What better way to embrace the Canadian winter than to try camping at the height of it. Yes, that’s right, my friends and I were brave (or crazy) enough to try winter camping this year. Instead of staying in a lodge or a cabin, I thought staying in a yurt would be more fun and exciting since it’s something most people have never even heard of. After surviving my first winter camping experience, now I’m hoping I can inspire you to try it yourself and maybe even help you prepare for your first winter camping adventure.

So, what’s a yurt anyway? A yurt is a portable circular tent-like structure made traditionally of lattice of flexible wood and covered in felt or other fabric materials. Yurts have been used as dwellings by the nomadic people of Central Asia, particularly Mongolia, for thousands of years.

Ontario Parks offer yurt accommodations in several provincial parks. Although they’re not the traditional yurts, they still offer a unique camping experience. I chose Algonquin Provincial Park because it’s one of the biggest parks in Ontario and it’s not too far from Toronto (about a 3-hour drive). There are also plenty of activities to do in the area.

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