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'Glamping' in B.C. reaches new heights with comforts like spa tents

Interest in glamour camping or glamping in the wilds of beautiful British Columbia has really taken off and more businesses are banking on people's love for a comfortable adventure.

Glamor camping business booms in B.C.

Glamping in B.C. is reaching new heights with businesses coming up with new ways to offer comfortable adventures in the wild. (Rockwater Secret Cove Resort)

Interest in glamour camping or 'glamping' in the wilds of beautiful British Columbia has really taken off and more businesses are banking on people's love for a comfortable adventure.

The Little Cabin Company in Elk Valley is one example.

The new Fernie-based company is trying to capitalize on "glamping" by manufacturing single room cabins that they're marketing with a focus on campgrounds.

The Little Cabin Company in the Elk Valley is taking orders for its cabins. The company is marketing itself to campgrounds. (The Little Cabin Company)

They're adding to the ranks of already established luxury camping options, like high-end resorts.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort was a pioneer in this industry, re-imagining how to sleep outdoors in comfort. 

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a remote luxury-tent resort and only be reached by seaplane or a half an hour boat ride from Tofino. (Clayoquot Wilderness Resort)

Siwash Lake Ranch takes the meaning of camping to a new level with a tented spa. 

The Siwash Lake Ranch offers full-day horseback tours while offering a canvas-clad tent equipped with a wood-burning fireplace. (Siwash Lake Ranch )

Other businesses are attracting travellers by setting up tent in the most remote of places. 

Like Cabana Desolation Eco Resort in the uninhabited Kinghorn Island in the heart of Desolation Sound Marine Park — it is only accessible by boat or kayak. 

The Cabana Cafe at Cabana Desolation Eco Resort has LED lights powered by by the sun. (Powell River Sea Kayak - at Desolation Sound, British Columbia)

The diversity of the "glamping" business is also growing. 

There are options to dangle in tree houses in between cedar and maple tree groves in Qualicum Beach. 

Free Spirit Spheres offer spherical tree houses that dangle among a group of trees on rope tethers. (Free Spirit Spheres)

For a more traditional outdoor experience campers can choose from retro trailers like a 25' Airstream by WOODS on Pender, located on Pender Island. 

WOODS on Pender offer 6 Airstream travel trailers that are equipped with air conditioning, BBQs, fire pits, double hammocks and more. (WOODS on Pender)

Other companies take the chore out of camping.

A number of companies in B.C.set up an RV for you at your campground of choice.

"It's all set up for you and you leave after a week and they take it down for you," said Joss Penny, chair of the camping and RVing B.C. coalition. 

But he warns to make sure you've got a reservation for the campground you are booking, especially after June 1 and in light of camping reservation scalping.

Glamping Hub — the online booking platform for glamorous camping sites — said Canada is one of its biggest markets for reservations, second to the U.S. It has over 100 accommodations listed in Canada. 

While these resorts take out the "roughing it" aspect of camping, they can carry a hefty price tag or charge as much of a hotel in downtown Vancouver. 

Regardless of price tag, many of them are sold out in the summer months, like Rock Water Secret Cove Resort. 

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on on the Sunshine Coast offers private suites among arbutus trees that overlook Secret Cove. (Rockwater Secret Cove Resort)

"We're usually sold out from June to September," said Rod Morrison, assistant general manager, "Our tent houses are booked all-year round."

Another example is YD Guest Ranch in Ashcroft, B.C. which has just opened this year, but is already blacking out dates. 

YD Guest Ranch is opening for the first time this year and staff say they're already booking nights. (YD Guest Ranch)