If you love the great outdoors but the idea of pitching your own tent and sleeping on the cold, hard ground in the middle of the wilderness isn’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t fret.
Now that Canadians have fully embraced the “glamping” or glamourous camping trend, countless businesses offering luxurious accommodations have popped up to give visitors the nature experience without the inconvenience.
One such opportunity involves cuddling up in a snug, wooden pod with modern amenities in the charming countryside of southwestern Ontario. Long Point Eco-Adventure, located in picturesque Norfolk County, approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto, offers three different types of comfortable lodging to satisfy every budget.
The cozy pods and spacious suites allow visitors to rest their weary heads in peace after an action-packed day of kayaking, mountain biking, axe-throwing, zip-lining or stargazing at the adventure resort’s observatory.
For anyone looking to save a buck or two and can handle a little less space, Long Point Eco-Adventure’s camping pods may be the perfect tent alternative. The adorable dome-shaped wooden pods include a queen sized bed or two twin beds and include hardwood floors, stylish bedding, a sliding glass door and a private deck.
Travellers will have to use the resort’s communal washroom and shower facilities if they opt to book this simple but charming accommodation. There is also no electricity in the camping pods, so don’t expect to charge an iPhone while residing in this rustic pod.
- $89/night for low season weekdays
- $109/night for low season weekends and high season weekdays
- $129/night for high season weekends
For nature-enthusiasts who appreciate space and privacy, the camping pods’ upgraded relative, the wilderness pod, may be just the thing. For a little more money, visitors will sleep on a queen-sized bed and relax in a homey living room complete with a table for dining.
The wilderness pods’ most attractive feature, perhaps, is the private flush toilet and sink; although, patrons will still have to use the shared shower facilities. On top of running water, guests will enjoy all of the same features as the camping pods along with electrical outlets for any of their charging needs.
- $179/night for low season weekdays
- $229/night for low season weekends and high season weekdays
- $279/night for high season weekends
For the ultimate lap of camping luxury, guests can book one of the resort’s spacious wilderness suites for a true glamping experience. The tent-like structure could be considered more of a hotel room substitute than a tent alternative. With a choice of a king-sized bed or the family-friendly two queen-sized beds option, visitors will have more than enough room to spread out and relax.
The well-equipped suite includes all of the same features as the other two cheaper accommodations, but with the added bonus of a mini fridge and a private outdoor shower.
- $195/night for low season weekdays
- $245/night for low season weekends and high season weekdays
- $295/night for high season weekends
Other Canadian glamping destinations:
If southwestern Ontario is a little too far out of the way, glamping aficionados have no shortage of options in Canada for appreciating nature in style. Here are some other unique destinations to visit for camping in comfort.
- Entre Cîmes et Racines in Quebec (there’s a Hobbit lodge!)
- Free Spirit Spheres in British Columbia
- Cabot Shores in Nova Scotia
- Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick
- Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia
- Sundance Lodges in Alberta
- Flora Bora Forest Lodging in Saskatchewan
- Parcs Quebec’s yurts
- Outpost Co. in Ontario
- Yellow Dog Lodge in Northwest Territories