Yurts and Glamping: A Unique Camping Experience
What is a Yurt?
A yurt is a portable structure that’s basically a cross between a tent and a cabin. Originally developed as the traditional dwelling of nomadic people in Mongolia and other areas of North Asia, yurts feature a hard floor, are circular in shape and most have a wooden frame covered in tent or hardy fabric material.
In Ontario, you’ll find everything from basic yurts with beds, tables and chairs in some Ontario’s Provincial and National Parks, to privately operated and fully outfitted with luxurious furniture and bedding called Glamping or Glamorous Camping.
Be sure to check what amenities are available in the yurt you are considering renting and what, if any, supplies are included. You want to have as much information as possible so you can pack for an enjoyable vacation.
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Provincial Park Yurts
Here is a list of Provincial Parks that offer yurt rentals. Although yurts in the parks are more basic, they do offer you access to all the amazing outdoor activities such as trails, beaches and wildlife viewing, as well as and the all-important comfort stations. Many of them have a minimum stay. Remember to book early as most parks only have a few yurts available so they book up quickly.
- Algonquin Provincial Park Mew Lake
- Algonquin Park Achray
- Bon Echo Provincial Park
- Bronte Creek
- Charleston Lake
- MacGregor Point
- Pancake Bay
- The Pinery
- Silent Lake
- Windy Lake
Ontario National Park Yurts and oTENTiks
National Parks in Ontario have two different experiences when it comes to yurt accommodations. Bruce Peninsula National Park features yurts - with a twist – with murphy beds, huge decks, a propane barbeque and other perks. Other National Parks have what’s called “oTENTiks”, an A framed square structure rather than the traditional round yurt that each sleep five to six people. They come with an indoor table and chairs set and indoor lighting. Numbers are limited, so book early as they don’t last long. Here is a list of parks that offer oTENTik rentals:
- Georgian Bay Islands
- Point Pelee
- Thousand Islands
- Rouge National Urban Park
- Rideau Canal National Historic Site
- Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
Privately Owned Yurts
Generally, privately owned yurts are much more upscale featuring four-poster beds, fluffy pillows and the luxurious bedding. Some of the privately owned and operated yurts and glamping sites in Ontario include:
These yurts come with king size beds, complete towel and bedding service and a washroom and shower building just a few steps away.
Location: Algonquin Park
Types of accommodations include tents, prospector tents, bubble tents or bunkies. You can also select the level of luxury from linens and down duvets to sleeping bags.
Enjoy king-sized bed, hardwood floors, an ensuite bathroom, a reading lounge and even a private outdoor hot shower.
Location: Prince Edward County
Complimentary parking, high-speed internet, use of outdoor kitchen pavilion and hot cedar showers come with your yurt stay. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillows and towels.
Location: Parry Sound
These wilderness suites feature hardwood floors, fresh linens and towels, private baths and outdoor showers and fire pits. In addition, they offer pod clusters for a multi-family trip.
Location: St. Williams
These accommodations come complete with double beds complete with feather duvets, linen sheets with bathrooms and showers nearby.
Location: South River
With goose down duvets, solar electricity, propane barbeque, shower and bathrooms nearby and more, you’ll never want to leave.
Check out these tipis that will sleep ten people comfortably! Bring your sleeping bags and food, while cots, dishes, pots firewood and drinking water is supplied.
The ultimate glamour camping experience includes a saltwater pool, spring fed pond, and tents complete with fine linens, blankets, towels and even luxurious robes.
You don’t have to rough it to explore Ontario’s wilderness. Stay in tents with log furniture, hydroelectricity, raised wood floors, washroom and showers nearby and room service.