Let’s face it, we all like a little bit of comfort and luxury in our lives. Whether it’s a cozy bed, running water, or simply the ability to charge one’s smartphone, everyone has their own specific standards of comfort and convenience. It is for this reason that many individuals often forgo the camping experience, choosing B&Bs, boutique hotels and resorts over an outdoor wilderness getaway. However, if you have been paying attention to travel trends over the past few years, chances are you have heard of the burgeoning trend of ‘glamping’.
Glamping, or luxury camping, has been gaining popularity and momentum throughout Europe and the western coasts of Canada and the US, and has only recently arrived in Southern Ontario. This novel travel trend allows individuals to explore and reconnect with the great outdoors, without forfeiting those creature comforts that we’ve all become so accustomed to.
How many times have you returned from a weekend camping trip to feel a little worse for wear? Glamping, on the other hand, allows you to enjoy and embrace the quintessential camping experience – without the discomforts of traditional camping. Say goodbye to cumbersome camping gear, flimsy tents, and nights spent sleeping on rough terrain (no offense to all those hardcore campers out there – kudos to you and much respect). On a glamping getaway, you can enjoy nights spent snuggled up around the campfire exchanging stories and making s’mores and afternoons hiking under the forest canopy, all with the added luxury of log-framed safari tents, king-size beds, and ensuite washrooms. Glamping is for those who like a little luxury with their outdoor adventure. It’s also the perfect way to introduce the great outdoors to those who have never camped before and are new to the outdoor wilderness experience.
Autumn camping vs fall glamping
Autumn camping provides a bit of a conundrum to the average comfort-seeking vacationer. With the vibrant skies and stunning fall foliage, the beauty of nature in the autumn months is unparalleled, particularly throughout Southern Ontario. However, camping during the autumn provides its own unique set of challenges, foremost of which include chilly nights in a sleeping bag and frigid lake showers. With in-room heaters, soaker tubs & plush robes, glamping allows you to stay warm and cozy in the great outdoors, while still fully embracing the fall camping experience. At Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat this includes savouring local apple cider or hot chocolate around the campfire, observing the stunning fall colours on our forest trails, and playing board games by the fireplace at The Watering Hole Guest Lounge & Bar.
Ultimately, luxury camping allows a larger demographic of Canadians to easily escape the city and reconnect with the natural world that exists beyond the concrete jungle – and hopefully, in the process gain a deeper appreciation of nature and our exquisite Canadian countryside. So whether glamping is a stepping-stone in your pursuit of becoming a true outdoor adventurer, or your preferred way to experience the great outdoors, one thing is certain – it is the cool fall travel trend you need to try.