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Gone glamping in Renfrew, Ontario

(March 30, 2016) -- The premise is simple: take a rundown children’s theme park on an 89-acre slice of Canadian Shield, install mega-tents kitted out with king-sized beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and pricey all-natural toiletries, throw in a luxury yoga studio, hire an army of personal “wilderness butlers” to fulfill every whim … and call it glamping.

OTTAWA, Ontario — Call it Elements Luxury Tented Camp and Nature Spa, the latest “big, hairy, audacious” idea from Nikki Laframboise, a glamazon farm-girl-slash-entrepreneur from the Ottawa Valley who learned everything she knows from the late Howard Darwin, her grandfather and once Ottawa’s most prolific sports entrepreneur.

The camp is opening on the property of the former Storyland theme park near Renfrew (

And when you’ve done all that — and included the kind of concierge service you’d only find at a Ritz-Carlton — invite people who, for a lack of better term, are camping-averse.

“I’m not pitching this to outdoorsy people who can traverse Algonquin Park in a canoe armed with a spork and a tarp,” Laframboise says.

To read the full story by The Ottawa Citizen, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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