Top 5 Places to go Winter Camping Outside Mississauga


It’s been so cold lately that it’s hard to imagine doing anything super outdoorsy for too long. We’ve talked about how amazing skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing are, but at least if you get cold you can head into the chalet to warm up.

There is one winter activity I can think of, that used to make me want to curl up in a ball by my fireplace, where you can’t easily escape the negative temperatures we often see in Canada.

Winter camping - sounds daunting right? 

However, it’s much warmer than you would think and provides a completely different experience than camping in the summer.

If you’re up to explore what the great outdoors has to offer this winter then you’ve come to the right place - get your blankets, mitts, and hats ready!

Here are the top five places to go winter camping outside Mississauga.

5. Arrowhead Provincial Park


We’ve talked about Arrowhead a view times before, and for a good reason! Famous for its three sandy beaches during the summertime, Arrowhead completely transforms in the winter season. 

This year from Dec. 18, 2018, to March 31, 2019, Arrowhead offers its winter camp cabins for ambitious campers to enjoy. While at Arrowhead, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the incredible ice skating trail the park offers as well as being able to go snowshoeing, tubing, and skiing.

Photo is courtesy of the Ontario Parks website.

4. Camp Wanakita 


Who said camp is just for kids and has to be a summer activity? Not Camp Wanakita! 

Camp Wanakita offers a variety of programs all throughout the year for schools, universities, colleges, adults, businesses, special interest groups, and families, however, there is something unique and special about heading to the camp when it’s a little chilly. 

Campers can explore all that Wanakita has to offer by foot, on skis, snowshoes, or skates. In the wintertime, Camp Wanakita offers a New Year’s Family Camp, a Family Day Weekend Camp, and a March Break Family Camp.

Photo is courtesy of the Camp Wanakita website.

3. Killarney Provincial Park 


Located in the white quartz La Cloche Mountains, Killarney Provincial Park is open all winter for day-use, yurt and cabin reservations, and non-reservablecampsites. Killarney offers hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. 

The yurts, that come equipped lighting, electric heat, a power outlet, and a barbeque, are incredibly cozy and warm. Campers are encouraged to bring their own bedding, cookstove, cookware, dishes, and food.

Photo is courtesy of the Killarney Provincial Park Facebook page.

2. Atelier Arboreal 


Atelier Arboreal is another great place to go if you’re new to winter camping.  At this campground, campers stay in heated tipis or yurts that come stocked with cushions, pillows, and warm comforters. 

At Atelier campers can enjoy the sauna, the outdoor living room - which is, according to the Ontario Winter Camping website, a roofed structure with a central fireplace open to the sky, and so much more.

And one of the best parts, all meals are provided during your stay!

Photo is courtesy of the Ontario Winter Camping website. 

1. Algonquin Provincial Park


Algonquin Provincial Park is arguably one of the most popular provincial parks with camping being one of the main reasons people visit. Most people would head to Algonquin in the summertime, but exploring it in the winter is something everyone should do!

During the winter, none of Algonquin’s lodges are available but yurts are available at the Mew Lake Campground.

A few activities you can enjoy during your stay at Algonquin include birdwatching, skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

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