Looking to book a getaway to go glamping in Ontario?
Our comprehensive guide to glamping in Ontario features detailed profiles on the provinces best glamorous camping experiences.
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What is Glamping in Ontario?
For the uninitiated, glamping is camping with an injection of glamour. Yes, glampers sleep in a tent and will likely barbecue their dinners, but their tents often flaunt rustic-chic decor, come outfitted with actual beds, and the option of a proper breakfast spread.
Depending on the glampsite, tourists can expect a wide range of accommodations to fall under the glamping umbrella. Some locations are so kitted out that glampers basically just show up as-is; others will require more prepping and packing. There are glampsites for those keen to devote a weekend to reading, while others target those eager for adventure.
Much like camping, glamping generally involves a tent—only one that’s semi-permanent. Glamping accommodations tend to fit at least a queen-sized bed, may include a private bathroom, mini fridge, and—if you’re lucky—a massive leather couch. Other options include yurts, retrofitted RVs, and cabin-like wooden structures. You’ll know glamour when you see it.
Outside of Ontario, glamping is popular in exotic destinations like Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, the sand dunes of Morocco, safari in Kenya, and in Black Rock City, the temporary tent city erected for the Burning Man Festival.
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Best Glamping in Ontario
Over the past 5 years, tourism entrepreneurs in Ontario have invested heavily in the global glamping trend.
Parks Canada recognized new Canadians who had not grown up with camping as a part of their childhood upbringing were keen to experience the country’s wild wilderness. Many of the National Parks in Canada now offer a variety of glamping options, making a family friendly nature holiday possible for those who don’t want to invest in sleeping bags and tents.
Ontario offers glamping experiences for every budget and experience. Outfitters like Whispering Springs and Fronterra near Prince Edward County offer glamerous lodgings for romantic couples that include onsite restaurants and even a craft brewery.
Long Point Eco Adventures near Port Dover features a variety of accommodations and is our pick for best family friendly Ontario glamping. The outfitter offers many outdoor adventure experiences for kids including zip-lining, axe-throwing, kayaking and stargazing via a state-of-the-art observatory.
Those looking to enjoy a Toronto getaway further afield can enjoy the great outdoors with WildExodus in Timmins, Elements Luxury Tented Camp in Renfrew, Nature’s Harmony in Mattawa and Pukaskwa National Park between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay.
Looking to splurge on an unforgettable nature holiday in Ontario? The provinces most luxurious glamping options include several Instagram-worthy sites operated by Cabinscape and an unreal fly-in program to a remote region of Georgian Bay by Outpost Co Luxury Camping.
Hide Away Hills
Cheryl Mills and Ray Jennings first began plans for Hide Away Hills in August, 2018. The Ontario glampsite welcomed its first guests in October, 2019. The property is open each year from Easter to Halloween.
Mills shared, “We started the business to supplement Ray’s income. We wanted to showcase where we live, the uniqueness of our property and allow couples to reconnect. We also wanted to encourage tourism near Turkey Point and Long Point Bay.”
Hide Away Hills offers a truly secluded retreat, nestled within the Unesco Long Point World Biospehere. Over 40,000 acres of protected Carolinian forest provide stunning views for those looking to reconnect with nature.
The chic glamping site offers 2000 sq ft of space, which includes a sitting room, bathroom, bedroom, couples outdoor shower, dining room and spacious outdoor deck.
The most remarkable space is the glass walled bedroom, featuring a king sized bed that offers extraordinary views of the surrounding forest when guests wake up each morning. The cozy sitting room offers a stone fireplace and French bistro table, a perfect nook to cuddle up to a book.
Guests at Hide Away Hills enjoy access to extra pillows, blankets & towels, 100% pure mulberry silk sheets, his and hers robes, 52″ Smart TV and cell phone & tablet charging station.
- Hide Away Hills Dining: Guests are greeted by a gift basket featuring locally produced treats and snacks. The fridge and freezer is filled with water, juice, condiments, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and S’Mores package. Bring your own food to cook over an open fire. Popular local restaurants nearby include The Blue Elephant Brewery and The Combine.
- Hide Away Hills Activities: Guests have access to mountain bikes and can enjoy reading or playing games indoors or on the deck. You’ll also find a wee onsite zoo featuring spotted deer, oversized rabbits and a collection of exotic pheasants.
- Things To Do Near Hide Away Hills: Popular nearby attractions include Long Point and Turkey Point Provincial Parks, scenic town of Port Dover and plenty of wineries, craft breweries and farms.
- What To Bring To Hide Away Hills: Very little packing is required. Overnight guests need to bring their clothing and personal items. Daily housekeeping offers bedding and towel change and dish cleaning.
18692 Hurontario St, Caledon Village, 416-720-3656
Take a 45 minute drive north of Toronto and you’ll land at Alabaster Acres. Located in Caledon, Ontario, this compact glampsite is the baby of Aimee Alabaster, a former city slicker who opted to dive headfirst into a more fulfilling existence after the corporate life got to her.
She’s created a place for city dwellers looking to go glamping in Ontario to enjoy a taste of country life. She took to clearing land on the property—now studded with maple trees—and designing the tents herself.
Beyond the main property and barn sits the Alabaster Acres glampsite. With two (soon to be three) generously sized tents, the site manages to be both cozy and private enough for those keen to keep to themselves. Each tent spans 16 feet by 20 feet and is raised from the ground, boasting a front porch for dining as well as plenty of interior space. The living room section is fit with a leather couch, chair and coffee table, with a proper wood-burning stove in the corner ensuring a source of warm on chilly nights.
An ultra-cozy king size bed promises a restful sleep, while a mini fridge and cupboards hold everything required for the evening ahead. It’s very well thought out—from the mini flashlight found in a drawer, the all-important corkscrew, napkins, dishware, and more. A barbecue is found steps from the tent and all possible tools required for it can be found on-site (no need to lug olive oil or salt—promise). Additionally, each glampsite comes complete with a hammock and a firepit that demands smores come sundown.
The wash-up area for dishes sits a stone’s throw away and is next to an outdoor living room, complete with two swings and a mini library. Bathing facilities include one outdoor shower (they’ve got shampoo) as well as a claw-footed bathtub—both with a romantic meadow view. All towels are included. The single outhouse picturesque; with its rustic-glam feel achieved by its antique-look mirror and wooden chair that’s been transformed into a toilet.
Clydesdale horses and a donkey roam in the campsite-adjacent field, while over in the barn there are tons of chickens and roosters. And a few geese for good measure. Cows are in the barn and a number of border collies. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to visit some incredibly adorable puppies—they breed purebreds here and so often there will be litters available to hold.
- Alabaster Acres Dining: There’s an LCBO in nearby Orangeville and Tim Hortons just down the road. A continental breakfast is included, however you will need to bring your own food for additional meals on the barbecue.
- Alabaster Acres Onsite Activities: Outdoor living room offers books and board games. Book a popular workshop hosted by Aimee such as Farm Fresh Adventures for Kids, Jam Making, and Geocaching.
- Things To Do Near Alabaster Acres: There are lots of hiking trails in the area, with the most popular being Island Lake. There’s also Caledon Luxury Nails and Spa down the road, for anyone who fancies a mani-pedi. June’s Caledon Fair, complete with pony shows, and July’s Strawberry Festival are major draws.
- What To Bring To Alabaster Acres: Slippers for tip toeing around your tent, plus wooly sweaters and thick socks for cooler nights. Bring decent walking shoes if you fancy a hike.
Point Pelee National Park
1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, 1-888-773-8888
Surrounded by the lush Carolinian forest, Point Pelee National Park is a unique location to go glamping in Ontario. On a map of the province, you’ll note that Point Pelee is the southernmost spot, and without a doubt each visitor to the park will take a trip to the point.
The approximate four-hour drive from Toronto makes this ideal for a three-day weekend. While there are plenty of regular campsites on the point, Otentiks are relatively new Parks Canada accommodations that are a cross between a cabin and a tent, each measuring 19-feet by 24-feet. On Point Pelee there are 24 family-friendly Otentiks nuzzled into the wilderness.
Each Otentik can sleep up to six, with half of tent devoted to a giant bed complete with upper bunk that will comfortably sleep two. A kitchen table and food prep area round out the minimalist interior, which is heated by either a gas or wood stove.
Outside, two Muskoka chairs, a barbecue, picnic table, and bonfire pit complete the inviting home-away-from-home. Communal washroom and washing up facilities are a short walk down the road. The camp is insistent that all food is kept in the outdoor bin and that no food remnants remain. Neighbouring Otentiks are somewhat camouflaged by all the surrounding greenery, so each glampsite feels relatively private. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a deer through the window in the early morning.
- Point Pelee Dining: You’ll need to bring all your meals if you don’t plan on leaving Camp Henry. Each glampsite comes complete with a barbecue and an outdoor food storage container. Ice cream is available at reception. Beyond the park border, restaurants like Paula’s Fish Place serve lunch and dinner.
- Point Pelee Onsite Activities: There are plenty of hiking trails on Point Pelee, which can be tackled on foot or by rental bike. Kayaks and canoes are also available to rent, weather-permitting. Bird watching is huge as the region attracts over 390 bird species; keeners are best to visit in May when the Festival of Birds celebrates the spring migration. The reception desk boasts a compact lending library in addition to board games.
- Things To Do Near Point Pelee: Plenty of wineries dot the area, including the famed Pelee Island Winery. It’s worth making this a three-day weekend in order to take the ferry to Pelee Island, which is a day trip.
- What To Bring To Point Pelee: Cooking utensils and dishes are included, however bedding isn’t included, nor is towels or dishtowels. Communal bathroom facilities are a short walk away so you’ll need something to tote your toiletries. Firewood can only be purchased on-site for $10. Bug repellant, slippers, and binoculars for budding ornithologists are essentials.
Long Point Eco-Adventures
1730 Front Rd, St Williams, 1-877-743-8687
Long Point Eco-Adventures is the perfect spot to go glamping in Ontario for types who cannot merely curl up with a book for the weekend. Easy to get to from Toronto, the location is flagged by an absolutely mammoth sign. The campgrounds are centred around the main reception building, complete with a silver-hued observatory at the top, and a neighbouring dining hall.
Three different types of “tents” are available to choose from; those keen to get the full glamping experience will choose Wilderness Suites, which come complete with either one king bed or two queens, making them suited to couples, families of four, or two friends who need to stretch their limbs. Bathrooms are found within the tents. The two types of (very cute) wooden pods are targeted towards those who don’t need their beauty rest atop queen or king beds.
Each of the three options occupies a slightly different region of the campground, while the spaces in between are filled with tall grasses, fields, and a barbecue zone complete with a covered area for relaxing and eating in. Keep in mind that while the spaces do feel private at night, you’re in very close proximity to your neighbours.
Come sundown, do expect there to be essentially no light, since they are very concerned with light pollution (hence the “eco” portion of “eco-adventures”). If arriving after dark, you will be guided to your tent in a golf cart, but do save your campsite explorations for daylight.
- Long Point Eco-Adventures Dining: A year-round breakfast buffet, served in a rustic barn with a patio, covers your morning meal. Summer hours expand to include a daily lunch offering, and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Hometown Brew Co. SeaCan pours pints from the microbrewery against a backdrop of picnic tables and lawn games. The picturesque Burning Kiln Winery with an onsite restaurant sits across the street. Music lovers should plan their visits to coincide with their vineyard concerts.
- Long Point Eco-Adventures Onsite Activities: Zip-lining, hiking, and mountain biking are all popular activities. An apiary, axe throwing, and a star search session at the observatory are also on-site. Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, the highly knowledgeable staff offers educational sessions. Winter adventure options are available.
- Things To Do Near Long Point Eco-Adventures: Kayaking is a 20-minute drive down the road. Choose from either the Big Creek Kayak Tour, a spellbinding journey down a creek, or the Hobie Kayak Tour, which explores the Lake Erie shorelines. This adventures lasts around four hours and involves plenty of paddling.
- What To Bring To Long Point Eco-Adventures: Fortunately, bed linens and towels, and toiletries are included with your Wilderness Suite or Elite Pod. Communal barbecues allow you to cook meals, and mini fridges are included in the Wilderness Suites and Elite Pods. Proper hiking boots are advised, as the nearby paths aren’t for novices.
Dalton Rd, Timmins, 705-266-0960
WildExodus was founded in 2000 in Timmins and its glamping product was the first to be offered in Ontario starting in 2009. WildExodus operates its glamping program from May to October at Wawaitin Falls, deep in the Boreal forest.
The outdoor adventure operator in Timmins offers guests roofed facilities, glamping vacations, canoe expeditions, fishing trips and photo safaris. WildExodus attracts a lot of international travellers, keen to explore Ontario’s wild wilderness. Most guests who visit are from their late 20s to early 50s.
The WildExodus site features 6 well-appointed prospector glamping tents. Each site is constructed on raised flooring and features electricity, local log furniture and comfy queen bed. Guests have access to a shared key washroom.
- WildExodus Dining: Guests can eat their meals in private or in the dining tent that overlooks the lake. The kitchen offers several meal plans, or you can opt to make your own meals or order a la carte.
- WildExodus Onsite Activities: One of the big selling points of glamping in Ontario with WildExodus is that they offer so many great outdoor activities. Guests can enjoy foraging hikes, guided angling adventures and invigorating paddling trips. You might even have the opportunity to see the northern lights, a black bear or an eager beaver!
- Things To Do Near WildExodus: The Glamping site is located 2kms from downtown Timmins. Guests often enjoy day trips to the city to visit the Timmins Museum and local shops and restaurants.
- What To Bring To WildExodus: WildExodus glamping is a full service experience. Guests just need to bring personal items like sun glasses and fish rods.
Elements Luxury Tented Camp
793 Storyland Rd, Renfrew, 613-432-8000
Elements Luxury Tented Camp first opened in Renfrew, Ontario in 2016. It took owner Nicole Laframboise two years to restore the park to its natural setting. The 89 acre park was formerly an amusement park, hence its address on “Storyland Road.”
Laframboise owns and operates the glampsite with her two children, Thomas and Dana. “We purchased the property in the fall of 2013 with no real plans in place. After 6 months of research, better understanding the community’s needs and spending time on the property with friends, someone suggested glamping. I had no idea what she was talking about. A bit of Googling and the decision was made to bring a hybrid of camping and hoteling to Renfrew County,” said Laframboise.
Elements Luxury Tented Camp is open from June to September. The property currently accommodates a total of 28 guests, two to a bed, in canvas tents. Each prospector tent features a king or queen bed, living room furniture and propane fireplace. Guests have access to an attached eco-washroom featuring a composting toilet and potable water sink. Glamping sites also include unlimited firewood, cooler and ice, wilderness butler service and a 24/7 communications radio.
“Because of the size of the property, we are able to host groups such as bachelorettes, girlfriend weekends and special interest groups on the southern half in the larger tents. The northern section of the property is excellent for couples or those looking for privacy,” shared Laframboise.
Elements Luxury Tented Camp is typically an 18+ venue, but once a year they offer family glamping, with a programmed tailored to children and their parents.
- Elements Luxury Tented Camp Dining: Each stay includes dinner, dessert and breakfast. Multi-night stays include lunch as well. The menu includes vegan and celiac safe options. Everything comes ready to be placed on the campfire and cooked to your preferences. Wilderness Butlers are responsible for lighting the campfire and setting up an outdoor or indoor dining table.
- Elements Luxury Tented Camp Onsite Activities: A selection of board games, paddle boards and boats, hiking trails and mountain bikes. Art classes are available on request. Yoga must be booked ahead of time.
- Things To Do Near Elements Luxury Tented Camp: 20 minutes away guests can enjoy whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River or horseback riding. World class museums and restaurants can be enjoyed in Ottawa, just one hours drive.
- What To Bring To Elements Luxury Tented Camp: Glampers are encouraged to show up with the same luggage they would bring for a hotel stay. Linens, towels, toiletries, bug spray, ice and water are standard. Bring your own wine or spirits.
Cabinscape launched its first glampsite in the summer of 2017.
The outfitter now operates 7 off-grid wilderness cabins that are spread out across Southern Ontario. Guests can go glamping in Ontario with Cabinscape from Bayfield in the West to Pakenham in the East. The brand’s new Cabinscape Camp development is set to open July 2020 in the Kawarthas.
Cabinscape co-owners Laura Mendes shared, “Cabinscape Camp in the Kawarthas is an off-grid wilderness retreat focused on adventure and wellness, sprinkled with some summer camp vibes. The camp will offer guests a selection of outdoor experiences on a gorgeous 230-acre property, just 1.5 hours from Toronto. The private complex will house 5 lakeside cabins, a sheltered and screened-in pavilion for meals and gatherings, a huge shore dock, and an overflow campground area with 6 deluxe wall tents.”
For those looking to go glamping in Ontario during the winter, Cabinscape is a great option as bookings are available year round. The four-season, insulated and heated cabins come equipped with a kitchen and kitchenware essentials, comfy beds, an indoor washroom with modern composting toilet, barbecue, and fire pit.
Cabinscape glampsites can accomodate anywhere from 2-4 guests. They’re a great option for romantic couples, small families or group of friends. Self check-in makes arrival and departure a breeze. Guests have easy access to a lock box and key.
Mendes added, “We pride ourselves on designing cabins that fit into a natural environment. Panoramic window views, indoor and outdoor bar spaces and detailed planning create an open feel in an efficient space. Our cabins break down the walls between your indoor living environment and the natural world, allowing you to enjoy the conveniences of modern living with a minimal carbon footprint.”
- Cabinscape Dining: Guests need to pack their own food, which can be prepared inside the cabin’s kitchen or outdoor bbq and fire pit. The kitchen is stocked with essentials like pots, pans and cutlery. You’ll also find coffee, sugar, tea, salt, pepper and olive oil. Cabinscape Camp will offer all-inclusive weekend retreats with meals catered by a resident chef.
- Cabinscape Onsite Activities: All cabins come with a selection of books and board games. Each cabin offers its own set of unique outdoor activities depending on location.
- What To Bring To Cabinscape: Guests need to pack their own towels, pillow cases and flat sheets. Beds come with a clean fitted sheet and duvet. No need to bring soap, shampoo, conditioner or toiler paper.
574 Snake Creek Rd, Mattawa, 705-223-4340
Owner Jennfer Demille opened Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge near Mattawa in March, 2008.
Demille shared, “We started as a B&B, which was never meant to be long term as we had just started a family. While renting the bed and breakfast in our home, we were in the process of renovating two log cabins. In 2010, we added our first yurt and a few years later we added a prospector glamping tent, which is insulated so we can offer a four-seasons glamping product. All of our accommodations are now available year-round. Winter is our busy season!”
Those looking to enjoy glamping in Ontario can book Nature’s Harmony Ma’ayan Chalet (12 guests), Shamayim Cabin (6 guests), Yurt (4 guests) or the glamping site (4 guests).
All accommodations at Nature’s Harmony are fully furnished. They have a wood stove for heating, propane burners for cooking and an outside BBQ. Guests are supplied with LED lanterns for lighting and large jugs of water for drinking and washing. The cabins have indoor compost toilets and the yurt and glamping site have compost outhouses just a step outside the door.
Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge is situated on a 485-acre property with an extensive trail system featuring over 25km’s of trails of varying lengths, levels of difficulty and some incredible viewpoints. They are also located in a zone with zero light pollution so the night sky is a beauty.
- Nature’s Harmony Dining: Guests need to pack their own cooler and prepare their own food. Basic amenities for cooking are included such as pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and dish soap.
- Nature’s Harmony Onsite Activities: The all-seasons glamping site offers hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing park, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, Reiki sessions, Wim Hof workshops and plenty of relaxing hammocks.
- Things To Do Near Nature’s Harmony: Guests can visit the nearby Mattawa Museum, go horseback riding at Lady Bug Stables, enjoying paddling trips with Algonquin North or go hiking at Brent Crater.
- What To Bring To Nature’s Harmony: Guests bring their own duvet or sleeping bag. Fitted sheets and pillows are provided.
141 Mercer Ln, Grafton, 905-349-1009
Whispering Springs is a glamping site located between Cobourg and Belleville in Ontario.
Owners John and Nancy Corcoran launched Whispering Springs in August, 2017. The couple first learned about the burgeoning trend of glamping in 2015 and thought it would be the perfect fit for 200 acres of land they owned in Northumberland County.
Jenna Fisher, Director of Marketing for Whispering Springs shared, “When designing and envisioning Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat the Corcoran’s aim was to create a place where individuals could slow down and reconnect with family, friends and the great outdoors. Understanding that the traditional camping experience is not for everyone, Whispering Springs bridges the gap between camping and the desire for comfort, allowing individuals to experience the great outdoors in style and sophistication.”
The couple have an extensive background in hospitality. They were key contributors to the renovation at Ste. Anne’s Inn and Spa in the 1980s. After Nancy had raised her children, she returned to Ste, Anne’s to act as Innkeeper for a number of years.
Whispering Springs is open each year from mid-May to mid-October. The glamping site features 10 Safari Tents, 6 Bell Tents and one Cabin. Whispering Springs’ Safari Tents are inspired by the great prospector tents of Canada’s past. They’re artfully situated throughout the property to offer stunning views of spring-fed ponds and wild wilderness.
Outside each glamping site guests have access to a private deck with Muskoka chairs, fire pit and barbecue. Inside you’ll find a King or Queen size bed, in-tent washroom (sink, toilet and soaker tub), electric fan, electric blanket, coffee maker, luxurious linens, towels and robes, electricity, solar lanterns, rustic chic furnishings, mini fridge and tableware.
- Whispering Springs Dining: Guests can bring their own food or order onsite. Breakfast baskets are available each morning and are delivered directly to your tent. BBQ dinner baskets allow meat lovers to grill their own dinner and include a bottle of Prince Edward County wine. You can also order wood-fired pizza at the bar.
- Whispering Springs Onsite Activities: Saltwater pool, hot tub, canoeing on a spring-fed pond, outdoor gym, hiking trails, volleyball, badminton and lawn games.
- Things To Do Near Whispering Springs: Prince Edward County’s wineries are 40 minutes away. Villa Conti Oak Heights Winery is a short 15 minute drive and features an Italian restaurant and outdoor patio with pretty views over the vineyard. Cobourg Beach is a 20 minute drive. Ste Anne’s Spa is close for those looking to pamper themselves on a weekend getaway.
- What To Bring To Whispering Springs: Very little packing is required. Guests need to pack their own toiletries and food if they do not plan to purchase meals onsite.
Outpost Co Luxury Camping
Outpost Co Luxury Camping is a Toronto-based tour operator that offers Ontario’s most unique glamping expeditions.
Outpost Co began operations in 2015 at a remote location in Temagami. The mobile glamping operation has the ability to change its location each year.
In the 2019 and 2020 season, those looking for absolute luxury when glamping in Ontario hop on a float plane to a site in northern Georgian Bay. The scenic site overlooks the La Cloche Mountains of Killarney Park.
Constanatin von Flotow is the owner of Outpost Co, “I spent the better part of my career as a wilderness and adventure travel guide. The lack of a safari-style experiences in Canada’s wild inspired me to start the company.”
Outpost Co Luxury Camping runs seasonally from mid-June through to end of September. The majority of clients are couples on a romantic getaway. Families and bachelorette parties are also popular.
The remote Ontario glamping site accommodates 12 glampers at a time. Constantin shared, “The nature of our experience is still a camping. We are not a resort in the traditional sense so our emphasis is on experiencing nature, in a comfortable setting. We use strictly traditional canvas wall tents and our bathrooms are shared.”
So what makes Outpost Co truly stand out? Constantin explained, “We offer a deep wilderness experience. Our locations are remote and in true wilderness, surrounded by either a provincial park or Crown land. Access to our location is only viable via boat or sea plane. We operate as a wilderness exploration company whose focus is to bring our clients to the most beautiful and remote parts of northern Ontario.”
- Outpost Co Dining: Guests are served three meals a day, family-style at a communal harvest table. At dinner pair wines from Niagara and Beamsville with an Alsatian Tart, BC salmon stuffed with Fennel or Ribeye with Chimichurri.
- Outpost Co Onsite Activities: Activities include canoeing, yoga, meditation, hiking, swimming, fishing, helicopter scenic flights, boat excursions, board games and cards.
- What To Bring To Outpost Co: Very little packing is required. Guests need to bring their own clothes and outdoor gear.
242 County Rd 27, Consecon, 1-800-427-1257
Looking to go glamping in Ontario’s Prince Edward County? Fronterra is your best bet, located on a 58 acre heritage waterfront farm that dates back to the 1800’s. The lands first settler built a log cabin and left his son to tend a flock of sheep while he earned his papers to captain sailing ships.
Owner Jens Burgen shared, “We had no idea one of the properties early owners had won the 1900 World Agricultural Fair for the World’s Best Malting Barley. He also helped found the beginning of the Barley Days epoch in late 1870’s where wealth poured into The County from the sales of barley to the thirsty American market.”
The woodland camp lives along a quaint winding path, under a canopy of old growth forest. Open seasonally from May to October, Fronterra offers glamping accommodation, organic farm and craft brewery.
Fronterra’s glamping accommodations include 12 luxury camping suites. The large canvas tents feature king-sized beds, hardwood floors, ensuite bathroom, reading lounge and private outdoor hot shower. The private summer kitchen offers cast iron cookware, charcoal grill, icebox, tableware and glassware.
- Fronterra Dining: Guests should bring their own food to prepare in their kitchen or make a reservation at a nearby restaurant. Groups of 6 or more can book a local chef to prepare seasonal menus paired with local wine and beer.
- Fronterra Onsite Activities: Guests can enjoy the on-site brewery, gardens, beer farm and nearby beach. We suggest renting a bike as many of the wineries are a short peddle away. Cooking classes are available, from knife work to food cultivation and preserves. Guests can also enjoy a Beer Brewing Workshop.
- Things To Do Near Fronterra: The site is located in the heart of the Prince Edward County’s wine region. Enjoy winery hopping or sips in The County at popular cider houses, breweries and distilleries. In the warm summer months the regions pristine beaches are a big draw.
- What To Bring To Fronterra: Very little packing is required. Overnight stays include bedding, towels, firewood, eco-soap and kitchen essentials. The site does not have electricity but USB charging packs for electronic devices are available upon request. Intention is to disconnect on holiday.
Northern Edge Algonquin
Kawawaymog Lake Algonquin Park, 1-888-383-8320
Northern Edge Algonquin hosted its first group at its rustic cabin and glamping site in 1993. The property is located off Highway 11 between Muskoka and North Bay.
Owners Martha and Todd Lucier are Northern Edge’s founders, who set out on a mission to, “rediscover ourselves, empower one another, and restore our connection to mother earth.”
Northern Edge Algonquin is open for group bookings year-round. The canvas glamping cabins are seasonally available from May to September.
Northern Edge is the best option for leaders looking to organize glamping retreats in Ontario. They can host groups of 10-35, though typical retreats feature 12-18 participants.
Lucier shared, “We host private retreats for executive teams, families and friends, girlfriend getaways, school reunions, yoga studio communities, and work with a variety of facilitators who have reserved dates to deliver retreat-style workshops at our centre.”
Northern Edge Algonquin is a leader in sustainable tourism and was one of Canada’s first eco-friendly accommodations. The property runs on solar energy and even has a passively cooled walk-in refrigerator that captures the cold from winter and keeps food chilled well into August.
Norther Edge Algonquin is perhaps best known for its culinary program. The property features an outdoor pizza oven and organic herb garden. The kitchen’s menu is FeastON certified thanks to Chef Greg Waters’ enthusiasm for supporting local Ontario farmers. Guests can sip beer and wine from nearby Highlander Brewery and Viewpointe Estates Winery.
The rustic resorts canvas cabins are offered in two styles: 2 sets of bunk beds or a double bed. The property also offers more traditional Habitat Cabins, Studio Cabins and a luxurious Dreamers’ Hill Log Cabin. Glamping guests have access to bathrooms and shower rooms that are located within the properties main building.
- Northern Edge Algonquin Dining: Delicious meals are prepared using local Ontario products and served buffet-style.
- Northern Edge Algonquin Activities: Guests can enjoy a wood-fired sauna, campfires, kayaks, canoes, paddle-boards, bikes and hiking trails. Each retreat offers its own unique programming which can include yoga, art classes, cooking and meditation.
- Things To Do Near Northern Edge: Popular nearby attractions include The Crystal Cave at South River, Highlander Brewing Co and Algonquin Coffee.
- What To Bring To Northern Edge: Very little packing is required. Overnight guests need to bring clothing and a towel.
Pukaskwa National Park
Heron Bay, 807-229-0801
Pukaskwa National Park first launched its glamping accommodations in 2019. The park is available for glamping bookings May 15 to October 14.
The oTENTiks are owned and operated by Parks Canada, who have been working hard to encourage more Canadians to experience and discover the great outdoors.
In 2012, Parks Canada introduced the oTENTik, an accommodation that is something like a cross between a Trappers tent and an A-frame cabin. Many visitors do not own their own RVs or camping equipment but are still looking to enjoy an authentic Ontario camping experience with more comfort than the traditional family tent.
The unique Ontario glamping accommodations can sleep up to six people. Inside guests will find three sleeping platforms with one queen sized mattress and two double mattresses. There’s also a table that seats six, battery powered lamp, electricity, wood stove and broom.
Guests also have access to a front deck, fire pit, picnic table, barbecue, food locker and camping chairs. There is easy access to potable water, toilets, vehicle parking and the Hattie Cove Visitor Centre, a hub for park programming.
- Pukaskwa National Park Dining: Guests need to bring their own food, drinks and water container. Also pack cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils and a cooler.
- Pukaskwa National Park Activities: Visitors can enjoy backcountry hiking and paddling, boating, day hikes, day paddling, fishing, geocaching and the White River Suspension Bridge Trail.
- Things To Do Near Pukaskwa National Park: Visitors looking to enjoy nearby attractions can check out the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Historic Site and Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Learn about indigenous culture by visiting Pic River, Pic Mobert, Pays Plat and Michipicoten First Nations communities.
- What To Bring To Pukaskwa National Park: Guests need to pack sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, slippers or indoor shoes, flashlights and matches or a lighter for the fire pit.
Thousand Islands National Park
1088 Thousand Islands Pkwy, 613-923-5261
Thousand Islands National Park first launched its glamping accommodations in May, 2013. The park is available for glamping bookings May 15 to October 11.
In Thousand Islands National Park, the oTENTik accommodations on park islands provide an ideal base camp and private retreat for paddlers exploring the Thousand Islands, or some extra living space for boaters who want to share a getaway with friends and family.
The unique Ontario glamping accommodations can sleep up to six people. Inside guests will find a table and seating, solar powered lighting and cell phone charging station and broom.
Guests also have access to a front deck, fire pit, picnic table, Muskoka chairs, charcoal barbecue, food preparation station and propane barbecue. There is easy access to potable water, toilets, and a large picnic shelter.
- Thousand Islands National Park Dining: Guests need to bring their own food, drinks and water container. Also pack cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils and a cooler.
- Thousand Islands National Park Activities: Visitors can enjoy backcountry hiking, paddling, boating, fishing, bird watching, snowshoeing, cycling, kitesurfing and scuba diving.
- Things To Do Near Thousand Islands National Park: Visitors looking to enjoy nearby attractions can check out Misty Isles Lodge, Thousand Islands Tower, Mallory Coach House, or take a day trip to explore Kingston.
- What To Bring To Thousand Islands National Park: Guests need to pack sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, slippers or indoor shoes, flashlights, charcoal and matches or a lighter for the fire pit.
The Buffalo Farm
2137 ON-630, Calvin, 705-744-7619
Looking to go glamping in Ontario with a herd of beautiful buffalo? The Buffalo Farm in Calvin, just north of Algonquin Park and east of North Bay, is open each year from April to December.
The Gibson family purchased the farm over 8 years ago. The family has always been inspired by nature and after selling their childhood home in Toronto, found the property in Calvin and fell in love. Shara Gibson explained, “We didn’t have any idea of what we could to do to make a living in a secluded and remote area in Northern Ontario. We wanted to do something different, something that had a young heart beat.”
Shara Gibson shared, “We started with our first yurt about four years ago and added additional accommodations over the years. Small yurt first, tipi second, large yurt third, tiny home and a prospector tent.” The large yurt sleeps 12, tipi sleeps 4, prospector tent sleeps 6 and a tiny home, which sleeps 4 guests.
Gibson described what to expect when sleeping over at The Buffalo Farm, “Our yurt, tipi and prospector tent are all off grid. They have compost toilets, no running water or showers. Our tiny home is the only accommodation with electricity, shower and kitchen.”
Guests should pack as if they’re planning a camping trip, but can leave their bedding at home. Guests need to bring their own food, which are prepared on a campfire. During the summer and fall guests can rent canoes to go for a paddle or enjoy scenic hiking trails. For group bookings, guests can enjoy Indian cooking classes or a candle making workshop.
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