30 Places to Rent a Yurt in Ontario

Did you know that there are over 30 unique yurt locations that you can rent within Ontario? That’s a whole lot of yurts! Beyond the unique locations, I also discovered that not all yurts offered the same kind of amenities (like beds, washrooms, cookware), nor were they all available during the winter season!

To save you some searching time, I put together a sortable reference table listing out all the locations you can rent a yurt within Ontario and included 20+ feature columns that sorts and lists out deciding factors like:

  • drive time from Toronto
  • cost/night + minimum stays
  • features available in the yurt

If only I made this table for myself during my search! Alas I created this after the fact. BUT – when we decide to rent another yurt again, I’m definitely going to use this table!

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What is a Yurt?

Everything you need to know for a Winter Yurt Camping Experience - Yurt Example image - photo by Annie Spratt, source: unsplash.com

In case you’re not sure what a yurt is, let’s start off with the basics. A yurt is a portable, large and circular tent traditionally used by nomadic groups as their primary form of shelter.

Nowadays, modern yurts also act as spaces for temporary housing, guest lodging, meditating, and/or vacationing. A yurt has more room than a traditional tent. It generally comes with basic amenities to set you up for a more comfortable stay. Most yurts come with mattresses, a desk, and some chairs.

As a vacation or camping accommodation, yurts are aimed to help campers reduce the amount of bulky gear you need to bring for your stay.


Where to find Yurt Listings in Ontario

Since yurts are offered as either vacation or camping accommodations, you’ll see these tents available for rent on both provincial parks websites and on private lodging websites like Glamping Hub, and Airbnb. If you’re also resourceful with your search keywords, you might also be able to find some private , standalone yurt listings as well.

Before booking our getaway, I actually performed a quick search of ‘yurt Ontario’ to see what I could find, and the results, while helpful, did not give me the insight I needed. Personally, I was looking for a comfortable, close, and unique accommodation that was available in the winter where I could also live a couple of days unplugged. Ultimately after lot of tabbing back and forth, looking up locations on maps, and writing notes haphazardly on sticky notes, the Georgian Bay View Yurt hosted by the lovely Cady and Gavin best suited our needs. BUT you don’t need to do that!

Presenting the table of yurts! This sortable yurt, will help you rank the yurt that fits closest to your comfort, distance, budgetary, and seasonal needs!


The Table of Yurts

Scroll down after the image to learn more about the table, and what features you can sort by.

Yurt Rentals in Ontario

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In case the image link doesn’t work, you can also access the Google Sheet by clicking here.

Did we miss a cool yurt listing?
Send us a message and we’ll add it in – the more options the merrier!


How to Sort the Google Sheet with View-Only Access

The Google Sheet is set to View only – and I don’t know about you, but I needed a minute to figure out how I could sort the table without having edit access. So for everyone else who might not be familiar with how to sort tables, here’s how you do it! Happy filtering!

Step 1 – Select All of Row 3

Select all of row 3 to ensure that Google Sheets knows which fields to filter by in the next step

Step 2 – Click on Filter Views

Click on the 'Filter views' icon located below the main Google Sheet toolbar
Click on the ‘Filter views’ icon located below the main Google Sheet toolbar

Step 3 – Create new View, or filter using pre-existing view

Create new temporary filter view, or select from two of the views that I created for you

Step 4 – Happy Sorting!

That’s it – now you’re ready to sort the table to find the right yurt for you!


Data Source

Yurt listings were collected from:

Any separate listings mentioned outside of these sources were not included – unless specified by a reader 🙂

Table Fields / Features:

The table contains 28 features/fields. To make things a little easier, the features are grouped into three main categories:

  • Logistical Details: features or fields that may affect how the trip needs to be planned.
  • Indoor Amenities: items or features available inside the yurt during your stay
  • External Amenities (Comfort Station/External Washroom Amenities): external amenities nearby the yurt

Please note that while I tried to make the list as comprehensive as possible, I chose to focus on the yurt’s amenities that relate to comfort of stay. As such, adventuring features like hiking trails, snowshoeing, canoeing, and horseback riding are not included.

General Items

These two fields (Yurt Name and Alternate) are the main titles used to list the yurt on its respective site. Some yurts are listed on both on Glamping Hub and Airbnb, so I’ve included both to cater for preferred site usage.

These two fields (Yurt Name and Alternate) are the main titles used to list the yurt on its respective site. Some yurts are listed on both on Glamping Hub and Airbnb, so I’ve included both to cater for preferred site usage.

Logistical Details

Exceptional or standalone features that were interesting enough to be written out but didn’t warrant an additional dedicated ‘feature’ column to sort things by.

The general area on the yurt’s listing name or on the listing itself. I did not put down the specific address since knowing the general location is good enough when you’re looking for a place to book.

The estimated driving time in hours provided by Google Maps when inputting the location of the listing. These driving times were all taken during non-peak driving hours (e.g. excludes rush-hour and holiday traffic). Pretty useful if road trip travel time is a factor.

$/night rate given as of April 2019 for booking yurts in peak summer season (August 2019). Prices may fluctuate, but the color coding scheme should help you determine the estimated price range of that yurt in comparison with the others offered in Ontario.

The minimum number of nights you must stay in order to reserve the yurt. Some yurts have weekend policies or additional holiday policies as well that may change their minimum number of nights.

By default, all yurts are availble from May – September in Ontario. However, not all yurts have insulation available and may not be available for booking during the winter months.

Indicates if this is located in a Provincial park or is hosted privately. In general, what you see from one provincial yurt offering will very rarely differ from another (excluding the trails and outdoor offerings). Private yurt listings in contrast have a diverse range of offerings, so you’ll likely want to take a look at the pictures to see which yurt will work best for you.

Indicates if your furry friend is allowed inside the yurt. Not all yurts are pet friendly, so this may be a limiting factor if you’d like to bring your animals with you on your camping trip.

Internal Amenities

The maximum number of occupants that can sleep inside the tent. Accommodations that can fit more than 3 people will most likely furnish the place with bunk beds or floor mattresses.

Types of bedding offered – if it is a bunk bed or are futon mattresses, bring your own sleeping bags and linens. These locations likely do not offer blankets or additional linens for you to use.

Indicates if any bedding, blankets, or linens are provided as part of your stay. If no bedding is provided, it is recommended to bring your own sleeping bag that is suitable for the season.

If the yurt provides basic pots and pans for cooking, this column will be checked off. Most yurts with basic cookware will also provide a kettle to boil tea, as well as several basic cooking utensils like spatulas and mixing spoons. Also, yurts that offer basic pots and pans will often provide a washing container and dish detergent to clean the dishes afterward. They might not provide a sponge though, so be sure to bring one if you need it!

Not all yurts allow for indoor cooking, and some will specifically ask you to cook using the outdoor propane BBQ or fire pit during your stay. For the yurts that allow for indoor cooking, you’ll most likely but utilizing the wood stove top or a portable cooking range. If you’re going in the winter and you really want to avoid cooking outside, I highly recommend bringing your own portable cooking range. The wood stove top is ideal for warming up liquids, but not much else.

Indicates if the yurt provides dishes. Some locations with multiple yurts have a communal dish sharing centre. This checkbox indicates if the yurt provides dishes for your yurt exclusively. From what I have seen, all 2-person yurts will provide enough dishes, glasses, and cutlery for two people.

Indicates if there are electrically powered lighting sources. For yurt accommodations that do not provide electrical lighting, it may be possible to ask for battery operated lantern lighting instead.

Some yurts offer electrical outlets inside to help charge your electronic devices. However, its always good to ask the host how many will be provided and/or the power available as some yurts provide electrical outlets via a solar generator.

Similar to the other details tab, this section lists out additional indoor comforts that are highlighted by the hosts. Some yurts provide interior toilets, mini fridges, etc. so its definitely good to take a look to see what extra indoor comforts you might be looking for during your stay.

Indicates if the yurt is heated by a wood stove or by electrical means. As a general rule of thumb, all yurts offered year-round will have a heating mechanism provided to you. For yurts using electrical heat, its best to bring extra clothing, as the heat is limited to the space heater’s capacity.

Some privately hosted yurts are directly connected to a source of running water (!!!!) How amazing is that? In general though, most yurts do not have running water, but do have access to well water or water provided by the host. BUT just in case, if there’s a ‘no’ indicator, bring your own water in just in case. Dehydration is really the worst!

For those looking to stay connected but still living the glamping lifestyle, there are a select few yurts that have WiFi.

External Amenities

From what I’ve seen, there are two types of yurts available – mass manufactured yurts, and hand-made Mongolian styles. Regardless of the style, they will both offer a great experience! However, I wanted to point out these differences in case there are allergies as the hand-made Mongolian yurts are built from natural materials including animal furs (allergy alert).

Indicates if an outdoor BBQ is available for outdoor cooking.

Indicates if outdoor seating and tables are provided. May not be a true picnic table, but could also be an outdoor dining table style.

Indicates if there is a designated location to build a fire pit. If there are none, please do not build your own without permission from the host!

Comfort STation / External Washroom Amenities

Depending on the type of comfort station available near the yurt, you may be provided with running water nearby your yurt. Most comfort stations are no more than 200m away from your yurt, making it a short walk if you do need to refill your drinking water containers inside the yurt.

Again, depending on the type of comfort station provided, your toilet experience may vary from an outhouse, an insulated compost toilet, or a flushing toilet. Most of these external comfort stations will also provide hand sanitizer and toilet paper for your needs, but just in case, its also probably good to bring some in as well if needed.

A checkmark in this column indicates a running shower is available (may not have hot water). Some rows will have specific shower details as they may not have a running shower, but do provide some shower style to you.

If you’re staying at a provincially owned yurt, your comfort station will be dependent on the availability provided by your provincial park. Specific shower details may vary from the data table, but I have done my best to ensure that it is as comprehensive as possible.

If you’re staying at a privately owned yurt, your shower availability will vary. Some may not have any showers available at all. Others, may offer an outdoor shower station (most likely using collected rain water), and there are still others that will offer a running hot shower (provided you meet a minimum required number of nights) via their own homes.

Specifies the type of laundry facilities if available. Most yurt listings do not post laundry as a feature. The ones that are marked as N/A do not explicitly specify if laundry is provided or not, but to be on the safe side, assume that laundry facilities are not available.

Conclusion

Phew! This was a lot of data! Hopefully, this table will help other folks when making a decision as to where to rent their next yurt experience! Thanks for going through and exploring the 30+ yurts available to rent in Ontario! If you’d like to know more about what it is like to stay in a yurt before choosing your own, feel free to read up on our personal experience of staying in a yurt for the first time in winter!

As the camping/glamping landscape evolves, I know that this list will get shorter or longer. If there’s any yurt listing you know of that we might have missed, please don’t hesitate to send us an email. If you’re one one of the yurt owners and we got your data wrong, send us a message and we’ll correct it right away! Also – thanks for being awesome and letting us stay in them!

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Did you know that there are over 30 unique yurt locations that you can rent within Ontario? That's a whole lot of yurts! Beyond the unique locations, I also discovered that not all yurts offered the same kind of amenities (like beds, washrooms, cookware), nor were they all available during the winter season!

To save you some searching time, I put together a sortable reference table listing out all the locations you can rent a yurt within Ontario and included 20+ feature columns that sorts and lists out deciding factors like:
drive time from Toronto
cost/night + minimum stays
features available in the yurt

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