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Intro to Winter Camping

Image courtesy of Ontario Parks

Image courtesy of Ontario Parks


Have you ever wanted to experience camping and the great outdoors in winter but just don’t know how to begin or have been hesitant because of fears of being cold or uncomfortable. This introductory winter camping experience will give you the opportunity to try it before you invest in the right equipment give you the skills to go out on your own.Traditional winter travel using toboggans and heated canvas tents means an enjoyable day on the trail followed by a cozy night in the tent. Our guided trips in Ontario’s near north allow you to get out to the quiet snowy solitude of Canada’s shield country in a safe, fun environment. Even if you have never camped or strapped on a pair of snowshoes thisexperience is tailored for you.


Saturday January 12th to Sunday January 13th
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $450.00/person (plus HST)
Location: Minden, Ontario
Prerequisite: Limited hiking and camping experience
Activity Level: Moderate
Age Restrictions: 10 (Children 17 and under must be supervised by a parent or guardian)


We meet participants at our predetermined trailhead about 2 hours north of Toronto for our overnight experience. Guests will be greeted by our two friendly Luna guides with hot chocolate waiting. Our easy pace will guide you through winter comfort and safety, dressing for the weather, and snowshoeing basics. All this before we load the toboggans and begin the relaxed trek into our overnight camp.

Once at our lakeside campsite we will enjoy a hot beverage, lunch and then the real fun begins! For the afternoon you will learn and participate in the skills and methods of setting up our hot tent camp. These include finding and processing firewood, chiseling a hole in the ice, and making the common tent ’home’ for the night. In the evening we can warm ourselves by a wood stove as we enjoy a delicious dinner. Hot tent camping is luxurious! Even though temperatures outside are cold, inside it is t-shirt weather! After dark, if you choose, an evening snowshoe amongst the stars is a great way to end the day and with luck we might hear wolves howl.

The next day there is plenty of time for photography and winter enjoyment in this introductory experience. Following lunch we break camp and toboggan back to the vehicles. Our goal in this winter weekend is to give you the skills and confidence to try it on your own or graduate to a longer trip. Most of all, you will have enjoyed an authentic Canadian experience like no other.


  • All the group gear for the adventure including,  canvas tents,  wood stoves, toboggans, snowshoes and complete kitchen

  • All food for the weekend including breakfast, lunch both days,and dinner

  • Plenty of snacks and refreshments for the trail, camp, and rest stops

  • Hosted and lead by two experienced Luna guides 


Earlier Event: February 2
Family Winter Fun Sampler
Later Event: February 16
Traditional Winter Travel