Yurts as a Holiday Option
Yurt holidays are a great option for people who want a little more comfort in their camping experience. Imagine waking up refreshed: no sore back from constant stooping or sleeping on a cold, hard ground. Yurts are especially attractive if you are travelling with young children, camping in winter - or otherwise poor weather - or you’re just a “high-maintenance” camper that prefers not to rough it too much.
What Exactly is a Yurt
Yurts are heavy-duty tent-like abodes that originated in Mongolia and central Asia where they still commonly serve as year-round dwelling. Their basic construction is a cylindrical skeleton supporting a conical roof, covered in felt, animal skin, or fabric. The yurt has been adapted in Canada and the U.S. mostly as recreational accommodation at campgrounds and public parks. For the most part, they have electricity, flooring, furniture and a means by which to cook. Most sleep 4 to 6 people and cost more than a campsite, but less than a lodge. Exceptions apply where yurt rentals may range between Cdn$200 and $400.
Yurts in Canada
Yurts in Canada are increasing in popularity and are particularly prevalent in British Columbia. Yurts are also increasing in numbers in Ontario and Quebec. Check your favourite provincial or national park online or call to see if yurts are available. Book early – reservations for such cushy camping accommodation fill quickly.
-Yurts in British Columbia:
British Columbia offers yurts at numerous locations province-wide, including at three provincial parks in scenic lakeside locations. These yurts cost $65 per yurt and accommodate four people. Go to BC Parks for further information.
More BC Yurts:
- Riverbend Inn on Vancouver Island
- Soule Creek Lodge, Port Renfrew
- Douglas Lake Ranch - Particularly nice yurts in the BC interior, 3½ hours from Vancouver
- Fortress Lake Retreat - Remote, but stunning location on the border of the BC and Alberta Rocky Mountains.
-Yurts in Ontario:
Ontario Parks has introduced yurts at a number of their locations, including provincial treasure, Algonquin Park. These 16-ft in diameter canvas-covered shelters sit up off the ground and feature many conveniences. Rates for 2010 are $85 per night per yurt.
-Yurts in Quebec:
-Yurts in Cape Breton: