For some nature-loving travelers, pitching a simple tent in the woods is adventurous enough. Others are willing to pay handsomely to travel halfway around the world for an African safari wildlife experience. If you crave even more — if you fancy sleeping with some of the world’s greatest predators — there’s a new glamping experience in Canada for you.
Waking up in the woods amid a pack of gawking, hungry wolves is not an experience most of us would pay for. But Canada’s Parc Omega isn’t a typical hotel or camping experience. This spring, the wildlife park debuted twin cabins with one-of-a-kind overnight stays. Both of the Wolf Cabins — aptly named Alpha and Omega — are the first in North America with panoramic, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park’s gray wolf enclosure. Throughout their stay, cabin guests can sleep, eat, and relax mere feet from the pack. With only a thin glass pane separating guests from a pack of near-perfect killing machines, it’s certainly a wild and bucket-list-worthy experience.
As the park’s flagship accommodations, the Wolf Cabins straddle the line between glamping and traditional hotel room. The rustic, nature-inspired decor is awash with raw shingle walls, chunky wood furnishings, and antler chandeliers. Guests enjoy most of the comforts of home, including a fireplace, wood-burning stove, mini-fridge, and en-suite bathroom. Cabin guests also gain access to a private boardwalk with views of the park’s bear and wolf populations.
Located an hour outside the capital city of Ottawa, the Quebec-based wildlife park is spread across five ecologically unique areas: forest, meadow, lake, mountain, and boreal region. Together, they represent Canada’s diverse geography and terrain. Visitors who drive through all five can spot wild bears, bison, moose, deer, and, of course, wolves. It’s only within the last few years that the park began catering to glampers with fully immersive overnight nature experiences in traditional tipis, wi-tents, and cabins.
Rates for Parc Omega’s Wolf Cabins start at $549 Canadian dollars (approximately $400) for up to four guests, although the cabins ideally sleep two.
If you’re more of a cat person, England’s Tiger Lodge offers a similar upscale glamping experience with overnight stays inside a live tiger den.
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