Newfoundland’s Best Glamping Destinations
Want to get into nature on your next vacation but don’t want to haul gear or sleep on the ground? Love waking up to the sounds of birds chirping but also hate not being able to charge your phone? Then glamping, my friend, is what you need.
When you think about camping, there are a few things that immediately come to mind: stargazing, cooking smores over a campfire, sing-songs, and maybe even drifting off to the sounds of waves lapping at the shore. There are other things though: mosquitos, campfire smoke that follows you and gets into everything you own, sleeping on the ground, and outhouses. Camping can be fun, but it isn’t always very glamorous.
What is glamping?
Glamping is a portmanteau of glamourous camping. It’s for those who like the idea of camping, but are not into sleeping on the ground in a nylon tent. Camping, but make it luxury.
Think real mattresses and bed frames inside canvas tents large enough to stand up and move around in. With real bedding and pillows. And somewhere to charge your phone.
You still get to wake up from the kind of deep sleep that fresh air brings and hear birds chirping in the early morning hours. But no more sore necks because your air mattress deflated in the middle of the night.
The term ‘glamping’ may have started in the UK but the modern version of the concept has been rising in popularity in recent years around the world, with a multitude of options available now beyond fancy tents. You can glamp in treehouses, safari tents, yurts, tiny homes, geodesic domes, and more.
Glamping in Newfoundland & Labrador
Glamping is right up my alley as someone who loves her creature comforts and so I wanted to help you plan an amazing glamping vacation in my backyard of Newfoundland. There are cool experiences to be had in every region so there’s something for everyone.
12 Uniques Experiences to Have On Your Next Vacation
oTENTik – Terra Nova National Park & Gros Morne National Park
Terra Nova National Park has two memorable options for a unique glamping adventure. Neither have running water or plumbing but you’re able to make use of all of the amenities and facilities at Terra Nova so water and bathrooms are never far away.
oTENTik is a cross between a tent and a rustic cabin. It’s a great first step into the world of camping, especially for families. Each tent/cabin includes three beds, a table and seating area, camping chairs, BBQ, and picnic table. You’ll need to bring everything else including bedding, pillows, food, and cooking equipment.
Cost: $92/night + park pass
Oasis – Terra Nova National Park
Have you ever wanted to sleep in a raindrop in the woods? With the Oasis pods at Terra Nova National Park you can! They’re a bit like a tent, a bit like a pop-up trailer, and a unique experience unto themselves. The 6m2 pods are teardrop shaped and feature a convertible table/sleeping pad and a convertible hammock loft accessible via a ladder where you can store your gear or create a sleeping space for little ones. While one side of the pod looks like some type of lunar lander, the other size features large windows so you can really get a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. Your Oasis pod doesn’t come with many amenities so you’ll need to bring all of your camping gear like sleeping bags, pillows, personal items, and cooking equipment.
Cost: $122/night + park pass
The Homestead Adventures Glamping – New-Wes-Valley
The Homestead Adventures in New-Wes-Valley not only offer upscale glamourized camping accommodations for those looking to experience the great outdoors while still having the comfort of a warm room and pillow-top mattress at the end of the day, but they also offer some great outdoor adventures. They have two canvas tent options, both with pillow-top beds, electric heat, table & chairs, BBQ, and personal fire pit. Not to mention, the gorgeous water view right at your door.
Salty Bay Cabins Yurt – Traytown
If you’re looking for something even more unique than a cabin or a canvas tent for your Newfoundland glamping adventure, head to Traytown where you can stay in their yurt! It includes a queen bed with linens, a pullout sofabed with linens, mini fridge, kitchen cart equipped with a Keurig and some basic cookware (though you’ll need to bring your own plates and mugs), a private bathroom facility is nearby with towels, a heat pump (AC and heat), full size BBQ, and two Adirondack chairs. Additionally, you can rent a propane fire pit for an extra cost.
Russelltown Inn Glamping Pods – Bonavista
These three romantic and peaceful pods are located along the rocky shoreline in the town of Bonavista. Each pod can accommodate up to two guests, perfect for solo adventurers or couples who want a unique retreat into nature. They are eco-friendly, lit by solar lights, and do not have electricity. The pods are small and intimate but hugely comfortable. The large windows let you really take in the landscape and ocean, right from bed. While the pods have no bathrooms, the main house is only a short walk away, where you’ll have access to bathrooms, showers, and a kitchen.
Elephants Head Glamping – Trout River
This RV park gets its name from a mountain formation overlooking scenic Trout River Pond, known to locals as Elephants Head. The park recently added two exciting glamping options: a wood-framed canvas tent and a bell tent.
The safari tent has two double beds while the bell tent has one bed, both with comfy pillow top mattresses, linens, towels, tabletop bbq, outdoor fire pit, picnic table, cooking supplies, dishes utensils and a cooler for food. Everything you need to rough it in style. The tents are located in a very quiet RV Park. There are washrooms with showers, a cookhouse, coin laundry, convenience/craft store, wifi and playground with jumping pillow. The cookhouse has a microwave, toaster, kettle, keurig machine, 2 double sinks, and picnic tables for guest use.
The Salt Box Pods – Birchy Head
Have you ever dreamt about spending the night in a little Newfoundland house overlooking the ocean? The cute pods are based on the design of the traditional Newfoundland Saltbox House. Modest and minimalistic, these houses have an indescribable quality known to create feelings of warmth, simplicity, and comfort. Each pod was constructed from Newfoundland black spruce that was harvested locally and contain a double bed, electrical receptacle, a built-in USB receptacle, light, shelf, whale watching deck, 2 outside chairs, blackout curtain, and, of course, those panoramic oceanfront views of Bonne Bay.
‘OME – Burlington
‘OME is one of the first glamping options to open in Newfoundland. Located in the small Green Bay community, ‘OME consists of hand-crafted, locally built wooden framed canvas tents. Your tent includes either one or two queen-sized beds, tables, heaters, and chairs. Shared composting toilets are nearby and there’s a community shower available a 10 minute walk down the road.
The charm of ‘OME comes from the colourful, handmade quilts that adorn the beds and are hung from the rafters as well as the brightly coloured deck chairs and breakfast boxes.
No worries about dead phone batteries here since each tent is solar powered. There’s even a coffee maker and propane heater to make you comfortable.
South Dildo Park Glamping Suites
Less than an hour from St. John’s there are six glamping suites located on a 15 acre homestead property. This is glamping at its most luxurious – each wooden cabin has an Endy mattress with premium linens, a cedar-lined bathroom with a rainfall showerhead, and your own private deck with lounge chairs. They even include hairdryers!
Salmonier River Tents
Salmonier River Tents offers a comfortable, unique camping experience. The tents are a rustic oasis on the water of the Salmonier River, just 45 minutes outside of St. John’s. All you need to bring is your food, water and clothing. Relax and enjoy the scenic views while sitting by the fire or rent a kayak for the day and travel the river. Their two tents are equipped with a queen bed, two wooden Adirondack chairs, a heat source, and cookware storage. Each site has a fire pit, BBQ , Coleman stove, and picnic table. There are onsite portable washrooms for each tent with a hand washing station inside each one. Kayak rentals and firewood are available upon request.
Glamping in Tilting on Fogo (AirBnB)
Forget the Fogo Island Inn, if you want to immerse yourself in the island of Fogo, check out this canvas glamping tent. Enjoy the ocean lapping in the cove, fresh salt air, and starry nights. Rest in comfort and luxury on a 5* quality queen size bed, after a day of seaside hiking. Watch the fishing boats from your private deck literally right on the shores of the North Atlantic. The spacious tent is equipped with a daybed and dresser, table and chairs, as well as your own private off-grid bathroom with a shower.
Coastal Tipi – Bauline
This is one of the most unique camping experiences you’ll have in Newfoundland. There’s a tipi in Bauline just steps from the beach. The property has a BBQ, picnic tables, and firepits. The tipi itself has a twin bed so is best for the solo glamper, though a second guest can sleep an additional foam mattress on the floor. There’s a wooden base so you’re up off the ground and a space heater to take some of the nip out of the nighttime air. You’ll have access to a full bathroom with a hot shower, toilet, and sink. No outhouse here. If you want to embrace the rustic, natural beauty of Newfoundland coast and meet locals, perhaps even join them on a fishing trip, this is the spot.