Forest camping in Ontario with campfires

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WÄRME Sauna Cabin: Couples Retreat

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Tottenham, Simcoe
Check into a Spa Cabin - a SPOT TO RETREAT to relax and endure downtime : by yourself, a romantic stay to connect, or two close friends who are looking for quality time 'away from it all' - enjoy the benefits oF sauna/spa culture or use our spot as an off grid tiny cabin (with power & camper style outside cook space or restaurants to order from nearby). Queen bed. Bedding supplied. Mini fridge inside cabin. No oven/microwave. Bbq, toaster, electric cooktop, water, tea, coffee. Cutlery, plates bbq utensils supplied. Upon request/availability we welcome you with a meditative sound bath using crystal sound bowls - grounding, centring, calming the thinking mind among the panoramic view. We then hand you a plush spa robe. Provided in the cabin Facial supplies (exfoliate, cleanse, nourish ), body scrubs, massage oils, and hotel quality spa linens to name a few. This is an experientail stay, a small cabin heated by a wood burning stove - & a large 8 person sauna aside from the cabin lounge space & Queen size bed... Dip in the outside Hot tub on a covered deck looking into Scenic hills surrounded by 100’s of farm land - think your favorite Ontario spa's with no crowds. The 2 acre property is full of evergreens; fire pits, yoga gazebo, sun decks star gazing and restautants nearby for a date night. We encourage guests to explore . Horse stables, nature trails, farmland spot to buy fresh honey, eggs nearby. Or if you just want to listen to music, journal, read a book, watch birds ; & reflect on life - the high vibrational energy of the lands are sure to tap into your inner peace. Must be comfortable operating & starting a fire. If this is of interest, message and let us create an unforgettable experience for you!
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Simple Cabin in town

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Haliburton Village, Haliburton
Open space, including kitchen, comfy bed, couch and wood stove. There is an outhouse and spring water is provided for drinking, wash up and rinsing (no running water) Basic cooking utensils, small fridge, hot plate, coffee press and kettle. The cabin is in town, there are neighbors and general sounds of town. - 2 min drive to Main street-shops, cafes, pub, lake access, ice skating - 5 min drive to cross country ski trails, snowshoe trails and a sculpture forest - 15 min drive to ski hill and water spa There is a cedar sauna on the property you are welcome to use during your stay. Along with a simple outdoor / off grid shower for rinsing. Parking is on the street in front of the cabin. Please keep tight to the right for the snowplow and neighbors to get by.
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Dragonfly Ridge Rescue Farm

4 sites · Lodging98 acres · Peterborough
Dragonfly Ridge is a 98 acre farm. Our pretty cabins are perfect for folks to enjoy some glamping in the country, on the farm surrounded by friendly animals.  You can arrange to have a tour of the farm and hang out with donkeys, mini horses, llamas, alpacas, pigs, bunnies, sheep, goats, peacocks, ducks and chickens.  We have a lovely pond, and acres of forest you can explore.  Our farm is on a quiet country road where you can take a walk and enjoy the peace and quiet and connect with nature and one another without the distractions of wifi, street noises or city lights. We are within minutes of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park with all there is to see and do there, such as hiking, paddling, exploring, swimming.  We have a fire pit where you can enjoy a spectacular night sky unimpeded by any other lights. The cabin has electricity, lights, electric fireplace for heat. In the cabin we have a double bed, a table and 2 chairs, a two-burner stove with oven, a washing up station. Fall asleep listening to owls call and wolves howling in the distance.  Wake to the sounds of the animals on the farm, you may even be able to arrange to gather your own eggs for breakfast! We are confident you won't want to leave the farm, but in case you choose to explore beyond our 98 acres there is lots to still see and do within only a short drive. We are located close to Buckhorn, where you can explore more lakes, pick your own berries or visit pumpkin patches, pick up groceries or enjoy the restaurants in Buckhorn.  Also, in nearby Bobcaygeon you can find world-class shopping and dining, parks, beaches, festivals, a heritage village, and even more lakes. One hour north of us is Haliburton, with the Haliburton Forest and Wolf visitation Centre, Sir Sam's ski resort, shops and restaurants, and Sir Sandford Fleming's college of Fine Arts. Lakefield is only 35 minutes away offering shopping, a world famous literary festival, fine dining, and antique shows most weekends. Trent University is only 40 minutes south, in Peterborough where you can watch Peterborough Petes play hockey, attend free music festivals in the summer months, experience the best restaurants around, shop, see a movie, watch the boats in the Lift Locks, a World Heritage, visit the canoe museum, skate on the canal, and much more.
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Deer Lake Wilderness Retreat

3 sites · Lodging10 acres · Burk's Falls, Parry Sound
Deer Lake Wilderness Retreat is the perfect place to relax in nature, reflect on life and restore your soul. It is located on 10.5 acres in the Almaguin Highlands, an all season getaway three hours north of Toronto. The sites at Deer Lake Wilderness Retreat are the perfect combination of camping and rustic luxury. There is a small cabin, a geodome and a bell tent with future plans for a safari tent as well. There is communal space in the charming barn that has a kitchenette, farmhouse table and sofas for all of my guests to retreat to when the weather outside is cold or rainy. The vision going forward is for Deer Lake Wilderness Retreat to become a community where people can come together for workshops and a sense of community. If you have any ideas for a workshop please forward your ideas to me.
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Natures Acres

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents39 acres · Mount Forest, Grey
A perfect place to escape and rejuvenate the soul! Our beautiful 39-acre property consists of hard and softwood forests, open meadows for activities, and flat and grassy fields. Whether you're camping with your family or with a group of friends, this remote and private property is the perfect destination for a vacation retreat. There are plenty of trails surrounding the property where one can enjoy connecting with the sights and sounds of nature. Plenty of different bird species, rabbits, deer and wild turkeys abound and often on summer nights around the campfire you can hear the howl of the coyotes. This is a beautiful, tranquil piece of paradise, very private and fantastic for stargazing. We also have a couple goats, pot bellied pigs and chickens on the property. Guests can help themselves to the farm fresh eggs when on site camping. Whether you’re bringing an RV or a tent, we have the perfect campsite for you! We look forward to hosting you and welcoming you to our little piece of paradise.
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Edges Sideroad Springs

6 sites · Lodging, Tents65 acres · West Grey, Grey
We have owned the property for 19 years. The camping area was once a gravel pit which was rehabilitated in 2020. There is agricultural land that is farmed in the summer as well we host bees at that back of the property . A unique feature on the property is a natural spring that bubbles up and feeds the two streams on the property.
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The Supernova Glamp Camp

1 site · Lodging13 acres · Marlbank, Hastings
The Supernova Glamp Camp and Dark Sky is located in Magical Marlbank. Situated on our 13 acre property consisting of rolling hills, a treed forest and a beaver manned creek. Blending luxurious amenities with a rustic vibe. Our Tipi has a queen size bed with lots of cozy blankets, a smokeless Solo fire pit to keep you warm on cold nights. Taking Hygge to new levels. We have a Scandanavian wood fired private sauna with a panoramic window overlooking the creek. A cute outhouse, a Joolca hot water outdoor shower, fully equipped outdoor kitchen and fire pit. We have an EcoFlow charging station and Starlink to keep your experience illuminated and to keep you connected. This is an inclusive couples only experience. Bring your lover, your best friend or your adult kid. Get connected with nature, your loved one and yourself. There are many experiences to enjoy. Quaint little towns and villages nearby. We are a short drive to the hip Prince Edward County with its dining and wineries. Places nearby to kayak and caves to explore, Our property is a haven for wildlife and many species of birds and has a beautiful dark sky. If you are lucky you may see one of the resident deer that sanctuary on the property. At the end of the road is a fantastic ATV /bike/hike trails. Staying in the tipi is a magical experience that will bring you back in time. Star gaze, forest bathe, detox in the sauna, catch up on the book you're reading in our Nakie hammock for 2. We will be offering at additional cost breakfast in bed and our version of a night time turn down service including a bedtime foot soak with marl clay, himalayan salt and lavender. Complimentary fresh flowers from the flower farm up the road when available and farm fresh eggs. We can offer romantic engagement packages. We look forward to sharing our enchanted property with you. Photo credit:
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The Woodzzz

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Haliburton, Haliburton
Among the thick forest of the Haliburton highlands lies a very tranquil, quiet and still place. The area although rugged and pristine offers many activities for all to enjoy such as hiking/biking/boating/kayaking/beaching etc. To escape the calm environment its only 15 minutes to the quaint village of Haliburton where you can find farmers markets, shops, restaurants and art. The Woodzzz was made for those that enjoy the outdoors and are needing a gentle reminder of what little we need to enjoy the life we live! 
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The Pinecone

1 site · Lodging40 acres · Simcoe, Haldimand Norfolk
The perfect secluded countryside getaway for solos, couple or friends. Everything you'll need and nothing you don't, including comfy bed, a beautiful view, outhouse and the great outdoors. Get in touch with nature and wildlife as you wander through the trails and 40 acre forested area. Sleeping loft accessible by ladder comfortably sleeps 2. You'll have an outdoor fire pit, picnic table and 2 grills (we have lots of wood but you can bring your own charcoal). Enjoy watching the starts at night by the fire and visits from the abundant wildlife. Dog friendly!!
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River Rock Farm Campbellville

7 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Milton, Halton
Nestled conveniently between Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo, and Hamilton on the Niagara Escarpment, visitors to River Rock Farm find joy and connection through nature and the wonders of 16 Mile Creek running through the property! The property is virtually bugless! Proud to have been voted runner up for best tenting site in Canada for 2023! There are 6 unique private campsites about an acre away from each other. All have picnic tables, seating and a private firepit. #1 - Is at the top of a hill, looking down onto 16 Mile Creek in a heavily forested setting, and can accommodate an RV up to 25 feet. A rustic cabin upgrade with a bed can be purchased as well. #2 - Is one acre away in the opposite secluded corner of the same field. Your group will have maximum privacy. No Hydro line but you can borrow an ac/dc adapter to hook onto your car battery or charge anything at the barn. #3 - Is right beside the river which is a 4 minute walk down the hill from car parking. No Hydro. #4 - Front field on top of a hill directly overlooking 16 mile creek. Hydro available. #5 - Back field corner. This is beside a storage shelter. Hydro available. #6 - Front field Shelter site. On the side of an open field. No hydro line but an AC adapter is available free to use which can be connected to your car battery, or you can charge devices etc. in the barn outlet. There is one shared outhouse and clean potable drinking water from a hose and frost free spigot. Firewood can be purchased on site and a free loaner badminton and croquet set and axe is available. On our property, you’ll find beautiful walking trails to enjoy throughout your stay and 16 Mile Creek that flows through the property where you can spend your days fishing and relaxing in the hammock. Kelso Lake back entrance for swimming is a 5 minute walk down the road. ATTRACTIONS near by: Hilton Falls is a 5 min. walk up the road, and Kelso Lavender Farm is directly across the road. Several Bruce Trail entrances for hiking are very close by as well. Rattlesnake Point conservation area and is a 5 minute drive south on Appleby with Rock climbing and scenic views and the legendary Crawford Lake is 10 minutes by car. Springridge Farm and Chudleighs Apple Farm are a 5 minute drive away as well. There are no farm animals currently - pictures posted by campers were from last year) Campbellville is a small quaint town a 5 minute drive from the farm with fantastic restaurants and a very good local grocery store. Check out all that is local and nearby at the following link: Noise from a few reviews explained: Yes, the highway is close by. The range is anywhere from barely audible to very noticeable and it is generally dependent upon atmospheric conditions and wind direction on any given day. Detailed arrival instructions are sent out 48 hours prior to arrival. Campers with dogs: I do have a very well behaved Shepherd who gets along with all dogs and is usually outside only when I am.
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Georgian Bay Getaway!

38 sites · Lodging100 acres · Clearview, Simcoe
Situated in the middle of a Recreation Hotspot! Our site is within 5 minutes of paddling the Nottawasaga River, 10 minutes to hiking the Bruce, 5 minutes to the world's largest freshwater beach, and within 30 minutes of cycling, amazing motorcycle routes, rock climbing, caving, geocaching, cider/wine tours, and more! We are the perfect basecamp for everything the Georgian Bay area has to offer We have 100 acres of forest and field. Choose from either two tent sites that are set amidst the forest, close to a babbling creek that runs through the property or 2 bunkies for more of a glamping experience. There are two outdoor camping toilets on-site. Campfires are permitted (within local regulation) in the fire-pits provided. Well-behaved pets on leash are welcome. We ask that you Leave no trace and bring out what you bring in. We look forward to hosting you! CLICK THE PICTURES BELOW TO BOOK YOUR SITE
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Erie View Glamping

1 site · Lodging40 acres · Port Stanley, Elgin
Erieview glamping has geodomes nestled in a carolinian forest with the views of lake Erie! The perfect spot to connect with nature and absorb the energy of the earth! Peacefully enjoy a fire on the beach & gaze at the stars! Open all year round so you can enjoy your favorite seasons of Southern Ontario,Canada *New Dome site opening august if you would like to book both domes for friends or family getaway for more information for booking please contact :)
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Forest camping in Ontario with campfires guide

Camping in Ontario is all about lakes and forests, with easy access to nature in the province’s national and provincial parks, wine-making regions, and lakeside cottage communities. Though home to Canada’s national capital, (Ottawa), its largest city (Toronto), and its most popular tourist attraction (Niagara Falls), Ontario’s location bordering four of the five Great Lakes means sandy beaches, thousands of islands, remote canoe routes, and miles of wooded trails to explore. The province’s peak outdoor season runs from May to October before the area settles into dramatic autumn foliage and snowy winters.

Georgian Bay

Two of Ontario’s national parks, Bruce Peninsula and Georgian Bay Islands, as well as the Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area, are located along the Georgian Bay section of Lake Huron, northwest of Toronto. Other area highlights include Killarney and Killbear provincial parks, known for hiking and camping, and Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island, where several indigenous communities welcome visitors interested in learning about their cultures.

Northwestern Ontario

This immense region follows the shores of Lake Superior and stretches north through the deep woods to Hudson Bay. From the gateway cities of Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, campers can explore remote Pukaskwa National Park, as well as Sleeping Giant and Lake Superior provincial parks along the shores of the largest Great Lake.

Eastern Ontario

East of Toronto and hugging Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County is popular among campers and glampers who love good food or want to laze on the beaches and sand dunes of Sandbanks Provincial Park. Continuing east along the St. Lawrence River (which divides Canada from the United States), you can paddle from island to island or set up camp in Thousand Islands National Park. Major cities in eastern Ontario are Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, and Kingston, where the Rideau Canal meets the St. Lawrence.

Southwestern Ontario

Ontario’s southwest corner borders both Lake Erie and Lake Huron, between Toronto and Detroit. You can visit Canada’s southernmost point in Point Pelee National Park and tour the small wineries that cluster around the towns of Kingsville and Leamington. The popular beaches and campsites of Pinery Provincial Park are along Lake Huron’s southern shore.

Central Ontario

Encompassing the city of Toronto, Rouge National Urban Park, the Niagara region, and the Muskoka Lakes—known as Ontario’s “cottage country”—Central Ontario also includes Algonquin Provincial Park, one of Ontario’s most popular canoe camping areas, and Bon Echo Provincial Park, where more than 250 indigenous pictographs are preserved on rocky cliffs.

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