Why stay in a regular hotel when you can stay in a tree house? How about a suspended loft above a lake or a yurt next to howling wolves?
All of these places provide a wonderful night’s sleep, plus a few fun excursions to enjoy during the day. And they are all in the breathtaking country of Canada.
Between the mountainous scenery, alpine lakes and action sports (plus some of the friendliest people you’ll meet), Canada should be on your “next big trip” list. These places to stay will make your adventure even more memorable.
Cabins, Aventuraid, QuebecImagine waking up to the howls of wolves, then popping up in your bed to see them just outside your window. At Aventuraid in Quebec, which has three enclosures with three packs of gray and arctic wolves, there are cabins right next to the enclosures, along with a traditional-style yurt.
During your stay, you can also interact with the wolves with Aventuraid’s Wolf Experience. This lets you enter the enclosure of one pack to observe, pet and even get some wolf licks. During the winter, enjoy a dogsled excursion; during the summer, explore the lands and lakes by canoe.
Village Sur Lac Roberval, QuebecTake tiny-house living to the extreme at the Village Sur Lac Roberval — the extreme cold, that is. Every winter, once the 407-square-mile Lac Saint Jean freezes over, the tiny houses move in to make their own community that surrounds a kilometer-long ice rink.
Near the end of February, you can catch the finish of the 18-mile fat-bike race across the lake nearby — or even give it a try yourself.
Rustic Cabin, Bella Coola, British ColumbiaThe log cabins at BC Grizzly Tours are nestled in the valley of Bella Coola, but you won’t find yourself staying inside for too long. The area boasts plenty of adventures to check out.
Enjoy rafting and grizzly viewing on the Bella Coola or Atnarko rivers, heli hike the local trails, which offer spectacular views of Mount Saugstad, or trek into the backcountry for even more remote wilderness.
Floating Loft, Equinox Aventure, QuebecThe quaint floating iLoft on Lac Saint Jean has a see-through dome to let guests fully experience the lake and its miraculous sunsets and nighttime stars.
The best way to get there? By kayak. Equinox Aventure offers two-day, one-night excursions where you can paddle to numerous beaches along the islands.
Train car, Royal Canadian Pacific, AlbertaThere might be no better way to see the vast terrain that the Canadian Rockies has to offer. The luxury Royal Canadian Rockies Experience is a seven-day, six-night trip that takes you to Lake Louise, Banff, Crowsnest Pass and Frank Slide.
Another train experience includes the Royal Fly-Fishing Adventure, with tour highlights such as Columbia Valley and Yoho National Park.