated roofed accommodations (cottages/cabins) are available at Arrowhead, Quetico, Sandbanks and Sleeping Giant. 

RV, CAR CAMPING & BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING

Did you know you can go winter RV camping? Algonquin Park (Mew Lake) and MacGregor Point cater to winter campers and feature heated comfort stations with hot showers. The sites are plowed and access maintained for picnic tables. 

Car camping grounds are open for winter camping in Killarney, Algonquin - Mew Lake, MacGregor Point and Pinery. The really adventurous can enjoy interior camping in Quetico, Algonquin, Frontenac, Kawartha Highlands, Killarney, Wabakimi and Woodland Caribou.  

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