June 8, 2023

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Aventure et nature

Privately owned campgrounds offer alternatives to pandemic-fuelled crowding in national, provincial parks

Surf Grove Campground, Tofino, B.C.

Courtesy of Surf Grove Campground

Jacob Beck, co-owner of Pit Prevent 518 in Kearney, Ont., likens the March opening of his restaurant’s 3 out of doors yurts to Wile E. Coyote of Looney Tunes fame.

“You know how the rock keeps slipping on him once again and again? That is how we feel,” Beck states, referring to pandemic-induced delays brought on by tardy yurt deliveries from Mongolia and the closing of neighborhood snowmobile trails, not to mention the April keep-at-residence buy that forced Beck and husband or wife Joanne Moyes to cancel extra than a month’s truly worth of rentals.

A Pit Cease 518 outside yurt in Kearney, Ont.

Courtesy of Pit Stop 518

Still, with the Ontario government aiming to administer thousands and thousands of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of June, the pair stays cautiously optimistic about the summer season, slide and winter season of 2021. Sturdy progress bookings of the luxurious canvas-protected lodgings, blended with the pandemic-fuelled surge in bookings of campsites, cabins, tents and other outdoorsy digs in provincial and nationwide parks – including close by Algonquin and Arrowhead – “give us just about every rationale to believe we will be 100-per-cent booked this summer,” Moyes suggests.

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Like Pit Prevent 518, the hundreds of privately owned tenting, glamping and RV functions throughout Canada present underneath-the-radar solutions for future campers who are finding it tough to e book a government-run site. With a lot of of these enterprises geared towards attendees who keep for the total May well-by way of-October period, the Canadian Tenting and RV Council (CCRVC) is seizing on the current uptick in interest to lobby a lot of of its seasonal users to commit a lot more websites to shorter-expression stays.

“Because a good deal of campground entrepreneurs are really aged-college, we’re definitely trying to advertise our on the net excursion planner,” CCRVC government director Shane Devenish claims. “It allows you plot all the campgrounds alongside your route, and with the substantial desire this calendar year, campers may possibly have to appear farther afield than they usually would.”

Really should domestic journey prospective clients increase for the summer of 2021, these new and refurbished privately owned campgrounds await.

British Columbia

Cox Bay Seashore.

Courtesy of Surf Grove Campground

Surf Grove Campground, Tofino

Ways from sandy and scenic Cox Bay Beach, this calendar year-previous RV vacation resort is incorporating dozens of semi-serviced tent websites this spring – all of which can also accommodate vans, truck campers and smaller sized RVs. The new internet sites offer you electrical company and entire obtain to resort features these kinds of as free WiFi, a beachside rinse-off station, and surf classes, rentals and storage from the Pacific Surf Company. surfgrove.com

Chute Lake Lodge, Naramata

This rustic-chic overnight possibility along the Okanagan’s Kettle Valley Rail Trail has made available backcountry and semi-serviced tent web sites along with its cabins and lodge rooms given that a best-to-bottom renovation and relaunch in 2018. Due to the fact then, the lakeside residence has additional double, queen and household-sized yurts, as properly as canvas-sided glamping tents with freestanding wood fireplaces. chutelakelodge.ca

Yard Bay RV Vacation resort, Backyard Bay

Thirty-7 comprehensive-service RV and 10 tenting web-sites opened in late 2020 at the south end of this park’s namesake Sunshine Coastline lake. gardenbayresort.com

Firvale Wilderness Camp, Firvale

Heated and with their possess non-public washroom, new geodesic domes are lined with bay home windows framing the glacier and mountain sights of the Bella Coola Valley. firvalewildernesscamp.com

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Salmo River Ranch Campground, Salmo

The cancellation of the 2021 Shambhala Tunes Festival has not stopped organizers from making a new 30-acre campground that will be accessible for non-fest reservations this summer time. shambhalamusicfestival.com

Camp Moose Trail, Golden

Opening May perhaps 13, this collection of non-public tents in the Purcell Mountains options queen-sized beds, luxe linens and wooden stoves. The bordering campground, meanwhile, is residence to amenities these kinds of as a scorching tub, stone pizza oven and communal kitchen. campmoosetrail.ca


Elk Island Retreat, Fort Saskatchewan

Building on the popularity of its yurts, teepees and cabins, this vacation resort included comfortably geared up two-particular person geodesic domes previous summertime. elkislandretreat.com


CAMPagne au Clos Sainte-Thècle’s outdoor scorching tub.

Courtesy of CAMPagne au Clos Sainte-Thècle

CAMPagne au Clos Sainte-Thècle, Sainte-Thècle

Established on the edge of a forest overlooking its namesake winery, this resort’s new ensuite geodesic domes attribute wooden stoves and coffee services, with a Finnish sauna and out of doors incredibly hot tub steaming nearby. gocampagne.com


Georgian Bay Park, Very small

Sitting down on 200 bucolic acres just inland of South Georgian Bay’s myriad seashores, this freshly expanded camping, trailer and RV vacation resort is ticking all the physical-distancing packing containers by putting in a children’s zip line and a generate-in cinema in its heritage barn for the 2021 season. georgianbaypark.com

Northridge Inn Glamping Tents & Vintage Airstream, Sundridge

The cabins, lodge rooms and porch-outfitted glamping tents may possibly not be new, but a 1971 Airstream camper on the shores of Muskoka’s Bernard Lake was a short while ago refurbished in fashionable vogue for overnight attendees. northridgeinn.com

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