Winter Camping

This section is a supplement to my camping page mainly as a source of information to those who may be considering Winter camping. Many of the Provincial Parks here in Alberta remain open with primitive camping facilities during the winter, charge low or zero fees in the off season, and usually have some groomed cross country ski trails or ice fishing available.

The down side is that it can be very easy to get into a life threatening situation due to improper clothing,equipment, and sudden changes in the weather. Please read the information on the first two links below, and consider taking an outdoor survival course before setting out.

Truth is,the closest I have ever been to Winter camping was sleeping in a tent cabin in late October. My son Brian and his friend Stephen did build the quinze shown in the picture during another Junior Forest Wardens camp around 1987. The boys had the option of a nearby heated cabin but managed to spend a whole night in the quinze.

Roy Schmaus, March 2003

  1. The Basics:
    1. The Princeton University Outdoor Action Program ,maintained by Director Rick Curtis ( ), includes information on just about everything you will need to know about Winter camping. Outdoor safety, e.g. Hypothermia, information is also available there,and should be a must-read for anyone spending much time in the out of doors.

    2. L.L. Bean have some Winter Camping information on their web site.

    3. Jim Phillips' Preparedness & Survival Training Institute

  2. R.V.'s
  3. Just for Fun:
    1. Bernie Howgate's 'Camping D'Hiver' at Ski Fond Club Rapido near Sept-Iles, Quebec.

    2. igloo jpeg Building an Igloo from the Ben Meadows Company : Natural Resource Library

    3. Grandshelters Igloo Ice Box

    4. How to Build a Simple Pair of Snowshoes from Mushing Online is no longer available but may still be in their back issue archives.