If you’ve been dreaming of a lush getaway but can’t embark on a major international trip, it might be time to check out some options a little closer to home.
Camping is of course a popular thing to do in Canada, but to really take it a step further, you can try spending a night or two in a yurt, which is a portable, circular dwelling traditional in Central Asia.
Instead of spending a night braving the elements in a tent, you can make yourself comfortable in these structures which are usually made of wood and have a small hole at the top for ventilation and stargazing.
Oasis Riverside Farm
Address: 6696 Canborough Road, Wellandport, ON
Why you need to go: In addition to spending the night in a beautifully decorated yurt, you can also interact and feed the alpacas, sheep, and goats with a provided food bag.
Depending on what time of year you go, you may also be able to pick up produce and eggs from the farm!
Elk Island Retreat
Address: 54371 Range Road 205, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Why you need to go: “Elk Island Retreat is a beautiful, serene private campground and is the perfect place to relax and unwind,” the company says. “Whether you’re a world traveler or live locally, you’ll want to check out this little hideaway.”
Besides exploring the nature trails, you can spend your free time hiking, canoeing and maybe even spotting a bison!
Address: Cabot Trail at Indian Brook, NS
Why you need to go: “Nestled in the wilderness of Cabot Shores, our authentic Mongolian yurts are open year-round, many with wood-burning stoves. On a beautiful summer night, sleep with the top flap open and behold the stars.”
You can also enjoy the bistro which offers vegetables from their own gardens, an apple orchard and meet chickens.
Soule Creek Lodge
Address: 6215 Powder Main Road, Port Renfrew, BC
Why you need to go: If you’re looking to get away from it all, this west coast retreat offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Peninsula, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the West Coast Trail, the Cove of San Juan and the Coastal Mountains.
After spending the night in your yurt, take time to discover the trails, beaches, tidal pools, and wildlife.
Address: 218 Chemin White Harrington, QC
Why you need to go: Nestled in the heart of the Laurentians, this 800-acre sanctuary offers exciting on-site and nearby activities to relax, unwind, and learn more about nature.
Saskatchewan Provincial Park
Address: Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, SK
Why you should go: To “escape the everyday and immerse yourself in nature while staying warm, sheltered and comfortable.”
Inside you will find a small fridge and heater while outside there is a large deck, screened gazebo, picnic table, fire pit and parking for two vehicles.
WYA Point Reserve
Address: 2460 Willowbrae Road, Ucluelet, BC.
Why you have to go: To “experience the rugged, natural beauty of the West Coast,” spend a night at this resort, which offers waterfront yurts and beachfront camping.
And if you’re looking for something to do, the famous Pacific Rim National Park is only a few miles away!