This September (2022), I joined host Tracy Moore on Cityline—North America’s longest-running daytime talk show for women—where I share some unique accommodations to check out (—er, check in to!) across Canada!
Unique Accommodations Across Canada
Segment originally aired September 13, 2022
Alberta – Glamp Good Geodomes
Glamour camping yurts or circular tents have been popular for some time but now we’re seeing a lot more of these Instagrammable geodome accommodations popping up across Canada—like in Alberta at Glamp Good—who offer a few different dome options that lets you to sleep under the stars in the Boreal Forest of Alberta.
Glamp Good geodomes are named after trees found in the province (Spruce, Aspen, Tamarack) and are solar powered.
This was actually a pandemic project for Mandy and Simon, the lovely couple who own the geodomes. They now have guests booking from across North America!
Glamp Good is an all season Glamp site so imagine staying in the area surrounded by snow too! Just magical.
Glamping is basically camping but a bit more comfortable or glamorous! And something that’s always frustrated me about most glamping spots is that many aren’t pet-friendly, but Glamp Good is!
In fact, Glamp Good is Alberta’s #1 pet friendly glamping accommodation and the majority of guests do bring their pets to enjoy this forested getaway.
B.C. – Free Spirit Spheres (Treehouses)
Did you know there are lots of different treehouse accommodations in British Columbia? It makes sense because about 64% o the province is forested!
Free Spirit Spheres are the most unique of these treehouse accommodations. These houses are spheres that suspended from trees on Vancouver Island.
The company is the first and only manufacturer for spherical treehouses in the world! Their spheres have multiple windows so you get some great views of the forest from up high. And the whole stay is pretty much an adventure—you actually have to cross little bridges or climb sets of stairs to get to these hovering accommodations. It’s definitely unique.
Manitoba – Off-Grid Viking Cabin on the Lake
You’ll find a completely off-grid, A-frame glamping cabin that sits right on a beach in Riverton, Manitoba, designed to pay homage to Viking camps.
Manitoba is one of the best places to catch Northern Lights in Canada including at this accommodation.
As it’s off-grid, there isn’t any running water or a flushing toilet—so while it’s super cute it’s also quite a specific experience (lol).
The entire cabin is powered by solar panels and a battery too so it tries to leave no environmental footprint.
You get an up close view of the lake from 3 sides of the cabin. It’s super secluded, cozy, and glamorous!
Quebec – Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace)
Quebec is home to the first and only true ice hotel in all of North America—Hotel de Glace, which literally translates to Ice Hotel.
This unique hotel is is built with 2,300 blocks of ice and 15,000 tons of snow and although the exterior looks cold, each ice room does come with a fireplace inside!
You should still plan to bring layers of clothes to stay cozy in your sleeping bags though.
Your stay at the Ice Hotel includes access to a Nordic hot tub and sauna under the stars, and a beautiful ice skating path.
Newfoundland & Labrador – Fogo Island Inn
On the east coast of Canada there’s a 43,000 square foot inn that sits on stilts along the North Atlantic coastline on Fogo Island, one of the islands of Newfoundland and Labrador.
This is the famed Fogo Island Inn. The hotel’s stilts are a nod to traditional outpost fishing stages, and are seen in many buildings on Fogo Island because of its rocky landscape.
All of the Inns rooms were created using only natural materials like wood, wool, cotton, and linen so the only plastic in the guest rooms is a telephone. It’s also sound proof to ensure the only sound you hear is ocean waves. How cool!
And this is my favourite part about the Inn (aside from its super Instagrammable look and location lol), is that 80% of ingredients used in the Inn’s restaurants are fished, farmed, hunted, or harvested from Fogo Island itself. So neat!