Experience Update (Jan 2020): The Cocoon Tree Bed is no longer in Cape Breton, but there are other great camping options, including six front country campgrounds and one backcountry campground and oTENTiks. Visit the Cape Breton Parks Canada website here for more information and reservations.
If you’re looking for a fun and unique camping experience, why not stay in a cocoon tree bed in Cape Breton!
We’re always on the lookout for cool things to do all over Canada, and we’ve recently found something new to add to our list. The Parks Canada Cocoon Tree Bed is a comfortable camping bubble suspended high in the trees above Ingonish Beach in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and comes at a cost of $70/night.
The first of its kind in Canada, this year marks the trial run of the accommodations that can sleep up to four, comfortably, but comes with the recommendation of two guests. With nothing but a bed inside, there’s little room for storage – but the gentle sway of the wind to put you to sleep makes up for that fact.
Held fast to the trees with tight wires, the abode twenty feet off of the ground has a steep staircase leading up to the sleeping cocoon, and has two hatches that act as ‘windows’.
Though it’s a trek from the campground, it’s the perfect way to spend a serene evening, swaying in the trees. There is no electricity, no water – but you can’t really consider it ‘roughing it’ when you’re sleeping in tree tops, can you?
If the trial run is successful, we could perhaps look forward to seeing more of the cocoons in parks across Canada – now wouldn’t that be incredible? To book, you can reserve in advance by calling (902) 285-2535
Photo credit: CNET