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Where to go glamping this summer in Canada

13 places to overnight, enjoy the outdoors, and not worry about setting up camp or special equipment.

13 places to overnight, enjoy the outdoors, and not worry about setting up camp or special equipment

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Curious about glamping? Looking for a camping experience that's logistically easier and more comfortable? You're not alone. According to Kampgrounds of America's 2019 North American Camping Report, over a million households in North America tried camping for the first time last year, and 46% of Canadian campers hope to try glamping this year.

The rising popularity of glamping, or "glamour camping", has also coincided with the rise of vacation-rental websites such as Airbnb and Glamping Hub, and a push by Canada's provincial and national parks to install stylish tented and roofed accommodations in selected locations nationally. As a result, it's never been easier to find unique, stylish camping accommodations at all price points, from budget-conscious to luxury.

Here are 13 great places across Canada to glamp this summer, where you can enjoy the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors without worrying about the logistics of setting up camp or investing in specialized outdoors equipment.

Camp Wolf Willow, Saskatchewan

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You can rent a site, tents or even a 17-foot vintage Boler RV at this campground located next to the Wolf Willow Winery just south of Saskatoon. Nearby, there's a sandy beach, berry picking and country trails to explore.

Outpost Co., Ontario

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This exclusive lakeside getaway offers travelers the opportunity to escape the city in style. Available for groups of up to 8 and only accessible by seaplane, this is camping where your luxury tent is fitted with vintage wool blankets and wood stoves, and meals might include wild BC salmon and oysters from PEI.

Traveling Light Bed & Breakfast, Yukon

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You can rent a room, a cabin, a campsite or a yurt at this kid-friendly B&B in Yukon that's located halfway between Whitehorse and Carcross. There's an organic garden and egg-laying chickens on the 21-acre woodland property, and the views from the yurt are beyond scenic.

Live Life In Tents, Nova Scotia

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This youthful, budget-friendly "eco-camping hostel" on Nova Scotia's beautiful Cabot Trail features both simple campsites and furnished canvas tents with solar outdoor showers and continental breakfast offered. Beaches, trails and activities such as river tubing and fly fishing are all available nearby.

Fronterra, Ontario

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A combination farm, camp and (in development) brewery located in Prince Edward County, Fronterra offers a stylish luxury camping experience that's been quite popular with city-dwellers looking for a rural escape. Open from May through October, each prospector tent offers a small kitchen, ensuite bathroom and private outdoor hot shower, so you definitely won't be roughing it at camp.  

Canopée Lit, Quebec

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There are two types of accommodations at the family-friendly Canopée Lit — located near spectacular whale watching at the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park — year-round cabins and spherical "bubbles" that are available from now until September. The bubbles are set on stilts among 24 wooded hectares, and their transparent tops are ideal for evening stargazing.

Ridgeback Lodge, New Brunswick

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There are both geometric domes and traditional cabins at this adults-only resort near Saint John, NB. With creature comforts such as foam mattresses and wood-fired hot tubs, you'll be more than comfortable glamping here for one night, or a whole week.

'OME, Newfoundland

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'OME is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which means that all proceeds from the camp will be reinvested back into the nearby towns of Burlington, Middle Arm and Smiths Harbour. You can book a locally-made tent or a wooden pod at the waterfront, pet- and kid-friendly property.

Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon

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Parks Canada's popular, spacious oTENTik tents are available across the country and cost just $120 a night for a group of up to 6 — each comes equipped with camping essentials such as a bear-proof food storage locker, a cell phone charging station, and a battery-powered lantern. Now oTENTiks are available for booking at the Kathleen Lake campground at Kluane National Park and Reserve.

Dômes Charlevoix, Quebec

Located in the quaint municipality of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, just north of Quebec City along the St. Lawrence River, each of these beautiful, four-season domes feature a full kitchen, two queen size beds, a fireplace, radiant floor heating, and a hot tub.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia

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If money were no object, I would book a tented stay at this luxurious, award-winning Vancouver Island retreat tomorrow. Spa treatments, gourmet meals and even horseback riding are all part of a stay at this eco-safari-style resort near the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.

Sundance Lodges, Alberta

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This well-located Canadian Rockies camp offers tipi tents, trapper's tents and regular campsites. Spartan and minimally-furnished, the basic accommodations offer a cozy, family-friendly home base for your outdoors adventures in the mountains. And you can rent camping supplies and sports equipment at the onsite Trading Post.

Treetop Haven, Prince Edward Island

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Treetop Haven's Mount Tryon property features five elevated geodesic domes nestled amongst the trees where you can overnight. Modern furnishings and features such as private hot tubs and kitchenettes ensure a comfy experience, and the beaches and parks of PEI are just steps away.


Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and stylist. Follow her at @trucnguyen.

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