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Montreal Families

Huttopia makes camping hassle free

Camping is pretty much a national pastime in Canada, as every summer families from coast to coast leave their busy home lives for a while to get closer to nature. Of course, despite its joys, the experience does come with some hang ups that may be inconvenient to less dedicated campers, such as loading and unloading the car with gear and supplies, pitching a tent, making a fire, or waking up in the middle of the night on the cold, bumpy ground after your air mattress deflated, seemingly for no reason.

Well, there’s good news for all those adventurous spirits who love the outdoors but dislike the discomforts of traditional camping. French company Huttopia is adding to its network of nature getaways and will open a new site in the Sutton region June 27. Quebecers need no longer fret about hauling an arsenal of supplies with them the next time they want to escape the city; all campers will need to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Eastern Townships is a change of clothing.

“It’s not a campsite, it’s a nature getaway,” says Celine Bossanne, who owns Huttopia with her husband Philippe. “The distinction is that you have different choices of lodging when you come and stay, depending who on you are or what you want.”

The site, called the Huttopia Village, is nestled between the town of Sutton and its mountain ski resort. It features a restaurant, café, pool, fully equipped bathroom facilities, access to a river for swimming, and a play area for children. Currently there are plans to install a volleyball area, and a full itinerary of interactive indoor and outdoor activities for families is also in the works.

In terms of lodging, Huttopia offers 20 chalets, which house six people, 20 Trapper tents and 40 Canadienne tents, which can fit up to five people, 10 Bonaventure tents, ideal for romantic getaways for two and campsites for those families who wish to provide their own accommodations. Excluding the campsites, all options include real beds with mattresses, linens and pillows, cooking and cleaning appliances and utensils, tables, chairs, a cooler, mini-fridge, camp stove, lights, towels, fly screens, heating units, electricity and so on.

Huttopia tents have already made a big splash in Quebec and have been available in a number of the province’s national parks since 2008. The choice to set up in Sutton was an easy one, explains Bossanne. “We visited many places, and loved Sutton because it’s a very nice region with many things to see and discover,” she says. “The lifestyle, the food, the wine, the blended landscapes, and the forest; Sutton shares the same spirit we have at Huttopia, so for us we knew it had to be here.” The company is hoping to build more of its villages in Quebec, Canada and the United States.

Prices vary depending on when you go and where you stay. Campsites from $28 to $46, Bonaventure tents from $70 to $105, Canadienne tents from $105 to $160, and Trappeur tents from $130 to $200, and chalets range from $165-$240.

For more information, call 1 844 488-8674 or visit canada.huttopia.com.

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