The 11 Best Glamping Sites in British Columbia
Sleep in a luxury glamping tent on the wooded shores of of Haida Gwaii | Courtesy of Glamping Hub
Otherworldly British Columbia
, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and Rocky Mountains, is home to some of the best landscapes Mother Nature has to offer. The snow-cloaked peaks are replete with buzzing ski resorts and the National Parks studded with numerous campsites. If you’re looking to swap the bright lights of Vancouver
for sun-dappled woodland but hesitant to give up modern luxuries, give glamping a go. Located throughout the region, these picturesque sites are the perfect way to dip your toe in the world of camping without going overboard.
Rustic Treehouse Hideaway for Two Near Shuswap Lake
This treehouse is straight from a fairytale, hidden away among the towering trunks of thick forest. Inside the lodge you’ll find a traditional wood burner heating the open-plan living space and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the surrounding greenery. The penthouse suite includes a double bed, with a first-floor reading nook where you can peer out of the prismatic window or take your pick from a stack of books. A barbecue grill sits on the elevated deck for idyllic dinners while a ping pong table, board games and Molkky equipment (a Finnish form of bowling) provide endless entertainment.
Handcrafted Log Cabin in the Monashee Mountains
This handcrafted cabin sits against a picture-perfect backdrop of pine trees and undulating mountains. The adjoining paddock (ideal if you want to bring your horse along), stacks of chopped wood and wooden furniture makes it feel as if you’ve stepped into an Old-Western film. Embrace the rural setting with a hike into the unspoilt landscape or stroll over to the nearby lake to make use of the complimentary kayaks and fish for rainbow trout. In the evenings you can watch the sunset from the porch or curl up inside by the wood burner.
Unique Solar-Powered Retro Caravan in British Columbia
A slice of retro luxury, this tiny house is a combination of classic caravan and a screened-in post and beam structure. The main area is set with chequerboard floors, 50s furnishings (including a double futon couch) and a travel-inspiring globe – all bathed in light through giant picture windows. In the caravan is a queen-size bed and booth-style seating. You can keep yourself occupied by unwinding in the wood-fired Finnish Sauna after a swim in the Shuswap River or cooling off in the outdoor shower after a hike through the Larch Hills.
Rustic Cabin for Nature Lovers on Cortes Island
Be immersed in nature with a stay in this rustic cabin that sleeps up to six. Hugged by dense forest on the shores of Cortes Island, the secluded deck is kitted out with loungers, a barbecue grill and a hot tub. Indulge in a spot of al fresco dining or soak away your stresses while looking out for deer, eagles and even sea lions along the tree-lined banks. In the chilly months, you can light a fire and cosy up by its warm glow or dig through the vintage chests for books and board games. If you’re hoping to explore the surrounding waterways, there are kayaks available too.
Beautiful Secluded Cabin in Kaslo
Sat in root-tangled woodland near Kootenay Lake, this cabin is a perfect chance to disconnect. There are no televisions or wifi, but a sun-dappled deck offers solitude for those looking to get lost in the pages of fiction or do some bird-watching. Inside is a bedroom and bathroom, including homely necessities like towels and bedding. The kitchen has an oven and fridge so you can stock up for long weekends and whip up meals to share on the dining table. Explore the spellbinding surroundings with a hike along the river trail before returning for marshmallows around the firepit.
Stunning Luxury Safari Tent in Halfmoon Bay
Found in a sprawl of crooked arbutus trees, these deluxe tents come with heated slate floors, muscle-soothing hydrotherapy tubs and propane fireplaces. They range from suites with private verandas and king-size beds to the secluded Premium Tenthouse set on the ocean shores, offering striking views of the Georgia Strait. The sanctuary-like site is connected by wooden walkways that wind through a canopy of trunks and branches – home to squirrels and other woodland creatures. There’s also a heated swimming pool and yoga sessions if you fancy some pampering.
Waterfront Log Cabin on the Edge of Oyama Lake
Perched on the banks of the cobalt Oyama Lake, this storybook cabin is a nature-lover’s dream. Inside, two people can sleep on the twin bunks and cook up basic meals on the stovetop of the kitchenette, equipped with all the utensils you’d need. For something heartier, you can make use of the communal barbecue. The cabin’s deck is a great spot to recline with a beer and watch as birds skim the rippling waters of the 800-acre volcanic lake. For the restless, there are numerous hiking and biking trails snaking through the nearby forest.
Glamping Tent with Hot Tub Access Near Revelstoke Mountain Resort
This rustic glamping tent is designed in lumberjack-style, with tartan bed covers, raw-wood furnishings and antler-shaped lamps on display. The insulated floors and electric heating gives you a cosy space to curl up on colder nights while toilets, sinks and showers are found in a separate communal washroom. Come mealtimes, you can eat in peace while admiring the craggy mountain peaks, thanks to the mosquito netted table keeping those pesky insects at bay. On clear nights, be sure to take advantage of the shared hot tub for a star-studded canopy.
Luxury Airstream Rental Near Surrey
Couples looking to get lost in Canada’s wilderness can start their adventure in this vintage airstream. Its retro shell hides a contemporary interior, featuring a kitchenette, a charcoal-grey dining booth and a bed big enough for two. The snug bathroom includes a shower and toilet while practical details such as a propane tank, an outdoor stove and camping chairs give you the means to dine al fresco. You’ll find plenty of campsites throughout BC, letting you set up for the day before hiking through labyrinthine forests or fishing in deep, glinting lakes.
Glamping Getaway on The Shores of Haida Gwaii
Caught up in a lush tangle of rainforest, these safari tents are just moments from golden sand dunes and quiet beaches. The site is ensconced in nature, with each tent connected by a timber boardwalk that also leads to a terrace and kitchen. Inside, the suites include queen-size beds, Turkish bathrobes, an ensuite toilet and an electric kettle for a morning cuppa. Watch the sunrise while reclining in a driftwood lounge chair on your private deck, before heading off to discover the untouched wilds and weather-beaten shores of magical Haida Gwaii.
Adorable Cabin Rental for Grizzly Bear Tours in Bella Coola
Backdropped by lofty forest and offering killer mountain views, this cabin is a picture-perfect hideaway. The rustic interior pair naturally-twisted cedar banisters (sourced from the fjords and beaches) with practical amenities like a microwave, coffee maker and electric stove. Enviably situated in what is known as the Great Bear Rainforest, you can search the trees for the hulking silhouettes of Grizzlies from the sundeck, book a bear-spotting tour or go fishing on the banks of the Bella Coola River. The site also frequently lights up a campfire so you can roast s’mores or recline by its heat for a spot of stargazing.
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These recommendations were updated on June 30, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.