Unique Ways to Camp in Canada's National Parks

May 30, 2018

Claudia Laroye, travel writer and editor of The Travelling Mom, shares four unique ways to camp in the great outdoors. You can follow Claudia on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

An overnight stay in Canada’s National Parks is an unforgettable way to experience the great outdoors. Even if your family has never been camping, Parks Canada has made it easy for everyone to enjoy a unique camping experience in Canada’s National Parks.

1. There’s no need to set up a tent when you can reserve a stay inside the Goutte d’O (pictured, top) -- a structure that resembles a water droplet -- at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy experiences the world’s highest tides, so a night within this bright blue structure is in keeping with its natural surroundings.

2. The suspended Cocoon Tree Bed is a restful place after a day of hiking on the world-famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The pod is anchored in the trees, allowing for a gentle sway from the ocean breezes at Ingonish Beach.

3. Semi-permanent yurts dot the shores of Cyprus Lake in Bruce Peninsula National Park. These are modern versions of the traditional dwelling used by the nomads of Central Asia. Yurts are roomy and comfortable for families of four, and have skylights to observe the stars in this Dark Sky Preserve.

4. The oTENTik in Banff National Park is a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent, mounted on a raised wooden floor.

Credit: Parks Canada

This ready-to-camp site requires no setup by families who prefer sleeping in the comfort of a bed rather than on the ground. Think of it as a rustic glamping experience.

No matter how you choose to explore Canada’s National Parks, there’s a unique camping experience waiting for your family.

Bonus Tip: Parks Canada is celebrating the nation’s 150th anniversary by offering visitors free access to hundreds of National Parks and Historic Sites across the country. The free Discovery Pass can be ordered online and will be mailed to you. Camping and reservation fees are not included and must be booked separately.

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