Forest views at Treetop Haven, 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.
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.
East Coast Glamping, Nova Scotia.
The water at East Coast Glamping, Nova Scotia —Kayak to a private island, passing white-sand beaches, seals and ospreys, and settle into a bell tent outfitted with a deluxe camping bed, rugs and lanterns. Don’t sweat over meal prep. East Coast Glamping’s on-site wilderness chef has you covered with seasonal dishes like scallops, oysters and lobster cooked over an open fire, served with sourdough bread and local wine. Burn off the calories the following day with stand-up paddleboarding, yoga and hiking.
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19.
Canopée Lit, Quebec.
Astronomy at Canopée Lit, Quebec —Stationed among 24 wooded hectares where permanent residents include one heron, three goats, 312 hares, 518 squirrels and a bear, this cabin concept offers the perfect mix of outdoorsy amenities and modern convenience. Running water and electricity abound, but Wi-Fi is restricted to the front office, encouraging guests to unplug. Opt for a simple wooden cabin with a bathroom and a kitchenette or spend the night in a bubble tent, designed with a transparent ceiling for premium stargazing.
Outpost Co. Luxury Camping, Ontario. Photo: Liam Sharp
Remote opulence at Outpost Co. Luxury Camping, Ontario —This luxury wilderness experience, 90 minutes north of Toronto, 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.
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. Photo: Kelsey Nielson Photography
Archeology at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta —At this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Alberta’s badlands, where hoodoos and winding gullies give the landscape a prehistoric vibe, the heavy-duty canvas shelters are surrounded by trees for maximum shade. Sitting on wooden platforms and overlooking the Red Deer River, each unit comes with a bed, a barbecue and patio furniture – perfect for relaxing after taking part in an all-day dinosaur bone dig. The park is the richest source of dinosaur fossils in the world with more than 50 species of dinosaurs and more than 400 fossil organisms.
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19.
Free Spirit Spheres, B.C. Photo: Kerry Maguire
The design at Free Spirit Spheres, B.C. —These spherical abodes in Vancouver Island’s coastal rainforest aren’t for the faint of heart. Tethered to trees for safety, the round structures, crafted from wood or fibreglass, can hang between 1½ and 30 metres off the ground. Each pod features round windows, built-in speakers and Pinterest-friendly furnishings. Other on-site luxuries include heat, hot showers and a sauna.
Backeddy Resort and Marina Geodesic Domes, B.C.
Perfect Instagram posts at Backeddy Resort and Marina Geodesic Domes, 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.
Property of Yellow Dog Lodge, NWT. Photo: Gordon Gin
Adventure at 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.
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