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Vacation on a budget: Glamping in Pole Tents


A young boy wearing a backpack stands in front of  a budget friendly vacation option: glamping in a pole tent at Four Corners Algonquin

If you’re looking for one of the best low-stress vacation-on-a-budget options, look no further than a glamping getaway in one of our pole tents.


Whether you have camping equipment or not, glamping can be a surprisingly affordable way to enjoy an unforgettable holiday - all while sticking to your budget.


Starting at just $50.00 per person, per night, our pole tents are designed for the budget friendly traveler - and we’ve packed in a ton of perks like free firewood!


Read on to see why glamping in a pole tent is one of the most affordable vacations on a budget and learn about everything that’s included in your stay - including a FREE Algonquin Park Day pass!



Choose a budget friendly accommodation


With Four Corners Algonquin ready-to-camp model, there is no longer a need to buy, own or store all kinds of camping equipment that you may not use, or may grow out of as your family dynamics or travel interests change.


At Four Corners, we have tents in all sizes, comfort levels and price points to suit whatever you need right now. We also have gear like sleeping bags and pillows, pots & pans, towels and flashlights, so you can rent exactly what you need for your group each and every time.

Young boy stands in front of a pole tent with arms stretched out at Four Corners Algonquin

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay for a couple, two couples, or a group of three, check out our pole tent and bunkie options.


What is a pole tent you ask? Pole tents are just that - small canvas tents, still built on a wooden platform to stay dry like our other tents, and still furnished with comfy mattresses inside, but instead of framed walls the tents have a main pole that holds it up.


In short, pole tents are smaller, more affordable, but still packed with fun experience.



Our smallest pole tents sleep two people each

Our Hilltop site for example, is our only two-person pole tent on a private site. This tent is great for solo travelers or couples (or couples with a pet). It currently costs under $100.00 a night, making it an incredibly affordable option for nature seekers without their own tent or equipment - and did we mention a FREE Algonquin Park Day Pass comes with your stay?


We also have sites with two two-person pole tents on them, great for two couples who want to camp together but sleep separately.


Look for the Lumberjack & Lumberjill, or the Mossy Corner Tents when you book.


Affordable options for groups of 3

If your group size reaches 3 people, we still have “vacation on a budget” options for you.


Our Belle of the Woods tent sleeps three with lots of room to spare. And our Play bunkie sleeps three in a twin-over-twin bunk bed with a cushy 8” floor mattress. We often get families of three, solo travelers, and backpackers booking these units because they fit the need exactly, at a budget friendly rate.


Low price: Our pole tents are priced to provide warmth and dry comfort no matter the weather at an affordable price.


>> At less than $50 per person per night, it’s the best value around for a budget friendly vacation.


Free firewood and park pass: Your reservation includes one free bag of firewood each night delivered right to your tent AND a free park pass to Algonquin Park valued at $21/day. We’ll even help you start the campfire at night if you need a hand!


Value experience: You can’t get any closer to Algonquin Park than Four Corners Algonquin. We’re only five km from the East Gate, a two minute drive from the village of Whitney, and right beside Opeongo Outfitters.


Stick to your vacation budget by sharing a site with friends


The math checks out folks - if you are hoping for a low-cost, low-planning camping trip in 2023, the pole tents at Four Corners should be on your list of things to look into.



Boy stands in front of a small pole tent at Four Corners Algonquin


Four blue Muskoka chairs setup in a circle around a fire pit with a pole tent in the wooded background


Two grey Muskoka chairs are placed in front of a large pole tent with forest in the background


A tiny home sits beside a lush green forest at Four Corners Algonquin

Hilltop $79/n

Mossy Corner OR Lumber Jack & Jill

$149/n

Belle Tent

$129/n

Bunkie

$114/n

​Private site

​Private site

​Private site

​Private site

2 people

4 people

3 people

3 people

Pet friendly

Pet friendly and Pet free

Pet friendly

Pet free

​1 tent

​2 tent

​1 tent

​1 tiny home

Floor mattresses

Floor mattresses

Floor mattresses

Twin over twin bunkbed + Floor mattress

Fire pit

Fire pit

Fire pit

Fire pit

Picnic table

Picnic table

Picnic table

Picnic table

​Propane BBQ

​Propane BBQ

​Propane BBQ

​Propane BBQ

Comfort station

Comfort station

Comfort station

Comfort station

Common kitchen

Common kitchen

Common kitchen

Common kitchen

1 bag of free firewood/night

1 bag of free firewood/night

1 bag of free firewood/night

1 bag of free firewood/night

​Free park pass​

​Free park pass​

​Free park pass​

​Free park pass​

$39.50/person/night

$37.25/person/night

$43.00/person/night

$38.00/person/night

Add in shared gas and groceries and you've got yourself a budget vacation to remember for as little as $100 per night per person, entertainment included!


Who should try glamping in pole tents or our tiny home?

When we designed our tent offerings, we wanted to make sure we captured the imagination of people from across ages, abilities and budgets.

Our safaris are fun and affordable, but we wanted to be able to reach specific groups that the larger tents can’t:

  • Solo travelers - individuals traveling alone, or those who may be looking for a private, more solitary experience

  • Budget travelers - students, backpackers, hostellers, and those looking for a safe, cheap place to rest their head

  • Backcountry campers who need or want a place to stay the night before heading into a back-country trip, or on the night they leave a back-country trip

  • Friends sharing a site - couples that want to camp together but sleep separately

  • Novice campers who want to try camping but don’t necessarily have the experience

  • Parents who want to camp with their kids, but prefer to keep them within arms’ reach


Save money by taking advantage of travel discounts

Like any good budget shopper, the best time to book your trip is when discounts and deals are hot.


Here at Four Corners we offer discounts and giveaways both through our social media accounts and our email subscriber list.


If you’re looking for a discount with us, the best time to book your vacation here at Four Corners is in the early spring and at the end of the year for the next season - which is when we typically offer our best discounts.


Follow us on social media or get on our mailing list to be the first to hear about our promotions!


Vacation and eat well while on a budget

Campfire cooking is one of the best ways to eat healthy and save money on food while on vacation.


Whether you’re steak-and-potatoes all the way, or prefer vegetarian cuisine, there is something very wholesome about time spent cooking and sharing a meal together.


Many people are worried about the planning that goes into a camping trip, particularly food. We also get questions about refrigeration, and what to do about animals. Is it safe to bring food with you?


You can go all out if you want - plan five course meals and bring familiar foods from home with you if that’s what makes you happy. Or stop at our local Freshmart in Whitney to pick up just what you need.


For safety reasons, if this is how you roll, bring a cooler with ice and store the food in the trunk of your car outside of meal times. Or, if you don’t own a cooler, rent one from us here. The safety rule we live by here is do not bring food inside your tent with you.


Truthfully, and if anyone asks, we encourage people to keep in mind that healthy al fresco dining doesn’t require a lot of advanced planning or know-how. In fact, going simple on the food often makes for a happier, healthier and less stressful getaway.


Lots of fruits and vegetables can be grilled right on the propane bbqs we provide, and you would be surprised at how tasty and satisfying a simple bowl of oatmeal is in the morning.

For a happy medium alternative, bring dry goods with you (cereal, rice, granola) and shop for the fresh ingredients here. Less than half an hour you can take them right from the grocery store to your grill to your tummy. It really doesn’t get better than that.


Save money using local expertise

As soon as people arrive, the very next question is what to do next?


South Algonquin is one of those magical places where you don’t really need a massive excursion budget accounted for within your travel spend to sample the best life has on offer. In this part of the province, nature is your entertainment. And luckily, here, nature is still free.


Whether you’re a solo traveler or exploring the province with your friends or your kids, check out some of these free and almost-free things to do nearby.

  • Swim at one of three amazing freshwater beaches in South Algonquin (Galeairy Lake Beach, JR Booth Memorial Park Beach, Bark Lake Beach) or one of six campground beaches in Algonquin park all within a 20 minute drive of Four Corners Algonquin

  • Watch the cotton-candy skies at Galeairy Lake Beach at sunset.

  • Sit outside in the rain, or listen to the sound of water rolling over the rocks at the Galeairy Lake dam in downtown Whitney with a picnic lunch

  • Park downtown at Galeairy Lake Memorial Park and take a walk (or bike ride) down South Algonquin’s newly refurbished Old Rail heritage trail that starts at the MadMusher. Meandering along the famous Madawaska River headwaters, you’ll see rapids, open water and if you go far enough, a trestle bridge with spectacular views of the tree line. The trail goes on for over 40km, all the way to Barry’s Bay.

  • Bring, borrow or rent a fishing rod and take a crack at catching your supper. Ask us for the best spots!

  • Reserve your free park pass and get some exercise - visit any of the more than one dozen hiking trails in Algonquin Park.

  • Reserve your free park pass and learn something - visit the 2 museums and art gallery and learn about the natural and social history of Algonquin Park

  • Check out the interpretive event schedule for activities in Algonquin Park, including guided walks, art displays and public wolf howls

  • Enjoy our free Algonquin Park driving tour - created by us - and accessible on the Four Corners Algonquin app


In conclusion: Enjoy rich experiences at a low cost

Algonquin Park is a world renown attraction and a priority on international bucket lists for over a century.


It’s also a driving factor for tourism and a hallmark in the province. Despite the wide public awareness of how amazing this part of the world is - less than a 3 hour drive from the main airport hubs of Ottawa and Toronto - what often surprises visitors most when they arrive is how budget friendly vacationing here is.


Four Corners in South Algonquin is among the best value opportunities for vacationing in the province.



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