Canada’s epic wilderness has a glamping trip written all over it – Thrillist | Gmx Pharm

While airports around the world remain in complete and utter chaos, it might be time to travel closer to home. Better yet, take a 2020-style road trip, but this time with no closed borders. In Kelso’s words, it’s time to see Canada, a “magnificent land with its wide skies and fertile plain waves.”

Yes, Canada is a beautiful country with epic national parks and 62% of the world’s lakes — but even if you want to immerse yourself in nature, why settle for a rustic campground when you can relax in a yurt, dome, or tree house could relax? After the shit show of the past few years, you deserve some easily accessible escapism.

Here are two handfuls of glamping spots to inspire you for a much-needed Canadian glamping trip.

adventure domes

New Denver, British Columbia
Prices start at $190 CDN
Near the village of New Denver, BC are four Adventure Dome cabins that look like hobbit houses, except they’re a lot more comfortable than Bilbo ever was. In the summer or fall, hike down to Slocan Lake (the name says it all!) for a kayaking adventure. In winter, the domes are close to ski resorts such as Whitewater, Red Mountain or Revelstoke, as well as the hot springs of Nakusp, Halcyon and Ainsworth. And it’s dog friendly too.

Sundance Lodges

Kananaskis Country, Alberta
Prices start at $89 CDN
Have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a teepee? Sundance Lodges between Calgary and Banff (aka arguably the most beautiful part of Canada) has a number of off-grid Sioux tipis and trapper tents with single or double beds and wooden floors. The tents are a bit more rustic than some of the other glamping spots on this list, but you can rent bed linen, towels and cooking utensils, and there are hot showers and flush toilets on-site.

Anderson Lake, British Columbia
Prices start at $195 CDN
Glamping search engine Hipcamp offers a gorgeous lakeside yurt with a king-size bed and its own skylight – and best of all, you’ll have the entire site to yourself. The yurt overlooks the little-known Anderson Lake, and a private beach is a five-minute walk down the mountain. If you really want to let off steam, you can go completely natural in a private barrel sauna for an extra charge.

Long Point Eco-Adventure & Marshview Patio

Turkey Point, Ontario
Prices start at $149.95 CDN
Whether you are a family, large group or couple, this glamping resort has it all covered. First of all, each cabin is beautiful. Options include a 150-year-old farmhouse, a cluster of cabins, or a massive 11-person log cabin. The resort also has plenty to do, with activities like ax throwing, zip lining, kayak tours, and an on-site restaurant.

Heartwood Farm & Cidery

Erin, Ontario
Prices start at $200 CDN
This little farm just outside of Toronto will make you drop everything and start your own. Val and Brent’s farm engages in 100+ acres of regenerative farming with chickens, goats, and piglets (that you can cuddle!). They also have a sugar beach and their own orchard, which they use to make artisan cider. The accommodation itself is also very nice, with a queen-size bed, bedside tables, and a furnished terrace.

Park Omega

Montebello, Quebec
Prices start at $559 CDN
You can switch to full-strength mode in Parc Omega and sleep with real wolves—at least considering them. The fully-equipped deluxe cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows so you can eat your bowl of cereal while watching the wolves graze just outside. Or go on a car safari to see deer, bison, wild boar and turkey.

Turner Valley, Alberta
Prices start at $219 CDN
Booking site Campspot offers Meska Outdoors, which has turnkey glamping tents just outside an artists’ village. Each tent has its own couch and there is a concierge service to guide you to some hikes and activities in the area. Big bonus: There is a distillery and a German brewery two minutes from the campsite.

glamp camp

Waterborough, New Brunswick
Prices start at 179 Canadian dollars
The glamp camp offers panoramic views across Grand Lake, but what really sets it apart is its kitsch. Each of the 10 stargazing domes on the 90-acre site has its own themes, such as Hashtag Millennial, I’m So Chic, and James Bond-style ‘007’. You can also have access to your own private wood-fired hot tub at an additional cost.

Destinations in the true north

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Prices start at $200 CDN
Along Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, True North Destinations has huge domes for those who wouldn’t get caught dead on a sleeping pad. Its floor-to-ceiling bay windows, wraparound deck and your own private hot tub are the pinnacle of luxury. The 5-star resort even has its own smoothie bar.

@treetophaveninc

Mount Tryon, Prince Edward Island
Prices start at $210 CDN
Across Canada’s longest bridge in its sweetest province, Treetop Haven has five elevated glamping domes and a few cabins in fifty acres of woodland. No matter which one you choose, each location has a patio, hot tub, and full kitchen. There are also striking red sand beaches and hiking trails nearby, as well as a few breweries and charming colorful villages.

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Joel Balsam is a freelance journalist and travel guide writer whose work can be found in National Geographic Travel, Time, The Guardian, Lonely Planetand Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Instagram.

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