As a country whose woodlands makeup 30% of the boreal forests in the world, Canada’s got you covered if a secluded retreat in nature is what you seek. Outdoor adventurers and relaxed travellers alike will find glamping to be the perfect option, allowing you to vacation under the tree canopy but in the lap of luxury. We’re talking real beds, deluxe bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and plenty to keep both adults and children entertained all vacation long.
In particular, Ontario and British Columbia are home to tents, tipis, yurts, and cabins galore—all of which are tucked into the most private of locations in the thick of a forest, on a body of water, or both.
Even better is that these glamping sites all put you in the perfect position to enjoy all the best water-based activities, including fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and river rafting, without having to give up a single creature comfort.
Off-the-Grid Cabin in Thousand Islands, Ontario
Ready to disconnect? Raven House is an off-the-grid cabin rental is nestled away in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario and sits on 127 acres of private land—free from neighbours and digital distractions. Imagine being able to go stargazing without ever having to get out of bed? The skylight in the cabin’s lofted bedroom allows you to do just that—not to mention the delicate natural light that streams in during the day.
Luxury Tent-Style Cabins in the Trees of Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia
What do you get when you combine a tree house with a luxury tent with a cabin? Rockwater Secret Cove, a unique elevated accommodation among the treetops of the rainforests that surround Halfmoon Bay in British Columbia. If the views alone aren’t enough to convince you to stay, perhaps its five-star amenities will. Including heated floors, a hydro-therapy bathtub, a rainforest shower, and a fireplace, it couldn’t be easier to let go and relax from this luxury rental. For parents looking for a private weekend away for two—that’s right, no kids allowed—this glamping site is just the place.
Family-Friendly Luxury Tents at a Whitewater Rafting Resort in British Columbia
A unique accommodation coupled with built-in activities the whole family can enjoy? Sign us up. Situated along the Nahalatch River, these luxury tent rentals in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia each give a small family a cosy spot to call their home base while they participate in the guided whitewater rafting offered by this resort. The delightful exhaustion of staying active all day and the utter peace offered by this secluded property at REO Rafting and Adventure Resort will be enough to help you sleep like a baby come nighttime.
Riverside Tipi Camping near Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
The whole family can fit with ease in this custom-built, 18-foot tipi rental for a unique glamping getaway to explore Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. From the proximity to the park to the riverside yoga platform and the wood-fired hot tub on-site, this one-of-a-kind accommodation at The Buffalo Farm beats your standard hotel by a long shot.
Pet-Friendly Yurt on Amable du Fond River in Wilderness of Northern Ontario
Even the family dog gets to come along on this family vacation, thanks to this pet-friendly yurt rental on the Amable du Fond River in Northern Ontario, also at The Buffalo Farm. Fully-insulated and available all year round, the yurt stays warm on the chilliest of winter nights, making it the ideal accommodation even if this year’s family vacation doesn’t come until December. Exploring is made easy, with the Eau Claire Gorge, Algonquin Provincial Park, and Samuel de Champlain Park nearby, especially when a cup of hot cocoa and a wood-burning stove are waiting for you back at the yurt.
By: Jacqueline Dreyer for Glamping Hub
A University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee English, Spanish, and Journalism graduate, Jackie was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin, moving to Andalusia, or the south of Spain, after college to pursue her love of Spanish language and culture. She currently works in Marketing as the Editor in Chief of the world’s largest online booking platform for unique accommodations in nature, Glamping Hub, which is based in Seville, Spain, and spends as much of her free time as possible travelling Europe and soaking up Seville’s notoriously good weather.
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