The Great Canadian Bucket List first discovered glamping in British Columbia’s Rockwater Secret Cove. Technically, the wife and I were in a tent, only this tent had a large hydrotherapy soaker tub, heated floors, shag carpets, a queen size bed and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Similarly, Ridgeback’s Dream Domes make on the list because they’re the first luxury geodesic domes in Canada, surrounded by by 185 acres of wild forest, with a wood fired Japanese hot tub, king size bed, BBQ, and wood stove for the cold winter months. For allowing us to embed ourselves in nature, yet feel like we’re in a science fiction movie, the Dream Domes belong on the national wish list.
Length of Trip : Overnight
Cost : Low season: January 2 – April 30, Nov 1 – Dec 18: $145 Mid season: May 1 – June 26, September 5 – October 31: $150 High season: June 27 – September 4, December 19 – January 1: $155
Best time to go : Year round, although it helps if stars are out it’s just that little more special.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes, but better suited for romantic getaways
Where to eat : There’s a full kitchenette inside the dome, so bring something simple and delicious to prepare, and wine. Lots of wine.
Official Site : Ridgeback Lodge’s Dream Domes
Getting There : Ridgeback Lodge is situated on the Kingston Peninsula, overlooking the Kingston Creek, Belleisle Bay and Saint John River. It’s just a 35 minute from Saint John, 55 minutes from Fredericton and 90 minutes from Moncton.
Note from Robin : Ridgeback, owned by a Dutch couple and their ridgeback dogs, has two private Dream Domes, one overlooking the Kingston Creek and the other overlooking a brook. It’s all about the night you spend in the wilderness, in comfort. During the day however you can also rent canoes or go for a hike on the local trails.