My First Yurt Experience

After months on my wish list, I was lucky enough to stay at this beautiful and secluded yurt, located in the Madoc area (not too far from Belleville). If you’re on the lookout for something more high-end than camping, but still want a rustic down to earth feel, you will absolutely adore this place. Once I arrived at the property, there was an adorable sign saying Y U R T and an arrow pointing down a lovely trail. From there, I unloaded my bags and parked near the entrance. The pathway to the yurt, the outdoor fire pit, and the atmospheric seating area all made for an enchanting start.


The inside of the yurt is astounding and the atmosphere rated above my expectations. The entire place is sparkling clean. Even though there’s no running water, there are jugs of water provided so you can still wash your hands the old fashion way in the kitchen sink. When the sun starts hitting the yurt in the morning, it immediately starts heating up the yurt, but it does cool down quite a bit in the evenings. The bed is big and comfortable, but we did end up bringing a few extra blankets that came in handy the first morning when it was freezing. Having the grill outside made it extra easy to cook a variety of meals, like quesadillas and sandwiches. I ended up making a large pasta salad beforehand, which really made dinner easy to snack on during the trip.


The entire experience was completely unique to anything I’ve done before. The yurt can range in temperature so make sure to come prepared with a fan in the summer and extra blankets in the winter.


Since it was only about a ten-minute drive from the yurt, I decided to make a quick stop by the Marmora Mine. It’s all fenced up but I still managed to get some nice photos and take in the beautiful views. The mine was opened in 1955 and exported iron ore pellets until 1979. By that time it had mined almost 1.3 million tons of iron ore. This gorgeous pit of brilliant blue water goes as deep as 700 feet.


Looking for another stop to make in the area? Visit Dahlia May Flower Farm, located in Trenton, where you can check out a wide variety of Ontario grown flowers and indoor plants. The market is open on weekends, from March until December. Plants and flowers change weekly, depending on what’s in season. Make sure to check out the surrounding town as it’s very charming. 


Wifi: No
Electricity: Yes
What is supplied: 
  • Bed linens
  • Ground coffee (coffee press) and hot chocolate
  • Tea kettle (and tea)
  • Body towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Mugs
  • All kitchen utensils
  • Cutting board
  • Wine glasses
  • Spatula
  • Salt & pepper (and lots of spices)
  • Portable speakers
  • Woodstove
  • Firepit
Available upon request:
  • Shower in the Main House
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • BBQ
  • Toaster
What To Bring:
  • Toiletries
  • Cozy pants
  • Warm sweaters
  • Turtlenecks (and other shirts for layering as it can get cold in the mornings)
  • Light T-Shirts
  • Dress
  • Socks (always pack an extra pair – or two)
  • Undergarments
  • Water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer (for when you’re out on a hike)
  • Camera
  • Pajama pants + shirts
  • Laptop + USB with movies (for the evenings or on a rainy day)
  • Chargers (and whatever other cables you might need)
  • Snacks
  • Wine (Or other beverages)
Highlights In The Area:
Restaurants Nearby:
  • Sunny Side Up (Breakfast)
  • The IRON Grille (Lunch)
  • Ivanhoe Cheese (Shop)
Disclaimer: All information and prices are accurate as of the time of the posting. All opinions expressed are completely my own. This post is not sponsored. 
*All images are copyrighted Julia Melcher (@adventureontario) or credited to their owners. Please do not use or re-post without written consent and provide credit where applicable

One comment

  1. Thank you so much for this article. I want to take my family to a lot of these wonderful places now. I can’t decide which first! 🙂

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