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Far & Wide: The Best Of Glamping In Ontario

When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. It’s being in the wild… without having to do all that ‘stuff’ that comes along with it. Glamping is the perfect alternative to camping for those city folk that don’t own a tent and have no interest in buying one. It is the perfect adventure for those of you not into ‘roughing it’, but who still want to get outside and enjoy the benefits of camping.

If you agree with what we are sayin’ well we have the list for you. Check out the ultimate list of places to go glamping in Ontario below:

What:

Glamping at its finest. These prospector tents avail you with a large amount of space to ensure you have the best glamping experience possible. Relax in a robe on the deck while you stare out into nature and think about how awesome you are at camping.

Where:

Oakwood Escape – Dunnville, ON

Wild Exodus – Timmins, ON

Thousands Island National Park – Thousands Island National Park, ON

White Pine Ancient Forest – Toronto, ON

Northern Edge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Outdoor Hotel – Renfrew, ON

Price:

Prospector tents start from around $150.00 per night.

 

What:

A blend of cabin comfort and excellent food tucked inside the spectacular wilderness. Visit a wilderness lodge if you want to totally relax. Often the price includes all your meals and each cabin has wilderness amenities free for you to use i.e. canoes, kayaks, and board games.

Where:

Killarney Lodge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Haliburton Forest – Haliburton, ON

Smoothwater – Temagami, ON

Bartlett Lodge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Price:

Starting from $110 a night for one person.

 

What:

Eco-friendly pods. Talk about #GramWorthyAccommodation. These cute sustainable pods are not only photogenic but totally relaxing and fit for the perfect weekend getaway.

Where: 

Long Point Eco Adventures – Long Point, ON

Chippawa Resort – Madawaska Valley, ON

Madawaska River Rentals – Quadeville, ON

Price:

Wilderness pods are $75 – $129 a night dependent on the time of the season.

 

What:

An authentic tipi with a twist… queen size beds. These upgraded tipis will give you a one-of-a-kind experience you can brag to all your friends about #TipiDreamin.

Where: 

Gordon’s Park – Tehkummah, ON

OutPost Company – Toronto, ON

Moonlight Glamping – Elora, ON

Glamping Hub Secluded Private Island – Roseneath, ON

Price:

Tipi Glamping starts from $100 per night.

 

What:

Glamping wherever you want it. Headed to a music festival? Or a friends campout and aren’t into normal camping? Rent yourself the ultimate glamping trailer. Fit for up to four people, these small and easy to manoeuvre trailers can be towed with any vehicle. Not only are they retro glamping chic they also have modern comforts like IPhone docks and sound systems.

Where: 

Happy Camper – Windsor, ON

Motorhome Travel – Bolton, ON

Price:

Rentals start at $65 per weeknight and $75 for weekend and holiday nights.

 

What:

Yurts are round tent-like structures that merge the worlds of tents, huts and houses… aka the ultimate glamping accommodations. Modern yurts are typically permanently built on a wooden platform and use modern materials and are often insulated. Not only does the circular shape offer awesome visuals it creates a huge amount of living space to get your glamp on.

Where: 

Bruce Penninsula National Park – Bruce Penninsula National Park, ON

Nature’s Harmony – Mattawan, ON

Glamping Hub Luxury Yurt – Markstay, ON

Price: 

Yurts range from $85 to $120 a night.

 

 

The Lions Trail, Vancouver

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Boy does it feel good to get down from a long hike and look back up to where you were standing and say, ‘I just walked to the top of that thing’.

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A great one for that reason alone is The Lions Trail in Vancouver. The lions are two dark peaks that you can see from downtown Vancouver nestled in between Grouse and Seymour.  The view from the Lions is truly spectacular, offering a panoramic view of Howe Sound and the Capilano Watershed down to the city of Vancouver. The hike is about eight hours round trip and if you are brave enough to climb to the summit, make sure to bring your climbing shoes. The last part of the hike requires some serious ‘don’t look down’ climbing, although it is totally worth it and safer then you think…

How to get there:  I don’t have a car so I am always using CL ride-share, hitching, bumming rides etc.. This hike is great as you can get there using public transit. Take the bus to Lions Bay and head north east till you get to the back left of the neighbourhood on a street called ‘ Sunset Drive’. You will see a yellow gate, this is your starting gate. Hike up the road for a good 30 minutes till you find an opening and a skinner path uphill, head that way. The hike is relatively mellow for the first 2 1/2 hours, don’t get too comfortable. The last part of the hike is quiet the uphill (great for the buns).  Be sure to fill up your water bottle at the bridge over the waterfall, this is your last chance for the next 5 hours.  Enjoy.

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