Winter camping is so hot right now. From roughing it in your tent to cozying up in cabins, more people are heading out to stay in the snow. Whether you want to try your hand pitching a tent with your mitts on, or leave your boots by the fireplace while glamping, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Alberta’s great outdoors. So throw on your red plaid, maybe grab an axe and get out in the woods this winter to enjoy big blue skies and cold crisp air.
Glamping: If your idea of winter camping includes a chandelier and hardwood floors, then Mount Engadine Lodge has you covered. The heated tents just an hour from Canmore in Kananaskis have a full bathroom, a gas fireplace and a deck—all just a quick walk away from lodge with a dining room serving up hearty family style dinners and big brunches.
Cabins: If you still want your own indoor bathroom, can live without hardwood floors and don’t mind bringing in your own bacon and eggs, then check into a little cabin on the shores of Lac La Biche in Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, northeast of Edmonton. It’s best to call to reserve one 780-623-8449.
Backcountry huts: Alpine Canada runs a whack of backcountry huts in the mountains for adventurers who are happy to ski or snowshoe for hours to arrive at the door. For some, you pack your own food, others can provide meals. Either way the huts book up fast.
Pitch your tent or roll up in your RV: Alberta has dozens of parks with campgrounds that are open all winter long. Search for a winter campsite at one of Alberta’s many provincial parks or check out campgrounds open in the winter in the national parks. While you’re less likely to have noisy neighbours winter camping, you may also have fewer amenities than in the summer. For example, you may need to bring your own firewood and drinking water. It’s a good idea to call to check.
Here are a couple of suggestions: