February 9, 2013

1 major snowfall = winter camping in an igloo... in our backyard

My husband has been winter camping since he was a kid. He keeps us occupied with story after story about his trips into some of Canada's greatest National Parks in the winter with his dad, cousins and uncles growing up. Camping is in his blood... it runs in his family. Winter camping is no different.

Dave passed this part of the gene pool onto our oldest son. The two of them have enjoyed several  winter camping trips together. They've stayed in everything from tents - to igloos they build themselves - to Yurts. Not for a night or even a weekend... we're talking a 7-10 days here.

To be honest... I'd rather him come home with stories about ice storms and -24c weather than the stories from their summer portaging trips with lighting strikes and bears!

Yesterday we experienced our first real snow fall, with significant levels of the white stuff, since the winter of 2009. To say the boys were excited would be an understatement and not only because the schools were closed for a snow-day.


Not only did our snow-blower FINALLY get a work out for the first times in more than 3 years, but so did our ICEBOX igloo construction kit.  Dave and Q spent over 4 hours working on a place for them to spend the night.

Yes, they built an igloo in our backyard and are spending the night in it!



This is what the igloo looks like at night (sorry it's out of focus).  Q loaded it up with their MEC extreme-weather mummy bags and Therm-a-Rest air mattresses. 


and here's Q inside the igloo, all bundled up and ready for the night.


Good night, sleep tight... don't the frost bite... :D

Other Winter Camping Posts:
Winter Camping 2007

11 comments:

  1. That is so much fun! My brother and I built an igloo a lonnnng time ago.

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  2. I lived in Northern Ontario and never tried this..however, I did sleep on the roof of my house with my friend Christa in April.

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  3. I am so NOT a camping person, no matter what the weather is. However, I think it is awesome that they are able to do something they love!

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  4. Fantastic, I love camping but it has to be the summer..good for them

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  5. What an adventure! I love the idea of building an igloo but I have to admit I'm not sure I'd be too excited about sleeping in it. I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to things like that!

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  6. Looks like so much fun! Way to make a good thing out of a ... tiring situation (I had to think of a more appropriate word for what I wanted to say haha).

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  7. That looks so fun! Great memories are being made for sure!

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  8. I saw that glowing igloo pic on your facebook update - SO much fun!!!

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  9. This looks like so much fun. I saw your pictures on Facebook. I hope they were nice and warm.

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  10. LOVE this!!! So did they stay out all night??

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  11. i like winters :))) skiing in winter is really fascinating and exciting .

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