• A gang of friends outside the Taylor Lake Yurt in Gatineau Park

    A gang of friends outside the Taylor Lake Yurt in Gatineau Park

    The Taylor Lake Yurt, one of two yurts on Taylor Lake in Gatineau Park, is perfect for a night or two of easy camping in the summer, or a fun, secluded cross-country skiing adventure with friends and family in the winter.

    The yurt sleeps 6 in the winter and 4 in the summer; there are two single bunk beds, and in the winter they add two roll-out beds that stow underneath the bottom bunk of each bed.

    The features a propane stove and a two-burner stove, plus a wood stove for heating the joint on cold nights. The kitchen gear is mediocre, but you can usually make do with what they have for pots, pans and utensils. However, you should bring your own cutlery and dishware/cups. A wash basin is there for dishes.

    The Taylor Lake Yurt peninsula in Gatineau Park

    The Taylor Lake Yurt peninsula in Gatineau Park

    In the winter the yurt is pretty isolated. The Ohimisi yurt is almost more than 700 metres away and out of view, so only the occasional back-country skier on trail #55 whizzes by.

    Summer is busier, with three campsites on the peninsula in front of the yurt.

    Getting there in the Winter is by cross-country ski only, as there are no snowshoe trails that cross the yurt. That said, I’ve gone in December and late march and had to hike in through mud and slush. In the summer you can park right at the yurt.

    Inside the Taylor Lake Yurt in Gatineau Park

    Inside the Taylor Lake Yurt in Gatineau Park

    Cost:

    • Weekends**: $165 per night*
    • Weeknights (Sunday to Thursday): $115 per night*
    • Winter: Additional cost: $5* per person per night for those without a season ski pass

    Accommodates: six people (4 in the summer)

    Features:

    • Circular structure with a cone-shaped roof, set on a wooden platform.
    • Two bunk beds and two pullout beds (six single mattresses in Winter, 4 in Summer)
    • Refrigerator
    • Double-burner propane stove
    • Wood stove
    • You must bring your own water. The yurt has no nearby source of drinking water, and no electricity.

    Washrooms: There is an outhouse.

    Parking:
    Winter
    You can park for free in the P19 parking lot. It is a 6 km ski from the parking lot to the yurt. This yurt is not accessible by snowshoe.

    Summer
    You can drive right up to the yurt in summer.

    Pets: Dogs and pets are not allowed in the yurt.

    For reservations, visit the Demsis Website: http://www.demsis.ca/gatineaupark.php