A Peek at the Good Life: Glamping with UP Cannabis in Canada

A Peek in the Fantastic Life: Glamping with UP Cannabis in Canada

There’s plenty to be excited for when cannabis is finally legal in Canada this fall. Obviously part of that anticipation requires but it s equally exciting to consider mainstream industries opening their doors–and experiential marketing events. I got a glimpse into this not-so-far-off future and one thing is sure: Cannabis is going to turn culture down.


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The lore surrounding The New Farm is impressive–the farm that proved you could make money through sustainable farming has also become Ontario’s “It” farm, hosting concerts and community events and placing the county on the map. Owners Gillian Flies and Brent Preston sell their delicious organic produce (I tried a lemon plucked fresh from the line and WOW) to local restaurants, and businesses use The New Farm as an event space.


Sitting in the center of The New Farm is Your UPside Down home: a life-sized, interactive, art installation that travels Canada to get adults  talking about cannabis legalization. The UPside Down House is a visual trip and an Instagram dream. Enter the home that sits inside and on its roof, you can walk on the ceiling. (Well, it’s either that or you accept that the table, chair, sofa and lamp are hanging upside down over you.) You can even enter the & ldquo; rdquo & basement ;, appropriately the roof of this building, and take an image of this view from up top. Turning perceptions about cannabis in their head is easy in the UPside Down House, which will tour the country at different musical festivals and community events throughout the summer, such as the Cowboys Festival in Calgary, Rock the Shores at Colwood, BC, Country Thunder at Regina and Calgary, and The Weekender and Rifflandia festivals, both in Victoria, BC.


Name a iconic duo…I’ll wait. And while I wait, I’ll learn about terpenes in the sun and be chillin & rsquo; with some Tragically Hip members while I sip on a cocktail. UP Cannabis welcomed Gord Sinclair, Paul Langlois, and Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip to Up in the Farm, where they chatted with guests about how excited they were to join the budding cannabis industry in Canada–the band is invested in UP’s parent company Newstrike and are very involved with the enterprise.

The Glorious Sons, UP Cannabis, Canada cannabis retreat
The Glorious Sons (Photo by Vee Mercier)

The bandmates also discussed the late Gord Downie would have enjoyed the event and Sinclair gave the crowd a rundown of UP Cannabis’s future product lineup: five new breeds all named after Tragically Hip songs, such as Eldorado, a “cerebral sativa” perfect for an evening shared with friends and Morning Moon, an indica-dominant strain perfect for serious couch time. The Hip, who don’t have any plans to make music since rsquo & Downie;s passing, left the to some talent that was younger. Kingston rock band the Glorious Sons shook the barn before Dallas Green serenaded the audience into a relaxing mood before bed. (No, he didn’t play “Save Your Scissors,” much to the dismay of this former adolescent fan.)


The food was the best part Up in the Farm. Not only did many of the components come fresh-plucked from less than a hundred feet from us, the whole dining experience revolved around cannabis. We were greeted with appetizers like the tartare and “rdquo & cucumber phattys ;–nori rolls.

As a substitute for a cannabis-infused feast, the UP dinner was created to match or represent the terpene profiles at the five cannabis strains that will be accessible from UP in the autumn. Chefs from some of the region&rsquo best and most popular restaurants filled our plates with glorious dishes match for rsquo & Canada;s A-List berry fans.

Carl Heinrich Chef, UP Cannabis
Chef Carl Heinrich recreated the terpene profile of Eldorado strain using a Persian-lime glazed rainbow trout, mashed parsnip, pickled black currants, walnut and walnut oil, and baby greens. (Courtesy of UP Cannabis)

I could ’t vouch for the terpene similarity (UP Cannabis’s breeds won’t be available until after recreational legalization) but I can say the food was absolutely yummy. In the morning, By way of instance –after bake and a wake –we were treated to house-smoked bacon that was local, and the gorgeous two-cheese quiche with farm fresh asparagus, plus buttermilk scones.


The event revolved around a Cannabis 101 hosted by UP Cannabis’s “Plant Magician and Horticultural Manager” Katie Iarocci, who spoke to the crowd about terpenes, cannabinoids, sativa vs indica vs hybrids (and how those don’t actually matter), and how to ease into cannabis use.

(Courtesy of UP Cannabis)

UP advocates for Your High Five:

  1. Be a excellent major brother/sister (keep away from kids)
  2. Cannabis & chainsaws.

    In the past, if I was able to smoke cannabis at events, it involved secret corridors or trashy back rooms, so to be able to consume cannabis in the open using a fancy cocktail and a nice appetizer in my hands as I cruised the crowd and mingled in a swanky event? Well, that was something.

    The generally friendliness and welcoming vibes from all of our hosts was appreciated by this stoner and signals a change in culture. To have cannabis take center stage at a swanky event was a sign of things to come. For rolling a joint I have been kicked out of cannabis events. Part of me believed we’d never see cannabis welcomed in these places, legal or not. But the future is here and it’s open to possibilities.

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