welcome to yurtopia...

...the first and only yurt on White lake is ready to enjoy - not quite, but almost completed.

Fully insulated with a great wood stove, the yurt can be enjoyed all year. Four people can be accommodated very comfortably - or more if you don't mind being creative.

This is an opportunity to get fresh air and exercise without "roughing it" too much. It's not the Ritz Carleton, but as far as yurts go, it's pretty classy.

The Yurtopia website will be a guest book for comments and pictures from any Yurtopians who want to contribute. We will also keep you updated on our progress. Our next project will include an enclosed kitchen, bathroom, shower, storage, porch and wood fired sauna: After that the price will go up astronomically!

The Yurtopia Story - How it all began

  • Click here to view phase 1 of the yurtopian construction process!
  • Click here to view phase 2 of the yurtopian construction process!
  • Click here to view phase 3 of the yurtopian construction process!
  • Click here to view phase 4 of the yurtopian construction process!
  • Outside view of a Yurt
  • Interior view of a Yurt
  • Through to top of a Yurt
  • Yurt in the winter time

what's a yurt?

The yurt is a habitation unit, used by some nomadic populations, whose origins are lost in the depths of time. Its form, always round, allows a great resistance against the heavy winds which sweep the large steppes of Central Asia. This ancestral residence, classified a world humanity inheritance by UNESCO, is still used nowadays in cities and isolated areas of Mongolia.

The yurt consists of a wood lattice and supporting rafters resting on a compression ring. Most of the time, the flexible but robust reinforcement of the traditional yurt is covered with felt. Although from the mechanical point of view, the structure is prestressed and self-supporting, some are provided with posts which support the compression ring.

The Mongolian yurt can shelter up to 20 people and several customs as well as the use of space are governed by tradition. Among others, the door always faces south, when entering the right side is the women's quarters while the left side is the men’s quarters. When a guest comes into the yurt, he must avoid walking on the threshold and avoid touching the doorframe.

Cited from Yourte.ca.