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The 17 Best Glamping Spots in Ontario

Glamping combines the best of both worlds - enjoy the great outdoors without compromising on comfort or style.

Glamping has been gaining popularity and momentum throughout Europe, US and Canada. For decades, it has provided people a comfortable and luxurious way to experience the wonders of the great outdoors in Africa, Thailand, and many other countries, and is now a hot trend in Ontario

Glamping combines the best of both worlds. Spend your day connecting with nature through wildlife viewing, hiking, paddling, cycling and more, then sleep well in the luxury of a comfortable sleeping tent and in many cases, enjoy full-course meals and guiding services. Sleeping areas vary from well-appointed, pre-pitched canvas prospector's platform tents to teepees to yurts. Many have private bathrooms. 

It is the perfect way to be immersed in the great outdoors. There's no need to rough it anymore. Also, it makes it easier to "camp" in the cooler seasons of Spring and Fall. Some locations are even open in the winter.  

Here's our list for the best of glamping spots in Ontario. 

1. Bartlett Lodge, Algonquin Park 

Bartlett Lodge, in world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park, offers unique accommodation to those looking to enjoy Algonquin's nature, wildlife, canoeing and hiking.  A Tent and Breakfast Stay includes a night in one of the platform tents. Think of it as a cabin with a casual roof.accommodations include rustic-chic tents in the woodland with hypo-allergenic pillows and cedar lined outdoor showers.

Canvas tent on a platform, nestled in the Algonquin forest.
Enjoy backwoods luxury at Bartlett Lodge. 

Each tent is fully furnished with a king size bed and an inside seating area, as well as a deck. The king size bed can be converted to two single beds. Battery operated lamps provide safe soft lighting. Complete towel and bedding service is included. A new washroom building, with showers, is adjacent to the tents. The crowning touch is a deluxe breakfast in the Lodge Dining Room. Certainly a novel way to experience Algonquin Provincial Park without giving up some of the current comforts you'd expect at a resort. Open May to October. 

2. Cotton Co. Luxury Adventures, Muskoka

View of glamping tent with bed from outside and view from inside of tent looking at a lake.

The Cotton Co. Luxury Adventures accommodations are luxury, lakefront walled, cotton canvas (Prospector) tents on a raised platform, fully furnished with a queen bed, ensuite shower and toilet. Relax and rejuvenate on the  covered south facing wooden deck with Teak table and chairs overlooking a beautiful lake. For colder months each tent is equipped with a romantic and cozy wood-burning stove. Cotton Co. is only a stones throw away from Bracebridge, Huntsville and Algonquin Park.

3. Elements Luxury Tented Camps and Nature SPA, RENFREW  

Woman doing yoga on top of a cliff at sunset.
Reconnect with nature and yourself.   Photo: Elements Luxury Tented Camp

Formally a theme park, Elements Luxury Tented Camp and Nature Spa, a wilderness resort in the Ottawa Valley is now a glamping destination with ideal natural spaces for yoga, hiking, massage and mediation. Relax in spacious canvas tents with mini-heaters and eco-toilets stocked with all-natural products. Your accommodation even comes with a ‘wilderness butler’ who is at your service 24-7.

4. Harmony Outdoor Inn, Parry Sound

Harmony Outdoor Inn, a waterfront B&B and glamping retreat on the Seguin River, offers a variety of accommodations that include rustic-chic tents in the woodland with hypo-allergenic pillows and cedar lined outdoor showers. Connect with nature with sunrise yoga, hiking, paddling or biking activities. You can chill in shaded hammocks by the water if that’s your interpretation of zen.

5. Long Point Eco-adventures

Spend the day adventuring. 

Long Point Eco Adventures offers a broad range of adventure activities (i.e. ziplining, mountain biking), wildlife tours and water excursions in the UNESCO designated Long Point Biosphere Reserve. Guests can choose from tented wilderness suites or glamping pods. All of the lodging provides the comforts of home with views, sounds and sensations seldom, if ever, experienced elsewhere in the world! Tastefully furnished to create an authentic and relaxed atmosphere, the decor has been picked to match with local tastes and history.

No need to give up comfort while "glamping'.

Overlooking the amazing view of Long Point Bay, you can do as much (ziplining, mountain biking, star gazing and more) or as little as you want but we hope you don't just stay in bed! Come and experience the comfort of home in the heart of the wilderness in Norfolk County, Ontario Canada. Glamping with adventure on your doorstep!  Open May to end of October. 

6. Moonlight Glamping, Elora

Moonlight Glamping brings the experience to you. Just book a campsite in one of Grand River’s eight parks and these glamping curators will set up your suite. Choose a fully furnished canvas bell tent or a cozy tipi tent. Add-ons include a moonlight yoga session.

7. Nature's Harmony, Mattawa Voyageur Country

Ski, snowshoe or hike then cozy-up in this Mongolian Yurt. 

Nature's Harmony Ecolodge offers a fully-furnished traditional Mongolian Yurt in its own secluded wilderness setting with a private view of the Laurentian Mountains. The yurt is equipped with a small woodstove, double bed and futon. The site also has a large deck with a BBQ. There is a composting toilet next to the site. In addition to the yurt, you could also stay in a fully-furnished canvas glamping tent on a raised platform. The outdoor eco-showers are located close to the main lodge. Open Year-round. 

8. Northern Edge Algonquin, South River 

Nourish yourself at Northern Edge Algonquin Nature Retreat and Awareness Centre. Nestled on a hillside surrounded by the lush greenery of the forest at the edge of Algonquin Park, these clean and dry wood and canvas structures offer a chance to sleep in the fresh forest air. With feather duvets and colourful sheets, it truly is glamourous camping. Find out more about their canvas cabin accommodations. Availalable May to September. The eco-lodge is open year-round. 

9. Northridge Inn & Resort, Sundridge

The Northridge Inn has a true Canadian atmosphere plus it is dog-friendly. In addition to the resort and cabin lodging, you can experience luxury glamping tent suites that offer picturesque lakefront views, solar electricity, a private fire pit and complimentary bath and shower products. Or stay in a really cool vintage Airstream at this idyllic resort setting on Lake Bernard.

10. Outpost Co. Luxury Camping, Temagami 

Outpost Co. redefines tented luxury camping. From the floatplane ride to Obabika Lake in the Temagami region to the unique culinary offerings and the private tents complete with Egyptian cotton sheets, nothing is spared to ensure ulitmate comfort in the wilderness. 

12. Spirit Island Adventures, Manitoulin Island 

Spirit Island Adventures will treat you with hospitality that reaches back centuries. With a rich storied history, crystal clear waters, and the vibrant culture of the Anishnabek people, let Spirit Island Adventures be your hosts to discover the powers of the ‘M’Nidoo M’Niss’.

Teepee on shore of lake with sunrise in background.
Soak in the beauty of Manitoulin Island.            

Premium Teepee sites are outfitted with apple strip wood flooring, twin or king beds w/ plush duvets and 500 thread count sheet sets, Obusforme® pillows, buffalo hides and furs, lounge chairs, and a memorable experience unfounded anywhere else.

13. Tipi Adventures, MUSKOKA

You need to try a Tipi Adventure in the midst of beautiful Muskoka. Each tipi sleeps 10 comfortably and is equipped with costs and futon bed. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more. ATV and pet friendly. Open year-round. 

14. Wild Exodus, Timmins 

Wild Exodus offers upscale glamping lodging and luxury adventure vacations in Canada’s boreal forest. Enjoy excellent locally producedmeals and comfortable sleeping accommodations while learning about the boreal forest, its evolution and man’s impact on it.

15. Whispering Springs, Colborne

Whispering Springs will help you reconnect with nature in style and sophistication. Lounge by the fire in their rustic, lodge-inspired guest pavilion, do yoga or explore 200 acres of pristine wilderness. The elegant safari tents, with private ensuite washrooms, allow you to connect with nature without compromising comfort or convenience. Open May to October. 

16. YURTS at Cyprus Lake at Bruce Peninsula National Park

Aww - this is the best way to enjoy nature. 
The ten yurts along the shore of Cyprus Lake at Bruce Peninsula National Park offer campers a new and unique experience.
Yurts keep you warm and dry, and they're fun. 

After enjoying hiking, birdwatching and other adventures in the Park, gaze up at the starry sky though the skylight dome as you drift off to sleep in a comfortable bed. Available from mid-May to October.  

17. Yurts in Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks are amazing places to connect with nature, hike, paddle, snowshoe and of course, camp. There are over 300 provincial parks, with over 100 operating parks with visitor facilities. Eleven Ontario Parks offer yurt accommodations. These semi-permanent canvas structures provide comfortable sleeping and relaxation areas. Yurts are located at:  Algonquin Park, Bon Echo, Bronte Creek, Charleston Lake, Killarney, MacGregor Point, Pancake Bay, Pinery, Quetico, Silent Lake and Windy Lake. Most avaiilable year-round. Many parks offer other types of roofed accommodation

If it's glamping you're after, Northern Ontario is the perfect place for it.

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