1. The yurt, Quebec
Bic National Park yurt. Photo, Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq
A yurt is a portable, round structure that is supported by a lattice work frame. Originally used by nomadic people throughout Central Asia, they’re starting to become popular in parks across North America and Europe. The one we stayed in had a wood burning stove, two trundle beds, a full-size fridge, propane stove and even a French press to make coffee. Not just to enjoy during the summers, this charming lodge is available year round. Visit: Sépaq.
Other yurts to rent in Canada:
2. The resort, British Columbia
Photo, Clayoqout Wilderness Retreat.
From the New York Times to Conde Nast Traveller to the New Zealand Herald, Clayoqout Wilderness Retreat is the ne plus ultra of glamping. Elegantly furnished tents complete with Persian rugs, antiques and the finest linens await your arrival. First-class dining made with fresh local ingredients like Tofino scallops and wild Clayoqout salmon combined with greens and produce from the organic garden round out the experience. Visit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.
3. Micro Cube, Manitoba
Visitors enjoy a campfire outside the Micro-Cube accommodations at Wasagaming Campground, Riding Mountain National Park. Photo, © Parks Canada / Scott Munn.
If you’re looking for a more traditional camping experience, but want to ditch the tent, this micro-cube is perfect for you. The cube is roughly 10m2 with one wall entirely decked out in windows. It’s outfitted with a double bed, table and two chairs. Be sure to bring all your own food, cooking supplies and sleeping bags! Located in Riding Mountain National Park in the Wasagaming Campground. Visit: Parks Canada.
4. Wilderness Suites, Ontario
Photo, Long Point Eco-Adventures.
Long Point Eco-Adventures in Long Point Bay promises a uniquely Canadian glamping experience. Their wilderness suites are equipped with private flush toilets and a private outdoor shower, hot and cold running water, a private deck and free outdoor parking. Pick from a long list of adventures to keep you occupied during your stay including zip-lining, axe throwing and even a wine, beer and cider tour. No blow-up mattresses here — rest your head on a king or queen bed at the end of the day. Visit: Long Point Eco-Adventures.
5. The hobbit house, Quebec
Photo, Entre Cîmes et Racines.
With its circular door, cosy wood interior and green roof, this ecolodge at Entre Cimes et Racines looks right out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Located in the woods near Eastman, Québec (an hour outside of Montreal), a small dining area, kitchenette, indoor dry toilet and bedroom with double bunk beds make this a step above your typical tent experience. Visit: Entre Cimes et Racines.
6. Cabot Shores, Nova Scotia
Photo, Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat.
From fully furnished chalets to geodesic domes and yurts, there is an accommodation for every type of camper here. But one of the coolest on offer? The Treetop Village, which is composed of geodesic domes on high stilts so you can sleep among the trees. Each dome offers something different — breathtaking views of the Atlantic, famous views of the full moon and stars. Don’t forget to visit the private beach while you’re there, too. Visit: Cabot Shores.
7. The treehouse, Quebec
Photo, Les Toits du Monde.
Outfitted with a kitchen and bathroom, this treehouse is nestled 15 feet and surrounded by trees. Located two and a half hours from Montreal, the grounds also contain a hobbit-inspired house and Mongolian-style yurt. Visit: Les Toits du Monde.
8. The treehouse, British Columbia
Photo, Free Spirit Spheres.
Imagine falling asleep amongst the tall trees of the west coast rainforest in a floating sphere. Located near Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island, Free Spirit Spheres offers three handcrafted orbs for overnight rental. The spheres each have their own personality and names. For example, Eryn is made from spruce, is 10.5 feet in diameter and can accommodate up to three people; Melody is made from fiberglass and has a black walnut interior with five windows, a skylight, a small sink and is wired for sound. Visit: Free Spirit Spheres.
Other treehouses to rent in Canada:
9. The canvas tent, Ontario
A few hour’s north of Toronto in Prince Edward County at Fronterra, you can fall asleep in a king-sized bed with hardwood floors beneath your feet and a private outdoor hot shower steps away. An on-site permaculture vegetable garden, chicken coop and outpost store mean all the meals you cook up in the outdoor kitchen will be nothing short of amazing. Visit: Fronterra.
10. The ranch, British Columbia
Luxury Glamping tent at Star Camp™. Photo, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort.
Named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top Unique Lodges in the World, Siwash Lake Ranch is located approximately 5 ½ hours northeast from Vancouver in central British Columbia. The 1,000 square foot safari-style canvas tents can accommodate up to five people and boast separate living rooms with fireplaces, in-floor radiant heating and expansive exterior decks. Expect to pay resort-style prices for this ultimate glamping experience. Visit: Siwash Lake.
11. The dream dome, New Brunswick
Photo, Ridgeback Lodge Inc.
If the sound of a Japanese wood-fired hot tub, king-sized bed, glass door shower and wood stove all inside a stargazing geodesic-style dome gets you excited than you’ll want to head to Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick. Available year-round, the hardy can give it a try under a blanket of snow. Visit: Ridgeback Lodge.
12. The fly-in base camp, Yukon
Photo, © Parks Canada / Fritz Mueller.
For the ultimate Arctic adventure, climb aboard a Twin Otter bush plane and fly to Ivvavik National Park in the Yukon. Arranged by Parks Canada, this Northern experience includes your charter flights, use of the Imniarvik base camp facilities including washrooms and bear-safe storage, all meals and snacks and guided hikes. Visit: Parks Canada.