Frequently Asked Questions

Luxury camping or glamping is a style of camping that includes hotel-style amenities in the wilderness, and is also referred to as boutique camping, posh camping, or comfy camping. It originated in Africa when wealthy travelers did not want to sacrifice comfort and luxury while partaking in African safaris. Glamping eventually spread throughout Europe and most recently to the West Coast of North America, where it has been extremely popular. Experience this novel travel trend for yourself at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat. Gourmet s’mores, luxurious safari tents, and outdoor hot tubs are just the beginning.
Our 2017 season begins in August. For following seasons we are expecting to be open from late May until mid-October (exact dates may vary).
Yes, each log-framed safari tent has a private washroom as does our Whisper Cabin. There are also washrooms located near The Watering Hole Guest Lounge & Bar and an outdoor shower at the Lagoon & Hot Spring.
At Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat we encourage you to embrace the outdoor dining experience. Every tent is outfitted with a mini-fridge, coffee maker/toaster oven unit, and an outdoor dining area with a BBQ. Whether you choose to bring your own food or purchase one of our gourmet BBQ Baskets, we believe you’ll enjoy preparing and eating your meals in the great outdoors.

Every morning we will provide you with a complimentary breakfast basket at your safari tent or Whisper Cabin, including homemade granola, seasonal fruit, and homemade baked good.

Yes, each tent has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water.
Yes, each tent is outfitted with a gas fireplace to keep your tent toasty on chilly nights.
While we certainly hope that you are blessed with sunny days during your stay at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat, we want you to know that rainy days have their special charm. Curl up in front of your own gas fireplace with a cozy blanket and a good book, or come spend the afternoon at The Watering Hole Guest Lounge & Bar, where you can meet fellow campers, enjoy craft beer from Northumberland County breweries and play some classic board games.

At Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat, the price of your room includes accommodation in either our elegant log-framed safari tents or rustic Whisper Cabin, use of amenities, complimentary breakfast and a complimentary glass of wine during Magic Hour. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price, however you can purchase a prepared BBQ Basket for an additional cost.
Whispering Springs is located just 1.5 hours east of Toronto.
Yes, children are more than welcome at Whispering Springs Luxury Wilderness Retreat. Our luxury safari tents comfortably accommodate two individuals, so for groups larger than two we recommend the Whisper Cabin, which can comfortably accommodate up to 4 individuals.

The quaint villages of Colborne and Grafton are less than 10 minutes away from Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat.
No, we do not have RV hookups on the property and our zoning does not permit guests to bring their own tents.
Cellular reception isn’t the strongest in this little corner of the countryside. Depending on your service provider you may not be well connected with the outside world during your stay at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat (we like to think of it as a digital detox). We do however offer complimentary wifi to our guests at The Watering Hole Guest Lounge & Bar.
There is a small camp store located in The Watering Hole Guest Lounge & Bar, where you can find healthy trail snacks, souvenirs, and glamping goodies. If you are in need of a more specific item or a larger store, the villages of Grafton and Colborne are a short drive away.

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