This story was originally published in July 2018 and was updated in August 2021.
Forget leaky tents and stay in one of these luxury glamping escapes, from a sci‑fi dome in B.C. to a floating tent in the NWT.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge. Photo: Jeremy Koreski
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Vancouver Island —This off–grid, fly–in luxury lodge takes glamping to the next level. Here, guests stay in spacious newly refreshed tent suites complete with ensuite bathrooms and end–of–the–bed views of the old–growth temperate rainforest. Located in the pristine UNESCO–designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, the lodge provides unbeatable West Coast wildlife viewing (black bears, orcas and coastal wolves, if you’re lucky), heli–hiking, paddling and more. In between adventures, stay fuelled with everything from fresh–baked croissants to charcoal–grilled Pacific Northwest octopus at the Cookhouse.
Backeddy Resort and Marina Geodesic Domes.
Backeddy Resort and Marina Geodesic Domes, Egmont, B.C. —Nestled on the shore of Sechelt Inlet on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, this resort is composed of a lodge, vintage cabins and sci–fi–looking geodesic domes. (Think metal framework, white fabric and porthole windows.) Spend the day exploring the area by foot or kayak or check out the waves and whirlpools at the nearby Skookumchuck Narrows. Unwind in your dome, which is furnished with a bed, a small sitting area and a space heater for cool evenings.
Sundance Lodges Trapper’s Tents. Photo: Karl Lee
Sundance Lodges Trapper’s Tents, Kananaskis, Alberta —This rustic retreat offers a cozy camping feel without the fuss of having to pack a lot of gear (and if you really don’t want to pack, everything from bedding to basic groceries is available at the on–site Trading Post). Trapper’s Tents are equipped with wood–frame beds, kerosene heaters and wooden floors so you can retire in comfort after roasting marshmallows around the fire. During the day, take a dip in nearby Barrier Lake, hit the trails (Terrace and Stoney are top picks) or relax at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, just five minutes down the road.
Yellow Dog Lodge. Photo: Gordon Gin
Yellow Dog Lodge, NWT —Nicknamed the Dog Houses, these floating tents offer the unique opportunity to camp directly on a lake. Guests are responsible for their own cooking and cleaning, but each shelter comes with a wood stove and an on–board toilet and is set on a pontoon barge that can be moved around the lake. Between mid–August and mid–April, dock your floating tent and enjoy the northern lights from the comfort of the resort’s hot tub.
Outpost Co. Luxury Camping.
Outpost Co. Luxury Camping, Georgian Bay, Ontario —This luxury wilderness experience is only accessible by float plane or boat shuttle. Pitched on the shores of Georgian Bay, the white canvas tents are decorated with wall–to–wall jute carpeting, beds crafted from 250–year–old reclaimed oak, reindeer–hide rugs and vintage wool blankets. In between hiking, canoeing and fishing excursions, fuel up with Alsatian tarts, line–caught B.C. salmon and Ontario rib–eye steak with chimichurri sauce prepared by your private chef.
Dômes Charlevoix Petite‑Rivière‑Saint‑François. Photo: Pascale Anctil
Dômes Charlevoix, Petite–Rivière–Saint–François, Québec —Go glam with a getaway to these modern geodesic domes that come with queen beds, full kitchens and panoramic views of the Laurentians from private terraces – with hot tubs. Tucked into the forest halfway between Le Massif and Baie–Saint–Paul, the domes are the perfect launchpad for exploring Charlevoix. Head to Le Massif for mountain pursuits such as hiking, biking and waterfall abseiling (make sure to ride the gondola for a commanding St. Lawrence River view) or visit the charming riverside city of Baie–Saint–Paul – both are just 15–minute drives from your dome.
Treetop Haven, Mount Tryon, PEI —This PEI hideaway is all about Shinrin–yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing. Set up on wooden decks, these white canvas geodesic domes come with plenty of outdoor living space, a hot tub and a barbecue. Inside, guests will find a fully functional kitchen and comfortable beds. Forget about Netflix: Binge–watch nature through the expansive window at the back of your pod.
'Ome, Burlington, Newfoundland and Labrador —It takes a bit of effort to get to this wilderness resort in northwest Newfoundland (it’s an hour and 45 minutes from Deer Lake Regional Airport or a six–hour drive from St. John’s), but it’s well worth it: With nine glamping tents located just steps from the water, you’ll spend the day stand–up paddleboarding and fall asleep to the sounds of waves crashing (and, if you’re lucky, have a front–row seat during iceberg–viewing season). From your tent’s hand–crafted log frames that were sourced from the surrounding forest and processed at a family–owned sawmill to the homemade quilts on the beds, every detail is lovingly considered and designed to give you an authentic Newfoundland experience – all while supporting the remote outport communities of Burlington, Middle Arm and Smiths Harbour.