What’s It Really Like To Rent A Tiny House In Canada For Vacation
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Tired of staying in a standard “cookie-cutter” hotel room? Looking for unique hotels to make your holiday extra-memorable? Why not consider staying at a tiny house. Canada has its very first tiny home hotel in Fernie, BC, and we were so lucky to be one of the first to experience it!
In this post, we are taking you inside this one-of-a-kind accommodation and sharing with you what it’s like to vacation in a tiny house. We will help you decide if tiny house hotels are right for you and highlight the things you should consider before renting a tiny house for your next vacation.
What is a Tiny House?
First and foremost, what is a tiny house?
The tiny house concept originated in the United States and commonly refers to full-fledged dwelling units that less than 50-meter square. Some of them are built on wheels – making it easy to move around, but this is not a requirement.
Tiny houses typically contain a living area, kitchen, bathroom and a sleeping loft, just like a studio apartment.
With green living and minimalist lifestyle on the rise, tiny houses have become a trend, especially among people who work a location independent job. Also, it encourages us to consume less resource, resulting in a much smaller environmental footprint!!
Tiny House in Canada – Snow Valley Lodging
Where can you rent a tiny house for vacation in Canada?
Snow Valley Lodging is the first hotel business that pioneered the tiny home concept in Canada. The property is located in Fernie, BC – an all-seasons destination for adventure travelers.
There’s a total of six full-amenity, one-bed, one-bath tiny homes on-site, along with an indoor common space for socializing. In the summertime, the communal courtyard will be open for guests to hang out and set up a picnic!
Each tiny home comes with one bed, one bath, a living space, and a small and mighty kitchen equipped with stoves, fridge, oven, and basic appliances. The best part is – there is running hot water and a heated floor to keep you warm and cozy in cold weather.
Even though there is no washing machine and dryer, you can access laundry facilities on the property. You really have the comforts of home!
One thing that really surprised us is the modern furnishings and smart design tricks to make the compact space feels a lot bigger. For example, the use of a wall-mounted fold-down table offers a versatile dining space. Instead of taking up valuable floor space with a cabinet, the TV is mounted to the wall to bring entertainment to the room!
These brilliant ideas make Snow Valley Lodging’s tiny homes incomparable to any other Fernie accommodations.
Combining favorable central location, style, comfort and functionality, Snow Valley Lodging is one of the most unique hotels in Fernie (and possibly Canada) for travelers.
You can book this Fernie hotel directly on their website or on Expedia. You can also find them when searching for Fernie Airbnb.
Is Tiny House the Right Fit for You?
Vacationing in a tiny home might not be for everyone. Before renting a tiny house, here are some of the questions to ask yourself:
1/ Do you need housekeeping or room service?
Are you the type of person who needs the bed to be made and towels to be changed every single day? Most tiny house hotels do not provide such services. If you vacation in that style, tiny homes might not be a good accommodation option to consider.
2/ Do you spend much time outdoor?
Although the layout and features in the tiny homes make the space comfortable, the small size encourages an outdoor lifestyle. It promotes getting outdoors, being in nature, and connecting with other people.
If you tend to spend your vacationing time indoors, you might find the space a bit limiting.
3/ Do you tend to bring a ton of luggage?
Are you a chronic overpacker? Do you find it hard to leave for vacation without bringing at least one large suitcase? Then you might want to re-think renting a tiny home.
Because tiny houses have a restricted space already, a full-size suitcase will take up most of the valuable space you have left for moving around. To stay in a tiny home hotel, we recommend packing versatile clothing that can be worn multiple ways.
Things to Consider When Renting a Tiny House
When pick the right tiny house rental, here are a few things to consider:
1/ How many people does it sleep?
If it can only accommodate 3 people max, don’t squeeze 4 people in such a tiny space.
2/ Do they have the appliances or amenities you need?
Planning on cooking? Check if they have pots and pans. For those staying for a longer period of time, find out if there are laundry facilities.
3/ Is it pet-friendly?
Want to bring your furry friend with you on vacation? Check if they have pet-friendly rooms.
4/ How close is it to the attractions?
You are there to explore. How far away is it to the downtown area, the hiking trails, and other attractions?
Other Tiny Houses in Canada
Snow Valley Lodging is the first tiny home hotel we know of in Canada. There are other tiny house rental available on Airbnb. Below are a few worth checking out:
- tiny home in Lincoln, Niagara, Ontario
- tiny house in a farm in Victoria, British Columbia
- tiny house by the water in Squamish, British Columbia
As you have read earlier in this post, staying in a tiny house doesn’t mean compromising the amenities and functionalities of a regular hotel room. We hope this post answers your question about what it’s like to vacation in a tiny home hotel, and inspire you to stay in one for your next vacation!
This is a great idea to rent a tiny house than staying in a hotel. This gives you the homely feeling and I would love to stay somewhere like this when I travel with my partner. You have nicely listed many FAQs that may rise up in mind related to staying in a rented house than a hotel in Canada. Thanks for the share.
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I really enjoyed this post- how fun! My husband and I love the idea of “tiny houses” and have stayed in some small accommodations in the past! It would be difficult to stay in one with our toddler, I think, but it would be fun to try it out again when it’s just the two of us.
I have never thought of this since we usually stay in a hotel or with relatives whenever we’re in Canada. This tiny house concept is just brilliant and so cute. We’re seriously considering this during our next trip.
I must admit even though you don’t have a lot much space the whole experience is very interesting and I would love to try it on my next vacation if it is available in any of the destination I visit . If you away for a few days the standard hotel room can become a bit boring and make you home sick but this would give you that home feel. Great to know you were lucky enough to try Canada’s first tiny home hotel in Fernie, BC and looks like you are sold on the whole concept. The accommodation looks all you need and just in a little less space than your won flat.
It’s a clever idea to stay and experience a tiny house. It’s a very good concept of minimalism as well. Though for some, there are still some factors to consider like the ones you’ve mentioned above, say, is it a pet-friendly home for those pet lovers. But I do love to experience a tiny house, sure it does becoming a trend. When less is more. Canada must also offer varieties of tiny homes which fit the budget of renters/ travelers.
When I was roadtripping in Iceland I stayed in a few tiny houses along the way. I loved it! I think it’s really important to be honest with ourselves and whether we would truly like this experience instead of just following an up-and-coming trend. I think you did a great job breaking down the pros and cons for tiny house living!
I have seen enough Tiny house concepts on TV , but never knew that you can actually take it on rent during your travel. It’s a great way to travel.Giving a feeling of staying on your home when actually you are vacationing. I agree with you that this is not for Luxury travelers.
This post could not have come at a better time. I am accommodation hunting myself at the moment and this gives me so much inspiration. The place looks incredibly cozy and I would love to stay at a place just like this myself! I kind of love the fact that it is so tiny, and if you are sharing it with someone you love then all the better!
I love the idea of tiny houses. Looks cosy and comfortable with everything you need in one place. Just a little worried being really tall but I think all the benefits will outrank that by far. Thanks for the detailed post.
I really like how the whole concept of tiny houses is to boost your creativity. Just stuffing all of these amenities in such a tiny space without making it look packed and loaded is incredible. I guess if you live or at least stay for a couple of days with someone they should be someone you really go along with.
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