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Far & Wide: Glamping In The Dream Dome

New Brunswick Dream Dome Photo: Caley Vanular

Imagine driving down winding roads deep into New Brunswick only to pull up to a dreamy eco-dome? That is exactly what we did. This past September we visited Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick, the only geo-dome glamping accommodations in the province. And seriously, the most unique place you can stay in the Maritimes.

The domes were glowing under the night sky and the wood-fired hot tubs were ready to be started. The hot tubs take about 3 hours to get hot so we lit them right when we arrived. After that, we headed to the lodge. We had a group of 4 so we slept 3 in the Star Gazer domes and 1 in the Dream Dome.

Dream Dome New Brunswick Photo: Caley Vanular

The Star Gazer domes feature just a bed and chairs but no washroom, so if nature calls in the middle of the night you have to walk to the main cabin.  The main cabin itself is more like a deluxe lodge. Not only does it have a wood burning stove it also has a fully stocked kitchen and epic waterfall shower. Far from the camping, most are accustomed to.
Wood-fired Hot Tub Photo: Caley Vanular

Before we knew it the hot tub was ready. Wood fired hot tubs are the coolest invention. What you do is light a fire in a wood burning stove next to the tub so the cold water within the tub can move around the stove. Once it passes through the stove, it returns to the hot tub. Heating the water up is an easy task, the trick with these hot tubs is to not make them too hot.

We soaked in the wood-fired hot tub under the night sky until we were super relaxed and ready to experience a night in the dome. This was our first time sleeping in a dome and we weren’t disappointed. The domes are only a short walk from the cabin but they feel so isolated. It was a nice night so we kept the doors open and slept with just screens, staring at the night sky through the open roof. This was amazing. I couldn’t sleep out of pure excitement of sleeping in a dome. The sounds within the dome are similar to a tent, as the air passes by through the trees and rustles the leaves on the ground, but this tent has a queen bed and comforter.

The morning came too soon. We were all so content in our domes that we didn’t want to get out. But all good things must come to an end, and I left trying to figure out how I could get a dome of my own or book my next trip back to New Brunswick for an extended stay.

 

Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

What: Glamping accommodation in the beautiful wilderness just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick.
Where: An hour north of Saint John, NB
Tips: There’s an extensive waitlist, so book well in advance. There are first-come-first-serve cancellations. Get a group of six and rent out domes and the cabin. The social living room is nice.

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.