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12 Gorgeous Glamping Destinations in Ontario, Canada

by Lauren Breedlove
Updated August 19, 2022

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Canada’s second-largest province is a glamping mecca — here’s why.

East-Central Canada’s province of Ontario has become a hotspot for gorgeous glamping destinations. The combination of wide-open spaces and urban life allows the massive province to offer travelers a large variety of choices when it comes to activities and lodging.

With people looking to escape and unwind for a few days out of bustling cities like Toronto and Ottawa, this form of fancy camping is an ideal option.

A myriad of state provincial parks, beautiful lakes, and wildlife viewing opportunities create some pretty perfect spots for connecting with Canada’s natural surroundings while still being in close proximity to the benefits of city living.

Slumber close to nature without sacrificing all of our beloved creature comforts. Tents, cabins, cottages, trailers, treehouses, oh my: Ontario packs the glamping punch.

So get ready to kick back at these 12 gorgeous glamping destinations in Ontario. All rates are listed in US dollars.

1. The Canopy Geodesic Dome

The Canopy Geodesic Dome
Photo: Jordan B., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: Panoramic windows for stargazing.

  • Nearest town: Eagle Lake
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

Eastern Ontario’s Geodesic Dome, The Canopy checks off the “unique stay” box with enthusiastic flair. This off-grid spherical structure is nestled in the midst of the forest, giving you the ultimate link to nature. Electricity is provided, however, for some lights and charging purposes, if needed.

A compostable toilet and outdoor shower stall make this a true camping experience amongst the aspen trees. A wood stove keeps it nice and cozy on the inside during cooler temperatures, and a deck with a barbecue allows for fresh air enjoyment when it’s warmer out. Relish in the tranquility with a drink in hand, the twinkly string lights adding to the ambiance.

Three lakes and a public beach are just a hop and a skip away for daytime activities in the summer months. Nearby Silent Lake Provincial Park is host to more than 10 miles of hiking trails, too.

Or, stay on property and play a game of horseshoes, read a book, and unwind in the onsite sauna. Cook s’mores over the campfire and then snuggle up in the dome for the ultimate stargazing opportunity through the panoramic window and skylight.

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2. Country Cabin on the Creek

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Why you should stay: Cool off in the swimming hole and go river tubing in the onsite creek.

  • Nearest town: Grand Valley
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $80/night

Enjoy creekside living at the Country Cabin on the Creek just a little over an hour northwest of Toronto. With two creeks and a lovely little swimming hole thanks to the Grand River, this farm property is for water and nature lovers alike.

The little bunkhouse sits betwixt two hills and sleeps 4 comfortably; 2 floors include an upstairs loft with bed and downstairs futon. Country details decorate the interior, and on the exterior, a little porch, seating area, and grill provide the luxury of outdoor living.

Venture around the farm and stretch your legs witha stroll, or grab a float in the warmer months and enjoy a ride along the creek or a dip in the river.

The nearby town of Grand Valley has all the provisions you might need; a grocery store, adult beverage store, and restaurants. If you can tear yourself away from the property, both Hockley Valley Provincial Park and Forks of the Credit Provincial Park are within close proximity.

The nature reserve at Hockley Valley is located on the Niagara Escarpment and offers hiking trails in a tranquil environment. Hike some of the famous Bruce Trail (Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath) at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, or cast a line at one of the top fishing spots.

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3. Rusty Jade Ranch

Rusty Jade Ranch
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Why you should stay: Find out why it’s a finalist for the best cabin of 2022 in between petting horses.

  • Nearest town: Palgrave
  • Sleeps: 2-3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $80/night

Slow down and unwind at Rusty Jade Ranch, a family-owned and operated property with an adorable cabin surrounded by idyllic rolling hills. Located a little over an hour northwest of Toronto, the ranch is easily accessible from the city.

A cozy cabin with a bunk bed, fire pit, outhouse, picnic area, and bbq makes this a comfortable stay with nature at the forefront. The property itself is home to beautiful horses and offers training and lessons for riding. Book a ride along with your stay for the full experience.

It’s pet-friendly too, so Fido can come along and enjoy the natural setting. Arrange their “horse or farm experience,” walk the trails in the neighboring conservation area, and star-gaze in the dark night sky.

Head offsite and sip some brews at nearby Caledon Hills Brewing Company, a popular spot for pub food and craft beers. The Rusty Jade Ranch is an ideal weekend getaway from the city, without venturing too far.

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4. Tiny House in the Big Woods

Tiny House in the Big Woods
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Why you should stay: Escape the city to a country retreat.

  • Nearest town: Acton
  • Sleeps: 2-7
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $72/night

Go off-grid just west of Toronto in the Tiny House in the Big Woods. The rustic cabin is set in the midst of a forest and meadow where you can truly unwind to the peaceful sounds of nature. A stocked kitchen, potable water, propane and solar power make this a classic glamping stay.

Inside, the cozy bed and wood stove with provided lumber will keep you warm, whatever the weather. Although the cabin itself sleeps two in the bed, it’s possible for extra tents to be set up on the property too, making this a great option for families or those with bigger groups.

Bring your own tent, or rent the owner’s to expand your clan size. You’ll have to go without a shower, but there is an outhouse with a composting toilet.

Looking to venture outside of the cabin property? Hike the trails at Rockwood Conservation Area or take a dip in Bellwood Lake. Kelso Conservation Area is a popular spot for mountain biking if you prefer your adventure to be on wheels.

The nearby Scotsdale Heritage Farm is a fantastic option for those looking to slow things down with a leisurely walk around the working far, or more of a hike along the 5-mile long Bennett Heritage Trail. Whatever you choose to do, the tiny house with a big heart awaits to greet you at the end of the day.

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5. Taiga Cedar Tent

Taiga Cedar Tent
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Why you should stay: Luxury glamping within an animal sanctuary.

  • Nearest town: Holt
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $135/night

Awarded first place in Hipcamp’s “Glamping: Best of 2022”, the Tiaga Cedar Tent is luxury glamping for animal lovers in a beautiful forest setting, just 40 minutes from the heart of Toronto.

Located on the grounds of an animal sanctuary, you’ll have the chance to greet the rescue animals which consist of adorable pups, highland cattle, and ducks. A cozy bed, plush rug, towels, linens, battery-powered lighting, and a seating area are housed in the tent, and outside you’ll find an idyllic place, surrounded by nature.

A picnic-style dining table, swing chairs, and chimenea provide the private oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

Continue relaxation in the common area, where a solar heated shower and hot tub will confirm that you never want to leave. A shared kitchenette area is available too, ideal for keeping your food chilled or making a nice cup of coffee to enjoy while playing some of the onsite board games.

Explore the grounds, find one of the property’s hammocks to read in, say hello to the animals, and breathe in the fresh air. Yoga is offered onsite as well, or venture to nearby Holland Landing Prairie or lakeside Sibbald Point Provincial Parks for some outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, beachside fun, and cross country skiing.

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6. Beeberry Cottage at Laurenwood Farm

Beeberry Cottage at Laurenwood Farm
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Why you should stay: Onsite hiking trails weave through the 100-acre farm.

  • Nearest town: Loretto
  • Sleeps: 2-6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $171/night

Arrive at the gorgeous Laurenwood Farm (within an hour’s drive from Toronto), where the cute little Beeberry Cottage is a glamping favorite. The cabin and attached gazebo balance indoor and outdoor living seamlessly.

A wood stove keeps the cottage toasty in the cooler temperatures, otherwise, enjoy off-grid glamping without electricity and running water. Tents can be added outside the cottage as well, to expand your group or allow more room for families. An outhouse is available, as are farm water fountains to fill up the onsite refillable jugs.

Visit the lush garden, stroll the hiking trails, or take the canoe out on the picturesque pond. Make sure to stop by and say hello to the farm goats, who are more than happy to entertain with their usual comedic antics.

At night, barbecue your dinner on the porch grill, and sit around the firepit in the wooden Adirondack chairs, ideal for s’mores making. Hit the trails outside of the farm, with a trek in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park where you can discover the popular escarpment Biosphere Reserve.

Or, do something more low-key with the easy one and half mile trail at Beattie Pinery Provincial Nature Reserve awaits.

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7. Country Comforts

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Why you should stay: A vintage trailer within a forest is the perfect glamping cocktail.

  • Nearest town: Flamborough
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $63/night

Escape to an adorable and updated vintage trailer at Country Comforts, just southwest of Toronto. This pet-friendly glamping destination offers accommodations for up to three people in a tastefully decorated trailer.

Glamp here without giving up any of our usual creature comforts; a toilet and shower are inside the trailer as well as anything you might need to whip up a meal. There’s even air-conditioning for those warmer summer nights. Chill out by the campfire with a good book — this place was made for a peaceful reading session.

Hike or cross-country ski through the unique and beautiful Ontario Drumlins via the Lafarge trail, easily accessible from the property. Drumlins are hills formed underneath glaciers and are found within the southern region of the province and worth seeing first-hand.

The path stretches approximately twenty miles, however, if you’re not up for tacking the entire thing, it’s possible to do a portion. If the beach is calling your name, you’re in luck…a quick drive will land you at Valens Lake Conservation Area.

Swimming, kayaking, hiking, and fishing are all popular activities here. Don’t have a kayak but craving a paddle? No problem; rentals are available too.

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8. Private Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Gaze upon 100 acres from your treehouse perch.

  • Nearest town: Kanata
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $239/night

Channel your inner kid with a stay at this 4-season, off-grid private treehouse on 100 acres of land, just half an hour’s drive from the city of Ottawa. Although it’s off-grid, a wood stove keeps the fully insulated structure made from rustic pine and oak wood, nice and warm during the winter months.

With two convertible sofa beds, there’s room for 4 to slumber in this rustically cute treehouse with quaint details such as string lights, bean bag chairs, and end tables. Kitchen items are readily available and an outhouse with compostable toilet is just steps away.

Enjoy views of the property, which include seemingly endless forest and a small pond. Soak up the vista and fresh air from the treehouse patio, equipped with an outdoor loveseat and grill. Down below, a picnic table and hammock extend the outdoor relaxation space.

Take the canoes out for a leisurely paddle on the pond, build a campfire as the sun starts to set, and grill a delicious meal. Spend your late evenings stargazing into the notoriously dark night sky. Venture off property if you’d like, to explore the surrounding area too. Go boating, hiking, or laze on the beach at nearby Fitzroy Provincial Park.

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9. Hunter’s Haven Tiny Cabin

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Photo: Kath F., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: waterfall and pond views from your bed.

  • Nearest town: Oswego Park
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $55/night

The Hunter’s Haven Tiny Cabin in southeastern Ontario is proof that great things can come in small packages. Situated on an 11-acre property, the cabin is one of two on the grounds and a shared pavilion area where a refrigerator, coffee maker, bbq, microwave, and eating area can be used by guests.

It’s possible to access Wi-Fi from the pavilion as well, if needed. Inside the cozy cabin, you’ll find a comfortable Queen sized bed and a sitting area, with unobstructed views of the pond. Fall asleep to the ambient sound of the pond’s waterfall feature and feel your stress melt away.

Take the paddleboat or canoe out and listen to the sounds of nature while relaxing on the water, dotted with tiny storybook gardens and even a picturesque bridge. Venture out on the property’s nature trail and explore The cabin’s porch with chairs are the perfect place to listen to wildlife and stargaze as evening settles in by the glow of the firepit.

In twenty minutes, reach Lake Erie for a plethora of additional outdoor recreation such as swimming, boating, and more.

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10. Hilltop Glamorous Camping

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Why you should stay: Did someone say “glamorous?”

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

A quick 30-minute drive will land you at Hilltop Glamorous Camping, a beautiful 20-acre retreat in Ontario’s South Frontenac Region, where you truly won’t mind unplugging. The elevated canvas tent, perched on a deck will have you feeling like a star as you climb the few steps to your glamping abode.

The spacious interior has two beds, with room for four to sleep comfortably. An optional screen flap zips up to keep bugs out, and fresh air flowing in. But, it’s outside where you’ll really want to spend your time. Let the fire pit, chairs, full patio with grill and kitchen essentials, and gorgeous natural stetting surrounded by trees, be your living room.

The site is eco-friendly, with recycling bins on site, too. A washroom and shower cabin (with hot water!) is located within steps from the tent, making things extra comfy for glampers.

Laze in a hammock, play some of the available board games, indulge in good food at the covered picnic table, and spend some quality time away from it all. Walk the wooded trails by day, and gaze up at the millions of sparkling stars by night.

It’s not likely that you’ll want to leave your glamorous glamp site, but if you do, hiking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and ATVing abound in the surrounding area which is filled with lakes. Oh, and you can bring your furry companion too, as this site is pet-friendly.

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11. The Cocoon Cabin

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Photo: Abby M., Hipcamp

Why you should stay:

  • Nearest town: London
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $74/night

Enjoy an off-grid DIY shed dwelling stay in Southern Ontario at The Cocoon Cabin. Surrounded by idyllic forest, this all-season cabin makes camping comfortable. Inside, you’ll find a cozy sleep loft with a bed for 2, and downstairs, a couch for one more in your slumber party.

A fireplace will keep everyone toasty during cooler temperatures. Solar-powered batteries provide light and an option for charging phones, however, enjoying unplugged evenings by candlelight is just what the glamping doctor ordered.

Kitchen basics are available for cooking simple meals, as is an outhouse-style toilet just steps away from the cabin, and a solar camp shower if you need to rinse off after the day’s activities.

Grab a book from the cabin shelf, nap in the hammock, or walk the onsite trails that lead to the Thames River where you can reconnect with nature. A firewood bundle is provided for the campfire, and stargazing is encouraged. Explore nearby Komoka Provincial Park which skirts the river; hiking trails and fishing are popular activities.

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12. Foresthill Retreat

Foresthill Retreat
Photo: Dale S., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: Romance is alive in this private yurt.

  • Nearest town: Kawartha Park
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $80/night

Northeast of Toronto, Foresthill Retreat is a cozy yurt-style stay, oozing with privacy. Fall asleep to the symphony of frogs on what used to serve as farm land, while cuddled up in your canvas tent.

A comfy bed, deck area, firepit, and small touches such as the lanterns and candles make this glamping retreat an enjoyable and romantic one. Embrace the lack of cell service and unplug from regular life in this idyllic little getaway.

Laze in the hammock, embrace the outdoor shower, and cook a feast in the well-equipped al fresco kitchen. Every detail has been thought of and provided for you, so you can just sit back and reconnect.

Hiking enthusiasts will be thrilled at the sheer amount of trails within close proximity to this glamping property as well. Within half an hour, it’s possible to reach 4 different Provincial Parks; Wolf Island, Kawartha Highlands Signature Park, Quackenbush, and Petroglyphs Provincial Park.

At Petroglyphs Provincial Park, discover Canada’s largest known collection of Indigenous rock carvings, at this sacred site. It’ll be well worth leaving the cozy glamping tent for this intriguing outdoor venture.

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