May long weekend is meant for campfires, s’mores, day drinking and spending time outside with all your friends. However, we know that camping isn’t for everyone. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best ‘glamping’ spots around the province so that you too can join in on the May long weekend fun. If you can’t make it work this weekend, no worries! These places are open all season long, but we’d recommend booking them soon because these hot spots fill up fast!
Sleep inside a beautifully renovated railway car! Enjoy hundreds of trees and a rustic outside but step inside to live in the luxury of an upscale hotel room. Choose from one of three exquisitely refurbished cars to spend the night and enjoy an evening around the smokey campfire under a sky full of bright, shining stars. Plus, enjoy a daily train tour during your stay to reminisce the old days. These units sleep 4-6 people ranging from $149-$239/night.
Enjoy comfort camping amongst the hoodoos and cacti of Alberta in a high-quality canvas tent with wood flooring. Choose between tents located on the riverside or in the cottonwoods with a spacious floorplan and handmade furnishings. You will have access to shared flush toilets, a small fridge in your unit and endless kilometres of self-guided walking trails in this park. Each unit will sleep four people for $105-$130/night.
Camp in style this summer in one of these round, insulated yurts with a wooden deck to bask in the sun and sip away on your favourite beverage. With your very own fridge and barbecue on-site, you’ll be feeling relaxed and refreshed in no time! Each unit has a ramp leading up to the door, making it wheelchair and stroller accessible. These yurts sleep 4-8 people at $125-$170/night.
Experience the land the way people did back in the medieval ages – glamping style! Spend the night in a high-quality tent with wooden floors, chests for your clothes, unique period beds and, yes, electrical outlets so you can still charge your phone. Book one of these luxurious tents and enjoy a weekend away at The Encampment where you will attend a noble feast, dress up in period costumes and warm cloaks, learn long-bow archery and attend a sword-fighting demonstration. With tents ranging from 2-8 people, prices vary from $99-$279/night, with a 20 per cent discount if you stay on a weekday.
Whether you feel like spending the night in a train car, yurt, tent or medieval encampment, there’s something here for everyone. Text your pals and pick your poison, because these places will get booked up fast this summer.
Happy May long weekend, Calgary! Drive safe and be responsible.
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.