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Glamping - Our New Fav Way to Adventure

Polished boot camp for you and your gal pals

Love the outdoors but can't stand sleeping on the ground, no showers and food that's opened instead of cooked? As far as we know, there's no rule about being "Jungle Jane" just because you answer the call of the wild.

Backpacking ZenBackpacking ZenGlamour camping isn't a new idea - nor one that's escaped its share of ridicule. But wilderness resorts and adventure travel outfitters are putting a fresh spin on what women really want when it comes to roughing it - multi-star resorts paired with thrilling daytime adventure, fine dining and the best of the best spa treatments.

Want adventure and excitement along with luxury? Check out these Canadian resorts:

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

On a remote part of Vancouver Island, the "Reel Wilderness Women" fly fishing package lets you rough it during the day, and retire to tents furnished with Persian rugs, fine linen and china for your gourmet dinners and, of course, four poster beds outfitted in fluffy duvets. The 3-day package includes return air transportation from Vancouver International Airport float plane terminal, 3-nights accommodation, all food and beverages, guided fishing instruction, fishing gear, a wide array of ‘glamping' wilderness activities and one heavenly spa treatment per person.

Executive Chef Tim May prepares meals while guests linger along a 36' ft counter - designed for kibitzing. He uses only produce from local fisherman and Glamping with the Girls!Glamping with the Girls!artisans, including fresh oysters and scallops, small-batch cheeses and wild mushrooms unique to the area. If you'd like to have your catches packaged and sent home, he'll include recipes and preparation tips.

Uncommon Yukon

Known as the "Club Med" for sled dogs, this is your chance to follow in the path of early settlers - with a few more creature comforts. The dog sledding itself is a dream, but instead of freezing your way through the Arctic nights, you'll sleep in the comfort of fully heated Yurts. While there's no indoor plumbing, the outhouses have insulated seats and the best view of the aurora borealis this side of the Arctic Circle.

And don't forget the food. Sledding all day stirs an appetite that's satisfied with Yukon-sized portions of shrimp and scallop linguini, pineapple cashew-chicken and strawberry-kiwi salsa - to name just a few.

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

The treehouse tents here are outfitted a tad better than the one you built with the neighborhood kids. Fireplaces, heated floors and Euro-soaker tubs will soothe your aching muscles after long days of hiking, horseback riding and kayaking. The best thing about these treehouse hideaways? No kids allowed (note: your inner child is welcome though!).

We've heard that Chef Steven Ewing and his team focuses on West Coast ingredients from the land and sea and prepares everything from scratch. But you expected that anyway, right?

Ice Hotel

You may be intelligent, dependable and fast-moving, but are you daring enough to spend a night in a hotel made entirely from ice? Each January (to late March), an epic hotel arises out of the ice a short drive from Quebec City, Quebec.

A night here includes dinner the night of and breakfast the morning after at nearby Auberge Duchesnay (where you can also have a "Warm Night" experience). Choose between a room with a fireplace or one without, but you can't have a door - curtains provide privacy.

Where will you spend your next adventure? Camping, glamping or all out luxury with a killer view instead?

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Each January (to late March), an epic hotel arises out of the ice a short drive from Quebec City, Quebec...I have been there and it is breath-taking...

This sounds great and exciting. I can't wait to gather round my gal pals and mention this program to them the next time we have a brunch. I am sure to try it out with them and what a great way to lose those pounds in troubled areas. Magnificent!

Wow! This is something I could totally seeing doing with my girlfriends. I'm so tired of getting together with them and just sitting around drinking and eating - and then paying it for it the whole next week at the gym! But getting outside for a day of adventure and then dining in luxury? What a great way to work off the calories! Great ideas - thanks for the article!

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