This time of the year can feel lethargic, especially with the lack of sunlight and the awkward lull between the holidays and Spring. However, we happen to live in the middle of a plethora of campgrounds (yes, a plethora). There are plenty of excellent winter camping spots available close to Toronto that will cheer you right up! Check out this list and feel inspired to book your own winter weekend getaway.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park is one of the most well-known parks in the country. This mass landmark also happens to be a magical moose meeting spot. What better way to forget about life’s stresses than by sharing a spot with Canada’s wildlife? Algonquin offers numerous winter activities for visitors including dog sledding, maple syrup tasting, snowshoeing, hikes, and star gazing. Just a three hour drive from Toronto, this is definitely a trip worth taking.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
Winter wonderland AF. Located near Huntsville, Ontario, this winter escape is only two and a half hours from Toronto. Arrowhead offers a range of winter activities from tubing, snow-shoeing, hiking and even a massive cross-country ski path, as well as a huge skating path deep in the forest. During the winter months, Arrowhead rents out wooden cabins for guests to cozy up in. Why the heck would you not go?
Shhhh. Winter is the perfect season to explore this silent and secluded land mass. Try a three kilometre trek down Bonnie’s Pond Hiking Trail, or attempt your luck at ice fishing for Lake Trout in the Silent Lake. This spot boasts more than 40 kilometres of groomed ski trails that were made for all skill levels. All needed equipment can be rented out on location. Winter guests can pitch a tent or rent a yurt, which is a small insulated tent and deck area with a wooden stove inside for extra heat, or even rent a cozy cabin.
The bird is the word. Three hours outside of Toronto lies MacGregor Point. This is one of the most ecologically diverse places along the Lake Huron shoreline, and its complex ecosystem unfolds at this all-season park on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast. MacGregor is also known for a wide range of birds and owl sightings on its grounds. Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-county skiing, and ice skating at this breathtaking wildlife hub.
Frontenac Provincial Park
Just over a three hour drive from the GTA, Frontenac Provincial Park could be the spot for you this winter! With beautiful paths and wooden walkways and trails, this is the type of forest you want to get lost in. Spots are available at a first come first serve basis year-round. Hop on this experience!
Pinery Provincial Park is known for being a hawk-haven filled with wildlife, especially large birds. Every winter activity you can imagine is available with cabins and yurts to cozy up in, all available with or without electricity and close to comfort stations. This destination is only a two-hour drive from T.O.
Just two and a half hours away from Toronto, this enchanting yurt camping spot is a must for those wanting to get up close and personal with nature. When visiting, you have the option to spend your nights deep in the forest surrounded by the echoes of coyote calls. Breaky, lunch and dinner are even provided and prepared in a large outdoor wooden stove. All meals are curated using products from local farmers and food crafters. Of course, all meals and beverages are delivered to your yurt! How cute is that? You can sip on local brews while dodging the bears deep in the woods.
If you’re looking for a road trip, this provincial park might just be for you! Killarney is a four and a half hour journey from Toronto. Surrounded by gigantic trees and sapphire lakes, Killarney showcases the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite, the La Cloche Mountains and white quartzite ridges.
Don’t let the cold keep you indoors this winter! It’s peak season for these provincial parks, so don’t miss out!