R&R at Dwight and Lucy’s Yurt in the Lone Wolf Forest

Dwight and Lucy's yurt and kitchen

Dwight and Lucy’s yurt in the Lone Wolf Forest

I discovered this Dwight and Lucy’s yurt by accident last year as I was Google-stalking a friend’s cottage; at a certain zoom level the label popped up for “Dwight and Lucy’s Yurt”, and after a little more searching I found the Lone Wolf Forest website and had committed in my head to checking it out. A few cozy days alone with my girlfriend, deep in the forest, keeping warm by fire, enjoying nature… what could be more enticing? It took exactly zero convincing to get Erica on board, and a couple weekends ago we hit it up! Continue reading

Looking for a Yurt for Sale?

yurtforsaleI don’t see this pop up too often on craigslist: a 20′ yurt for sale near Toronto!

I’ve stayed up at the yurts in Gatineau Park many, many times and I would love to grab a yurt for myself… if only I had somewhere to put it!

We have a fabulous, barely used 20′ yurt for sale. It is perfect for families who love to camp, hunters or any other outdoor enthusiasts.

As a family of four, we found it spacious enough for a living room, double/queen bed, storage cabinets and bunkbeds — glamping at its best!

With a bit of help, you can set it up in a day. We’ll even include all the decking!

$5,000 – not bad. For the full ad visit Craigslist.

NCC Says: Get Ready For Winter!

Winter’s right around the corner, and the NCC is prepping Gatineau Park for the upcoming season. Online reservations start tomorrow for their cabins, yurts, campsites, and new four-season tents, and the Park re-opens on November 15th for their Winter Season!

NCC: Get Ready for WinterFrom the NCC:

Take advantage of early-bird rates on season ski passes and reserve your winter accommodations

Canada’s Capital Region — Winter outdoor enthusiasts get ready! The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce that, weather permitting, the cross-country ski season in Gatineau Park will start on November 15 and run through to March 31, 2014. Reservations for the Park’s designated sleeping accommodations and winter campsites can be made as of November 1 at 9 am.

Gatineau Park has one of the largest multi-use trail networks in North America. More than 250 kilometres of trails — 150 kilometres of which are mechanically groomed — offer a “great escape” for classic cross-country skiing, skate skiing, back-country skiing andsnowshoeing. The trail network includes several parking lots, and trails are rated according to varying levels of difficulty.

Twice a day, at around 8:30 am and 1:30 pm, the report on trail conditions will be updated on the NCC’s website.

Reserve a cabin, yurt or four-season tent

Skiers and snowshoers can extend their stay by spending the night in one of 12 ready-to-camp units or, for the more adventurous, at a winter campsite. Reserve a spot and enjoy one of four cabins, four yurts, four four-season tents or five campsites. Reservations for ready-to-camp units are made on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning on November 1 at 9 am.

How to reserve your accommodations:

Cross-country ski passes

Enjoy early bird rates for cross-country ski season passes in Gatineau Park if you buy yours by December 15, 2013.

Gatineau Park offers more than 200 kilometres of classic cross-country ski trails, with 100 kilometres of these trails groomed for combined use (classic cross-country and skate skiing). About 45 kilometres of trails are for back-country skiing.

Pre-season rates
(until December 15)
Regular rates(starting December 16)
Adult (age 18 to 59)$150$180$15
Student (age 18 to 24)Senior (age 60 and older)$100$105$11
Youth (age 13 to 17)$90$95
Family* (Maximum five passes)$335$380$33

Rates include taxes. Children 12 and under ski for free. An administration fee of $2.50 per shipment applies. Rates for groups of 25 or more are also available.
* Maximum of two adults and three youths

How to purchase your ski passes:

Season pass

Daily pass

People can also borrow free ski passes at the following municipal libraries:

  • Ottawa Public Library
  • Ville de Gatineau municipal library
  • Centre régional de services aux bibliothèques publiques de l’Outaouais inc. (CRSBPO)

To contact the NCC, call 819-827-2020, 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free), 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY). You can also visit the NCC’s website atgatineaupark.gc.ca or the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre at 33 Scott Road, in Chelsea, Quebec.