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A Long Weekend at Long Point Eco-Adventures

We’ve been hosting Thanksgiving dinners at our home since we moved in, but this year, my parents were travelling and we will be fortunate enough to have an aunt from overseas visiting next weekend. So, we pushed out our big family gathering until next weekend and instead decided to take advantage of the additional day off of work to squeeze in a roadtrip.

With an invite in hand from Attractions Ontario, we jumped in our car as soon as we could on Friday and started towards our destination: Long Point Eco-Adventures. It would be a place where the family could enjoy being immersed in the outdoors, but enjoy the luxuries of indoors. In other words? Glamping! Yeah, baby!

I’d only glamped once before (back in 2010 at Zoo sauvage de St-Felicien), and I was more than happy to try it again. So, what does glamping look like?

Here’s how Long Point spoils its overnight guests in its Wilderness Suites

This "tent" includes real beds, with heated blankets, and hardwood floors!

This “tent” includes real beds, with heated blankets, and hardwood floors!

Icing on the cake? A separate zipped where guests will find bath robes, flush toilet, and sink with hot and cold water.

Icing on the cake? Flush toilet and sink with hot water!

While at Long Point, you can kick back in your wilderness suite and simply relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings or you can choose to take part in some of their activities.

On our first evening, the rainy’s days skies somehow cleared by the time we arrived just before 8pm. This allowed us to join the Star Gazing Tour. Right on site, Long Point has an 16” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that is capable of revealing celestial objects 10,000 times fainter than the faintest objects visible to the naked eye!

The large dome in this picture is where the star-gazing observatory is located.

The large dome in this picture is where the star-gazing observatory is located.

Our guide, Cara, shared her clearly genuine fascination with astronomy as she walked us through a hands-on viewing of distant planets, nebulas and galaxies. It truly felt magical to be on Long Point’s three-story observation deck and to see the sky in a “dark zone.” All up, it was about two hours in length.

Under only red light and in a dark zone, the star gazing was incredible!

Under only red light and in a dark zone, the star gazing was incredible!

Afterwards, we were all very ready to hit the hay in our comfy beds (with heated blankets!) and get some rest for the next day’s adventures. Everyone in the family felt toasty warm all night and enjoyed a great sleep.

In the morning, all guests are invited to a complimentary breakfast in a larger tent where you can help yourself to cold breakfast fixings or be served up with something hot … French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and a savory veggie mix. And, of course, there was coffee too :)

My son Max had been counting down the days to this point …. when he would get to go ZIPLINING! He was beyond excited as we started our Zipline & Canopy Tour. As we started to get our gear on, I could already tell our fellow ziplining mates were going to be great company and we were all cracking jokes and looking forward to the adventure.

For $7, you can receive a whole batch of photos from your zipline tour.

For $7, you can receive a whole batch of photos from your zipline tour.

Better yet, our guides, Kristin and Bobby, were terrific too! They were serious enough that you felt very safe, and good-humoured enough that everyone was grinning and in stitches half the time.

Long Point Eco-Adventures' zipline guides Kristin and Bobby.

Long Point Eco-Adventures’ zipline guides Kristin and Bobby.

Again, we really lucked out with some wonderful weather. It was a sunny, exquisite autumn day — a perfect time to be hanging out in the forest.

There are also two suspension bridges on the Long Point zipline tour.

There are also two suspension bridges on the Long Point zipline tour.

Look at me, mom! I'm flying at Long Point Eco-Adventures!

Look at me, mom! I’m flying at Long Point Eco-Adventures!

Stella in action on the Long Point Eco-Adventures zip track!

Stella in action on the Long Point Eco-Adventures zip track!

After ziplining, we took a short drive into Turkey Point and enjoyed a casual pub-style meal at the Sandbar restaurant. It was family friendly and might delicious! The sandy beach and water for as far as the eye could see really made you feel like you were somewhere outside of Canada. But, alas, it was simply the greatness of the great lake Lake Erie!

A stretch of beach at Turkey Point, Ontario

A stretch of beach at Turkey Point, Ontario

From there, we explored by car the other way to see what Long Point itself was like. Like Turkey Point, it was a gem of a spot with a long, sandy beach as far as the eye could see. Many lucky cottage owners had property facing right out onto the beach and to the water.

Long Point, Ontario, looks like a perfect summer getaway to me!

Long Point, Ontario, looks like a perfect summer getaway to me!

We then drove back to our luxury landing pad over at Long Point Eco-Adventures because hubby wanted to take in some Mountain Biking. While the kids and I mellowed out and meandered around, he keenly jumped on a 50km track that starts right at our wilderness suite. He found it interesting to compare his experience biking around Ottawa, where there is a lot of exposed rock from the Canadian shield, to the marshy, more mellow and meandering trails of Long Point.

Meanwhile, the kids and I enjoyed one of the trails on the property that included a large boardwalk with a view out to the Long Point Penninsula, the longest freshwater sandspit in the world. In the foreground we took in the sight of massive stretches of marshes, much of which is privately owned by hunting organizations. (With almost 400 different bird species, the area is very popular in spring and fall for hunting.)

Stella is our official guide and reader of info signage.

Stella is our official guide and reader of info signage.

We lingered on the trail as long as we could before the sun began to set. We simply did not want this day to end.

A trail which includes a long boardwalk and extensive views of the marshes.

A trail which includes a long boardwalk and extensive views of the marshes.

All in all, it was a weekend to remember. On our drive home, unprompted, Max said, “This was an amazing trip. Amazing.” That sums it up nicely.

P.S.  I’ve spent my last few posts sharing gorgeous sights from across Ontario. If you want to do some of your own exploring, Attractions Ontario can help. Currently they’re holding their annual Local Haunts Halloween Content with more than $2,500 in prizes from around the province! Enter now at www.attractions.ontario.ca/halloween. The winners will be selected October 23rd, 2015.

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  1. this summer, both my husband & I decided we were done with tent camping (too much work and a bad night’s sleep on the ground). so, I am VERY interested in this option…… I will be picking your brain for more info Julie!! glad you had a great weekend!

    • Pick away! That’s what I’m here for! :) There was far less packing involved, no cooking (breakfast is provided and then we ate out for lunch and dinner, but you could easily bring your own lunch fixings and have a picnic), and a great sleep had by all! So it was truly relaxing, yet you still got the great outdoors.

  2. Wooooow! It looks so amazing Julie! What a great thing to do as a family.

  3. WOW! What an amazing adventure!! I love all the amazing things you did and see. I am NOT a camper by any means but sign me up for GLAMPING!

  4. What a great weekend getaway. I don’t like camping, but I could definitely handle this glamping!! It looks like a gorgeous place — I’m adding to my list of places to go.

  5. I am so jealous!! How awesome does that look!! I love the accommodations shown in your pictures. That’s exactly the kind of camping I am into. Bring it on! I would so do that another year with my family. Thanks for posting and sharing this. I feel like this is a definite option for us. The kids would LOVE it too!

  6. This looks like so much fun! I could really use a weekend away in a wonderful place like Long Point Eco-Adventures. Hmmm…I think I may see a road trip in my future!

  7. What a great way to spend a long weekend! Those tents look amazing, honestly all of it does. So fun!

  8. Whoa! Glamping looks even cooler than I had imagined. Love all the fun treetop adventures… Fun!!

  9. My wife and son are going tent camping this weekend and I’m staying home, but if there were beds with heated blankets and French toast made for me in the morning I’d be all in.

    • I know, right? There was a little heater in the corner, electric blankets on the beds. It was comfy! But in this chilly weather to sleep on the ground with a thin camping mattress? Um, not thanks :)

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