Need a cozy place to stay that’s affordable and set in a winter wonderland? Seven parks across Ontario offer cozy roofed accommodation in winter. Rent a heated yurt, cabin, or fully-equipped park lodge or even a farmhouse.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park is the Yurt Capital of Ontario. It has 16 of the eight-sided structures available for rent. You’ll also find winter yurts at Quetico, Windy Lake, Algonquin, Silent Lake, and The Pinery Provincial Parks. Yurts have an interesting history. The original structures were used by nomadic tribes in Mongolia. Present-day yurts at Ontario Parks sit on raised wooden decks. In winter, they are heated and have electricity. Each yurt can sleep up to six comfortably and has a table and chairs. Bunk beds have mattresses and the bottom bunks are larger to accommodate couples. Each yurt comes with its own firepit and picnic table and some have gas barbecues too. The Friends of MacGregor Point give a good description of what the yurts are like in their park and what to bring if you plan to rent one.
New deluxe cabins
You can now rent a deluxe cabin in winter at The Pinery or Arrowhead Provincial Parks. The cabins are nicely furnished with rustic log furniture, propane fireplaces, mini fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. Both come with gas barbecues, firepits and picnic tables. This Park Blog post has additional photos of what the cabins look like.
A 19th century Prince Edward County farmhouse
If a completely restored Victorian farmhouse sounds inviting, take a look at Sandbanks Provincial Park’s Maple Rest Heritage House in Prince Edward County. “The County” is a favourite Ontario destination for food and wine lovers. This four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse is furnished with period pieces. It has a fully equipped kitchen with gas fireplace and an outdoor gas barbecue. Best of all, it backs onto the famous beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Parks. And it is minutes away from County wineries, cheese factories and other local food finds. Find more information here or in this Park Blog post.
A Northern Ontario lodge and five rustic cabins
Looking for an affordable adventure in a northern winter wonderland? Sleeping Giant Provincial Park’s lodge and its five rustic cabins are the perfect base to ski or snowshoe this park’s extraordinary trail network – the longest in Ontario Parks. All the modern conveniences in the lodge and cabins make your winter stay comfortable and best of all, Sleeping Giant is easy to get to from Thunder Bay, located just 50 kilometres east of the city. You can fly Porter, WestJet or Air Canada into Thunder Bay International Airport, rent a car, and within an hour, be in the park.
For inspiration, check out our accommodation photos on our Pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/ontarioparks/roofed-accommodations/.
You’ll also find a complete list of roofed accommodation at Ontario Parks at http://www.ontarioparks.com/roofedaccommodation/ . To reserve any of the winter rentals listed above, call 1 888 668-7275; or for more information on the facilities call each park directly.