A yurt is an ancient portable dwelling, typically used by Mongolian nomads over 3,000 years ago. While modern yurts have changed, they are still based on the same concept; a circular frame holding a cover.
North Americans have started to modify the yurt to accommodate current needs. When building a home on rural property, a yurt can be used as temporary housing, and once the house is built it can then be converted into a guest-house or an exterior office space or personal fitness room. Some people have also set up a yurt as a vacation home or cabin on their vacation property.
Yurts have even been incorporated into national parks, offering year-round camping solutions, or at ski resorts for overnight stays or storage. It is also becoming popular for fitness and retreat centres to choose a yurt as a gathering space in the wilderness. Due to the low environmental impact of a yurt, ecotourism and adventure travel companies are making use of them in exotic locations around the world.
Have you ever had an opportunity to step inside a yurt? The 2015 version of the 3,000 year old Mongolian Yurt will be at the Victoria Early Spring Home Renovation & Décor show this weekend! Come take a step back into time and check one out for yourself and see how it may be useful for you.