Hipcamp host Dave M.,
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Welcome to Yurtle by the pond. Nominated best Glamping structure in Canada.

Located on our beautiful 97-acre property, “Yurtle by the Pond” is a newly constructed glamping structure made from hemlock trees that were sustainably harvested from this forest.

The bunkie includes a small deck and awning with large windows. There is a futon pull-out bed, solar light, a


Welcome to Yurtle by the pond. Nominated best Glamping structure in Canada.

Located on our beautiful 97-acre property, “Yurtle by the Pond” is a newly constructed glamping structure made from hemlock trees that were sustainably harvested from this forest.

The bunkie includes a small deck and awning with large windows. There is a futon pull-out bed, solar light, and soft candle lighting. If you are bringing more than 2 guests, you must bring tents as the bunkie only comfortably fits 2 people (there is plenty of space to pitch your tent around the bunkie). The custom made wood stove heats Yurtle nicely and guests stay warm and cozy during the cold winter months.

The site can be accessed by a traditional car, no off-roading or 4-wheel drive vehicle is needed. We are a family-friendly (including pets!) campsite. Campfires are permitted and we have a picnic table for you and your group to enjoy your meals.

The property is a certified managed forest and is a bird watcher’s and nature lover’s paradise. We have miles of flat groomed trails and a 3-acre pond (plus several bush ponds). Humans do not live here. 

Shopping and all amenities are under 15 minutes away! The property is close to Georgian Bay for swimming, fishing, boating/sailing, paddling and beaches. We are also close to the cities of Orillia and Midland/Penetanguishene for dining, shopping, arts, and many historical sites. Historical sites include Fort Ste Marie Among the Hurons, War of 1812 British Naval Establishment, Kings Wharf Theatre, Martrys Shrine, Huronia Museum and more. 

Firewood is available for sale @ $7/bag of hardwood. Please DO NOT import/bring firewood, the risk of transferring an invasive insect is not worth it.  We are inclusive, tolerant and respectful of all campers and wildlife and expect the same behaviour from our guests.

Directions will be provided after booking. There has been much confusion with google maps for this site. Yurtle is in Tay Township not Tiny Township and I would be happy to help clarify any difficulties that may be encountered. 

I look forward to hosting you and peace be with you!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Dave a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Dozen eggs

Our own free range farm fresh brown eggs are available @ $5/doz

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The trails are flat and groomed and perfect for riders that like it nice and easy. More challenging areas are available for ri...Read more


Georgian Bay and her 30,000 islands are about 15 minutes away. World class boating and sailing


Can fish in the stocked pond and great fishing opportunities 10-15 minutes away in Georgian Bay

Off-roading (OHV)

Good trails are close for campers with gas burners.


The longest freshwater beach in the world, Wasaga Beach is about 30 minutes away. Plus many other beaches on Georgian Bay 15-20...Read more

Wildlife watching

The property is a great place to bird watch or observe other wildlife. A survey was conducted by a conservation association and...Read more

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Snow sports


Natural features you'll find at Yurtle by the Pond in Ontario.


Georgian Bay is a short drive away. Many beaches including: Wasaga Beach, Balm beach, Paradise Point and many more...


Mid sized savanna fields are good for seeing deer, turkey, and birds of prey

River, stream, or creek

Small creek feeds the pond from the upper ponds about nine months a year and flows into the Hogg River. The Wye, Sturgeon, and ...Read more


The property has over a dozen bush ponds and a small marsh that feed the main pond. Great for viewing turtles, frogs, ducks etc


Our hobby farm is one mile away. We have horses, goats, chickens and our pet pig Luna. Oh ya, 5 cats and the princess puppy Noelle


Horseback riding ranches are 3-5 minutes away


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Hipcamper Jason

An ode to noël

Jason R.
recommends this listing.
January 3rd, 2022

“Yurtle by the Pond” provided a refreshing and quaint setting for my friends and me to enjoy a two-night getaway over the winter holidays. The host, Dave, greeted us upon our arrival and gave us the lay of the land. He and his dog, Noël, were quite friendly, making periodic appearances over the course of the three days. Dave has extensive knowledge of the local environment and was very responsive if we needed anything (such as extra firewood). Two of us slept in the yurtle (sort of a small wood cabin) and one of us slept in the bus (an old repurposed school bus buried in the earth to serve as an extra shelter), both of which are heated by wood stoves. The temperature hovered around 0 degrees celsius outside, and we were able to stay pretty warm through the night with blankets and sleeping bags. It is worth mentioning that the outhouse is also very well constructed, and even contains a mirror -- thus enabling me to continue to look my best even at my most rugged!

Now, as promised, here is a poem:

An Ode to Noël

A charmed hemlock forest enchanted
by scurrying creatures who dance across
the pond, no ice broken.
Bangarangs be damned!

Owls wait in hiding.
Men search in vain.

A cheery exchange
among travelers who toil smiling
over smoked bats
and chopped wood.

We tread carefully, bed over bridge.
She fears nothing, chasing
squirrels over fragile
ice sheets.

-- I.T.

Hipcamper Dave
Response from Dave, the Host, on January 3rd, 2022

Well thanks for the awesome poem. I love meaningful poetry and I'm glad that you had a nice visit. Cheers

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Hipcamper Colleen
Colleen W.
recommends this listing.
December 28th, 2021

We visited the Yurtle in late December - the forest was quiet and peaceful. The Yurtle provided a cozy alternative to tenting. The full length window offered a great view of the surrounding forest. Dave was generous in sharing his appreciation of the land. He was very welcoming and accommodating.

Hipcamper Cindy

Best time !!

Cindy B.
recommends this listing.
November 13th, 2021

We had an excellent time at Yurtle by the pond!!
Our host Dave was the best! He met us upon arrival gave us a tour and got us settled in!! Dave is a huge environmentalist and takes great pride in his land and has admiral work ethics!! I was able to have a Chickadee eat from my hand 😀....Great hiking and the pond has much to discover!! We can hardly wait to go back....the Yurtle is warm and so cozy!! We met some goats and got lucky enough to have Dave share his military museum with us.....Props Dave thank and we will see you again soon...XO

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Hipcamper Kath

Cozy comfort with a view

Kath F.
recommends this listing.
November 1st, 2021

Dave is tireless in his efforts to perfect his beautiful property and keep it easily accessible to visitors. The Yurtle should be your number one choice, especially as the seasons change, because it's a perfectly built mini cabin where you can experience the comforts of shelter with no sacrifice of experiencing nature, mostly due to the beautiful floor to ceiling window. Dave is warm, welcoming, and proud of his property. Make sure to book here!

Keeping cozy as the autumn temperatures drop.Dave's land is sprawling, so he offers a map upon arrival for your own adventures.He made it a priority for lots of natural light to get in the cabin so here you see the back window.As you can see, being tucked away in the woods is so lovely, feels like backcountry camping with the ability to drive right to the door!
Hipcamper Scott

Must visit

Scott W.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2021

Very comfortable and cozy. Much better than a tent but room for a tent too. Private and quiet and peaceful in the forest.

Hipcamper Jeff

Great place lots to do

Jeff M.
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2021

Beautiful private property and great location close to Midland, sightseeing and restaurants etc. However if you’re like us and don’t want to leave the campground there’s plenty to do on site such as hiking trails and a large pond surrounded by acres of trees and wildlife. The underground bus was a trip. The wife loved the yurt and the best part was no tent to set up and take down and no worries about getting rained out. Highly recommend and we’ll be back next summer!


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