Don’t put the camping gear away just yet. Parks of the St. Lawrence is keeping one campground open this fall and winter - Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Ingleside until mid-March 2017. Campers can stay at the parks on select nights, Thursday through Sunday.
Winter camping presents some changes in campsite services available and what supplies campers need to bring with them to be comfortable.
- No water services or pump outs are available
- Electricity is supplied at electrical serviced sites
- After December 15th a limited number of campsites will be available and maintained with snow removal as required.
Campers can try traditional winter camping in a tent or bring an RV to stay at one of the plowed campsites.
A selection of roofed accommodations is also available. Cabins (2 at Sanctuary) offer electric heat, a queen bed, bunk bed and a futon. The cabins are ideal for two to four people and snuggly with six. The cabins also offer small refrigerator, microwave, BBQ, tables and benches.
At the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, you can also stay in the new Robin’s Roost Treehouse featuring beautiful views, superb bird watching and sleeps 6 comfortably with a master loft, bedroom and futon. Water services are not available at the cabins, treehouse or campsites.
Campers will have access to a central heated washroom and shower building at the Sanctuary.
What to Pack
- Warm winter clothing, bedding, toiletries, food & dishes
- Camping supplies
- Equipment for your favourite winter sport (cross country ski & snowshoe rentals available at the Interpretive Centre at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary)
How to Book
- Walk-ins are welcome
- Call the park:
o Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary 613-537-2024
o Customer Service 800-437-2233 or local 613-543-4328
(Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
- Online reservations are NOT available.
Winter Survival Program
If you’ve always wanted to try winter camping, take a crash course in the new Winter Survival Program. This new program will be available 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, December 3. Discover tips and tricks to staying warm and learn how to enjoy our longest season in Canada.
You will learn:
- Shelter building
- Staying warm
- How to make a campsite
- Campfire building
- Dress for the weather
- Food & water tips
Anyone who is looking to pick up some tips and to develop outdoor skills should attend this program. Geared to beginner and intermediate campers, this program is suitable for participants 12 years of age and older. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost is just $5 per person.
Early registration for the Winter Survival Program is recommended. To register, contact Tamara at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary at 613-537-2024 Thursday through Monday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Educational programs and Outdoor Learning are also available at the Sanctuary for school and special interest groups.