With the warmer weather, longer days, and nature coming to life, it’s the perfect time to get immersed into the outdoors and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. You don’t even have to travel far from the comforts of Toronto for a change in scenery and a breath of fresh air. There’s nothing like a hike in the woods or a day out on the lake to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you’re looking to spend the Victoria Day long weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city, these properties from Airbnb might be worth checking out.
Redley’s Retreat Yurt
Location: Prince Edward County, 2 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $150 + $19 service fee
Good news: you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to Mongolia if you want to stay in a yurt. You can just rent one in Prince Edward County. More exotic than your average tent, a yurt is a portable dwelling made of skins and felts that is bound to make your camping experience more unique. There’s also an outdoor fireplace for campfire sing-a-longs, and if you’re an early bird, there’s a great view of the sunrise. With bike trails and greenery all around, this place is calling out to nature enthusiasts.
Cozy Log Cabin
Location: Hillsdale, 1.5 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $150 + $19 service fee
To experience a different living environment, stay at a beautiful log cabin in the woods. In the winter, there are slopes for skiing and snowmobiling, and in spring and summer, there are scenic trails, golf courses and lakes within close proximity. There’s also a picnic area, a pool, a trampoline and a fire pit that guests are welcome to use.
Antique Gypsy Caravan on the Lake
Location: Algonquin Highlands, 3 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $150 + $22 service fee +25 cleaning fee
This quaint little caravan is located right on the water, close to the beach and other beautiful scenery. You can leave the fast-paced city life behind for a weekend, and trade it for lazy days spent by the lake and long strolls on the beach. Inside, the caravan is incredibly unique – think vintage travelling circus. To make it even better, for your stay, you get a free breakfast and a free sunset cruise, making it an an ideal romantic getaway.
LiL Crow Cabin & Pod Retreat
Location: Tyendinaga, 2 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $245 (based on 2 person occupancy + $50 per additional person) + $152 service fee
Nestled along the gorgeous shores of Mohawk Bay, this First Nations experience is situated on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, just 20 minutes away from Sandbanks Provincial Park. The tranquil getaway has everything you need, including a kitchenette, open concept living area, 3-piece bathroom, courtyard, tipi for meditation, hot tub, fire pit, and the list goes on. It’s magical, to say the least!
Lakefront retreat on the beach “Merrihill”
Location: Port Colborne, 1.5 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $510 + $79 cleaning fee + $175 service fee
Round up the gang and head to Port Colborne where this architectural delight sits on the shore of Lake Erie. While the waters may be too cold to swim right now, you can still stroll or bike by the lake. In season, the retreat features a vegetable farm, and is just a short drive away from the attractions of wine country.
Location: Parry Sound, 2.5 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $140 + $34 service fee
If you want the experience of camping, minus all the hassles, glamping is the way to go. Harmony Outdoor Inn offers the complete experience, providing an in-canvas tent with a waterfront deck, lounge, and outdoor showers on site. Just minutes from Parry Sound, this place allows you to get in touch with nature without being far from the amenities and activities of the city.
Three Sisters B&B near The Blue Mountains
Location: The Blue Mountains, 2 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $120 + $30 service fee
This 1880’s farmhouse B&B is located in the beautiful Beaver Valley. The Blue Mountain Ski Area and the Scenic Caves are only a short drive away, with plenty of activities offered during the spring and summer. Since it’s a 4-season resort area, you’ll never get bored with the hundreds of boutiques, shops and restaurants that are just a stroll away.
Tree House in the Woods
Location: Fergus, 1.5 hours from Toronto
Price per night: $125 + $31 service fee
Forget the small wooden shack where you used to hold clubhouse meetings with friends when you were kids, and envision a spacious, sturdy cabin that’s cozy and livable. There’s a private patio perfect for picnics, a pool for hot days and a hot tub for chilly nights. Nestled in the woods, the tree house is surrounded by flora and fauna, and minutes away from hiking and biking trails.
Private Teacup Chalet with a View
Location: Erin, 1 hour from Toronto
Price per night: $59 + $7 cleaning fee + $8 service fee
Though you’ll be sleeping in tighter quarters, this private micro-cottage is budget-friendly and offers breathtaking views to make up for the smaller space. The chalet is built on a hill, making it a vantage point that allows you to survey the countryside. Only an hour drive from Toronto, this “bunkie” is perfect for a quick and cheap getaway from the city.
Private Island on Georgian Bay
Location: Golden Lake, 3 hours from Toronto.
Price per night: $100 + $12 service
If you’re tired of dealing with city people and want some quality me-time, there’s no better way to spend it by renting out your own private island. By being away from the hum of city life, it gives you a chance to reflect on life and find peace in solitude. A weekend of fishing, boating, and witnessing beautiful sunsets will be sure to recharge your energy for when you return to the bustling metropolis.
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