About Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat
Ten years ago John and Nancy Corcoran decided that their lives needed a change of pace. They sold their dream home in Grafton and most of their possessions, bought a sailboat (learning how to sail in the process) and spent the next few years exploring the islands of The Bahamas. However, one of the few things they decided to hold onto was 200 acres of pristine wilderness in the heart of Northumberland County. The Corcoran’s first learned about the burgeoning trend of glamping or luxury camping in 2015, and immediately knew it would be the perfect fit for their property.
When designing and envisioning Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat the Corcoran’s aim was very simple: to create a place in which individuals could slow down and reconnect with family, friends and the great outdoors. Understanding that the traditional camping experience is not for everyone, Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat bridges the gap between camping and the desire for comfort, allowing individuals to experience the great outdoors in style and sophistication. A family endeavor, their daughter Jenna is helping them run and manage the business and their son Christopher, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, will be holding health retreats throughout the season.
John and Nancy Corcoran bring to Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat extensive experience in the hospitality sector. John and Nancy were key contributors to the renovation of Ste. Anne’s Inn and Spa in the 1980’s and ran it as a B&B before embarking on other business endeavors. After raising her children, Nancy returned to Ste. Anne’s Spa and was the Innkeeper for a number of years before moving to The Bahamas. Over the past few years, John and Nancy have been conducting charters on their 50-foot sailboat, sharing their passion for sea life and Bahamian living with their guests. Now, with Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat, they would like to share their love of the Canadian countryside and Northumberland County, and provide guests with a unique and unforgettable wilderness escape.
When designing and envisioning Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat our aim was very simple: We wanted to create a place in which individuals could slow down and reconnect with family, friends and the great outdoors. In today’s high-paced and technologically driven lifestyle, finding time to spend in the wilderness is becoming increasingly difficult. Yet now, more than ever, researchers are discovering just how important it is to remain connected to the natural world. However, we understand that the traditional camping experience is not for everyone. At Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat we bridge the gap between camping and the desire for comfort, allowing you to experience the great outdoors in style and sophistication.
A PLACE OF GATHERING AND CONNECTION
We believe that one of the most treasured aspects of the outdoor wilderness experience are the relationships forged and strengthened between fellow campers. From exchanging stories around a campfire to afternoon hiking adventures beneath the forest canopy, the wilderness has a captivating way of bringing individuals closer together. Our outdoor lodge-inspired Guest Pavilion and elegant Guest Lounge are the perfect locales to spend time with family & friends and to meet fellow glampers.
ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
At Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat we have made every endeavor to preserve and maintain the environmental and ecological integrity of the land. Our amenities and safari tents are strategically placed throughout the property to blend in with the natural landscape, and it is our aim to protect and preserve the natural beauty and habitat of the forest. We utilize alternative forms of energy throughout the campground (including solar panels and solar lanterns), green cleaning products, and eco-friendly toiletries.
A GREAT OUTDOORS FOR EVERYONE
Whether you are a seasoned hiker or new to the camping experience, at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat we have made it our goal to create an enjoyable and accessible camping experience for each and every guest. Experience the beauty and quietude of nature without the discomforts of traditional camping, in one of our luxury log-framed safari tents or Whisper Cabin. Our accommodations are artfully situated throughout the property to maximize your views and privacy.
FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED
We are a family owned and operated business and have called Northumberland County home for over 30 years. We look forward to sharing this rural retreat with our guests, and providing you with unparalleled hospitality and an unforgettable wilderness vacation.