The summer months come with a different lifestyle than any other season. Longer days and warmer nights call for spending more time outside! While most of us venture up north to immerse ourselves in the wild, some of us city folk don’t always have the interest, time or the money to invest in all the camping equipment necessary for a weekend in the forest. With most of us working 9 – 5 it can be a lot of work to set up a campsite and build a fire all to just tear it down in two days time. Glamping is the perfect alternative to ‘roughing it’, with roofed accommodations and no set up, you can ditch all the ‘hard work’ and just enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re looking for the perfect alternative to camping, check out the top places to glamp in Ontario below.
Prince Edward County
Fronterra is a fairytale luxury camping experience located in Prince Edward County. Situated on a stunning Farm Brewery, this enchanting experience features beautiful authentic log-framed prospector tents each offering its own rustic-chic style. In addition to style, these canvas tents are equipped with all things a regular campsite has to offer plus more! Each tent is set up with a beautiful king sized bed, inside sitting lounge, bathroom (including an outdoor shower!) and a private outdoor kitchen perfect for summer cooking. Enjoy a pint of locally made craft beer while cooking with vegetables sourced right from the grounds gardens. Ideally situated close to the shores of Lake Ontario, there is plenty of biking, hiking and paddling to be done right outside your campsite! Make your summer reservations and spend your weekend in beautiful Prince Edward County!
Camping in a pod is the perfect weekend getaway for couples and small families. Located at Turkey Point just two hours from Toronto you will find a rustic camping experience that offers three levels of luxury. Enjoy the comforts of home with views and sounds of nature as each pod provides a cozy bed and a private deck. If you’re looking for a little more luxury, the Wilderness Suites are equipped with electricity, an indoor washroom and a stunning outdoor shower for you to shower under the stars. Choose from a variety of adventures in the area as Long Point Eco – Adventures pride themselves on your experiences! Try out axe throwing or spend the day outside on the Zodiac Boat Tours. These roofed accommodations offer a truly unique and relaxing camping experience.
Truly one of those most unique ways to glamp in Ontario is in a tipi. Located on Manitoulin Island in one of Ontario’s few Dark Sky Preserves, Gordon’s Park takes an authentic twist on camping. Known for their star filled night skies, here you will be treated to sights like you have never seen before. With no light pollution or sky glow around the 360 degree observing horizon, you will have the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in your own deluxe tipi-tent. This private oasis offers raised floors, rain caps, Wi-Fi, a mattress, and an outdoor picnic table with cooking stands. See Northern Ontario in a truly unique setting and choose between various activities, tours and excursion available on the island!
Yurts are probably the most well known roofed accommodation’s available to camp in. Located in Provincial Parks across Ontario, these round-like tent structures are a cross between a tent, a hut and a house. Not only does the shape of the yurt maximize your living space, most are typically equipped with a bed, small lounge area, and some yurts even have a small kitchenette inside the tent. The exceptional thing about camping in a yurt is it can be done all year ‘round!