Following in the tradition of the African safari camp, the Mongolian desert yurt, Indigenous teepees or the gold prospector’s tent, today’s growing trend of glamping invites you to experience the starry skies, crackling campfires and splendid nature of a camping trip without compromising on comfort or style.
Here are 11 magical Ontario escapes that truly put the glam in glamping.
Photo credit: Outpost Co. Luxury Camping
Outpost Co. Luxury Camping, Lake Obabika
Indulge your inner pioneer! Tucked away in the heart of Temagami (‘deep water’ in Ojibway), on Lake Obabika and surrounded by ancient white pine forests and big skies, this exclusive camp is only accessible by float plane. The totally private, wall-to-wall carpeted safari-style tents are built on raised platforms and offer spectacular views, not to mention everything you’ll need for ultimate chill, including a private chef. Outpost Co. prides itself in offering the ultimate unplugged experience, open to just 48 guests per year.
Harmony Outdoor Inn, Parry Sound
This waterfront B&B on the Seguin River offers a host of activities to connect you with nature, from sunrise yoga to hiking, paddling and biking. There are also shaded hammocks by the water if that’s your interpretation of zen. The accommodations include rustic-chic tents in the woodland with hypo-allergenic pillows and cedar-lined outdoor showers.
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The Northridge Inn & Resort, Sundridge
Cottage country chic meets Canadiana at this idyllic resort setting on Lake Bernard. Besides the lodge, cabins and vintage Airstream, they provide luxury glamping tent suites that offer picturesque lakefront views, solar electricity, a private fire pit and complimentary bath and shower products. Another bonus: this inn is dog friendly!
Long Point Eco Adventures, St. Williams
Amazing things are happening in Norfolk County, and Long Point Eco Adventures is one of them. Overlooking Long Point Bay and neighbouring Long Point Biosphere, this property serves up excitement from zip lining and canopy touring to kayaking, mountain biking and stargazing. Inspired by their adventures in Africa, the owners created fifteen Wilderness Suites, each fitted with an indoor washroom, outdoor shower, hardwood floors and a private deck. You’ll also be treated to a hot buffet breakfast and an activities concierge.
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Elements Luxury Tented Camps and Nature Spa, Renfrew
Formally a theme park, this wilderness oasis in the Ottawa Valley is now a glamping resort with ideal natural spaces for yoga, hiking, massage and meditation. Relax in spacious canvas tents with mini-heaters and eco-toilets stocked with all-natural products. Your accommodation even comes with a ‘wilderness butler’ who is at your service 24-7.
Fronterra Farm Camp and Brewery, Consecon
Combine deluxe comfort with simple, self-sufficient, bucolic farm life at Fronterra Farm Camp and Brewery in Ontario’s darling Prince Edward County. Pick your own fresh vegetables and dine under the stars before retiring to one of ten enchanting Canadiana log-framed prospector tents with ensuite bathrooms, heated outdoor showers, big cozy beds and rustic wood floors.
Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat, Grafton
Embrace Ontario’s wilderness in a terrycloth robe while enjoying boutique-quality comforts in the rolling hills of Northumberland County. The tented digs are designed with a nod to Canada’s prospecting past and scattered throughout the property, each with private views of the spring-fed ponds and forest. You’ll love the ensuite washrooms with soaker tubs, mood lighting, luxurious linens and towels, and Muskoka chairs on the deck.
Moonlight Glamping, Elora
The beauty of this experience is that luxury is brought to you. Just book a camp site in one of Grand River’s eight parks and these glamping curators will set up your suite. Choose a fully furnished canvas bell tent or a cozy tipi tent. Add-ons include a moonlight yoga session.
Spirit Island Adventures, Manitoulin Island
Explore the rich culture and natural beauty of Manitoulin Island. This is the traditional home of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi Indigenous Peoples whose story goes back centuries. A tour with Great Spirit Circle Trail to learn more about the history and culture of the island is a must. Complete your stay in authentic teepees furnished with king-sized beds, buffalo hides and furs.
Cotton Co. Luxury Glamping, Muskoka
These raised lakefront cotton canvas Prospector style tents are furnished with a queen bed, ensuite bathroom, wood burning fireplace, teak furniture and offer access to a dining space and private cookhouse. This company offers ATV and UTV tours so you can indulge in high adrenaline outdoor adventure before you retire to your extravagant wilderness digs.
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Alabaster Acres, Caledon
Located just outside Caledon Village, Alabaster Acres offers visitors a taste of farm life plus the plush experience of luxury glamping. Sign up for gardening, handicraft or homesteading workshops, visit with the farm animals and turn in early to enjoy your ultra-relaxing glamp site.
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