Skip to main content

Winter camping in Strathcona Park, near Mount Washington, Vancouver Island.

Darryl Leniuk

What's the Deal?

As the snow piles higher, pack your tent and spend a night outside.

Where's it at?

Story continues below advertisement

Anywhere you camp in the summer will probably work. But for the best experience, head up a mountain. You'll need a four-season tent, constructed to withstand snow loading. To stay warm, use layers and a down jacket, a Thermarest sleeping pad and a down sleeping bag rated 10 C colder than you expect it will get.

Begin by making a flat platform; skis or snowshoes work great. Dig a shallow trench in the tent vestibule for getting boots on and off and stack excess snow around the perimeter for wind protection. In the alpine, night temperatures of -20 C are common, so chuck anything with moisture in your sleeping bag: water bottles, sweaty boot liners, contact lenses. And here's a tip: Boil water before you go to bed and take that warm bottle with you in your sleeping bag. Super-cozy. For those still leery of the idea, take a winter-camping course from Canada West Mountain School or through Ontario Parks.





Who's it for?

Backcountry skiers, snowshoers and other adventurous, well-equipped types who like the outdoors without bugs, bears or people.

Canada West Mountain School; www.themountainschool.com

Frontenac Provincial Park will offer a winter camping course beginning in January; www.ontarioparks.com/english/fron.html; 613-376-3489

Special to The Globe and Mail

Story continues below advertisement

Report an error
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.