Two yurts in Church Point, Digby County, which were built in 2014 to supply summer camps for youth are attracting a much bigger clientele.
Brigette Robicheau, volunteer treasurer with Les Dames Patronesses de la Colonie de la Jeunesse Acadienne (CJA), says she receives weekly, or even daily, calls from tourists seeking to book the yurts for weekends or extended stays, year round all.
“Last winter was especially  popular plus they are;popular during Clare’s big events such as for example Gran Fondo and Festival Acadien,” she said.
The yurts were built by Les Dames in partnership with Universite Sainte-Anne, in le Petit Bois, where there is a couple of trails with interpretation panels that encourage visitors to understand concerning the natural and cultural history of the website.
The summer camps for youth are conducted in French during weekdays. Robicheau says they’re popular quite.
“We’ve plenty of returning local campers along with francophone families that away join us from.”
Most people are surprised by how roomy the yurts are, she says. Most guests would rather rent a complete yurt than simply a bed in a single rather, for retreats or workshops sometimes.
Brigette Robicheau, volunteer treasurer with Les Dames Patronesses de la Colonie de la Jeunesse Acadienne, handles requests for booking the Petit Bois yurts, that can come in year-round. (CONTRIBUTED)
Each yurt is built-in the design of a traditional nomadic dwelling or habitat from Central Asia.
They contain wooden slats that support chevrons on compression hoops. A seamless canvas covers the exterior of the yurt, while a fire-proof canvas protects the within.
Insulation is inserted between both canvases and a transparent dome allows inhabitants to see at night the stars. The yurts are open 12 a year and  months;they include a wood stove for the wintertime months.
Wood is provided inside each structure but guests are requested to bring kindling. Although some bedding comes, guests are encouraged to dress and bring extra bedding during colder months warmly. Each yurt contains 10 bunkbeds.
There are two showers and two toilets in both male and female washrooms on site. The red yurt is wheelchair accessible.
There is power but no fridge and you can find picnic tables outside.
Robicheau says the structures are as favored by travelling families because they are for friends that are celebrating holidays/birthdays and other events.
Her favourite thing them  about; is that the ocean  could be heard by you;from inside.
“The trails across the woods and towards the lighthouse and shore are lovely too,” she said.
A self-guided tour can be acquired for visitors that are curious about days gone by history, birds, habitats and animals of Le Petit Bois. Thirteen locations across the trails are outfitted with interpretive sign posts, each bearing QR codes which can be scanned with a cellular device. The QR codes connect to webpages filled up with interesting facts, stories and photographs. For visitors without usage of a cellular device, a booklet containing exactly the same information can be acquired at the Rendez-vous de la Baie visitor centre, on the campus of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point.