While winter camping may not be for everyone, for those who enjoy a winter camping adventure, Ontario and Niagara Falls, Canada can provide the perfect backdrop for an incredible trip. Winter camping offers a fun and unique experience filled with wonder when you follow these tips provided by your friends here at Campark, Niagara Falls Camping and RV Resort. Let’s get ready for winter camping!
Bring Adequate Lighting and Battery Packs
Wintertime means shorter days and more opportunities to see twinkling stars and the aurora borealis, as well as more time by the campfire on a quiet winter night. Even so, you’ll want sufficient lights as well as portable battery packs for your winter camping adventure. The battery packs will keep your emergency devices charged and ready in the even of an emergency. Keep your battery packs warm and charged by carrying them with you while you are out exploring and sleeping with them in your sleeping bag at night.
Preparations for Your Campsite
In many instances, you will need to remove snow from your campsite in order to set up your tent. This means in addition to your tent; you’ll need at least a shovel to move that snow. Remember, move the snow to the side of your tent to provide insulation. You can also use the snow to build walls to protect your cooking and sitting area from the wind.
Tarps are also a must have for winter camping, acting as an extra ground sheet, and covering outside areas and gear in the event of snowfall. Camp chairs are another important component of your campsite set up. Like tarps, camp chairs should be lightweight and easy to carry to your campsite. Your camp chair will give you a place to sit outside with the others in your party and enjoy camaraderie of the camping experience.
Inside your tent, you will want to bring a foam pad for sleeping rather than an inflatable bed. Why? Foam, unlike an inflatable bed, is made from solid insulated materials which means the foam will help keep you warm at night. On top of that, a foam pad is considerably more comfortable than an inflatable. And while inflatable mats are lighter weight to carry to your campsite, they are filled with air, which will quickly assume the temperature of the air around it.
Food and Water Considerations for Winter Camping
Well, Ontario in winter is cold. So you will want an insulated water bottle, one per person, if you don’t want to try thawing out a frozen water bottle when you arrive at your campsite. Keep in mind, you can boil snow during your trip to keep your insulated water bottle refilled.
Simple meals, particularly dehydrated options, are the easiest option for winter camping for several reasons. Dehydrated foods will keep your load lighter is you are hiking to a campsite, and it also means you won’t need as much fuel for your camp stove. The simpler the meals, the easier and faster to cook, which also means quick and easy clean up.
As mentioned, snow is a great insulator. Plus, snow can also be boiled for drinking water or cooking liquid, as well as thawing out frozen gear should you encounter a period of inclement weather. This means you’ll need extra fuel to keep plenty of water boiled for your camping adventure.
Setting Up Your Camp
Now that you have all your gear ready to go, you’ll want to arrive at your destination early, allowing for plenty of time to get your camp set up before it gets dark. You want to be enjoying a hot beverage around the campfire after the sun goes down, not digging and setting up your tent in the cold dark night, right?