Hotel: Yurts by Imago Village
Location: About 45 minutes north of the town Chicoutimi, Saguenay, province of Quebec, Canada. Saguenay is known for its fjord and plethora of adventure activities.
First impressions: This place is remote! The nearest town, Saint-David-de-Falardeau, is about 25 minutes away, and in the summertime when the ski resort is closed, no one is around! This was not a problem, though. The yurt village was cozy, private, and breathtakingly beautiful.
The property: Nestled deep in the forest, with private paths leading to each one, there are six colorful yurts, each with their own smoke stack. A main, larger yurt serves as a cafe and common area. This village is growing, with plans for more yurts in the near future. It sits behind a small resort that provides access to a spa with hot tubs as well, which is mostly open in the winter time.
These yurts are of Mongolian inspiration, including domed tops with skylights, a double bed in the loft, a single and hide-a-bed in the couch, a compost toilet, sink, fridge, microwave, pellet stove, and table for 4 people. The yurts have electricity, pellets for the pellet stove are included in your stay, and the bathrooms will soon have shower facilities as well. Sheets and bedding are included, though once you choose where you would like to sleep, you make your bed yourself.
What I loved: The coziness!! When I walked into my own private yurt, the fire was already burning in the fireplace, the christmas lights on the outside railing were on, and beyond that I had a beautiful view of the ski area across the way. The private bathroom and mini kitchenette provided me with everything I needed during my stay. There are two places to sleep in the yurt, either on the pull out sofa or up in the loft, which has a double bed that is directly under the sky light. I got to star gaze straight from the comfort and warmth of my own bed.
What I didn’t love: I understand that this comes with the location of the yurts deep in the forest, but I’d have to say the spiders! Even though the yurts were very clean and fairly new, I came across a few spiders inside my yurt that were big enough to have to “deal with.”
What’s not to miss: There is so much to do in this area. If you want a custom tour package, the owners of the yurts can arrange a trip for you and recommend various activities for you to do. For example:
- Visit the Falardeau Zoo (an amazing rescue effort and recommended!)
- Visit the spa next door or this one in Chicoutimi
- Visit the fjord
- Explore Chicoutimi
- Eat poutine at St. David’s snack bar
- Visit Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux for zipline, via ferrata, ropes course, or kayaking
How to book: Visit ImagoVillage.com. Prices per yurt start at $150 CAD (Canadian dollars) per night, so depending on the exchange rate, much less in USD.