There is a new phenomenon out there that appeals to those who want a wilderness getaway, but don’t want to sacrifice the usual comforts of a hotel or their own home, like a bed, comfortable mattress, electricity, or running water and flushing toilets. It’s called ‘glamping’ and there is no better place to see if this sometimes luxurious method of camping is for you. This list covers resorts that range in price and luxury level as well as some more understated comfort camping locations. No matter what you’re looking for you’re sure to find something here that speaks to you.
1. The Flow Wilderness Retreat Is your heart aching for adventure? Does your belly long for a getaway with delicious cuisine? Does your body need comfortable accommodations, not a thin mattress on the ground in a tent? Well, you’re in luck. The Flow Wilderness Retreat is a happy combination of everything you could ever imagine from wild local cuisine and days of kayaking and exploring. Unwind in the evenings with a glass of wine (or two) and take a plunge in the hot tub. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed, and The Flow will await your return.
Address: PO Box 706, Quathiaski Cove
2. Tin Poppy Retreat
Don’t let the whimsical name fool you, the Tin Poppy Retreat is a desirable getaway for those looking to step into nature for awhile and disconnect from the grind of normal life. The Tin Poppy is a solar powered retro structure built around a 32 foot 1953 General Coach Caravan. The other cabins, also florally named (like the Violet Cabin, Lavender Cabin, and the Wild Rose Cabin) offer more space for larger travelling groups, but don’t compromise on individuality. Enjoy wood fired saunas, or wander down to the beach. Find theatre performances as well as festivals nearby, and don’t forget to check out Larch Hills Winery.
Address: 168 Larch Hills Forest service Rd
3. Woods on Pender
Fresh, local, and camping in style. Choose between staying in your private Airstream trailer, cabin, bunkie cabin, or canvas tent. Each accommodation has something unique to offer and all guests have access to the popular hot spots at the resort, like hot tubs, outdoor showers, coffee and kitchen area, camp truck, massage truck, recreation lawn, and hiking/walking trails. Experience nature in vintage yet modern style and indulge in food you’d expect to find at fine dining resorts. Fair warning, you’ll want to book your next trip before you even leave!
Address: 4709 Canal Road Pender Island
4. Siwash Star Camp
This is it. This is as good as it gets! Sleep beneath the stars in a luxury pioneer-style tent. It’s a heck of a lot more luxurious than it sounds. Lounge on daybeds under the sun complete with sheet curtains and four poster frames, or gather around the campfire at night as the stars come out to play. With these accommodations you might forget you’re out in the wild. The decor is as beautiful as the nature surrounding this resort and there are glass ceilings above some of the beds, perfect for stargazing or waking with the natural rhythm of the day.
Address: Eagan Bonaparte Forest Service Rd #3700, Thompson-Nicola E
5. Wya Point Resort Take your pick of accommodations at WYA Point Resort: the luxurious lodge, waterfront yurts, or beachfront camping (including RV’s). A mere few kilometers away lies the world-famous Pacific Rim National Park. You can also stay at the resort and enjoy your lodgings and the private stretch of beach that promises glorious sunrises and sunsets. Get wild with surf lessons, fishing charters, or some whale watching while you’re here!
Address: 2695 Tofino Ucluelet Hwy, Ucluelet
6. Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
There is something for every getaway mood here at Rockwater. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a trip with friends, you’re covered. No matter who you’re with this trip will be special. You’re tucked away in the coastal rainforest and will wake up to ocean views. Each luxury tent house has a king-size bed as well as a hydro-therapy tub, rain forest shower, propane fireplace, and radiant floor heating.
Address: 5356 Ole’s Cove Road, Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast
7. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has three adjectives it uses to describe itself: remote, refined, and remarkable. And they aren’t wrong. Stay in wood-framed, white canvas prospector tents right on the water. These tents are pure luxury while still being eco friendly. Only accessible by plane, you will be brought to your resort by a covered horse-drawn wagon, and return to your plane the same way at the end of your trip. It’s like stepping into another world; a world of wonder, nature, and peace.
Address: Vancouver Island
8. Free Spirit Spheres Hold onto your hats, the glamping experience doesn’t get any more unique than this! Stay in a sphere in the wilderness high above the forest floor. They may look simple from the outside, but the smallest of the three spheres, called Eryn, sleeps up to two in a comfy double bed plus room for a third adult in the loft. Yes. These spheres have lofts! Wake up to birds chirping outside your window in the tree canopy and make your way down to the forest floor to start your day. If you’d rather stay in, never fear, the spheres are complete with their own showers, toilets, and space to play board games and hang out with your co-travellers.
Address: 420 Horne Lake Rd, Qualicum Beach
9. Salty Pear B&B
Ever heard of a camping experience that comes with a sauna? Well, that’s what you’ll get if you book your stay at the Salty Pear! Stay in the camping casita or studio in the place where nature meets nurture, and enjoy breakfasts brought to you of granola, coffee and milk along with eggs from the neighboring organic farm. Dive into this local and soul soothing spot and prepare for relaxation aplenty.
Address: 279 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island
10. Wild Havens
Discover your love for the great outdoors in comfort- and style. These pop up tents are unique in the sense that you can use them wherever you want. Rent a glamping tent to soak in some one on one time with the wilderness. Opt for a heated tent for those colder fall or winter evenings. If you want something really special check out the VIP package, which comes with a wooden frame bed and memory foam mattress. No more hard ground sleeping bag sleepless nights for you! Tip: These pop up tents can also be used for hosting outdoor events like weddings or other celebrations.
11. REO-Rafting & Yoga Resort
Looking for comfort camping and a chance to get your adrenaline pumping? Look no further. REO Rafting Resort is waiting for you to come and stay in your tent above the rapids. Spend your days rafting, doing yoga, or learning archery and fall asleep to the sounds of the rapids rushing below. Enjoy dinner on the river’s edge dining deck with incredible views and sit around nightly campfires with family and friends, new and old. This one is definitely fun for the whole family!
Address: 61755 Nahatlatch Forest Service Road, North Bend
12. Fossil Beach Farm
Stay in modern, fully furnished glamping tents “where farm meets sea” at Fossil Beach Farm. Each and every tent is right on the water and one night under their canopies will give you a true experience in bliss. Just a short walk from your glamping tent is a tasting room and picnic area where you can sample ciders which have been fermented on the farm; does it get any more local than that? Make sure you have time to hit the beach while you’re there!
Address: 750 Savoie Road, Hornby Island
13. Ruby Lake Resort
You won’t regret visiting this 80+ acre nature resort nestled between the Caren Range Mountains and the beautiful Ruby Lake. Stay in the rustic, glamping safari-style tents or lagoon side cottages and spend your mornings and afternoons hiking and cycling trails, swimming in the lake, or participating in yoga classes. This camping getaway might leave you feeling like you were at a spa- when was the last time you could say that after spending a night in a tent?
Address: 15426 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Madeira Park
14. Fort Camping
Here it is. The perfect but simple combination: tent cabins. Enjoy the great outdoors and spend your evenings in the comfort of your tent (which can fit up to five people). Each one is equipped with a mini fridge, small TV, table and chairs, and beds. With tons of daily kid’s activities this is the perfect spot for families. They can make friends while doing arts and crafts, playing field games (like capture the flag), movie nights, scavenger hunts, and many more. Tip: On hot summer days there’s an inflatable water slide. You don’t want to miss out!
Address: 9451 Glover Road, Fort Langley
15. Blue River Campground Best known for its tranquility and breathtaking scenery, Blue River Campground is the perfect (and vast) playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Soak in those views and adventure from the comfort of a cabin or tipi. Some featured activities are paddle boarding, swimming, biking, and canoeing.
Address: Murtle Lake Road & Hwy 5, Blue River
16. YD Guest Ranch, Ashcroft
Let the sun fill your tipi in the morning and awash everything with light at YD Guest Ranch, a traditional dude ranch. Enjoy horseback riding, covered wagon trips, ATV an ARGO tours, and of course western gourmet cuisine. You won’t get tired of the fresh air or the comfortable accommodations here. Tip: If you really want a breathtaking view, see if you can book the ranch’s unique tree house accommodation.
Address: 4380 Yd Ranch Rd Ashcroft
17. Riverside Resort, Whistler
Step outside your Yurt and breathe in the fresh mountain air rear round at this Whistler camping resort. Bring your outdoor cooking gear and settle in to enjoy all the nature-esque perks of camping… minus the less comfortable chilly nights when staying in a rainforest in the valley. A step outside your door immediately plunges you into nature and you’re going to want to come back every year and tell all your friends about this amazing mountain experience!
Address: 8018 Mons Road, Whistler
18. Alpine Meadows Resort
There isn’t an easier or more comfortable way to enjoy wilderness of Clearwater BC. Discover what the region has to offer, and after a day of exploring and soaking in all there is to see, return to your private luxury tent; it’s like a first class resort… but camping!
Address: 3400 Dunn Lake Road, Clearwater
19. Unique Canvas Luxury Camping
Discover the tranquility of the Okanogan here in your own boho-chic tent. You’ll have 250 square feet of luxury living space all to yourself to soak in the experience, so stretch out and get comfy. These tents are available year round so you can come for cold weather or hot weather adventures!
20. Redstreak oTENTiks
Come stay in a oTENTnik: part cabin, part tent! Each one (a total of ten) sleeps up to a maximum of six people, so this is a great option for families looking for some quality time amongst nature. Enjoy the more home-like comforts of these accommodations while indulging in the usual camping activities you love and want to share with your family.
21. West Coast Expeditions – Sea Kayaking Glamping
Bring your friends. Bring your family. Bring anyone and everyone who wants to take the plunge into living in the wilderness… but still stay dry, comfortable, and warm of course. Stay in private water front tents with thick foam mattresses and fleece blankets. Bring a book to read by lantern light in your tent. Mosey on over to the activity shelter slash kitchen and dining area and explore some grassy meadows in the sunshine. Tip: Explore those same meadows in the evening and look up. The stars are incredibly bright and visible away from city lights and pollution!
22. Boulder Mountain Resort
Cozy, rustic, and yet glamorous. Dive into nature but don’t sacrifice the usual comforts of home or worry about bringing your own linens- Boulder Mountain Resort has you covered. Wake up to the serenity of being nestled in the valley surrounded by mountains and wander over to one of the many communal fire pits in the evening for some sublime smore making and crackling of a fire. And as a bonus, there’s a luxury covered outdoor hot tub for a nice soak before turning in for the night. It doesn’t get better than that!
Address: 3069 Trans-Canada Highway, Revelstoke
23. Comfort Camping – West Coast Trail Find genuine comfort off the beaten path and come relax in the well appointed tents and cabins at this property. Stay warm and dry in the canvas walled tents (suitable for up to four people) so you can stay as connected to nature as possible without having to sleep on the ground or in a sleeping bag. Inside your tent you will have the luxuries of a woodstove, your own firewood, elevated wood floors, table and chairs, four extra wide cots, and a private deck with a magical view.
24. Wildpod Glamping, Tofino
This is waterfront luxury camping at its finest. Consisting of only 6 geodesic domes- yes, domes, and they are just as cool as they sound- this getaway is catered specifically to couples and sits right on the edge of the downtown core of Tofino. Good luck finding a better view and still having a walking score like this one; wake up to a magnificent and peaceful sunrise on a tranquil harbor without sacrificing the convenience of nearby restaurants, bars, shops, and local tours.
Address: 174 West Street, Tofino
25. Fraser Canyon River Ranch
There’s no need to rough it here at Fraser Canyon River Ranch in order to appreciate the scenery and connect with nature- not when they offer glamping in the form of quaint but comfortable little cabins and riverside glamping domes. Get some R&R in a swaying hammock beneath a willow tree or do something a little more physical, like going for a hike and seeing what kind of wildlife you can spy through your binoculars!
Address: Munson Road Highway 12, Lillooet
Is your travel bug whispering in your ear yet? Surely you’re itching for an adventure, and with so many places to choose from in British Columbia alone, hopefully this list has helped give you some direction. With something for every budget and every getaway requirement, all you have to do now is narrow it down. What do you want most in your glamping vacation? Adventure? Relaxation? A happy mix of both? Go out there and get it! The wilderness and your comfy-cozy glamping tent is waiting for you.