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If you love the great outdoors but aren’t keen on spending the night on the ground bundled in a sleeping bag, we’ve got you covered. From kitted-out yurts to cozy underground lodges, check out these unique overnight stays created for non-campers.
Entre Cîmes et Racines, near Eastman, Quebec
About an hour from Montreal, deep in a pristine forest, you’ll find the sprawling Entre Cîmes et Racines, an all-seasons wilderness resort. There are 12 ecolodges to choose from, each with its own unique vibe and style. Book The Hobbit, an underground lodge that taps into the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien with a grass roof and circular doors and windows. Inside, it has a quaint, yet sophisticated storybook feel with rustic stone, wood décor finishes and enough space for up to four people.
Elements Luxury Tented Camp & Nature Spa, near Ottawa
Elements takes comfort camping to the next level with its eight luxury tents, sprawled across 89 acres in the Ottawa Valley in Renfrew. This newly opened, eco-friendly property offers a complimentary butler service to take care of everything, including helping to organize offsite excursions like whitewater rafting or a brewery tour. All the tents are outfitted with linens, towels, gilt mirrors, a fireplace, telescope and even a cowbell for “wildlife management.” Meals are also included—they are prepped and brought to your tent, ready for you to cook over an open fire.
Luxury tents in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
You won’t sacrifice comfort or sleep in these luxury tents at Dinosaur Provincial Park (located near Brooks, about two hours east of Calgary). Each tent has wood floors, high canvas walls and plenty of amenities, including a queen-sized bed and futon, a well-equipped kitchen and deck furniture on a private patio. If you can pull yourself away from your cozy surroundings, venture out and enjoy the views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its high concentration of dinosaur fossils.
Flora Bora Forest Lodging, Saskatchewan
When it comes to comfort, yurts are the way to go. The two private yurts at Flora Bora Forest Lodging combine the spaciousness and headroom of a tipi with all the things you like best from home—full bathroom, kitchen, quality linens, hammocks and large decks. Located on 30 acres of lush forest and gardens near Tuddles Lake in north central Saskatchewan (about two hours from Saskatoon), this spot treats guests to gorgeous views and a big Prairie sky that fills with stars come nightfall.
Stay at Quebec City’s Le Monastère des Augustines to Experience the City’s History
In a place like Quebec City, preserving a rich and celebrated history while keeping with modern times is not an easy feat. But two hotels—wellness-focused Le Monastère des Augustines, an almost 400-year-old former convent, and the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, a First Nations community—are doing exactly that.