The woods are supposed to be romantic. Our collective national identity depends on it. Remember those youthful summers at camp, where we learned how to do the J-stroke (and how to make out)? Or the northern lights? Or those Coureur de Bois Heritage Moment commercials? For urbanites whose idea of roughing it is ordering rare venison at a restaurant or looking in the windows of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Mother Nature can be a hard sell. But glamour and camping don’t have to be mutually exclusive—there’s a host of products available to make the woods just a little bit friendlier. What follows is an urbanist’s guide to not roughing it in the bush.
WHERE TO GO: When you prefer not to lift a finger (or dirty your new gear)
This is as luxe as camping gets: king-size beds on barnboard flooring and hot showers in private bathrooms. $179/night.
Campers sleep in wood-framed canvas cabins (with cozy linens and feather duvets), eat chef-prepared meals and practise yoga. $229/night.
Misabi Adventure Company
Guides lead canoe trips, set up tents and cook customized meals using local, organic ingredients. From $200/night.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
The campsites are great (especially the views from 228, 229, 232 and 233), but for a more pampered experience, ditch the tent and rent a yurt. They come with a deck and full-size beds (though no personal chef). $120/yurt.
This one’s far, but worth it. Eat outside, on tablecloths, with good wine in real glassware. Sleep in well-appointed tents that could be mistaken for hotel suites. And be otherwise in the middle of absolutely nowhere. From $250/night.