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Off-Grid Yurt Rentals for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Québec, Canada


A handful of Biome off-grid yurts have been installed throughout Gatineau Park in Québec, Canada, as an accommodation solution for outdoor enthusiasts who want to extend their stay in the park.

These contemporary yurts have a propane fridge and BBQ, a solar panel, and a wood stove. The structure is made with a wooden trellis, weatherproof canvas, and a dome skylight at the centre which provides ample natural light.  During warmer months, the dome can be lifted with a metal crank rod to allow fresh air to enter, and heat to escape.

Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives think this yurt could be an interesting tiny house alternative based on its (relative) portability and affordability, as well as the fact that yurts are considered a temporary structure in many municipalities.  The interior design and floor plan could easily be adapted for a more cozy, homey atmosphere instead of the current utilitarian setup. You can see a video tour and photos of the yurt below.

Off-Grid Yurt Rentals for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Québec

Yurt in Gatineau Park - Exploring Alternatives

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Have you ever considered a yurt as a home?

Yurt Interior - Gatineau Park - Exploring Alternatives

I could definitely see the beauty in living in one, how about you?

Yurt Interior - Exploring Alternatives

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Video: Off-Grid Yurt Tour: A Tiny House Alternative

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Avatar varenikje
    February 1, 2016, 3:37 pm

    This actually looks nice and liveable (if you have ample firewood), but if I even considered something like this, my children would scream.

  • Avatar Sharee
    February 1, 2016, 5:27 pm

    I don’t quite understand. Available to rent, but you can change the interior however you want? Is the rental just for the yurt and you provide the interior? I like the idea of yurts, just not this layout.

    • Avatar Bernard
      February 1, 2016, 7:03 pm

      The article is saying that you could rearrange the interior of a yurt of similar size and make it into a full time residence, not that you can rearrange these yurts.

  • February 1, 2016, 6:31 pm

    I really love your yurt!! It seems like you have a lot of room inside of there. It’s very cozy and I love your wood burning stove. It looks like it gives off a lot of heat. Thank you for the awesome video, I learned a lot about yurts. Great idea about sterilizing your water. Enjoy your place!!

  • Avatar Gabrielle Charest
    February 2, 2016, 12:24 am

    Round structures intrigue me. There is something peaceful about them. This yurt is a convenient and efficient shelter for those who want to spend time off the grid.

  • April 9, 2020, 8:40 pm

    These yurts look like they have a lot of room in them! Could fit my whole family in here. We stayed in an bnb yurt a few months back and it really inspired me to build my own. The yurt we stayed in was built by https://www.simpleterra.com/yurt-kits/. It was wonderful

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      April 10, 2020, 3:02 pm

      I absolutely adore yurts! When you build one please send us pictures!

  • Avatar Alex Bub
    December 7, 2020, 3:31 pm

    Just curious; yurts always look like they have minimum insulation properties unlike walls that contain insulation. Do yurts loose heat rapidly and need better heating systems in cold areas of the world? Burn more wood/propane/natural gas or higher eclectic bills for that type of heat? I would be hesitant to build one for year-round living in Wisconsin with our winters.

    • Avatar James D.
      December 7, 2020, 4:30 pm

      Yurts are basically a tent like structure, they’re intended to be temporary and easily taken down to be moved to another location as needed, but you can layer materials for thicker walls and include a layer of insulation material like wool, etc.

      You can also forgo the original construction and go with just the shape of the structure and have more modern walls and roof if you plan on staying in one location permanently and don’t ever need to take it down…

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
        December 8, 2020, 3:48 pm

        Also yurts originated in Mongolia. Not exactly a warm place ha.

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