Parks Canada is hoping to attract new visitors who might be adverse the traditional outdoors experience.
The federal agency is introducing new styles of accommodation, for those who might not be enthused about sleeping in a tent.
Here’s a round up of alternative camping accommodations that can be found in some of Canada’s national parks.
Cocoon tree bed in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
This orb-shaped tent is suspended amongst the trees at Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Although the spherical living quarters appear to be floating, it’s actually quite secure and can be accessed by stairs. Inside is a mattress that can accommodate up to four people. While there’s somewhere comfy to crash, visitors must bring their own bedding, pillow, cooking equipment and toiletries. There are no cooking or bathing facilities in the cocoon, but washroom facilities are located nearby. It’s also not heated, so if you’re visiting in the fall months, be sure to bundle up!
Cost is $70 a night, between July 1 and Oct. 10.
Goutte d'Ô in Fundy National Park
The Goutte d’Ô is a tear-shaped hut with an interior area of 6 m2. Located in Fundy National Park in Alma, N.B., it’s big enough to hold a couple or a small family with a sofa bed on the main level and a hammock loft above. Guests are asked to bring their own bedding and toiletries and like the cocoon, there is no kitchen or washroom facilities inside the tiny hut. It’s also not heated so come prepared.
It costs $70 a night and is available between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10.
Double-tent in Riding Mountain National Park and Forillon National Park
This tent-like shelter is perfect for people who want to be immersed in nature, but prefer not to get too down and dirty. It fits two campers and consists of a smaller interior tent inside a larger exterior tent. The inside tent has a bed, small table and chairs, while the outdoor tent is outfitted with comfy chairs and a table where you can eat your meals. Luckily, it’s also bug proof, so you can leave the netting at home. Bring your own bedding, pillow, cooking equipment, and toiletries and dress appropriately for the weather since it’s not heated. You’re not allowed to cook in the double-tent and washroom facilities are close by.
It’s available in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba for $55 a night between Aug. 12 and Oct. 10, as well as in Forillon National Park in Quebec for $55 between Aug. 5 and Oct. 10.
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Micro-cube in Riding Mountain National Park and Forillon National Park
Similar to a laneway house, this tiny structure is perfect for someone who wants to be immersed in the woods without being too exposed. Inside the 10 m2 shelter, there’s a double bed, and outside on the patio there’s a table with two chairs. Aside from the panoramic window on one side of the cube, the micro living quarters don’t offer much else. So bring plenty to keep you warm at night. Washroom facilities are located nearby.
The micro-cube is available in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba for $90 a night between Aug. 12 and Oct. 10.
The one in Forillon National Park is available for $90 a night between Aug. 5 and Oct. 10.
Tiny home on wheels in Waterton Lakes National Park
This mini-home away from home is big enough to fit four people. Unlike the other unique accommodations being offered, this one has propane heating, a functional kitchen with a small fridge, two burner stoves and dishes and a toilet and shower. Bedding, pillow and toiletries are not included, however. There are two models available, one with a single loft and the other with two lofts.
The tiny homes in Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park are available for $160 a night, plus $11.70 reservation fee, between July 21 and Oct. 10.
All above photos courtesy Parks Canada