Do you dream of extending your adventures without being dependent on a shelter or a tent with a heating system? To be free as the icy winter air, to be able to carry all your camping gear on your back or in a sled? A minimum of equipment and a maximum of autonomy!

Our trainers are passionate about snow and polar cold and have several winter expeditions under their belt. Good teachers and great adventurers, they are known to transmit their knowledge and experience on winter camping.

We have one group planned on February 24-25, 2024

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Course offered on request

We offer this course on request for groups of at least 5 participants. If your group is formed, contact us to arrange a date.

Course objectives:

  • Be introduced to the basic techniques necessary for a successful night of winter camping: setting up camp, preparing meals, knowing the equipment.
  • To be initiated to autonomous movement in the forest and mountains: management of the cold, clothing, use of snowshoes and/or crampons, reading a trail map.
  • Be introduced to practice risk assessment and make wise choices.


  • How to equip yourself, choice of equipment, recommendations
  • How to make a fire
  • Use of specific winter camping equipment
  • Installation of different types of snow shelters and winter tents
  • Use of snowshoes, walking sticks, backpacks and sleds
  • Outdoor gastronomy and food during a winter activity
  • Multi-layer management, perspiration and drying method
  • Summary of cold-related first aid
  • Elements of survival in the forest
  • Orientation with trail map
  • Maintenance and storage of used camping equipment
  • Outdoor Environmental Ethics

The training
Introduction to winter camping
includes :

  • Experienced trainer
  • Educational material
  • A dinner and a lunch
  • Group kitchen equipment

Training does NOT include:

  • Access fees to the Parc ÉCO Laurentides to be paid on site (10$ per person, per day)
  • 2 lunches, energy snacks and hot drinks
  • Bowl and thermos
  • Sleeping bag, ground mattress, backpack of 70 liters or more and 4 seasons tent (available for rent).
  • Your warm clothes and personal effects (see recommended equipment list)

Number of participants : Minimum 5 / Maximum 8

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the training will be postponed.

Minimum age 16 years


  • Have done some alpine snowshoeing
  • Have done a few hikes with a 60-liter bag or more
  • Have already slept in a camping tent in the summer

Course of the training

Day 1:

  • 10:00 am: Welcome at Parc ECO Laurentides (5000 chemin du Lac-Caribou, St-Faustin-Lac-Carré) and delivery of equipment.
  • 10h30-11h30 :Presentation of the activity, guide and participants, security, verification of the equipment
  • 11h30-14h00 : Snowshoeing/climbing, interpretation of the environment, lunch, choice of site
  • 2:00-5:00 pm: Setting up tents, setting up a kitchen in the snow, fixing the fire, toilets, discovering different types of shelters.
  • 5:00-9:00 p.m.: Group dinner preparation, use of stoves, how to sleep in a winter sleeping bag, other evening activities

Day 2

  • 7:00-11:00: Preparation of group breakfast, debriefing on the night, dismantling the camp
  • 11h00-13h00 : Return to the reception by snowshoe, lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 pm: Hot chocolate/muffin at the hut and overview of the initiation, return and maintenance of the equipment
  • 3:00 pm : Departure

Course offered on request only

We offer this course on request for groups of at least 5 participants. If your group is formed, contact us to arrange a date.

Date changes, cancellations and refunds

Read pour policies here.


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Additional information

duration2 days

To sleep

  • Winter sleeping bag – available for rent here

*The temperature rating should be a minimum of five degrees below the coldest expected overnight temperature. However, for training purposes, we recommend a -30°C bag to all.

  • Foam floor mattress – available for rent
  • Thick self-inflating floor mat or equivalent (R-value of 4 or more) – available for rent
  • 4 seasons tent – available for rent here
  • Inflatable or compressible pillow (optional)

Personal items

  • Hand and foot warmers in sufficient quantity
  • Waterproof canteen to pee at night (optional)
  • Headlamp (with charged batteries)
  • Polarized sunglasses that cover the eyes well
  • Protective sun cream for the face and lip balm
  • Lighter
  • Personal toiletry kit
  • Toilet paper in sufficient quantity
  • Small container of hand sanitizer
  • Basic individual first aid kit
  • Personal medications
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Nalgene bottle with insulating case
  • 1 liter or 500 milliliter thermos
  • Bowl, spoon-fork and insulated cup (made of resistant plastic)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Small square of foam mattress to sit on
  • Ski goggles depending on the weather (optional)

Clothing and boots

  • 1 or 2 Short underwear
  • 2 Pairs of very thick wool socks
  • 2 Pairs of wool or synthetic socks for the racket
  • 1 Base layer for the bottom (combine) in wool or polypropylene
  • 2 Base layer for wool or polypropylene top (1 long sleeve, 1 short sleeve)
  • 1 pair of insulating down or synthetic pants (with side zips if possible)
  • 1 thick wool or fleece vest or jacket (or small light coat)
  • 1 pair of waterproof/breathable pants
  • 1 Waterproof-breathable coat or soft shell
  • 1 pair of waterproof/breathable pants or soft shell with side zips if possible
  • 1 very warm insulated coat (down jacket or synthetic)
  • 2 Tuques (1 hot and 1 thin)
  • 1 Balaclava and/or neck warmer
  • 1 Mittens and over mittens very warm
  • 1 medium thickness gloves or mittens for the racket
  • 1 Small gloves for the camp
  • 1 Top and bottom kit, loose and comfortable (not cotton) for sleeping (optional)
  • Warm and compact booties/slippers for camp
  • Warm and waterproof snowshoe boots
  • High gaiters or over boots (Neos style)


  • 1 Backpack 60 liters or more and waterproof bag protector – available for rent
  • Walking sticks with washers for powder snow – available for rent
  • Mountain snowshoes (MSR style) – available for rent HERE


  • Caloric snacks
  • Hot drinks for the day

For all equipment rentals, please make your reservation as soon as possible.

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