August 4, 2022

See the interior of Buffalo Farm, a glamping retreat where you can stay in a yurt

The great outdoors is even bigger when you sleep on one of Ontario’s most luxurious glamping getaways

How much: From $ 139 per night
Or: 2137, route 630, Mattawa, 647-898-6147
Travel time from Toronto: Four hours, 20 minutes

Five years ago, brothers and sisters in their twenties, Javid, Shara and Raschad Gibson opened a 600-acre bohemian retreat on the site of a former bison farm in Northeastern India. Ontario. “People still slow down as they walk by to see if they can spot any,” Shara says. The Gibsons live year round in two cabins, harvesting most of their produce from a huge garden and drawing water from a well. For their guests, Raschad built a holiday yurt using a canvas stretched over 200 young fir trees. Inside, there’s a queen-size bed topped with organic linens, a hemp futon and a collection of woolen blankets, plus a wood-burning stove where guests can cook their own food. “We only provide the essentials, so people can avoid having so much need,” Shara explains. This year, the Gibsons are building a larger two-story yurt and a teepee that will be ready by summer. They also brought a small herd of baby buffalo and 14 horses for guests to ogle, pet and whisper.

Everything in the yurt is handmade, including the floor (milled by a neighbor) and the sofa (built from salvaged barn beams):

The yurt can accommodate eight people. The Gibsons provide organic sheets, wool blankets, and hemp futons (made by Raschad), but the ushankas are BYO:

The property sits on the Amable du Fond river. You can explore the area in a cedar canoe or walk to a secret waterfall:

The farm is home to several horses that were saved from slaughter:

And a small herd of baby buffalo:

Customers bring their own food to cook on the wood stove. The Gibsons provide coffee, a French press and a jug:

The tipi is new for this year:

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