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How to go glamping in your own backyard

Love the idea of fancy camping, but don't want to travel? Here's how to do it on your own turf.

1. Pitch a canvas tent — and deck it out like a studio apartment. We’re talking a doormat, side tables, a cozy duvet on a comfortable cot and lots of pillows. A sturdy tent can be kept up throughout the summer and into the fall for comfortable outdoor dinner parties. Check out Fort McPherson for a great selection of canvas tents and tipis.


Stansport hurricane high oil lantern, $13, Amazon.ca. OGK portable daybed, $620, Dwell Store. Hudson’s Bay Company blanket carrier with shoulder strap, $120, The Bay.

2. Create an outdoor dining room. Spread out rugs and pillows to lounge on and use old crates as tables to dine al fresco. Hang paper lanterns above your dining area (look for ones that are solar powered so you don’t need to worry about electricity).

Vintage crates, Photo, Roberto Caruso

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

3. Upgrade your bonfire. Roast those marshmallows in style. Sold at most hardware stores, fire bowls such as the one below, often use propane and give off major heat.

Birmingham large gas fire bowl, $400, Canadian Tire.

Birmingham large gas fire bowl, $400, Canadian Tire.

4. Make a s’mores cake. Yes, we said cake. Take the classic camping favourite up a notch with Chatelaine‘s triple-tested frozen s’mores cake recipe.

Chatelaine‘s frozen s’mores cake.

5. String plenty of fairy lights. Add a twinkle to your camp by stringing these lights around your tent, along tree branches, deck railings or your fence. These ones are solar-powered LED lights, so they turn on when the sun goes down and off when it rises.

Allsop Home & Garden Aurora Glow LED String Lights, $42, Lowe's.

Allsop Home & Garden Aurora Glow LED String Lights, from $42, Lowe’s.

Want to venture outside of your backyard? We’ve rounded up the coolest places to go glamping in Canada.

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