Winter Camping

Winter Outfitting

We offer a full selection of winter camping gear. You can choose partial gear rentals or complete gear packages. (We currently do not offer food systems with winter rentals.) If you choose a complete gear package we can assist you with planning a simple winter menu.

*We require a 3-day minimum for winter gear rentals.

*There is no deposit to book your rental, if the weather conditions/temperatures look like more than you are comfortable with, you are welcome to cancel.

*There are no refunds for gear rentals if you choose to end your trip early.

*Please give consideration to the winter gear (pulks, toboggans, etc.) fitting in/on your vehicle.

Here are some great locations to start from:

  • Minnessing Ski Trail – Algonquin Park
    This trail has multiple loops and is suitable for skis or snowshoes and pulling a pulk. This trail also has warming cabins for emergencies and gets cell phone reception.
  • Mew Lake – Algonquin Park (Winter Car Camping)
    This is an excellent location for the first-timer, as this park has all the conveniences. You can either rent an empty site and set up your own tent or rent a heated yurt that sleeps four. With both options you have the luxury of washrooms with hot showers. This is a great and safe place for to learn and experiment with new systems and you can rent whatever gear you need to accompany this option from us.
  • Western Uplands or Highland Backpacking Trail
    Great Algonquin Park backpacking trails that are used by many for winter backpacking. 

*You require a permit to be in the park – Just stop at the West Gate on the way in.

Now What?

  • Step 1
    Go through the gear/packages below and give us a call or send an email. We will review your trip with you and discuss your gear needs.
  • Step 2
    We will send you off a clothing list, gear lists and logistic notes about the rental system you have chosen. We will assist in customizing your gear requirements and make sure it is ready when you arrive.
  • Step 3
    When you arrive we will spend a minimum of an hour to review how it all works, adjust gear and make sure it is all going to fit, and make sure that you feel comfortable before you leave the shop!

Winter Gear



North Face 4 Season Tent – $30/Day

Mountain 25 – 2 person expedition series (9 lbs)

VE – 3 person expedition series  (10 lbs)

Alpine Guide – 3 person hybrid  (7 lbs/8 oz)

Northstar 4 – 4 person family/base camp  (13 lbs)

Snowtrekker Hot Tents

*PLEASE NOTE – Our Hot Tents are for returning winter customers only.

2 Person Exp – $100/day

4 Person Exp – $125/day

Winter Bags/Sleep Systems

Winter sleeping bags will include an insulated liner/overbag and compression sack.  At times based on temperatures we will include a second bag if needed.

Mountain Hardware (-30)

Mec/North Face  (-18)

Gortex Overbag

Closed Cell Pad – ensolight/Ridgerest

Self Inflate Pad

Travel Gear

OAC Backcountry Skis – Snowshoe Binding

Black Diamond Trekking Poles

Snowshoes – Atlas Flex or 10 series

Pulks (we have a few different models so you can choose what will work best for you). Generally a 4ft load.

Backcountry Ski Pulk – 9lbs, 4ft load, fiberglass stays with a black Diamond 28L pack. 

Frieght Tobaggan – 7ft Load

Other Gear

110L MEC Duffle/Dry Pack

Expedition Backpack

Aluminum Telescopic Shovel

Bow Saw/axe


Complete Winter Outfitting

Snowshoe Package
$79.00/Day/Person     Kids under 12 – $49.00/day

OAC Backcountry Ski Package – also includes snowshoes

Hot Tent Package – For repeat winter customers only, unless you also book the support package (see below).
$150.00/Day/Person     Kids under 12 – $80.00/day

Includes all of our best gear.

Complete Packages include:

  • Your choice of 4 Season Tent
  • -30 sleeping bag with compression sack
  • Insulated under and over bag
  • Closed cell foam pad, insulated under pad, and a self inflate pad
  • Pulk with duffel bags
  • Atlas snowshoes
  • Telescopic aluminum shovel
  • Bow saw/Axe
  • Pre-roped tarp
  • Paracord
  • Headlamps, lantern and batteries
  • Map
  • Repair Kit
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Water Treatment
  • Nalgenes with insulators
  • White gas stove with base plate and heat deflector
  • Cook kit and mess kit
  • Thermos
  • Fire Starter
  • Garbage and Ziplock bags
  • Toilet Paper

*You are responsible for your own food, however we can assist with your menu planning if you need.

Supported Rental – $300 per group + gear rental costs

We will meet with you to review all of the gear and fitting. We will then help get all of the gear to the trail head that you have chosen, and assist you for part of your first day. (Loading the pulks, travel, camp set up, etc.)

We leave early afternoon and you will have the rest of your trip to yourselves. At the end of your trip we will meet you at the trail head again and load up all of the gear.