Hipcamp host Alycin H.,
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Nominated as one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2022.  

This beautiful primitive campsite includes the use of a one room cabin with a screened-in porch, facing one of our natural wildlife ponds in our private Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary. You will be the only people camping on our property. Put up your tent or set up your own cot in the cabin for sleeping. While campin


Nominated as one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2022.  

This beautiful primitive campsite includes the use of a one room cabin with a screened-in porch, facing one of our natural wildlife ponds in our private Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary. You will be the only people camping on our property. Put up your tent or set up your own cot in the cabin for sleeping. While camping you may see deer, wild turkey, foxes, a variety of water fowl and migratory birds. 

Many artists and writers have been inspired to create here. A Great Blue heron, muskrats, frogs and snapping turtles live in the pond in front of your campsite. (It is a wildlife habitat pond - not a swimming pond.)  

At night you may hear coyotes call. Camping here is a real nature experience. Children must be supervised at all times. 

There are lawn chairs, a round wooden table and a fire pit in addition to the cabin that you may use at the site. You will also have access to our 100 acres of wooded, hilly, hiking trails.  There is no electricity, drinking water or tap water at your primitive campsite. Drinking water is available in our "Hipcamp Extras".  Non-potable water is available for free at the barn. For firewood please help yourself to the many fallen branches on the ground in the forest near your campsite. You will be the only people using the primitive composting pit outhouse. 

We live a secluded 15 minute walk away from your campsite, in a house near the barn, where you will park your car. You will carry your camping gear on a 10 minute hike, down a big hill from your car to your campsite/cabin. Pack for a portage.  

Our Organic farm/wildlife sanctuary is located just 15 minutes from Stratford and St. Marys, Ontario. St Marys has a great swimming quarry and Lakeside Resort which is just 7 km away is a good place to take children swimming. Wildwood Lake Conservation Area and the Harrington Mill Pond Conservation Area are just down the road from us. We are a 5 minute drive from Happy Hills Resort. Embro's Stonehaven Golf Course is a 10 minute drive. Lake Huron which has great beaches is about a 55 minute drive away. 

Profits go toward maintaining our native wildlife habitat sanctuary. We are private property and not a public campground. Membership, location and directions will be disclosed upon booking. If you have any questions please feel free to message us.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Hike in
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Alycin a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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4 Liters of Drinking water

We will leave the drinking water for you at your campsite.

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


We have trails you can bike on as well as nearby country roads.


Wildwood Conservation Area lake is just a few Kilometers North of us for boating.


You may fish at Wildlife Conservation Area which is just North of us.


We have 100 acres of private hiking trail for your use. There are also hiking trails at the nearby Wildwood Conservations Area.


Wildwood Conservation Area has a huge lake a few kilometers North of us where you may kayak and canoe.


Our pond is a wildlife pond with duckweed. It is not a swimming pond, but there is a great swimming Quarry in St. Marys 15 minu...Read more

Wildlife watching

From you campsite you may see a great variety of wildlife - wild turkeys, a variety of wild waterfowl, geese, fox, coyote, deer...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Private Forest by a Wildlife Pond in Ontario.


We have 75 acres of forest on our land.


There is a wildlife pond in front of your camping area. Wildwood Conservation Area Lake and Harrington Conservation Area pond a...Read more


We have several acres of organic farm fields.

River, stream, or creek

The pond in front of you campsite turns into a creek.


We have several protected wetlands on our property.


We are both a wildlife habitat sanctuary and an organic farm. We usually rotate growing organic wheat, hay, corn and soybeans i...Read more


You cannot see our house from the road. Follow the driveway in from the road and park your car in the designated area near the ...Read more

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Hipcamper Hilary

Well worth it

Hilary A.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

The place definitely has its charms! It was just what we needed for a weekend away. It was incredibly private. It was handy to have the cabin to store food and nice to have shelter for back up if the weather turned but we slept in a tent, hung our hammock in the trees, had campfires and did absolutely nothing for 2 days. We didn’t see much wildlife other than some birds and heard lots of coyotes at night. There was some distant noise of the neighbours at night, but otherwise very quiet. We had two cloudy nights so can’t speak to stargazing. The hiking trail on the property was a bit lack lustre but still worth exploring. Overall significantly better that being surrounded by others when car camping, and much less work than back country camping! Would recommend for anyone looking to have a quiet private stay in some nature

Hipcamper Stacey

The vibe of the land

Stacey O.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2021

I had the pleasure of staying on Alycin's beautiful property for 14 nights and it was the best camping experience I have ever had!

I used my tent, but the cabin was amazing for storing everything I had with me, which was too much...lol…it was very clean and the screened in porch is cute and would be of use to those bothered by bugs, which surprisingly were almost nil while I was there…the walk to the site did require bug spray though.

The vibe of the land and the abundance of nature really provided me with the immersive experience I have been seeking for years! The scent of the forest...and the meadow...the raspberries here and there...
It's just you and nature...if you want it to be.

Stratford is a convenient place to shop and it’s a nice town too…very pretty downtown area.

Alycin is an amazing host and unless you require anything, you would not know she lived just beyond the Willow and up the hill.

Carefully and thoughtfully cared for property. The trails are well marked and beautiful. Deep respect.

The observations and occurrences over the two weeks were astounding! I got to know, as much as one can in two weeks, the muskrats, several individual frogs, vultures, turkeys, squirrels, and I even had the opportunity to witness hundreds of baby catfish scan the pond for food throughout the day....and an extra special treat was being graced with a glimpse of the snapping turtle and the magical bubbles that appear on the surface as they too, make their rounds of the pond...I could actually go on forever, but that's not the point here...if you know, you know, and you'll experience it the way you need to...it won't be for everybody, but it is totally the perfect retreat for me.

It truly was the most peaceful and nourishing trip I have had the pleasure of experiencing, and I hope to return next year...and knowing what I know now, I will be even better prepared to immerse myself … oh, and with way less stuff too...that hill back to the car is a doozy! :)

Helpful hint...unless you’re an ultra ultralight camper….A wagon is helpful…
and listen for the owls at night….amazing…and the coyotes…..see, I can’t stop ….

Pictures to follow.

In peace and camping,

Hipcamper Carrie

We loved our camping oasis!

Carrie W.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2021

We had a beautiful stay at Alycin’s property. Only 19km from our home, we felt like we were very far away in our own private natural oasis. The grounds were meticulous and there was a small cabin which we used to store our food. It would have come in very handy if we had rain. We enjoyed daily hikes through the trails and evening fires by the pond. Nighttime sounds included bull frogs and coyotes. I brought a wagon which worked great for transporting items from my truck to the campsite as I was camping with my kids. They enjoyed the area as well. We took them swimming at the Quarry in St. Marys to cool off. We would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a quiet, private camping experience.
Thank you Alycin for sharing your beautiful property with us!

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Hipcamper Roxanne

Awesome place!!

Roxanne G.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2021

We had a wonderfully relaxing weekend!! Pac light & bring bedding! We brought a cooking tripod & skillet for cooking. Stratford is near by if you need Tim's in a.m. Highly recommend this hipcamp!!

Hipcamper Scott H.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2021


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