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Unique Places to Stay in the Ottawa area

Unique Places to Stay in the Ottawa Area

Even though the travelling restrictions are easing up, many people have gotten used to the Staycation idea! Why not support a local business by staying at their Airbnb. If you are like us and enjoy trying new adventures, you just might enjoy these unique places to stay in the Ottawa area! Each point below gives you a brief overview of the accommodations, along with the location, price and a place to book your stay!

We will also be sharing a list of safe and fun things to do in the Ottawa area in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

Yurt de la Mine

Accommodations: 2 doublebedshalf-bath


🐾   Pet-friendly

Guest Capacity: 4

Location: L’Ange-Gardien, QC / 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Indoor fireplace, Kitchen with stove, BBQ grill, coffee maker, outdoor patio, free parking on premises

Price: $180 / Night

The space:
2 double bunk beds and a “chill” area with Bean bags

Fitted kitchen: propane cooking rings, cutlery for 6 and everything you need to prepare a good meal. Dishwashing soap, paper towels, salt, pepper and oil provided

LIMITED electricity: LED lighting, speaker, radio, phone charger

Insulated – wood heating in winter – no other sources of heating. You may need to get up at night to add wood to the fireplace. It’s part of the joy of winter glamping!

Wood – Indoor and outdoor fire. In the cold season, firewood is included for the indoor wood stove – fees may apply if this wood is burned outdoors. Camping and firewood is available at all times in the yurt ($) payable in cash, Interac transfer or through the Airbnb app following your stay

Private chemical outdoor toilet – toilet paper provided – no bath / shower

Above all, this is one of our area’s most unique places to stay!

Yourte de la Mine
Yourte de la Mine - Photos by: Airbnb / Borefüge

Isolation Tree House Cabin

Accommodations: 1 queen bed, 2 single beds, 1 bath

Guest Capacity: 3

Location: Manion Corners, ON / 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Indoor fireplace, fully stocked shower, towels, bedsheets, extra pillows, full kitchen, lake access, outdoor patio, backyard

Price: $200 / Night

The space:
This unique place to stay is made of rustic pine and white oak boards with over 330 square feet of custom woodwork. There is also a wood stove inside the treehouse for a 4 season experience!

The treehouse is 9 feet off the ground and a perfect arena to unplug and spend some time living simply with nature sounds, smells and animals. We provide board games, a quiet setting with a beautiful view and sounds of the pond. You are welcome to use the canoe provided.

Please note the property is entirely off-grid. No power or central water. Experience with wood stoves is mandatory in the fall/winter. Please do not book unless you can start and stoke a fire. For instance, Google will not help you in the woods.

A simple hand washing/drinking station is provided on-site with unlimited water refills. There is no electricity. It is a space to go to unplug. You are welcome to charge your electronics with portable chargers or at our home.

The bathroom is a composting toilet a short 3-minute walk away. An outdoor (summer only) shower is located there as well, however, the stream is light.

Isolation Tree House Cabin on 100 acres
Isolation Tree House Cabin on 100 acres - Photos by: Airbnb / Arthur

La Isla-Safari Tent on an Island

Accommodations: 1 king bed, 1 bath

🐾   Pet-friendly

Guest Capacity: 4

Location: Lanark, ON / 1 hour from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Fully stocked bathroom, bedsheets, towels, Wifi, full kitchen, coffee maker, waterfront, BBQ grill, outdoor patio, backyard, free parking on premises 

Price: $260 / Night

The space:
This little gem of a spot is on a secluded island in the middle of the Mississippi River. The sound of the rapids will lull you to sleep in your magical tent perched right over the water! With all of the modern conveniences including hot water, outdoor shower, bar fridge, wifi and well-appointed outdoor kitchen, you will transition seamlessly from swimming right at your doorstep to cooking a gourmet meal in your own outdoor paradise. Re-connect with nature and recharge yourselves. What a unique place to stay!

You will park your car and walk across a bridge to your private island. Some of the great amenities include the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and a very comfortable outdoor lounge area.

There is a small heater in the tent to take the chill out of the air on those fall nights.

Lanark Pizzaria also delivers to the island!

La Isla-Safari Tent on an Island
La Isla-Safari Tent on an Island - Photo by: Airbnb / Erik And Liseanne

Greenhouse Oasis

Accommodations: 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 bath
 

Guest Capacity: 4

Location: Gatineau, QC / 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Hair dryer, bathtub, bedsheets, towels, soap, extra pillows and blankets, fully stocked kitchen, coffee maker, backyard, free parking on premises

Price: $98 / Night

The space:
Very unique space, very intimate, you will feel relaxed and completely renewed after a stay at the greenhouse. Ideal for those trying to get out of the city without being too far from it.

If there are several travellers, things can get tight when the fold-out futon is opened out.

Please note that the greenhouse has a composting toilet only, we will need access to the greenhouse possibly once or twice during your stay to empty the reservoir possibly.

The ”washroom” is separated from the rest of the greenhouse by curtains only, it, therefore, offers a chance to get real intimate with whoever is occupying the space.

Lastly, the greenhouse will not be tropical in the colder months seeing as we live in a northern climate and that it is pretty much all glass. Therefore, expect to have to use all the space heaters and blankets provided at night to stay warm and toasty. The same goes for the Summer months with respect to heat, you will have to leave the windows open and use the fans to allow the place to cool down as it will heat up during the day, especially if you leave the curtains open. The adjacent Summer kitchen (see photos with the bar) is not heated, you may need to use a jacket to keep warm while using this space in October and April.

Greenhouse Oasis
Greenhouse Oasis - Photo by: Airbnb / Janik Et Jean-François

Glamping au Sommet d'une Montagne

Accommodations: 1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 shared half-bath

Guest Capacity: 2

Location: Wakefield, QC / 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Kitchen with stove and cooking supplies, backyard, free parking on premises

Price: $219 / Night

The space:
This glamping-type accommodation includes a queen bed, a sink and propane heating, as well as utensils for cooking a light meal.

Note that this unit does not have running water or electricity, therefore, there is no power outlet inside. A drinking water pump supplies the sink in the kitchen, and the stove is located on the outdoor balcony. A private place for an outdoor campfire is located on the grounds.

The lights are battery-powered and we provided a small lamp. Because of this, we strongly recommended you bring a headlamp.

Bedding is not included and the outdoor toilet is unheated. Glamping is located close to the Belvedere Reception Centre, Eco-Odyssey Nature Park, and the charming village of Wakefield.

The shelter is a 2-minute walk from the parking lot. There is another shelter located about fifty meters from it, but each dwelling has its own personal space and fire.

The shelter is located on the tip of a mountain. It is 50 metres from a second shelter, but each location has a fireplace and a private picnic table.
You have privileged access to the Eco-Odyssey Nature Park with a rental, in summer and winter.

Glamping au Sommet d'une Montagne
Glamping au Sommet d'une Montagne - Photo by: Airbnb / Amélie

The Wakefield Treehouse

Accommodations: 1 queen bed, 1 Single Bed, 1.5 baths

Guest Capacity: 2

Location: Wakefield, QC / 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Towels, bed sheets, soap, dedicated workspace, full kitchen, coffee maker, kettle, BBQ grill, amazing mountain views, outdoor patio, free parking on premises 

Price: $205 / Night

The space:
Social distancing can be tough, stuck in your home for weeks on end….the treehouse offers you a home away from home on a secluded cul de sac road. We have a professional cleaning company come in between guests. The space is always impeccably clean.

In light of the Covid -19 crisis, we ask that you do your groceries in your local neighbourhood prior to your stay to minimize the risk for our local area. Please keep your local activities to the outdoors and respect the physical distancing rules outlined by the government health officials. We also ask that if you’ve been travelling in the last 14 days and/or show any symptoms, to postpone your stay to a later date. We have removed most extra items from the treehouse during this time (games, condiments, books, coffee). Please bring your own items for now.

Nearby attractions include Eco Odyssee, Wakefield village, Edelweiss golfing and skiing and Vorlage Ski hill, and Gatineau Park. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Gatineau Hills at the end of a small country road surrounded by forest.

Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets over the Gatineau hills through the large windows, close all the lights at night and get ready for a magnificent panorama of stars. Open concept living space is perfect for 2 people to sleep comfortably. 1 queen bed and 1 single bed.

The Treehouse
The Treehouse - Photo by: Airbnb / Genevieve

Care-free Glamping

Accommodations: 1 double bed, 1 couch, half-bath

Guest Capacity: 10

Location: Perth, ON / 1 hour from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Fully stocked bathroom, room-darkening shades, bed linens, extra pillows and blankets, towels, board games, indoor fireplace, coffee maker, full kitchen, BBQ grill, outdoor patio + furniture, outdoor dining area, free parking on premises

Price: $80 / Night

The space:
You will find your cabin already warmed up when you arrive and you will keep it warm yourself by tending a beautiful, mini, glass-doored, woodstove. Many an hour can be spent just gazing into a warm fire.

When you arrive, you can park at our 100-year-old farmstead and then enjoy a beautiful, 10-minute walk to your site (We are happy to bring in your supplies loaded in our mini-tractors little, red, wagon, if a check-in happens while we are here). This pathway may be a bit slushy or icy but is kept clear of fallen snow.

There isn’t running water in the cabin but we are happy to provide you as much tasty well water that you would like for cooking/drinking/cleaning. We are ready to top up your water supply daily, as you need it.

There are dishes, pots and pans, and other basic food-prep-type equipment for your use. There is an area inside to prepare food that doesn’t need cooking or to make ready food that is going to be cooked outside on our grill or propane stove. A cooler is available to store any perishable food you may have. In most cases, the cooler can be kept at a proper temperature by moving it in and out of the deep freeze that is the Canadian outdoors. Or, you can bring ice if you prefer.

Care-free Glamping
Care-free Glamping - Photo by: Airbnb / Choleena

Yurt at Daisy Dell Farm

Accommodations: 1 queen bed, 1 double bed, 1 bath

Guest Capacity: 2

Location: Perth, ON / 1 hour from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Fully stocked bathroom, bed linens, indoor fireplace, coffee maker, full kitchen, outdoor patio, backyard, free parking on premises

Price: $257 / Night

The space:
This unique place to stay is set on 28 acres of field and forest, is located on Daisy Dell Farm just minutes away from Heritage Perth. Wake up to farm fresh eggs, grab your coffee and stroll down the lane to say hello to the heritage chickens and horses. Hike on the trails or relax in the yurt. Truly an exceptionally unique experience!

This enchanting open-concept space includes a comfortable sleeping area and a cozy retreat in front of the woodstove. All wood is provided.

The outdoor bathroom, adjacent to the yurt, consists of an odourless composting toilet and wonderful hot water, on-demand shower.

The spacious and tastefully designed fully equipped kitchen with gas stove, fridge and freezer, cooking and eating ware, is right beside the indoor dining area. Additionally, a barbecue and picnic table are located on the deck just outside of the yurt. In addition, a welcome basket with our farm fresh eggs and gourmet coffee are included.

Have your dinner ready and waiting for you when you arrive! For an additional fee, three delightfully delicious vegetarian meal options are available for you to choose from. Please ask about this amazingly convenient feature!

Yurt at Daisy Dell Farm
Yurt at Daisy Dell Farm - Photo by: Airbnb / Barbara And Scott

1945 CP Caboose

Accommodations: 3 single beds, 2 shared baths

🐾   Pet-friendly

Guest Capacity: 3

Location: Smiths Falls, ON / 1 hour from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Towels, bed sheets, soap, shared kitchenette, changing table, wifi, free parking on premises

Price: $100 / Night

The space:
The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is pleased to offer the rare opportunity for guests to sleep in a caboose for an authentic railroader experience.

The museum is located on 10.5 acres in the heart of Smiths Falls. The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario was built in 1912 by the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway, is a National Historic Site.

Curl up in our comfortable pull-down beds with fresh linens and relax in the quiet glow of the lantern. This plywood Caboose was built in postwar 1945. Please note this is not a hotel, however, it is a unique glamping experience!

The inside of the Caboose is fit with electricity, yet still has the original setup. This includes three foldout benches that become beds, a raised area known as a “Cupola”, a writing desk, a stove and a sink. Please note that the stove and sink are no longer functional, but there are electrical outlets provided. A small kitchenette (sinks, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, electric kettle), showers and washrooms are available inside the museum. In conclusion, this is truly a unique place to stay!

1945 CP Caboose
1945 CP Caboose - Photo by: Airbnb / Smiths Falls Railway Museum

28' Houseboat with Amazing Sunsets

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 2 queen beds, 1 bath

Guest Capacity: 4

Location: Montebello, QC / 1 hour from downtown Ottawa

Amenities: Fully stocked bathroom, hair dryer, towels, bed sheets, soap, iron, TV, air conditioning, kitchenette, Keurig coffee maker, freezer, waterfront, BBQ grill, patio, free parking on premises

Price: $445 / Night

The space:
Built by Quebec’s Daigno, The Le Koroc is the ultimate houseboat for adventurous outdoorsy people! The floating tiny house measures only 28 x 8.6 ft but it’s fully packed with clever features, providing everything you need for a happy life on the water.
Mostly constructed from sustainably sourced cedar and plywood, the 5,640 lb houseboat floats atop three aluminum pontoons. It’s powered by a 90-hp Honda BF90 VTEC outboard, while roof-mounted solar panels connected to batteries provide electricity.

The deck area features three swivel seats, a sonar system, a dashboard with an instrument panel, a barbeque and even an over-the-water hammock to help you relax after a hard day of fishing, kayaking, swimming, boating, etc.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a dining, seating area that transforms into a double bed, as well as a kitchenette with a two-burner propane stove, sink, fridge, and plenty of storage space. There is also a gray water recycling system and a tiny bathroom with a shower, sink. In addition, you can choose from either a composting or chemical toilet.

Also to be sure your Glamping experience is exceptionally comfortable the Koroc is equipped with heating and air-conditioning.

28' Houseboat with Amazing Sunsets
28' Houseboat with Amazing Sunsets - Photo by: Airbnb / Robert

In conclusion, these accommodations aren’t for the faint of heart! You are going to need a healthy sense of adventure and up for an off-grid experience. If you are looking to spend some time in the great outdoors to reconnect with nature, these unique places to stay are just for you! In other words, some have no running water and others you will need to heat yourself. If you are looking for a unique place to stay in the Ottawa area, we hope you were able to find one from our list! 

Is camping more your thing? In addition to this post, we also have a great list of 10 awesome campsites near Ottawa!

Perhaps neither of these types of accommodations excites you and you are looking for something a little more on the luxurious side. Check out our list of Ottawa’s top 10 luxury hotels instead! 

Be sure to reserve your stay soon, these unique places are being booked up fast!

Above all, the Susan & Moe Team hopes you have a safe and wonderful summer.
Keep an eye out on our blog posts for ideas on fun things to do!