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VIDEO: Park attracts campers with yurts

Fundy National Park is turning to structures that have been around for thousands of years to lure modern campers to the site.

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Fundy National Park is offering campers the ability to stay in a yurt instead of a tent 2:16

Fundy National Park is turning to structures that have been around for thousands of years to lure modern campers to the site.

Yurts are the traditional dwelling of nomadic groups in central Asia, but they are now being used to revive the interest in camping.

Anne Bardou, the product development manager of Fundy National Park, said parks across the country are seeing fewer people showing up with their tents.

So she said she hopes these new yurts will bring camper numbers back up again.

"It's really comfy. But it's still kind of [like] camping, You know because you can't cook inside and there's no washroom in the yurt, so it's still camping," Bardou said.

The yurts are constructed with heavy duty nylon and NASA-inspired insulation.

All four of the park's yurts are also wired with heat and electricity using alternative sources of energy.

The first yurt was introduced to the park in January and officials say they've been booked solid through the summer. 

The park said they can stand up to any weather condition, so they will be available to campers year-round.

The cost of one night in a yurt is $90.

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