Hipcamp host Alycin H.,
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This is a unique camping experience. You will be the only campers here so you will have complete privacy. If you enjoy being in the woods alone this is the place you. 

You will have the use of our one room primitive cabin with a screened-in front porch, facing one of our natural wildlife ponds. You may set up your tent or


 Hipcamp's Best of 2022 Cabin Finalist  

This is a unique camping experience. You will be the only campers here so you will have complete privacy. If you enjoy being in the woods alone this is the place you. 

You will have the use of our one room primitive cabin with a screened-in front porch, facing one of our natural wildlife ponds. You may set up your tent or put your cot in the cabin for sleeping. There are lawn chairs, a round wooden table and a fire pit that are included in your campsite. You also have access to our 100 acres of wooded, hilly, hiking trails. Practice your bushcraft. 

You will be camping in our private wildlife habitat sanctuary where we protect native Ontario wildlife. Deer, raccoons, opossum, wild turkey, fox, turtles, water fowl and beaver.  A huge variety of  migratory birds pass through here. At night you may hear coyotes call. 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.)  Children must be supervised at all times. 

Many artists and writers have been inspired to create paintings, books, plays and poetry here. Experience our re-wilding. 

Free non-potable water is available at the barn. Drinking water is available in our "Hipcamp Extras". The cabin is completely off the grid so there is no electricity or running water at your primitive campsite.  It is private enough to hang up a sun shower from a tree. 

Help yourself to free firewood from the branches on the ground in the forest near your campsite for your campfire in the fire pit. 

You will be the only people using the primitive composting pit outhouse located right behind your cabin.  

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

Our wildlife sanctuary/organic farm is 18 km from Stratford where you can rent canoes and paddle boats to use on the Avon River. There is a great swimming quarry in St. Marys which is just 17 km away.  Lakeside Resort, 7 km away is a good place to take young children swimming. There is additional hiking as well as canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP) available for rent at Wildwood Conservation Area which in not far north. You may also use your own canoe there. Harrington Mill Pond Conservation Area is just 2.5 km away. Lake Huron which has great beaches is about a 55 minute drive. 

We are a 5 minute drive away from Happy Hills Resort where you can buy ice. The closest general store where you can buy ice and food - 7 days  a week is the Embro Food Market, 14 km away in the village of Embro. You can also get a cup of espresso coffee there at Kintore Coffee. Stratford has several large grocery stores. 

All profits from our campers go toward maintaining our 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 in the cabin.

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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 Caleb
Caleb D.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2022

The cabin was super cozy and clean. Really nice area with beautiful view. Also super private and the host was really great.

Hipcamper Ngan

At peace with nature

Ngan N.
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2022

We had the pleasure of staying at Alycin's for the weekend. It was exactly what we needed. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by Alycin and given a tour of the property. The property was incredibly private and BEAUTIFUL - carefully and meticulously cared for with abundant wildlife.

Thanks, Alycin, for sharing your private wildlife sanctuary with us. We look forward to our next visit.

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Hipcamper Kieaw

A gem!

Kieaw P.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2022

We had a wonderful time at Echo Hill Wildlife Habitat. Alycin is a great host and the land is so beautiful. The serene pond, lovely cabin and amenities were perfect. We loved our stay and look forward to coming back again soon.

Hipcamper Mihajlo
Mihajlo D.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2022

I loved that we had everything for ourselves. I was completely private

Hipcamper Sebastien

Reconnecting with nature.

Sebastien M.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2022

What Alycin and her father have done with this property is amazing, a pure gem. I did enjoy my stay beyond expectation. I could not believe the amount of wildlife on this relatively small property and the pond was a real attention grabber, better than television. I definitely will be returning at a later date to unwind again. It is nice to know that such a place exists in this fast paced world we presently live in. My wife and I would like to thank Alycin for all the amenities that are provided at the cabin and throughout the property and above all the solitude....priceless.

Pond's south viewFrom Oxford County's highest hillRustic cabin and fire pit
Hipcamper Bob

Amazing for nature lovers

Bob P.
recommends this listing.
June 20th, 2022

Alycin's property is truly amazing. The wildlife around the camp site provided hours of enjoyment. There are nice trails throughout the property, lots of different environments to experience, and incredible views. Alycin herself is a fantastic host, and has done a fantastic job of building a wildlife sanctuary.

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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