3 Hotels That Feel Like Summer Camp

Relive the camp experiences of your youth by spending your summer vacation at these properties in Alberta, Ontario and Oregon.
 

Salishan Resort, Lincoln City, Oregon

Rates from US$250 

Photograph courtesy of Salishan Resort.

Overview: Nestled in an old-growth forest on the coast 170 kilometres southwest from Portland, this 250-acre property boasts spacious rooms, a golf course and spa.

The rooms: Natural light streams into guest rooms, which are designed with wood and stone touches. Cozy up by the fireplace or take in the views from your private balcony.

Dining options: Three on-site eateries focus on coast-to-table dining with locally caught seafood and fresh produce plucked straight from local farms or the resort’s own garden.

Good to know: Ramp up your stay with a cruise on a complimentary bike. Then, enjoy nightly s’mores or have the Bonfire Butler set you up on Gleneden Beach for a cookout.

Nearby: Every day, thousands of glass spheres are hidden throughout Lincoln City’s public beaches. Join in the hunt and take your newfound treasure home. —J.D.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta

Rates from CAD$699 + $30 resort fee

Photograph courtesy of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Overview: Experience a Rocky Mountain vibe with chalets and cabins connected by picturesque walking pathways. Enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing and horseback riding.

The rooms: This resort’s 442 guestrooms are tucked inside charming chalets and luxury signature cabins with one to eight bedrooms on 700 acres of lakefront property inside the park.

Dining options: There are six restaurants, including Oka Sushi, a sushi bar that is popular with locals. You can also dine in your suite or arrange a private barbecue or a picnic basket.

Good to know: Jasper National Park, four hours west of Edmonton, is a Dark Sky Preserve, and Jasper Planetarium offers nightly star viewings through its telescopes.

Nearby: It’s just a 15-minute drive to Maligne Canyon, one of the deepest in the Canadian Rockies. A paved pathway offers stunning waterfall views. —D.O.

Viamede Resort, Woodview, Ontario

Rates from CAD$339

Photograph courtesy of Viamede Resort.

Overview: Set on the shores of the Kawarthas’ Stoney Lake, Viamede—two hours from Toronto—feels like a summer camp with its hiking trails, pools and tennis court.

The rooms: The rooms, suites and stand-alone cottages with kitchenettes at Viamede are infused with rustic vibes and range in size from one to three bedroom.

Dining options: Try The Boathouse for casual dockside dining, Mount Julian for its foraged tasting menu or The Porch, a communal kitchen where chefs flash their barbecuing skills.

Good to know: Tours of the resort’s farm take place at 3:30 p.m. daily, which is great for those looking to hang out with free-range fowl—ducks, quail and turkeys—and vegetarian pigs.

Nearby: Lakefield College School, where Prince Andrew boarded, is a 20-minute drive away. Stroll Lakefield’s Queen Street, which is lined with boutiques. —K.B.

[This story appears in the July 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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