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12 Dreamy Places to Glamp in British Columbia, Canada 

by Megan Honan
Updated July 20, 2021

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Calling to the hearts of adventurers around the world, Canada’s province of British Columbia tops the travel wishlist for many an outdoor enthusiast.

With ample activities to keep busy from fly fishing and glacier climbing to mountain biking and horseback riding, there’s an activity to jumpstart a new hobby for everyone who visits western Canada.

Something else they excel at in BC? Living off the grid for a truly epic lifestyle – and often truly epic dwellings, too. Whether you have your heart set on sleeping in a geodome next to the ocean, a one-of-a-kind treehouse, a luxury first-class resort, or an eclectic airstream, there’s a glamping option for that. But seeping in nature doesn’t have to mean roughing it, and that’s why these places to glamp in British Columbia offer the best of both worlds. You get the beauty of being near nature without having to forgo a hot bath or gourmet dinner.

Pair your sense of adventure with all the creature comforts of home with any one of these 12 incredible places to glamp in British Columbia. You’re sure to not be disappointed (scout’s honor!) All rates are listed in U.S. dollars.

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1. Owl’s Perch Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Views from the Salish Sea to the mountains of Washington state.

  • Nearest town: Sooke
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $139/night

Raised 30 feet off the ground lies this a one of a kind treehouse, surrounded by towering maple and cedar trees. You’ll need to climb almost 50 stairs to stand at eye-level with the verdant canopy, where the owners conveniently built a large platform deck.

Inside, climb a ladder to reach the loft bed and enjoy stunning views from the comfort of your bed. Located directly on the Galloping Goose Trail, there’s no shortage of incredible hikes or biking loops available just steps outside your door for when you’re ready to get the blood pumping.

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2. The Hollow Yurt Retreat

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Why you should stay: Hike to this truly remote, off-the-grid experience.

  • Nearest town: Radium Hot Springs
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $121/night

For a backcountry retreat to reconnect with nature, look no further than Radius, a hike-in, hike-out yurt retreat near Radium Hot Springs. On your walk in, enjoy the peaceful stillness of the forest and the stunning scenery surrounding the yurt site.

Grab your furry friends (who are always welcome!) and hit the trails – this is one of the best places to glamp in British Columbia if you’re planning to explore on foot. At the home, you’ll have a wood-burning stove to keep toasty and plenty of firewood for cooler nights, as well as rustic wooden bunk beds for a cozy sleep out in nature.

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3. Tofino LEAF Dome

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Why you should stay: A lux dome with million-dollar waterfront views.

  • Nearest town: Tofino
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $153/night

Tofino LEAF Dome is truly the best place to glamp in British Columbia if you want to explore Vancouver Island while staying in creative – but luxurious – digs. WILDPOD is a collection of six geodesic domes perched in the middle of Tofino’s downtown core. You’d be hard-pressed to find easier access to all the town has to offer.

Look out and watch the sunrise over the ocean while enjoying epic mountain views. But be sure to keep your eyes on the water here and there too as you might spot otters, seals, and whales. The kitchenette is fully stocked with local artisanal products and the cedar Adirondack chairs are accompanied by plush throw blankets from Tofino Towel Company so you can keep warm on the front deck.

Follow ’em: @wildpodtofino

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4. PADMA Secret Island Yurt

PADMA Yurt on Cortes Island BC
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Why you should stay: A fully sustainable, timber-frame yurt.

  • Nearest town: Whaletown
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 14 nights
  • Rates from: $74/night

Looking for the ultimate city escape? PADMA is an incredible handmade yurt, featuring a wrap-around deck on a mossy bluff. The little-know Cortes Island is a great place to find true peace and tranquility and offers some of the most spectacular ocean, mountain, and sunset views of anywhere in BC. Its one of the most affordable places to glamp in British Columbia, especially considering you get to sleep under the stars thanks to the rounded skylight.

Spend the day at one of the many secret lagoons and beaches collecting oysters for a dinner cookout – don’t forget to harvest some of the organic vegetables grown on the property for a healthy accompanying side dish.

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5. 1970 Airstream Overlander

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Why you should stay: The closest accommodation to the famed Joffre Lakes.

  • Nearest town: Mount Currie
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $146/night

In the Pemberton district, this funky, eclectic airstream is located in the heart of BC’s tourism hub. It’s just a short drive to many of the main attractions like Whistler or Lower Joffre Creek, and even natural hot springs. This is far and away the best place to glamp in British Columbia if you plan to day hike in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park since the park gets extremely busy in the summer – the closer to it you can stay, the better.

The restored 1970 Airstream Overlander offers all the modern conveniences one would want while glamping, including a fairy-light-lined cedar gazebo that lights up during happy hour and plenty of space.

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6. Kicking Horse Yurt

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Why you should stay: Embrace woodland living near the amazingly cool Kicking Horse Resort.

  • Nearest town: Golden
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $119/night

Get back to nature at this rustic yurt hut in mountainous Golden. It has stunning views across the Columbia Valley all the way to the Dog Tooth Range. Fully equipped for any weather, this yurt is decked out in style with a luxurious king size bed, a Canadian goose down duvet, a wood burning stove and, yes, even a pull-down screen for cozy movie nights in. For an evening soak, slip into your private hot tub, or just hang out on the spacious deck with a good book and a cold one.

This is one of the best BC glamping options if you’re planning on hiking or mountain biking at Kicking Horse Resort, well known for having some of the best mountain terrain in British Columbia.

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7. August the Airstream

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Why you should stay: Minimalistic, bohemian getaway for a modern couple.

  • Nearest town: Salt Spring Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $86/night

One wouldn’t expect a sleek, modern airstream in the middle of a remote island, but August the Airstream is no typical stay. Surrounded by towering trees that slope off into woodland, guests are rewarded with privacy and tranquility.

The bathroom may be outdoors, but it’s fully heated and even offers a freestanding glass shower for optimal luxury. Settle in next to the wood burning stove while getting lost in a good book to unlock ultimate relaxation mode.

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8. Tin Poppy Travel Trailer

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Why you should stay: Solar-powered travel trailer surrounded by gorgeous hills and lookouts.

  • Nearest town: Salmon Arm
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $156/night

For a truly once-in-a-lifetime glamping experience, visit the Tin Poppy, a solar powered post and beam structure built around a 1953 Caravan.

Decked out with a gas fireplace, Wi-Fi, and plenty of sleeping space, this is one of the most budget-friendly places to glamp for a family. Fitted for all four seasons, there are plenty of outdoor adventures nearby like mountain biking, birding, cross-country skiing, and hiking and trail running.

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9. Salt Spring Island Staycation

Glamping by the Pond on Salt Spring Island BC
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Why you should stay: Delight in a steam sesh inside the wood-fired sauna.

  • Nearest town: Salt Spring Island
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $119/night

Tucked away in a wooded area next to a picturesque pond is where you’ll find the spacious bell tent. Located on Salt Spring Island, you can stretch out on the deck for a morning meditation, take a refreshing dip to kick off the day, or hang out in the covered loungers all morning.

For some family fun, try out the children’s kayaks, badminton set, slack-line, or bocce ball court. At night, cook up a full meal using the fully stocked outdoor kitchen or roast up some good ol’ fashioned hot dogs on the modern BBQ grill.

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10. Tangle Rock Farm Glamping

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Why you should stay: Enjoy four-season glamping on this small, organic vegetable farm.

  • Nearest town: Roberts Creek
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $97/night

For an escape that gets back to nature with little roughing required, visit the Tangle Rock Farm. The airbnb is a tent hoisted up on a tall platform with three separate bedrooms, a shower, and a fully equipped kitchen.

On the Sunshine Coast, there’s plenty to keep you busy, from hiking trails and beaches to artisan shops and restaurants and microbreweries. If staying on the property appeals to your senses, spend your time learning about the business of permaculture farming while harvesting fresh veggies or visiting the resident chickens.

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11. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

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Why you should stay: Ruggedly luxurious lodge accessible only by sea plane.

  • Nearest town: Tofino
  • Sleeps: 4+
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $1,102 per person, per night ($1400 CAD)

For the utmost in a luxurious glamping experience, camp out at Vancouver Island’s celebrated outpost of Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge. From generous safari-style tents to renowned sustainable dining to an international fine wine list, there isn’t much that the Clayoquot Wilderness team hasn’t thought of.

Take to the clouds on a bespoke helicopter tour over the Clayoquot Sound region or try your hand at canyoneering into a glacier-fed waterfall channel for a truly memorable experience. If you’d rather kick back and relax, the world-renowned spa has you covered. It’s definitely one of the more expensive places to glamp in British Columbia (or anywhere in Canada, for that matter), but it comes with a lot more than “just” a tent.

Follow ’em: @clayoquotwildernesslodge

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12. Firvale Wilderness Camp

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Why you should stay: A domed wilderness camp in the Great Bear Rainforest.

  • Nearest town: Tofino
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $229/night

With nothing around for miles and miles, guests are flown in to kick off their adventure at Firvale Wilderness Camp. Settle into one of three unique geodesic domes, which offer different ranges of luxury. The camp offers packages for couples on their honeymoon, bunk beds for families, or a single travel dome for when you need to do your own “Into the Wild”-type of thing for a few days.

The resort teamed up with some of the best tour operators in the area, so you’re sure to keep active with a full day exploring rainforest waterfalls, fishing, or hiking on a bear-watching trip. For something extra special, hop on a sailboat to get up close and personal to the massive glaciers of Monarch Ice Field.

Follow ’em: @firvale_wilderness_camp

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