Our picks for Canadian Winter RV Camping Destinations
From coast to coast, Canadian winters offer endless activities and gorgeous scenery. Your favourite summer hiking trails are transformed into a snowshoeing paradise, and instead of canoeing across the lake, you’re skating. Not to mention the ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, and tobogganing to enjoy.
While some close during the winter months, there are many campgrounds available year round. And what sounds better than sipping hot chocolate around the campfire after a full day of cross-country skiing? Here are our picks for outdoor fun and where to camp in the winter months.
Mactaquac Provincial Park in New Brunswick offers winter camping and a great range of family-friendly winter activities. You’ll find two groomed toboggan hills, trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, a skating pond and even horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Enjoy spectacular views of the St. Lawrence Estuary from 25 km of snowshoeing trails suitable for all levels, as well as the backcountry cross-county ski trails of Parc National du Bic in Quebec. Situated along the banks of the St. Lawrence Estuary, the unique coastal park offers year-round camping and a series of discovery activities in the winter months.
A popular Ontario park, Algonquin Park is a great place to visit in the winter. You’ll find deep snow, wildlife viewing opportunities, and a vast network of cross-country ski trails. Camping is available year-round at Mew Lake Campground, which offers electrical hook-ups and fully winterized restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.
Also in Ontario, a unique program at MacGregor Point Provincial Park offers an on-site storage and winter RVing program. RVers can park and enjoy their site for the winter season. Located along the Lake Huron shoreline, the park features a 400 metre skating oval that is lit at night, as well as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park spans the Saskatchewan-Alberta border and offers 27 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, as well as six-square miles for snowmobiling. Snow conditions permitting, the area offers a full range of scenic challenges for snowmobilers, including hills, coulees, and forests. You’ll find year-round campgrounds in the Cypress hills area, such as the Willow Bend Campground in Maple Creek, SK.
Near spectacular skiing, quaint villages and nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the Lake Louise Trailer Campground is just minutes from Lake Louise, Alberta. The year-round campground is close to local attractions and offers gorgeous mountain views.
If your idea of a winter vacation is leaving the snow behind and heading somewhere warmer, winter camping in BC on Vancouver Island or in the Vancouver area will suit you just fine. With the mildest temperatures in Canada, chances are you won’t be dealing with snow or freezing temperatures. For an ocean-side escape try out Living Forest in Nanaimo, or explore a charming historical town while staying at the riverside Fort Camping in Fort Langley.
Do you have any favourite Canadian winter camping destinations? Tell us in the comments! Don’t forget to check out our winter camping tips before you head out.