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Health and Wellness: The Prince Edward Island Way!

Chef ILona Daniel

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A floating agricultural destination, Canada’s Food Island, has always been synonymous with the intermeshing of creative entrepreneurship and remarkable wellness spaces.  Prince Edward Island is the perfect location to be aligned with reward or incentive travel getaways with health and wellness as a paramount objective. With a rural sensibility, beautiful landscapes and coastal vistas, guests at Nature Space Resort will be able to step away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives from near and far to slip away to PEI to restore, rejuvenate and relax.

Each yurt at Nature Space Resort comes equipped with a private hot tub

A round table discussion can’t yurt!

Owner/Operators Heather and Jarrod MacQuillan

Heather & Jarrod Gunn McQuillan, owner/operators of the self-proclaimed “Four-Season Glamping Resort,” founded Nature Space Resort in 2021, fulfilling their shared dream. Jarrod shares, “We were inspired to create an experience not just a place to stay. We wanted to be able to offer high-touch service where guests are treated like family and every detail is taken care of.”

The accommodations are unique, no stuffy by-the-numbers spaces here; accommodations are fashioned like the Mongolian circular dwellings known as yurts.

Heather explains, “There’s something special about circles and we have a lot of circles at Nature Space Resort. With no hard edges, all-natural construction materials including sheep fleece, horsehair, camel sinew, and tamarack all gorgeously hand painted; staying in a yurt is like rejuvenating within an art installation in real time.”

Each of the yurts on the property is themed based upon the animals which live on the property. The cozy nature of the yurt offers a retreat which is a welcome departure from the ordinary. The yurts are spaced so that you’re surrounded by nature and can disconnect from technology to reconnect with yourself, your loved ones, and your team.

The Snowshoe Hare Yurt

Restorative amenities nestled in “PEI’s Natural Capital”

St. Peter’s Harbour was the capital region of the province in the 1800’s- a bustling community of shipbuilding and fishing. Now it’s the heart of the islands most gorgeous natural scenery including north shore beaches, wildlife, and now boasts the inclusion of the Nature Space Resort.

What does your group have access to at the resort?

  • Each yurt is equipped with a wood burning stove and lots of firewood. And in the summer there’s air conditioning.
  • Each yurt has a deck with a private hot tub, campfire pit, and meeting goers will be kitted out with snowshoes in the winter.
  • On site guest also have access to a sauna, cold bucket/shower and cold plunge by the sauna for hot/cold therapy experiences.
  • Kayaks or paddle boards (available for rent) including nature tours, culinary kayak experiences and kayak & yoga experiences.
  • The yoga yurt is open yearlong and offers wellness and personal growth sessions.
  • We have a commercial kitchen and can provide food options to groups. We also work with many chefs and caterers to broaden food offerings depending on group preferences.
The perfect location for a yoga/wellness teambuilding retreat

“Come be a part of nature, not apart from it!”

Heather and Jarrod build sustainability into their operation by honouring the ecosystem in which they inhabit. “We are certified with GreenStep highlighting our commitment to sustainable and eco-responsible principles,” Jarrod notes. Furthermore, “to achieve this certification we had to demonstrate responsible environmental practices including reduction/elimination of single use plastis, working with guests to re-use towels and linens to conserve water during their stay, and recycling practices onsite. We are also highly conscious of our ecological footprint and try to develop the resort while preserving and protecting the surrounding eco system.”

A new future is created when we make each
meeting an opportunity

Regular flights are available on Air Canada, Westjet, Flair, and Porter, with Charlottetown just two hours from Toronto.
Find out more here.

Visit Meetings & Conventions PEI’s website to find out how to transform your next meeting, conference, or incentive travel program into a lasting experience.

About the Author

Chef Ilona Daniel is the founder of Tribe Fresh Events and Consulting, a purpose-driven insights consultancy accelerated by modern approaches to the hospitality industry, immersive experiences, community and culture development, and projects spanning the globe. A Culinary Instructor at the Culinary Institute of Canada, she is also on the Board of Directors for the Tourism Association of PEI & is the Food and Drink Editor for Harrowsmith Magazine. You’ve probably seen Chef ILona on many lifestyle and TV shows like “Untamed Gourmet,” — the episode entitled, “PEI Lobster” which she hosted was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.