Accepting applications until mid-October Starting date: October 2023
Brief Job Summary
Do you love the outdoors? Working with your hands? Do you thrive in jobs where no day is the same? If so, this is a good fit for you! Cabinscape is seeking a reliable, on-call maintenance person with strong problem solving skills to maintain 13 tiny rental cabins starting ASAP. Experience in off-grid systems, snow removal/landscaping, plumbing, propane fixtures and small engine repair is an asset. Training provided. Vehicle required. This is an hourly paid position with lots of flexibility to accommodate your schedule. However, proximity and availability to deal with guest issues is important. Starting October 2023.
As our skilled maintenance person extraordinaire, your primary responsibility will be keeping our cabins in tip top shape. Your day-to-day will include a wide variety of activities such as general cabin repairs, construction assistance, preventative maintenance, and emergency guest assistance. Being reliable and self-motivated with a keen eye for detail is essential in this job. You should have the manual dexterity and physical stamina necessary for this kind of work.
Please note some assistance with our Kirkfield Lake cabins may also be required which may require some travel days.
Duties + Responsibilities
Install or repair necessary equipment as needed and install new cabins and tents
Perform grounds maintenance task such as trail maintenance and upkeep
Check control panels and electrical wiring (12V, solar and 110V) to identify issues
Complete regular maintenance tasks, such as generator maintenance, cleaning water intakes, sanding and refinishing
Inspect and troubleshoot various equipment and systems (12V electrical, gas appliances, plumbing fixtures)
Perform minor fixes, such as repairing broken locks, damage to walls, etc.
Manage tasks and reports via an online / app interface
Respond quickly and interact with guests to assist with issues
Snow clearing / removal
Occasionally perform necessary cleaning activities, such as dusting, mopping, trash removal, etc.
Requirements + Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent
Working knowledge of 12 volt wiring, solar power, plumbing, and electrical systems
Experience working with tools, including hand and electrical tools
Ability to read and utilize technical manuals and drawings
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Friendly and hospitable
General passion for creative problem-solving
Love of the outdoors and a solitary work environment
Digitally competent with access to a cell phone
Our cabins are located on our private property/development on Kirkfield Lake (a naturalized quarry).
Access to your own reliable vehicle is required.
Flexible hours that may include weekends, nights, short shifts and long shifts
On call availability, in addition to normal hours
Compensation + Perks
Full-time position; no benefits
$25-$30/hour (based on experience)
Free cabin accommodations! We want you to know our cabins inside and out. This means staying over at our cabins and getting the full CABINSCAPE experience.
Fall in Love with Autumn: How to Take Advantage of This Fleeting Season
Fall in love with fall this year and make the most of the coziest season with an autumn CABINSCAPE adventure! From dazzling tree top adventures to fall chairlift rides, we’ve listed our Top Things to Do on your CABINSCAPE stay to make the most of autumn’s splendour!
Enjoy breathtaking views on a Canopy Tour of Haliburton Forest while staying at our 11 cabins located on site. Walk through the autumn treetops for views from 10-20 meters above the ground. At over half a kilometre long this is the longest canopy boardwalk of its kind in the world! Once you’ve come down, explore the 400km of endless all-season hiking and cycling trails and get up close and personal to the changing colours. The trails are well marked and maintained varying from easy, flat walks to more adventurous routes.
For more seasonal fun, explore the fall calendar at Yours Outdoors for a full roster of fall activities – from a Predator Prowl, to mushroom hunting and rock hounding, there is something for everyone!
As the leaves begin to change, enjoy a Fall Colours Chairlift Ride at Calabogie Peaks! Take the chair to the top of the mountain and experience the expansive views on your way up. From there you can choose to hike your way down or hop off at the top to snap a few pictures of the sky-high view and ride the chair back down to the bottom. Running for the last two weekends of September and first two weekends in October, there’s no better way to experience the changing of the seasons. Purchase your tickets when on-site at Calabogie Peaks.
Alternatively, take advantage of some of the best hiking in Ontario and explore the best of autumn on foot. Calabogie Peaks Resort is the trailhead for a fascinating network of Ontario hiking trails that expand beyond the resort boundaries and cross over thousands of acres of Crown Land… including the renowned Eagle’s Nest Lookout!
Pet an alpaca at the Windmill Point Alpaca Farm! Take a guided tour around the farm and learn more about these adorable animals living nearby our Cabinscape Camp Kawarthas location. The farm is currently home to 8 alpacas who are cool and curious animals the whole family can enjoy.
Meander the trails through our property or visit the nearby Balsam Lake Provincial Park, located just 10 minutes from your cabin. You’ll find numerous nature hikes and cycle routes for all skill levels. While in the area, check out the second-annual Kawartha Fall Festival at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Saturday, September 23, 2023. This free, family-friendly event will feature up-close animal encounters, a vibrant vendors market and an array of delectable food trucks!
During your stay at our Lanark County cabins, attend one of the many fall events in Perth! The Night Market on September 16th begins at 5pm. Wander the streets and encounter entertainers and artisans, and dine under the stars at a variety of restaurants and pubs. Shop with vendors open late as you stroll while surrounded by Perth’s heritage buildings. There are also many Halloween events here throughout the month including a pumpkin parade, zombie and ghost walks, trick-or-treating, and more!
The Perth Farmer’s Market season also runs until Thanksgiving weekend (October 7th) which includes local produce, home-baked pies, pastries and even live music. Grab some fresh eats and head to one of the many quaint parks or enjoy an autumn picnic along the Tay River.
Whether you are out to soak in the sunshine or take a walk in the wilderness, this adventure kit is sure to come in handy during your CABINSCAPE getaway! This kit, curated by a professional cabin hopper, comes equipped with common cabin necessities, and provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to the harsh chemicals that protect you from rays and insects. Support local businesses and prepare for your adventure in a natural, gentle way with this trusty summer set.
This kit will be in your cabin upon your arrival, and features the following inclusions:
How disappearing into nature was crucial for uncovering my identity.
By Tiffany Wice
When I truly started to question my gender, the world became a bit overwhelming.
Embarking on a massive journey like that, it touches literally every aspect of your life: Work, relationships, money, family, even the really mundane stuff (“Wait, does this mean I can’t buy the cheap men’s razors anymore?”).
For someone as anxious as myself, it was never a simple ‘a-ha’ moment like you see in the movies. It became an ominous feeling of impending doom, bubbling up and eating away at my brain every moment of the day. “What if it all goes wrong?” I found myself hyper-fixating on the thousands of little reasons why I shouldn’t transition, instead of the very big single reason why I should.
It didn’t help that at that point in my life, some of the people closest to me weren’t very supportive, and in fact were actively hindering my gender journey. It’s easy to doubt yourself when someone you trust tells you there’s something wrong with you.
The world around me was more of the same, “Be like this.” “Don’t wear that.” “Fit in”. Growing up, I had learned to internalise that neverending cacophony of shame, and I spent years hiding myself away and putting forward the least disruptive version of myself. It was safer that way.
I found myself stressed, anxious, unsure, hiding from everyone including myself, and surrounded by constant discomfort and uncertainty. A ship lost out at sea with no land in sight, slowly breaking apart piece by piece. At one point, I had to call 911 for myself due to the intensity of the panic attacks I was experiencing. It sucked, and if something didn’t change soon, I was going to implode.
I’m so lucky I was able to disappear into nature.
Whether it was just a short walk through a local park, or a week long trip to the middle of nowhere, I would find myself feeling clearer after disappearing into the woods. Thoughts that felt the size of planets back at home fit in the palm of my hand out there. It all became so obvious and simple. Of course I should do what makes me happy as long as I’m not harming anyone else. Of course I’m not a bad person for wanting what’s best for me. Of course.
I’ve always felt the most like myself when I’m out in nature. I remember as a kid pretending I was a forest explorer while out on hikes with my family, running ahead or dropping far behind to make believe I was all on my own, a fantasy hero on their way to some incredible adventure. Capable, brave, independent. Twenty-odd years later, it was those same moments, all alone and surrounded by green and brown and red and orange that I was able to breathe, to truly see myself in a way that I couldn’t among the noise and chaos of regular life.
There’s that certain kind of magic to being surrounded by nothing but trees and wildlife and earth, no signs of civilization in sight. If you’re here, I’m guessing that you’re familiar with that feeling.
The restorative elements of a visit into nature are well documented. A visit into the woods offers the rare opportunity to unplug, to look inwards without the distractions of everyday life. The forest doesn’t care what you look like, what clothes you wear, or who you’re attracted to… you can just be you. It’s the ultimate judgement-free safe space.
Out on those long summer hikes, weekend camping trips, high-altitude mountain adventures… I was always greeted by that same beautiful, magical stillness. My mind would clear, my body would relax, and I could finally hear my own thoughts. It’s like the universe was saying “It’s okay, you can come out now, no one is going to hurt you way out here”.
My first ally was, and always will be, the woods. At a time when I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere, Mother Nature opened her loving arms, took me in, and sent me back into the world with a stronger sense of who I was and what I needed. I will always be grateful for that.
My advice for anyone having trouble figuring themselves out: go out there, way out there. Get lost. Release your inner forest adventurer. Let all the burdens of modern life fall away (even briefly) and live for as long as you can in that wonderful stillness. Make that space for your mind, body and soul to speak freely, and listen to what they tell you. Your future self will thank you for it.
Make the most of the “dog days” of summer and treat your beloved furry family member to a kit designed to keep them prepared for backwoods adventuring! This kit was designed by and for pup owners, with help from our friends at Tickless Canada, and comes highly approved by our resident pack (Gizmo, Dallas, Gadget & Ruby). Whether this is your pup’s first Cabinscape visit or fifth, this kit will prepare your pup for more adventures Ontario and beyond!
This kit ideal for guests staying with their furry family members during their CABINSCAPE stay, and features the following inclusions:
Custom reversible & glow in the dark CABINSCAPE dog bandana for forest safety handmade with love by Thunder Paw Designs (three sizes: small, medium & large)
Hey, springtime adventurers! If you’re ready to shake off the winter blues and explore the great outdoors, our CABINSCAPE properties are the perfect destinations for you. From blooming wildflowers to bird-watching, there’s no shortage of things to do and see this season. Grab your binoculars, lace up your hiking boots, and spring into action!
CONNECT TO WILDLIFE
Get ready to spot some amazing wildlife in their natural habitats! Apart from the beaver, loon and deer sightings, spring is the prime season for bird-watching, and Carden Alvar near our Kawarthas cabins offers an extensive boardwalk through grassland, wetland, and forest where you can spot more than 230 unique and rare bird species. Also in that region, make Alpaca friends at Windmill Point Farm for a family-friendly experience. For a thrilling wolf experience, head to the Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest and witness the pack shedding their winter fur.
Take a stroll through the forests and fields near our cabins to view the blooming wildflowers. Many parks and conservation areas, such as Dahl Forest in Haliburton offer guided wildflower walks that allow you to see the beautiful colours and scents of spring. For another Haliburton adventure, wildflower spotting is included in our Esson Creek Mineral Tour.
Many gorgeous blooms of wildflowers grow around our Kawarthas property – meander through the meadows of the site to experience the diverse flora and fauna. Frontenac Provincial Park near our Lanark cabins is also a great option for trails that are filled with blooming flowers of the season.
Looking for unique attractions that offer insight into the region’s rich history and culture? Check out the Bonnechere Caves near Calabogie – a hidden gem that was formed over 500 million years ago. Visit the Haliburton Sculpture Forest for a unique outdoor collection of sculptures by Canadian and international artists.
Don’t miss the Kirkfield Lift Lock– a stone’s throw from our Kawarthas cabins. This national historic site is the second-highest hydraulic lift lock in the world that lifts boats 15 meters up the Trent-Severn Waterway. Watch in awe as boats navigate this engineering marvel!
INDULGE IN LOCAL FOOD & DRINK
No adventure is complete without trying out the local food and drink scenes. Whether you’re looking for a cozy café, a fine-dining experience, or a local pub, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your appetite. While visiting Lanark County, Perth is a foodie delight with endless restaurants and patios to choose from, while Fenelon Falls near Kawarthas offers a wide range of food options to please any palate. For a taste of the Swiss Alps, head to Canthooks restaurant at Calabogie Peaks Resort, or enjoy wood-fired smoked meals and ice-cold beers at Truss Foodworks Smokehouse in the heart of Haliburton Forest.
EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS
Experience the abundance of outdoor activities near our cabins. Hike to the top of Eagle’s Nest at Calabogie, take a leisurely stroll through the meadows at our Kawarthas property, or enjoy the many trails on-site at our Lanark cabins. The spring scenery is sure to take your breath away!
GET WILD and go where the wild things grow with our SPRING SALE! Get $50 off each night of your booking – no promo code required. Sale ends May 16th!
Sale terms and conditions: *Terms: Not valid for bookings starting on or after May 16h, 2023. Cannot be applied retroactively to existing reservations; or used in conjunction with any other promotional gift codes. Must be used for a reservation through cabinscape.com. Cannot be used towards shop items, packages or gift card purchases. Sale ends May 16, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.
Unwind in CABINSCAPE’s Off-Grid Retreats and Reconnect with Nature
You wake up in an off-grid cabin in the forest, the sound of birds chirping and trees rustling outside your window. Nature’s alarm clock. You make a cup of coffee and sit outside on the deck to breathe in the fresh air. With no plans in sight, you are free to see where the day takes you. Should you take a leisurely walk? Hop in the canoe and explore the lake before the rest of the world wakes up? Or simply relax with a good book? The day is yours, free from distraction. Welcome to CABINSCAPE.
Disconnect to Reconnect: My Weekend at Cabinscape
I spent my weekend at CABINSCAPE embracing the peace that comes with not having a packed schedule, which almost feels like an act of rebellion in a world that values constant productivity. I made breakfast in the morning and went outside to drink my morning cup. I was greeted by a family of deer at the end of the driveway. They stared at me briefly before running off, but that was the moment I really felt myself relax. I was with nature. The birds were singing, I could see the lake, and I consciously decided to do nothing for the rest of the morning. After I made myself lunch, I set out on a hike. I took time to focus on breathing in the fresh air and feeling the wind on my face. Once I got back to the cabin, I took a nap outside before dinner. I watched the sunset over the horizon of the lake before retreating inside to read my book. I spent the day being intentional about my time and energy, and it was exactly what I needed.
The Benefits of Nature: Why Spending Time Outdoors is More Important Than Ever Before
With locations across Ontario, CABINSCAPE offers the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With sustainability and comfort at the forefront of each cabin’s design, you will have everything you need, without the excess. A space to clear your mind and reconnect with the world around you. The cabins are solar-powered, eco-friendly, and vary in levels of remoteness to suit your preference. What they all have in common though, is immersing you in the outdoors.
There are countless benefits to spending time in the great outdoors, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving overall physical health. Studies have shown that being in nature can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, and increase feelings of happiness and well-being. Simply taking a walk in the forest surrounding your cabin or sitting outside and enjoying the natural environment can have a powerful effect on the mind and body. In addition to mental health benefits, connecting with nature can also improve physical health. Outdoor activities are available nearby like hiking, paddling, and biking provide a great workout! Spending time in nature has even been shown to boost the immune system, thanks to exposure to the diverse microbes found in the earth and natural surroundings.
Nature’s Classroom: How Being Outside Cultivates Environmental Stewardship
Spending time in nature can be a transformative experience, one that can inspire us to take action to reduce our environmental impact. By immersing ourselves in the natural world, we can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things and the fragile balance that sustains life on our planet. With that understanding can come to a deeper sense of responsibility – inspiring us to take action to protect the planet and become environmental stewards. So next time you have the chance to spend time in nature, take advantage of it – you never know how it might inspire you to make a positive impact on the world.
CABINSCAPE offers the perfect opportunity to unwind, recharge, and reconnect with nature. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and escape to the forest, where the days will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Renee de Ronde is the face behind The Eco Fam. She is a wife, mother of two and environmentalist at heart. She aims to inspire others to live a more sustainable lifestyle and get outside to connect with the world around them through responsible travel. To follow her journey, find her here.
Earth Month is a time to celebrate our planet and commit to ecological practices that protect it for future generations. At CABINSCAPE, we share this commitment to promoting sustainable tourism in some of the most beautiful and remote areas in Ontario.
Earth-conscious tourism is not just a trend but a global responsibility. That’s why we’ve made significant efforts to minimize the environmental impact of our cabins, by using solar energy, composting toilets, greywater systems, and earth-friendly products. All of our cleaning supplies and toiletries are green and biodegradable. We also provide a fully stocked kitchen with everything you may need to discourage traditional single-use camping supplies like cups, plates, cutlery, etc.
At CABINSCAPE, we also believe that eco-friendly activities can be just as fun and exciting as traditional sports. From hiking and biking to stargazing and wildlife watching, we encourage our guests to explore countless ways to connect with nature while leaving a minimal impact on the environment.
To ensure that your stay is as nature-conscious as possible, we encourage our guests to practice sustainable habits during their visit.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
Pack light and avoid bringing unnecessary single-use items.
Be mindful of your water and energy usage during your stay.
Practice ‘leave no trace’ principles when outside and exploring the trails.
We are proud to be a brand that is committed to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism while encouraging visitors to connect with our planet in a positive way. By choosing to stay with CABINSCAPE, our guests can have a unique and memorable experience with nature while also doing their part to minimize their carbon footprint.
Spring has officially sprung which means love is certainly in the air! Celebrating love has been an enduring theme at CABINSCAPE getaways since our inception. Located in some of the most scenic locations across Ontario, our cabins provide the perfect setting for romance and adventure.
ETERNALIZE SPECIAL MOMENTS
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion during your stay or just want a memory that will last for years to come, our Celebration Package is for you!
Designed to capture your special moments in the wilderness, the package includes a bottle of sparkling wine, two keepsake Cabinscape glasses, a basket of local hand-crafted sweets, and a vase of seasonal flowers.
By popular demand, this package has now been expanded to include our Kawarthas and Haliburton cabins along with Lanark County!
Add this package to any cabin booking (except Calabogie) or email email@example.com (subject to availability).
ELOPE IN THE WOODS
Escape into the wilderness with your special person for an adventure of a lifetime! Launched in spring 2023, CABINSCAPE Weddings: Elopement Experience is designed so you can celebrate your love, your way. No two love stories are the same, which is why we have designed this package with tons of flexibility – so you can celebrate in a way that is uniquely yours. All you need to do is choose the cabin meant for you and let our professional elopement curators help you bring your vision to life!
Thanks to our partners at Bowtied With Love (in Lanark and Calabogie) and The Organic Moment (in Kawarthas and Calabogie), this package includes two nights at our cabins, up to two additional guests, on-site coordination and ceremony management, an hour of photography, keepsake CABINSCAPE wine glasses, a custom wedding cake AND MORE! You can also choose from an array of custom add-ons to curate the special day of your dreams.
Made specifically for couples, our Irresistible Romance Kit is the perfect way to add a touch of romance and intimacy to your wilderness getaway. The handcrafted and all-natural products included in this kit have been curated to create a sensual experience exclusively for CABINSCAPE guests. Arriving at your decorated cabin adorned with rose petals and twinkle lights helps create a cozy and romantic atmosphere to kick off your getaway. Plus don’t forget some sweet kit inclusions to enjoy!
Further details on inclusions for this kit for the 2023 Spring/Summer season will be announced shortly! Add it to your stay or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Maple season is upon us and there is no better time of year to adventure to one of our tiny cabins and enjoy all the Maple goodness the local towns have to offer!
Celebrate the sweetness of Spring by tapping trees, eating delicious treats, visiting sugar bushes, and exploring these quaint regions of Ontario while on your tiny cabin adventure!
In the heart of the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County is touted as the ‘Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario’ and it’s not hard to see why! The maple syrup and products produced in this region are tourist attractions at any time of year.
Temple’s Sugar Bush in Lanark features a Pancake House Restaurant with a Maple breakfast special, a shop and a nature trail through the picturesque surrounding forest and gardens. Visit the Festival of the Maples in Perth which boasts an artisan food market, retail attractions, and lots of live entertainment.
Plan a trip during Ontario Maple Weekend from April 1st-2nd. Various producers show how syrup is made while offering free samples of fresh maple syrup and confections. Enjoy pancake breakfasts, sugarbush trails, sugar-making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more.
Throughout the year, visitors can savour the flavours of Lanark County and enjoy the virtual Sip & Savour trail for chocolate, craft spirits, beer/cider, fine cuisine, and delicious delicacies. There’s also an incredible year-round self-guided driving Maple Tour for the region showcasing artisans, heritage buildings and locally made products.
If you are staying at one of our Haliburton locations in March or April, be sure to check out our Canadian Maple Experience! We’ve partnered with family-run Esson Creek Maple for a private and unique sugar-ing experience in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. Begin with a guided hike through the Sugarbush while learning about the local area. Tour the maple production process and have a “Sugar on Snow” treat. Conclude by taking home your very own bottle of Esson Creek Maple syrup!
For adults, make your way to Haliburton Forest Base Camp for a sap and tap experience like no other! Hike through the sugar bush, peek inside the rustic sugar shake and take away interesting insights from the impressive journey from sap to syrup, all while tasting various local maple products.
During March Break, families can experience Maple Magic. Geared towards kids of all ages, on this 2+ hour experience, you’ll hear the ins and outs of maple syrup production, follow the impressive journey from sap to syrup, check out a real sugar shack, eat a pancake meal and of course, sample some sweet treats!
For a truly rural experience, the charming family-fun Roost Farm is only a few minutes away from our Cabinscape Camp Kawarthas cabins. Enjoy a 5km walking tour of the property while surveying their maple bush and production process. Enjoy their fresh seasonal produce, honey, farm-made preserves and local artisan gifts and products.
Our Joni Cabin in Pakenham lives on Cartwright Springs Brewery where our guests can enjoy Maple Porter & Carbonated Maple Sap available starting mid-March. Opt-in for a tasting made specifically for thirsty visitors who want to try it all! Stay for an in-depth Brewery Tour where stops include their on-site maple taps.
Don’t forget the Artist Fair at the brewery the first weekend of April for more seasonal events and fun!
Fortune Farms in Almonte is gearing up for its 51st Maple season and features experiences, tours and trails, and a shop that sells everything from maple sugar to maple vinegar.
Discovering the Best Spots for Star Gazing in Ontario
Ontario is a fantastic destination for stargazing. Some of the best places to look at the sky are at our cabins in Kawarthas, Lanark County, Calabogie and Haliburton. With their vast expanses of wilderness and relatively low levels of light pollution, these sites offer some of the best views of the night sky in North America. Guests can explore the properties’ many hiking trails and lakeshores for unobstructed views of the stars.
UPCOMING CELESTIAL EVENTS
The beauty of the night sky has captivated humans for thousands of years, inspiring countless stories and legends. Whether you’re an experienced astronomer or just someone who enjoys looking up at the stars, there are plenty of upcoming events to get excited about.
If you’re new to star gazing, it’s important to remember that the night sky can be overwhelming at first. However, with a bit of patience and practice, you’ll soon find yourself identifying constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with ease.
Get started by investing in a quality telescope or pair of binoculars. These tools can help you see the night sky in a whole new way, and can be a great investment for anyone interested in astronomy.
Try an app or use a star chart: A star chart can help you identify stars and constellations, making it easier to navigate the night sky.
Choose a dark location & check the weather: The darker the location, the better your chances of seeing stars. Clouds can obscure the stars too, so it’s important to check the weather forecast before heading out.
The best time to visit CABINSCAPE for stargazing is the winter months so you can look up without your views being obstructed by trees and forests.
Be patient! Seeing stars can require patience and perseverance, so take your time and enjoy the experience.
These remote cabins are unobstructed by light and the perfect spot to stare at the sky. They are forested areas in the summer so the winter is the best time to visit. If visiting in the summer months, you can view the stars from the old logging access road.
With Family Day and March Break quickly approaching, why not try a wilderness adventure made for the whole family? From pups to kids, bring them along for some wholesome fun! Read our guide to the ultimate activities for kids at our tiny cabins.
CABIN CHASER: FAMILY EDITION
Our popular mystery road-trip package now includes exciting route options for the whole family! This curated two-night mystery itinerary and cabin hopping experience is custom designed for each booking and includes foodie favourites, small-town farms, incredible vista views, cute local shops, and cozy hangouts to get you out and about this winter.
Originally designed for groups of two, this package has now expanded specifically for families with young adventurers. Consider this an exciting surprise for the whole clan. Pups included!
One of the most popular attractions at Haliburton Forest and a MUST when visiting with children is the Wolf Centre. Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on the reserve. Winter is the best time to see the wolves in their thick winter fur – they are typically more playful and active in the cooler weather.
Once you’re done howling with wolves, explore the over 400 km of trails at Haliburton Forest. Many include easy routes for beginners, perfect for kids and pups.
Read more about a family trip to Baylight cabin in Haliburton here.
Grab skis for the whole group and hit the slopes! Our cabins here live at Calabogie Peaks Resort which offers the best of what winter has to offer. Lift tickets include the longest beginner trail in the province for skiing and snowboarding – perfect for little ones to learn the ropes. If they need extra help, register for a lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site.
If you’d rather hike/snowshoe, hop out your front door to the nearest trailhead (just metres away). Trails are groomed and well-marked for easy access and shorter routes. After the activities, take a break and enjoy all the amenities that Calabogie Peaks Resort has to offer. With the purchase of a family day pass CABINSCAPE guests can enjoy access to nightly bonfires, pond skating, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with towels and showers.
While at this property, kids are sure to love the otherworldly vibe. Hike/snowshoe 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and quarry relics from the past.
Take a mini trip to the nearby town of Fenelon Falls for entertainment, dining, outdoor activities, and shopping. There is also the opportunity to explore arts, culture and heritage as this town has a rich history. For a treat after all the fun, stop by the Little Pie Shack for homemade pies, tarts, brownies, squares, ice cream, and more!
As of March, the Windmill Point Alpaca Farm opens its doors on Saturdays to tour its pack of furry friends up close and personal for a memory that will not soon be forgotten!
For those wanting to stay close to home base, many of our Lanark County cabins have conservation areas, massive properties or trails to experience on-site or very close to your cabin! Take a nature walk and explore.
Once the activities are over and it’s time to disconnect and hunker down, enjoy maximum coziness and quality time from our mini library of books and games included at every CABINSCAPE cabin. Family approved!
How to Beat Blue Monday and the Post Holiday Blues!
Have you been feeling lethargic, listless or even gloomy for the past few weeks? The post-holiday blues are a phenomenon that culminates in Blue Monday, the third Monday of January. Also known as the most depressing day of the year. The short days with little sunlight, frigid temperatures and the end of the holidays/festive season begin to kick in. Many have started struggling with New Year’s resolutions while some struggle with debt and credit card bills. Motivation seems to be at an all-time low.
Whether or not Blue Monday really exists is still up for debate but it is hard to deny it can be a more difficult time for many. If you’re feeling it this season, just know you are not alone!
Remember to take it day by day. The days are already getting longer and we are seeing more hours of sunshine. Take time daily to centre yourself and see if these tips work for you:
Invest in a Lightbox. I cannot stress what a game-changer this can be! The effects of using a light box first thing in the morning can be immediate and may boost low mood after only 20 minutes of use. Sunlight is also crucial to our circadian rhythm.
This new year, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone! Adventure more. Seek thrills you never dreamed of. Spend more time connecting with nature while discovering its healing powers.
Whatever your goal, accomplish it with your next CABINSCAPE stay. Read on for our top adventures to cross off your list this season!
Did you know our Calabogie cabins live on a ski resort? Calabogie Peaks Resort is the tallest ski hill in Ontario and its amenities and trails are right at your doorstep. This location even includes some of the best hiking in Ontario! Take advantage of the resort’s pond skating rink and nightly bonfires with the purchase of a guest pass. Strap on your snowshoes and discover Eagle’s Nest lookout and the extensive trail network at Manitou Mountain. Spend your evenings reading or playing games from our little cabin library selection.
Haliburton Forest is known as Ontario’s wonderland of adventure! Hop on a sled and experience some of the best snowmobiling in North America with perfectly groomed trails and snow-laden pine trees. Howl with wolves at the Wolf Centre where you can get up close and personal with the pack of wolves that live in the forest. Ice fish the extensive lakes available to you. Listen to the stillness at some of our most remote cabin sites here.
Touted as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County has charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities to experience! The popular town of Perth is a foodie paradise with its delightful and varied offerings. Local trails, parks and conservation areas are nearby or on-site to explore. Each cabin lives in its own unique environment, with trails varying from meandering creek walks to rugged bush walks with lookouts of the Ottawa Valley. Grab your snowshoes and explore them all at your leisure!
Our Kawarthas cabins are easily accessible all year round (no hike-in required) which makes it a great option for those looking for a less remote but adventure-packed getaway! Hike or snowshoe 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and quarry relics from the past. Bring your ice skates and explore the quarry (when conditions allow). Spend time hunkering down in front of a winter campfire. Cold weather calls for hot comfort food cooked on our stovetop, BBQ or fire. Breathe in the stillness.
2. Whisk: In a large pot on stove, whisk until well combined without heating just yet. Vigorously whisk until there are no clumps of starch.
3. Heat: Turn on the stove to medium-high heat, heat the Eggnog until right before it boils. You should see a few bubbles appear on top. Reduce heat to low, and whisk until it thickens, about 4-5 minutes.
4. Cool: Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then carefully pour into an airtight glass and allow to cool down further until it’s not warm anymore before placing in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.
5. Enjoy: Serve with vegan Cool Whip, and Cinnamon sticks, sprinkled with extra Cinnamon on top, with or without alcohol!
Alcohol Options: If you like to make this more like a traditional nog, you can add in your preferred alcohol! Many liquors are actually naturally vegan, too. You can use bourbon, dark rum, brandy, or cognac.
BONUS! Pair with your favourite sweet treat or a seasonal charcuterie!
Take a bite of the harsh cold weather with a cup of piping hot delicious hot cocoa. Guaranteed to combat the Canadian winters and soothe the soul with each cup. Can be made on a campfire, stovetop or BBQ while enjoying your Cabinscape stay!
The best part of this recipe is that it is completely customizable. You can pick your toppings right down to the kind of milk you prefer. Tastes great with dairy and non-dairy options – coconut milk is my personal favourite. Include the little ones in creating this recipe for some festive family fun!
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
All you need: ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ cup sugar ⅓ cup hot water ⅛ teaspoon salt 4 cups of any kind of milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon peppermint extract Your favourite toppings (including but not limited to whipped cream, shaved white or dark chocolate, crushed peppermints, candy cane for a stirrer, marshmallows) Cabinscape mug – classic camper or ceramic (optional)
Directions: 1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir together until mixture boils and cocoa and sugar are dissolved. 2. After stirring continually for 1 minute, stir in the milk. Heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and peppermint extract and mix well. 3. Pour into your Cabinscape mug and top it off with your favourites! Serve immediately.
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It’s an infamous theme, my suggestion to consider experiences over things. It’s right up there next to my “buy better, buy less” preference, discussed many times over the years.
We’ve been gifting the kids experiences for their birthdays for the past few years and try to implement the same mindset when it comes to other holidays, occasions and beyond.
We’ve done many staycations, little getaways and even some major travelling with our eldest but nothing has been quite like our latest experience and stay with family-founded company, Cabinscape.
Cabinscape is a Canadian-owned and operated company, offering eco-conscious cabin stays for those looking to experience intimate, off-grid stays. Locations range from low remoteness (ability to drive-in and near other cabins and/or amenities) to high remoteness (hike-in required, distant from other accommodations, towns and resources). Every one of their micro cabins is custom designed and built with everything you need while prioritizing a minimized footprint.
We opted for a cabin of medium remoteness for our first experience, especially given we would have two small children in tow.
We stayed at the Baylight Cabin, nestled in the forest of Haliburton Highlands. This location has a 300-meter hike-in come the cold season but offers a very quiet stay, tucked amidst the trees and directly on the water of a private lake.
Travelling at the back end of November meant snow was on the ground and the water was partially frozen over, so we didn’t get to make the most of the lake’s beauty or activities (cabin stay comes with a canoe for your use while there) but it still made for an incredibly serene backdrop. Lined with evergreen trees and entirely still, the kids were thrilled to find they could sit and hear the echo of their own voices.
The cabin is equipped with a gas stovetop, full-sized BBQ and fire pit for cooking or making s’mores of course. We did pre-plan simple meals that could be made with minimal effort but also go nicely with a camping-like experience. Due to the time of year, there is no running water at the cabins and so we kept that in mind when it came to cooking as well.
We packed things like soup (that we pre-made) and grilled cheese supplies, eggs with add-ins like mushrooms and tomatoes, as well the obligatory marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and veggie dogs/sausages for a traditional campfire dinner.
This location is truly amazing for anyone who’s a city dweller because the night sky is a serious contrast to that in metro areas – clear with nothing but an array of stars sprinkled across the scene. A beautiful backdrop to roasting marshmallows or having dinner and a drink by the fire.
In the morning, pull up the retractable window and take in the sunrise or crisp morning air over breakfast and a hot cup of your favourite. If you’re early enough and things are quiet, you might even be lucky enough to get a few of the forest’s visitors. It should be mentioned that this is a truly off-grid experience and you truly are a guest of an outdoor environment. Prepare for the possibility of seeing wild animals, big or tiny.
When not stargazing or on the lookout for animals, cabins offer a selection of games and reads for your enjoyment while there. The kids even found a colouring book, so we picked up some pencil crayons in the city (Haliburton) on one of our trips in for extra water and chocolate (a lot of s’mores were made).
*Note: Because water is not running at this time of the year, you’ll need to use bottled or stored water for all your needs: cooking, washing dishes, hygiene purposes, etc. Water is running again following winter.
Depending on your location, I highly suggest finding the nearest city/town to explore on your way to or from, or even during your stay. We loved getting to know a little bit of the area better by visiting various small businesses local to our cabin’s location. The company did a great job of including a list of nearby amenities, towns, and businesses in the welcome and instructional binder. Ours even included a pass for making the most of our time in Haliburton Highland’s, also deemed a “snow dome” and a favourite for those who like to hike, snowshoe, snowmobile and beyond.
We made sure to visit the infamous wolf family during our stay and it was an absolute highlight for the kids – us as well to be honest. I cannot recommend this enough during your stay or on any visit to the area. The wolves are so majestic, we could’ve spectated for hours. It was such a privilege to see them carry on in an environment natural to them and to witness them as a pack. I think we’ll be raving about this one forever.
Many of the experiences on this getaway were far from our norm, both as home or on any of our other stays/road trips and I can’t help but feel like it was so beneficial for the kids. To be out of their comfort zone and learn to navigate while embracing nature was such an experience that we cannot wait to visit another location in another (probably non-cold) season.
I hope you will follow @cabinscape and put it on your list of future considerations. I imagine these cabins as a great option for anything from birthdays to just needing a break, a girls’ trip to an anniversary getaway.
Stay tuned for some video content over on Instagram soon and consider this your reminder to return to slow and simple every so often.
From snowmobiling to howling with wolves, strap on your snowshoes and explore all the seasonal thrills this ‘wonderland’ has to offer!
Haliburton Forest is the ultimate snowmobiling destination for winter enthusiasts! Known as “Ontario’s snowmobiling wonderland” and offering over 400 km of well-developed and maintained snowmobile and winter ATV trails, Haliburton Forest is considered to be one of the Top 10 snowmobiling destinations in North America.
The quality of the snowmobiling experience is what sets this site apart – by limiting the number of passes and having an extensive network of trails, riders never experience a back-to-back lineup. Gasoline, oil, snowmobile rentals and food are available at Base Camp.
Passes sell out fast and are already limited on weekends for the 2023 season. But don’t worry if you missed out, snowmobile passes are included with bookings at CABINSCAPE Sage, Pine and Moss cabins near Base Camp and our two brand new cabins Ivy and Jade opening in December 2022!
Valid ownership and insurance per snowmobile/ATV (no side-by-sides permitted) must be presented to staff in the Main Office upon check-in.
While many of Haliburton Forest’s 400 km of trails are reserved for snowmobiling during the winter months, there are still plenty of options available for those interested in hiking or snowshoeing the extensive trail network. The routes are well-marked and maintained varying from easy, flat walks to more adventurous routes. Feel free to pop into Base Camp on your way in for a hardcopy trail map and further suggestions.
Two pairs of snowshoes are included with all CABINSCAPE winter bookings. Strap them on and explore! Fat bikes are invited anytime when snowmobile/ATV trails are closed (typically end of March).
Keep your eyes open for sightings of wildlife including wolves, groundhogs, red foxes, snowshoe hares, deer, moose, and many more wild animals that live in the Forest!
Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on a 15-acre reserve at the Wolf Centre – one of Haliburton Forest’s main attractions! It is recommended to visit this season to see the majesty of wolves in their thick winter fur. They are also typically more playful and active in the cooler weather.
Two indoor observation areas are designed to mimic the wild as closely as possible which means the wolves maintain much of the behaviour and social structures of wild packs. Guests are able to watch them in a way that is not typically possible in a zoo environment.
There is lots going on at Haliburton Forest throughout the season including forest concerts, a logging museum, trail run marathons and more! Check out their website for the latest events and activities.
Entry to the Wolf Centre is by advanced reservation only. No walk-ins are permitted.
Imagine a natural and pristine frozen lake and you are the only person fishing on it. Known traditionally as “trout country”, Haliburton Forest is an angler’s delight with over 100 lakes, numerous large ponds and miles of streams and creeks, offering year-round fishing for everyone.
Though most lakes are only accessible by Snowmobile or ATV during the winter months, guests at our lakefront cabins can try their hand at ice fishing on-site! An extensive fishing guide to Haliburton Forest’s waters is available at the Base Camp office.
Although Haliburton Forest is privately owned, provincial Fish and Game Laws do apply and will be enforced.
RELAX, READ, STARGAZE
Hunker down after your adventures at our tiny, heated and cozy cabins. Read a book from our small library and disconnect in the wilderness. Try your hand at some comfort food and hearty winter cooking on the stove, campfire or BBQ available year-round.
Enjoy the quiet of the outdoors and don’t forget to look up! Amazing views of the night stars and sky are just above you…
Experience Christmas Movie Magic at These Top 3 Festive Ontario Towns!
Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re in a Christmas movie? Look no further than these top 3 Ontario towns that will surely get you into the festive spirit. Each town is located near our CABINSCAPE cabins for the ultimate holiday experience!
Perth is the picture-perfect holiday scene with heritage buildings, waterfront and over 100 local businesses with decorated storefronts. Take a walk along the Tay River, visiting the classic stone buildings and the iconic Perth Town Hall with dustings of snow. Have a winter picnic at picturesque Stewart Park and take photos crossing the burgundy bridge over the water. The Festival of the Lights takes place until January 2nd at Crystal Palace where you can walk around the exterior glass building at night to see the decorated Christmas trees illuminated from inside.
Perth is also a foodie lovers’ dream with over 23 restaurants of diverse offerings – many of which include festive eats and drinks for the season. For dessert, don’t forget Perth Chocolate Works for one of their famous sweet treats (decorated for the season) including artisan chocolates, barks and bars, and unique confectionery creations! Grab a hot beverage after a cool day roaming around this festive town by following the twinkle lights down the hidden alleyway to the Stella Luna Gelato Café where you’ll be greeted by a lifesize nutcracker guarding the wreath-adorned door.
This charming small town near our Joni cabin is so magical that it has literally been the set of multiple popular TV Christmas movies! Be the star of your own holiday film by walking around downtown – reminiscent of a small European town with its inviting storefronts and cozy bookstores. There is no shortage of trimmings and twinkly lights here! Visit the Tin Bin Market for home decor – this charming store turns into a holiday shop every year with curated items to make any space feel like a Hallmark movie. For some sweet treats, Baker Bob’s is an Almonte staple. Take advantage of all their seasonal offerings!
Check out Light up the Night on December 2nd for a fun winter event. Enjoy an outdoor concert ending in a fireworks display! Stay for the Almonte Santa Claus parade on December 4th and a Christmas Farmers Market on December 10th.
Huntsville is a quaint town to visit throughout the year but at Christmas, it becomes a magical winter wonderland! The waterfront boasts a historic downtown with many shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and attractions. Start at Muskoka Heritage Place and hop on the Portage Flyer! This memorable train adorned with thousands of lights will take you along the river where you’ll be greeted at Fairy Lake by Santa himself – and offered some carols, hot chocolate and cookies!
While at Heritage Place, get tickets to Eclipse “Walk with Light” where participants walk a circular path of light and encounter unique heritage buildings and illuminated soundscapes linked to the seasons of the year, and the cycles of the day and moon. There will be music, spoken words and thousands of interactive lights that will respond to sounds created by the visitors themselves.
Next up is Christmas Tyme, a magical shop for unique gifts, housewares and home decor items and Holiday Spirit all year long. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, head to Henrietta’s Pine Bakery for some European-inspired sweet treats of the season. Some of our other local fave’s include The Artisan House, 3 Guys And A Stove, Tall Trees Muskoka and Kawartha Dairy (because it’s never too cold for ice cream!).
Finally, visit Santa’s Village theme park all year round for holiday-themed rides and attractions and to meet the big man himself! They have special events throughout the rest of the year leading up to the big day.