Our trips to PEI usually entail camping, my kids favourite summer activity. I must confess however, that I do not enjoy sleeping in a tent but I do it for the kids. Recently however, I discovered a much better alternative to packing up my entire kit and kaboodle just to sleep uncomfortably on the ground – staying in a glamping dome. Treetop Haven in PEI offers exactly that.
Living on the east coast I am surrounded by the natural beauty of the ocean. That same ocean also gives passage from Nova Scotia to our neighbours in Prince Edward Island. The drive from Halifax to the ferry in Caribou never feels too long, taking our time to soak in the scenery along the way it all part of the journey. Also, part of the fun for my kids and me too, is being able to step out on the deck of the ferry and breath in the salty air.
Sleep in a Treetop Dome
Treetop Haven, located in Mount Tryon, PEI is a mini sanctuary that can cater to weddings, private getaways and an all round unique experience. The property has five TreePODS located close together, each one being named after a Prince Edward Island local bird. These one of a kind domes are a cross between a tree house and a pod, nestled in the forest making it the perfect getaway-from-it-all location.
My husband and two boys were my sidekicks when I visited our dome away from home. Enjoying some ‘Downs’ time in the trees was exactly what we needed. We brought our bathing suits, board games and a few groceries. I did not have to spend an entire day packing. Everything we needed was onsite.
Comfort and Amenities
These dome style tree houses have a full bathroom, a kitchen, and very comfortable beds. The spacious wrap around deck and hot tub also make this experience extra special. My youngest had never been in a hot tub before, we couldn’t get him out once it was time for bed. Even a ten year old needs time to relax it seems.
Instead of watching television, we were able to gaze upon the forest through the clear side of the dome. Getting lost in the trees calmed my busy thoughts. When I snuck away to my bedroom to read, I could still see the trees through the skytop window. The rustling wind through the leaves kept pulling my gaze to the sky. When the sun set we continued to look to the sky to find shapes in the stars, a fun camping game that never gets old.
Surrounded by Nature
Treetop Haven really is the perfect escape. Sleeping in a dome surrounded by nature was medicine for my soul and a reminder that our Canadian landscape has much to offer, along with the luxury of a hot tub of course. My only piece of advice, if you go in the summer, please take your bug spray. The mosquitos love this place as much as I do, but don’t let them stop you from going. They also have two pods which remain open in winter, giving me something to look forward too in a few months. I imagine it being just a pretty being covered in snow.
Country Crafts and Eats
This roadside sanctuary is not too far off the beaten path which means if you do not feel like cooking you can find someone else to do it for you. If you are looking for an absolute must stop, please drop into The Roadside Gallery and Cafe, just a few minutes from the TreePODS. Cathy and Bill have a special gem on their hands with this one of kind shop.
Cathy hooks rugs and Bill carves award winning sculptures from trees. Everything else in between is yours to discover. Trust me, you will not want to miss Bill’s seafood chowder, filled with lobster, scallops, fish and more fish. Bill was not willing to give me his grandmother’s recipe, despite me trying. I was very polite and didn’t lick the bowl, even though I wanted to.
Another fun stop for the kids was the Lobster Barn in Victoria. Burgers, fries, scallops and a pint from Upstreet Brewery were on our minds. Before we satisfied our cravings for greasy goodness, we visited the shop next door and found ourselves a few keepsakes. We did not want the weekend to end. Grabbing a trinket or two would help us hold onto our memories a little longer.
We ended up taking the back roads from Treetop Haven to the ferry terminal. Prince Edward Island is the kind of place that makes you want to slow down. Admiring it’s beauty is worth every stop along the way.