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glamping-inspired
REBRAND

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renda Hagerty is president of both Porcupine Canvas
Manufacturing Ltd. and Tenting in Luxury. Located on
Montreal's south shore in Boucherville, Quebec, the
companies manufacture a broad array of products, including
bags and cases primarily used by the mining industry, as well
as tipis and other structures used by aboriginals.
For the past 20 years, both companies have also produced
canvas wall tents traditionally used by exploration companies.
But around 10 years ago, they were asked by a client to produce
these for his glamping site, which they did, says Hagerty.
"A few years later, we were getting more inquiries from the
newly emerging glamping industry," she recalls. "We decided
to rebrand our tent division and that is how Tenting in Luxury
was developed."
They fabricate two models of wall tents-one in a "true
prospector style," which is hung from an exterior pole structure,
and an internal-frame-style tent-selling these to glamping
resorts, hotels and campgrounds as well as to people who want

an additional sleep structure for their cottages. Tents going to
areas in Canada or the northern U.S. are typically up for three
seasons. Glamping is more active in the warmer climates, like
California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New Mexico, with these
locations generally being year-round, Hagerty says.
"We use a specially treated canvas to construct our tents,"
she explains. "The structures are primarily built out of either
wood poles or old barn wood. The point of glamping is to be
eco-friendly and have the least amount of environmental
impact. The fabrics need to be fire retardant and also need
to breathe, making for a more comfortable experience."
Hagerty believes glamping is just getting started and
that it is poised to grow "exponentially" each year for decades
to come.
"There are so many possibilities for marketplaces, and
people are definitely trying to be more conscious about the
environment," she explains. "Glamping is way more well-known
by the public today than it was 10 years ago, which is what is
fueling the growth of the industry. People like to try new things
and glamping fits the bill."
ABOVE: This internal-frame-style tent from Tenting in Luxury, installed at
the Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat in Grafton, Ontario, Canada, is
designed to be mounted on either the company's aluminum frame, or on a
customer's wooden frame structure. Fabricated from premium-quality 10.10ounce fire retardant Army Duck Sunforger canvas, the water-repellent and
mildew-resistant fabric still retains all of its breathability. Photo: Porcupine
Canvas Manufacturing Ltd. and Tenting in Luxury.

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