On Golden Pond: “Training Camp”

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

Dates: TBD 2020

Training Camp ONLY: This product is for Training Camp only.  If you’d like to stick around and join us for our Vast Horizons expedition immediately following Training Camp, then head to: Training Camp PLUS Vast Horizons.

An entirely skills-focused, base-camp program run out of Lure’s new home on Golden Pond!  This is the perfect orientation program for anyone considering embarking on their first snow walking journey (on your own, or with us) this winter!  This training camp is immediately followed by our “Vast Horizons” expedition.

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The Training Camp program is focused on developing the skills required to head out into the winter wilderness on your own or with a group.  The program starts with a 6km snowshoe (or ski) into our remote base camp property on Golden Pond, where you will settle into one of our fixed or portable accommodations for the remainder of your stay.  Days will be spent almost entirely outside, with lots and lots of practical lessons including:

  • Selecting, felling and processing firewood;
  • Use and harvesting of “green” wood for bough floors, pickets and more;
  • Using traditional snowshoes with lampwick bindings;
  • Packing toboggans;
  • Chiseling ice holes;
  • Winter cooking & baking;
  • Winter navigation;
  • Ice safety;
  • … And much more!

Participants will have free time to explore the property and enjoy the tranquility of tent living in the winter! This is the perfect compliment to our more travel-oriented expeditions, in fact we are offering a companion expedition (“Vast Horizons“) commencing right at the end of this trip!  Of course, you don’t have to be attending a Lure trip to join our Training Camp, and may choose to attend to build your own skills and confidence, or simply to explore the idea of winter camping and decide if its something you’d like to take further!

Price Includes:

  • Snowmobile shuttle of gear into/ out of remote property;
  • 3 nights accommodation;
  • All meals and snacks for the duration of the course;
  • Wine served with supper;
  • Guidance from Kie and Dave!

Additional information


Jan 7 – 10, 2019, Jan 11 – 14, 2019


Four days training on Golden Pond, 3 nights.


This trip will involve at least 8km of skiing or snowshoeing to reach our camp (with snowmobile support to shuttle gear) both ways. Program activities around our property will also include another few kilometres of travel on foot.


As this is an introductory program focused entirely on skill development it is the least physically demanding of all of our programs. However, participants should still be prepared to spend full days working outdoors in all weather and nights in a canvas tent heated by wood stove.


The program will take place on "Golden Pond", our brand-new, off-road, off-grid, wilderness property just west of Espanola, and nestled in at the flanks of the beautiful La Cloche Mountains.

6 reviews for On Golden Pond: “Training Camp”

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    If you’re a complete beginner or have done a bit of winter camping before, the Lure of the North Training Camp is a perfect way to learn the skills you need to enjoy yourself on a traditional winter backcountry camping trip. Kielyn and Dave are superb instructors with a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share. The program is well thought out and you will definitely learn from their instruction. The location is fantastic, the food is great, and Kie and Dave are the best. I highly recommend the Training Camp.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This training camp is the perfect way to learn about traditional winter camping, winter travel and hot tenting in canvas tents. Kielyn and Dave are both deeply versed in these subjects and have refined their winter trekking methods over thousands of kilometers of winter travel through out Canada. In this training camp they systematically and entertainingly introduce the participants to the methods and tricks that they have developed during their years of guiding and other adventures. If you are interested in beginning winter camping, looking to try out hot tent winter camping or just want to meet two wonderful people, I can wholeheartedly recommend Lure of the North’s Training Camp.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I would recommend the training camp to anyone who is considering winter camping or wants to accelerate their wintering camping skills. Every moment was a learning experience filled with fun. There was list of topics to be covered but the learning was not limited to those- Dave and Kielyn tailored the learning experience to the needs of all participants on the fly. Great food , beautiful setting , great camaraderie. I now feel better prepared to head on a trip by myself or to try one of their excursions. Thanks for a truly memorable experience!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looking for a winter adventure away from the crowds and set in the beautiful, Canadian backcountry, wilderness? Then join Lure of the North.
    Both owners & guides, Dave and Kielyn, share their knowledge, skills and experience with participants of all skill levels! Whether you are experienced or new to winter camping, you will gain a wealth of knowledge, enjoy good company and all in the peaceful, beautiful backcountry of Northern Canada!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Totally feel comfortable embarking out on trips by myself after this training camp. Very pleased with the amount of information covered, you’ll be happy and well fed on the pond!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Want a truly Canadian winter experience led by two wonderful people? Check out whatever Dave and Kie have to offer. It’s guaranteed enjoyment and a truly marvellous learning opportunity.

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