If you're keen on glamping, Ontario has a pretty cool option. Check out my sleepover adventure at Long Point Eco Adventure. (Updated in 2021).
The king sized bed, complete with Fairmont brand linens, is calling my name. While I’m chilly from spending my last few hours outside at an observatory, my gorgeous nest is deliciously warm, as I had the clever foresight to turn on the electric blanket. I slip between the buttery warm sheets with a happy shiver, dipping into a bowl of snacks as I connect to Wi-Fi.
A minute later, I see a ferocious spider, inching towards me.
Welcome to glamping, Ontario style! Not quite camping, not quite a glamorous hotel, this unique hybrid form of accommodation is fast becoming a travel trend. But what is the experience like, who is it for, and – most of all – does it represent good value?
Glamping at Long Point Eco Adventures
My Glamping Ontario experience at Long Pont Eco Adventures in Norfolk County is in many ways typical of the glamping experience. While glamping Ontario accommodations can vary from yurts to log cabins, most consist of safari-style canvas tents. Those at Long Point Eco-Adventures are custom made by local craftspeople (a greenhouse company constructed the frame; a sailing company developed the canvas roofs). The result is a custom creation that is perfect for the local climate and a reflection of diverse, homegrown talent.
No matter what the setting, glampers can expect a solid structure and protection from the elements, a waterproof roof, a soft, warm bed, and plenty of amenities – running water, electricity, and Wi-Fi are common features. You can also count on a comfortable bathroom. Long Point Eco Adventures' glamping suite had a modern flush toilet, a normal sink, and a private, outdoor “rain” style shower. And, yes, there is the occasional rogue bug that makes its way inside! Nothing that a well-aimed shoe can’t take care of!
Activities, Adventures, and Accommodations
Glamping is not so much a form of accommodation as it is an experience. If you simply wanted to explore nature, you could stay at a traditional campground at just a fraction of the cost. If you wanted a glamorous hotel experience, you could always go the traditional route and book a suite in the city. Glamping is an all-encompassing experience.
At Long Point Eco-Adventures, guests can enjoy the observatory program, access to nature trails and their most famous activity: zip-lining! At other glamping locations elsewhere you might have the option to learn wilderness and survival skills, go on a safari, take a cooking class, or even have a spa treatment. Mornings at Long Point bring homemade, cooked to order breakfast from the on site chef in a special dining tent and in other locations you can expect a food component as part of your glamping experience.
Is Glamping For You?
I would highly recommend glamping for anyone who likes trying something new and is always on the lookout for unique travel experiences. I think it would also be a great option for a group or family with diverse interests, as it’s the perfect compromise between roughing it and having the creature comforts of the hotel world. It would also be the perfect solution for anyone with health concerns who would love to go camping but requires certain amenities and accommodations for their wellbeing.
Is Glamping Good Value?
Last but not least: Is glamping good value? Those who want more than just accommodations, who are seeking an entire travel experience, will find good value in glamping. Rates in 2021 start at $199 a night for the smallest units (which can accommodate 3 people) to $249 a night for the king bed suite.
However, if all you seek is a place to sleep and if you have little interest in the adventure activities (or if you have a real aversion to the occasional bug), you are likely better off seeking traditional accommodations. Traditional camping in your own tent at a provincial park costs about $40 a night - as such, glamping should be regarded as a whole experience, not just a place to sleep for a night.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Would you try glamping?
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8/11/2013 04:17:43 pm
I first heard about glamping in a webcomic (here: http://www.octopuspie.com/2013-10-09/625-glamping/ — awesome webcomic). I didn't know this was a real thing! Looks like a great middle ground for those who want to explore nature without giving up comfort. :)
9/11/2013 12:27:46 am
Hi Deia - thanks for sharing the webcomic link - I had no idea that glamping was entering the artistic sphere! It really is a good balance between nature and comfort. I do love regular camping, but there are some days when you just need to crawl into a REAL bed!
10/11/2013 12:50:18 pm
Thank you so much for posting your articles on your adventures in Norfolk County! I'm doing a little travelling through the U.S. Southwest and saw the post about your around the world trip! I look forward to reading more about your ongoing adventures; and, again to thank you for all your wonderful words about our shared adventures back in September. I hope you and Ryan can make your way back soon!
11/11/2013 01:05:00 am
Thank you Ted! We had such an amazing time in Norfolk County! (and there are more articles coming soon!). We're so excited to start the round the world trip but we're already talking about where we should go in 2014 and Norfolk is high on the list!
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