See inside a Norfolk County glamping retreat where guests stay in “camping pods”

See inside a Norfolk County glamping retreat where guests stay in “camping pods”

The great outdoors is even greater when you’re bunking at one of Ontario’s plushest glamping getaways

Photographs courtesy of Long Point

How much: From $89 per night
Where: 1730 Front Rd., St. Williams,
Travel time from Toronto: Two hours

Mike McArthur and Dave Pond are obsessive mountain bikers who originally bought their Norfolk County property because of its impressive trail potential. Over the past decade, they’ve developed more than 75 kilometres of trail, constructed a two-and-a-half-hour zip-lining tour and built dozens of wilderness suites to pamper their trail-beaten guests. The most basic option is the camping pod, a pine dome that looks like a hobbit hole, with quilt-topped twin beds, no electricity or running water, and a rustic communal bathroom and shower. The palatial canvas safari tents offer a swankier experience, with king-size beds, heated blankets, free Wi-Fi and indoor plumbing. Breakfast is included, so guests can fuel up on local eggs and homemade sausages before busying themselves with activities—and there are a lot, including axe-throwing competitions and kayaking treks along Big Creek. At night, they can stargaze in the observatory, take painting classes or sip an Ontario pinot across the road at Burning Kiln Winery.

Here’s one of the pods:

The wilderness suites have running water and mini-fridges:

And here’s a guy getting in touch with his inner lumberjack:

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