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Advice from the Experts: Winter Campground Maintenance


It’s winter and you are thinking about the holidays, hot cocoa and cozying up by the fire. The last thing that is probably on your mind is your campground.

Most policies, including MB Kouri Insurance Brokers, offer coverage for loss that could occur during the winter months. These coverages include ice damning and snow load, and helps to ensure that damage caused by the unexpected harsh winters does not fall back on you. Not to mention, although you are covered for damage resulting from winter weather, you can also do your due diligence to reduce the chance of this happening to your business.  

Initially we spoke with our campground insurance specialist Dave Kouri to see how he suggests beating the winter hazards. In sum, check out why its important, stories of losses and how to prevent winter damage.

“I think this is an important topic of conversation. People should know how they can better protect themselves.”

Campground Insurance Specialist

Why is it Important?

Dave can easily vouch for the importance of winter maintenance of a campground. Considering the family ski resort and campground he worked at growing up, he has seen firsthand why maintaining your park is essential during the off season. With that, Dave explains that this coverage has been around for decades, just like Canadian winters will continue to be. “The best thing to do is prepare for anything”

Ensuring your campground is cared for is important for customers that keep trailers in the park over the colder months. Subsequently, Dave can account of cases where snow load, fallen trees, ice and wind has damaged buildings and customers trailers.

Cardinal/Ottawa South KOA Campground Winter Wonderland

Cardinal/Ottawa South KOA Campground Winter Wonderland

Here are 5 Ways to Care for Your Campground in the Winter

Check snow accumulation on roofs and structures.

Doing this helps prevent snow load where the weight of snow can result in damage to certain structures. Not only this but by clearing snow can also prevent ice damning in eavestroughs.

Lake Edge Cottages
Ensure ANY steps or walkways that are open to the public are clear & salted.

This prevents risks of physical bodily injury to customers, potential visitors or employees. 

Lake Edge Cottages remains open in the winter and recently installed a safety rail in their hot tub to make winter usage safer!

Check-in with higher risk areas

Monitor or have someone periodically check into the campground on the following elements:

  • Heated buildings to prevent freezing pipes in the case of power outage
  • Highly forested areas for potential tree damage to buildings and trailers


This may be Cardinal KOA in the winter but check out their summer availability here

Campground Maintenance

Whistle Bare Campground keeps their campground maintained in the winter. Check out what a summer with them looks like

Keeping park security gates & entrances blocked to prevent access to customers trailers

This prevents several hazards from occurring. Firstly, it stops potential trailer owners from coming into areas that are not monitored and maintained. In addition, it also restricts chances of theft or vandalism of yours or camper’s property by through making entering difficult.

Ensuring you are maintaining your campground helps not only prevent damage but also reduces long term damage that could occur by not checking on your business for months. Not only does it prevent loss but it also helps you be the best RV campground.  

Other things to Consider – Are you Covered Properly

Lake Edge Cottages

Lake Edge Cottages

An area Dave says people fail to consider in terms of campground insurance is contents within buildings. Even though buildings are covered, unless things like machinery and tools are added to the policy, some contents are not covered. He has had cases where winter conditions have caused damage to campground buildings and the items inside.


In a particular case, a campground building held equipment and machinery which were damaged beyond repair when weighted snow entered the building. Because the owner decided not to include this on their policy, which is an option with MBK, the equipment was not covered. Dave explains that it is important to make sure your covered. Premiums are ever so slightly changed with add-ons like that, making it worth it to help prevent situations like that one from happening. 

Dave is Your Guy

If you are not one of our current customers and were hoping to talk about insurance for your campground, park or resort Dave is your guy. Not convinced? Check out his bio to see if he is the specialist for you. 

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