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Cabin Kickback Kit

Cabin Kickback Kit

Available at all CABINSCAPE cabins

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 other fun goodies to take home, so the adventure never stops!

This kit will be in your cabin upon your arrival, and features the following inclusions:

Price is $80 CAD + tax ($95 CAD + tax for tie dye option) and can be added to your cart during booking. For inquiries contact bookings@cabinscape.com

Available for 2024 reservations.

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Our Kawartha Summer Adventure Guide

Best Activities at CABINSCAPE Camp: Kawarthas

CABINSCAPE Camp: Kawarthas is a magnificent 230-acre property encompassing a 55-acre crystal clear spring-fed quarry lake. This site rests in the middle of an other-worldly landscape surrounded by forested meadows. This pristine lake is currently home to 5 off-grid lakeside cabins, 4 meadow cabins, and 6 tent sites. Located just 2 hours outside of Toronto this adventure getaway has all you need!


GET ON THE WATER

What makes our Kawarthas location so special is the sparkling blue lake – the result of a former limestone quarry. The lake is now sustained by 3 underground freshwater springs. The water is clean and crystal clear with a colour seldom seen anywhere in Ontario. The lake has an average depth of 10+ meters so dive in and enjoy a cool, clean, refreshing swim.

Bring your own snorkels for some underwater excitement which will take you up close and personal to some geologically significant rock formations and fossils, along with plenty of fish species.

Our lakefront cabins also come with a complimentary paddleboard to take advantage of the perfect lake temperament for a great paddle! The tent and meadow sites have the option of renting a paddleboard for the duration of their stay.

GO FOR A HIKE

Pack walking shoes to hike, cycle or stroll 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and relics from the past. You’ll even find remnants of an old rail line from the 1800s on our property!

To explore nearby trails, check out Balsam Lake Provincial Park, located just 10 minutes from your cabin. You’ll find numerous nature trails to hike and cycle for all skill levels. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals to explore its spectacular portaging routes and provides an excellent location to access the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Located 25 minutes from our property, the Victoria Recreation Corridor is a 55km trail used year-round for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 

UNWIND & CHILLOUT

Take the opportunity to disconnect and relax in nature! Turn off electronics and enjoy a good book out on the deck overlooking the lake. Stargazing is a personal favourite at this location as there aren’t any trees getting in the way of your view of the milky way at the cabin sites. Meander through the wildflower meadows on our “Forest Stroll” trail. Recreate one of our delicious campfire recipes at your private fire pit.  Relax and enjoy! 

HAVE AN ANIMAL ADVENTURE

Have you ever dreamt of getting up close and personal with some of the cutest creatures on earth? Make some furry friends at Windmill Point Alpaca Farm! The farm is currently home to 8 alpacas who are cool and curious animals the whole family can enjoy. Their farm store also carries a selection of handmade seasonal products including alpaca wool dryer balls and felt insoles.

Tours are available on weekends for pre-booking only and can be done at https://windmillpointalpacas.com/

A short 20-minute drive from our cabins is Carden Alvar Provincial Park – also known as a birder’s paradise. This important biodiversity area is recognized worldwide as a premiere destination for bird watching. It is host to more than 230 bird species, 450 plants, and 140 butterfly/dragonfly species. Hike their extensive boardwalk through grassland, wetland and forest and enjoy the sounds and sights of unique and rare bird species.

NEARBY FUN

Explore what the nearby towns have to offer by taking a day trip to Fenelon Falls. This beautiful, historical waterfront town is known as the “jewel of the Kawarthas”! Enjoy year-round shopping, brewery, great restaurants, patios, cafes and local events.

Head over to the historic Kirkfield Lift Lock just 2 minutes from our site and watch boats navigate the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world with a lift of 15 metres!

Stop by the Balsam Lake Provincial Park Farmers Market held at the beach on select Sunday’s throughout the summer for farm fresh veggies, baked goods, handmade artistic items, soaps, candles, jewellery, and so much more!

Our Kawarthas Cabins

  • Bluebell Cabin
    Bluebell Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Buttercup Cabin
    Buttercup Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Callalily Cabin
    Callalily Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Marigold Cabin
    Marigold Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Goldenrod Cabin
    Goldenrod Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Burdock Cabin
    Burdock Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Hawkweed Cabin
    Hawkweed Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Stonecrop Cabin
    Stonecrop Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Woodrush Cabin
    Woodrush Cabin
    From: $199.00

Our Kawarthas Tents

  • Yarrow Tent
    Yarrow Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Stargrass Tent
    Stargrass Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Senna Tent
    Senna Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Sorrel Tent
    Sorrel Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cress Tent
    Cress Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cicily Glamping Tent Fall
    Cicily Tent
    From: $169.00

Photo Credits:
Header – IG @vanhallawild  
Unwind image – IG @joanna.crichton
Animal image -IG @windmillpointalpacas
Fenelon Falls image – explorefenelonfalls.com

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Our Guide to Summer in Haliburton

Our Guide to Summer in Haliburton


If you have adventure on your summer to-do list, look no further than a Cabinscape stay in Haliburton! Our cabins all reside in Haliburton Forest –  a nature lover’s paradise which encompasses 100,000 acres, 100 lakes, millions of trees, and countless animals. Start here for your summer adventure escape! 


HIKE/BIKE

By booking one of Cabinscape’s Haliburton Forest cabins, you have access to over 400km of endless all-season hiking and cycling trails. Your included Day Pass gives you access to all the trails, lakes, roads and public swimming areas on site. Choose your own adventure or explore them all during your stay. The trails 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 trail suggestions.

GET ON THE WATER

Untouched and wild freshwater lakes are one of the best features of our waterfront cabins in Haliburton Forest. Bring your bathers and enjoy a cool, clean, refreshing swim. A complimentary canoe with paddle boards and PFDs are available at all of our lake access cabins (Big Rock, WIllow, Kaya, Quasi, Cove, Baylight, Bone and Penner) – take it out for a spin to explore the area and its abundant wildlife. We recommend taking a slow, relaxing paddle across the lakes. It’s especially pretty around sunset and sunrise.

Be sure to bring your fishing rods and bait as fishing is permitted in Haliburton Forest. Many of our lakes are teeming with bass (and the fish aren’t used to being caught!). Keep in mind that although Haliburton Forest is privately owned, provincial Fish and Game Laws do apply and will be enforced.

EXPLORE HALIBURTON FOREST

The Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest is one of its most popular attractions. Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on a 15 acre reserve set aside for them. This Grey Wolf Sanctuary sits within 70,000 acres of protected hardwood forest. General admission includes two indoor observation areas. On Thursdays during July and August, join in on the Public Wolf Howls where participants attempt to get the resident pack to howl back at them. 

Entry to the Wolf Centre is by advanced reservation only. No walk-ins are permitted.

Enjoy breathtaking views on a 3.5 to 4 hour Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest. Walk through the treetops and see beautiful views of Haliburton Forest 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!

Tours are available to book online and are available from late May to mid-October

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 best activities: https://www.haliburtonforest.com/

DISCOVER LOCAL EVENTS

While you are in the Haliburton area, be sure to check out the local events. The Haliburton Art and Craft Festival 2022 is a thoughtfully curated art fair that’s a highlight of summer in the Haliburton Highlands for over 55 years.  Visit the festival between July 22nd to 24th at Head Lake Park. 

Enjoy the Kinmount Farmers Market every Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving for locally grown farm fresh produce, gourmet fare, flowers/plants and handcrafted sewing and artistic wooden crafts. Located off Main Street on Station Road in Kinmount along the Burnt River. 

Towards the end of the season, be sure to stop over at the Kinmount Fair. Lots of fun to be had at this event including the Great Zucchini Growing Contest, horse shows, a tractor pull, and more! Happening from September 2nd to 4th.


ADD SOME ADVENTURE

For an extra sprinkle of adventure during your Cabinscape Haliburton stay, try one of our experiences with partnering trip guides from Yours Outdoors. Take on a Canoe Excursion and spend half the day improving your paddling skills under the guidance of an expert certified instructor.

Enjoy a guided hike through a Sugarbush with local experts from Esson Creek Maple as you explore the Haliburton Highlands’ rich biodiversity (maple syrup sample included!).

Reach new heights with a Rock Climbing adventure where experienced instructors will teach the basics (equipment included).

You can also learn the ins & outs of wild edibles with a knowledgeable guide, who will explore the property around your cabin and provide in-depth knowledge and information about medicinal plants and trees. 

Our Haliburton Cabins

  • Cove Cabin
    Cove Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Big Rock Cabin
    Big Rock Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Willow Cabin
    Willow Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Kaya Cabin
    Kaya Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Sage Cabin
    Sage Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Pine Cabin
    Pine Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Moss Cabin
    Moss Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Quasi Cabin
    Quasi Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Penner Cabin
    Penner Cabin
    From: $191.00
  • Baylight Cabin
    Baylight Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Bone Cabin
    Bone Cabin
    From: $199.00

Photo Credits:
Header – IG @vanhallawild  
Hiking/Wolf Centre/Canpoy images – Haliburton Forest
Local Events Header -IG @kinmountfair
Adventure image – Yours Outdoors

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Ontario Maple Season Guide

Celebrate the Sweetness of Maple Season


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 visiting sugar bushes, tapping trees, eating delicious treats, and exploring the quaint regions of Ontario while on your tiny cabin adventure!


LANARK COUNTY

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!

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 Perth, Ontario’s Festival of the Maples on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 which boasts an artisan food market, retail attractions, and lots of live entertainment.

Plan a trip during Ontario Maple Weekend from April 6th-7th. Various producers show how syrup is made while offering free samples of fresh maple syrup and confections. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, sugarbush trails, 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.

BOOK YOUR SWEET LANARK ESCAPE

HALIBURTON

If you are staying at one of our Haliburton locations in March or April, be sure to check out our Canadian Maple Experience!

For a great adventure with the whole family, pack the kids up for some March Break 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 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 shack, and take away interesting insights from the impressive journey from sap to syrup, all while tasting various local maple products. Finish it off with a maple flavoured alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage!

BOOK YOUR HALIBURTON ESCAPE

KAWARTHAS

For a truly rural experience, the charming family-fun Roost Farm is only a few minutes away from our Cabinscape Kawarthas cabins.

Enjoy a 5km walking tour of the property while surveying their maple bush and production process. Book a Roost Experience, or enjoy shopping their fresh seasonal produce, honey, farm-made preserves and local artisan gifts and products.

BOOK YOUR KAWARTHAS ESCAPE

JONI CABIN

Our Joni Cabin in Pakenham lives right next door to 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!

Nearby Fortune Farms in Almonte is gearing up for its 52nd Maple season and features tours and trails, and a shop that sells everything from maple sugar to maple vinegar!

BOOK JONI CABIN

CABIN CHASER: MAPLE SEASON ROUTE

For a limited time, our popular mystery road trip & cabin-hopping experience now features sweet maple stops along the way. Enjoy every drop of this new route on this surprise 2-day itinerary.

Originally designed for groups of two, this package has now expanded to accommodate families (one additional guest over the age of 12 or two additional guests 12 and under) Consider this an exciting surprise for the whole clan!

BOOK MYSTERY ROAD TRIP HERE

Photo Credits: unguide.ca, yoursoutdoors.ca, @essoncreekmaple, roostfarm.ca, Piper’s Rescue Adventure

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Our Kawarthas Winter Adventure Guide

Kawartha Quarry Winter Header

Our Guide to Winter in the Kawarthas


Ever thought of visiting another planet? Our Kawartha cabins live on a stunning 230-acre property overlooking a quarry with a setting that feels like you’re in another world!

These cabins are less than 2 hours from Toronto and drive-in accessible all year round. Cozy and heated, they are ideal for a quick getaway to relax and unwind.


GET OUTSIDE & ADVENTURE

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. Two pairs of snowshoes are included with your Cabinscape booking.

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is just 10 minutes from your cabin. The main park is closed for the season but Lookout Trail and Woodland Trail are open and available for winter exploration at no cost!

GET OUTSIDE & ADVENTURE

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. Two pairs of snowshoes are included with your Cabinscape booking.

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is just 10 minutes from your cabin. The main park is closed for the season but Lookout Trail and Woodland Trail are open and available for winter exploration at no cost!

ICE-SKATING

Grab your skates and hit the ice! Kawartha Lakes is the place to be for ice skating fans and those who are eager to learn. The quarry can get thick enough for ice-skating in the winter months. Experience epic sunsets and fantastic views as you glide through the area. Or sit with a cup of hot cocoa by the private campfire and watch the skaters pass by down below.

The ice is not maintained and skating will depend on conditions. We recommend caution when walking on the ice. Use the provided shovel to clear a path for your skate!


SNOWMOBILING

For snowmobile enthusiasts, Kawartha Lakes offers 166 km of groomed trails through breathtaking snow-brushed pines and beautiful forested routes. While there is no snowmobiling permitted on-site at our cabins, finding an available route is just a click away. Check out this Interactive Snowmobile Trail Map, where you can find all snowmobile trails in Ontario. Trail users must have a valid permit, license and insurance.


There are too many trails in the area to be explored in just one day, so set aside a good amount of time at our cabins to be able to explore them all! 


VISIT FENELON FALLS, ON

A short 25-minute drive from our cabins sits the beautiful, historical waterfront town of Fenelon Falls. Known as the “jewel of the Kawarthas”, there is something for everyone including entertainment, dining, outdoor activities, and shopping. There is also the opportunity to explore arts, culture and heritage as this town has a rich history as an established route for the fur trade and settled by the first pioneers in the early 1800s.

Foodies will relish in the town’s varied food and drink offerings. The Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is proudly Canadian with hand-crafted premium beer made in small batches in their very own brewhouse. Little Pie Shack is a local favourite that sells homemade pies, tarts, brownies, squares, ice cream, and more! The Locker at The Falls is a family-style restaurant with year-round fall side views while you are dining. They feature seasonal menus and gluten-friendly options. Ziraldo’s Italian Restaurant is a personal favourite with an incredible selection of authentic Italian food and divine cocktails with a side of amazing service.

There are so many more food options we aren’t able to list them all – be sure to visit on an empty stomach!

ICE FISHING

If you are feeling adventurous and want to spend time in the crisp air and cool sun, drop a line in one of the numerous easy-access ice fishing options around the Kawarthas. Be sure to overdress and bring lots of layers with you on any ice fishing trip. Try and visit with someone that knows the area and respects ice safety – always check ice thickness before beginning. Good equipment is necessary to make the trip a success. Our quarry lake is not available for ice fishing at this time.

Our Kawarthas Cabins

  • Bluebell Cabin
    Bluebell Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Buttercup Cabin
    Buttercup Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Callalily Cabin
    Callalily Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Yarrow Tent
    Yarrow Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Stargrass Tent
    Stargrass Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Senna Tent
    Senna Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Sorrel Tent
    Sorrel Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cress Tent
    Cress Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cicily Glamping Tent Fall
    Cicily Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Marigold Cabin
    Marigold Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Goldenrod Cabin
    Goldenrod Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Burdock Cabin
    Burdock Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Hawkweed Cabin
    Hawkweed Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Stonecrop Cabin
    Stonecrop Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Woodrush Cabin
    Woodrush Cabin
    From: $199.00

Photo Credits:

Get Outside – mountain-hiking.com

Snowmobiling Header -explorekawarthalakes.com

Fenelon Falls – explorefenelonfalls.com | fenelonfallsbrewing.com

Ice Fishing thekawarthas.ca

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Our Calabogie Winter Adventure Guide

Best Hiking Trails Ontario

Our Guide to Winter in Calabogie

Whether you’re into extreme sports like downhill skiing, ice climbing or snowboarding, or if a leisure ice-skate on the lake is more your thing, there’s a whole lot to see and do at our micro cabins in Calabogie, Ontario.

Located just one hour from Ottawa in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, you’ll find our Wren, Starling and Finch cabins. These cozy and heated micro cabins are suspended above Calabogie Lake, nestled in the forested grounds of Calabogie Peaks Resort (home to the tallest ski mountain in Ontario). This means premium access to some of the best multifaceted trail networks in the province. 

Grab your skis, hot cocoa and trail map to complete our Top 5 Things to Do in Calabogie during your Cabinscape stay!

HIT THE SLOPES

Calabogie Peaks Resort offers the best of what winter has to offer. Lift tickets are your key to experience the beautifully groomed mountain trails, or exhilarating runs through the terrain parks and forest glades.

New to the sport? No problem! Calabogie Peaks boasts the longest beginner trail in the province and you can register for a ski or snowboard lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site!

Prefer less vertical? The Madawaska Nordic ski trails include plenty of well-marked and colour coded cross country trails to choose from. 

GRAB YOUR SNOWSHOES

Hop out your front door to the nearest trail trailhead (just metres away), or grab a chairlift up and explore your choice of snowshoe trails at the top of Calabogie Peaks. The trails are groomed, well-marked and ready for adventure!

The Manitou Mountain Trail passes through picturesque pine forests and gorgeous wilderness scenery where you’ll encounter 3 spectacular mountain top vistas.

The famous Eagle’s Nest lookout gradually climbs uphill along an old logging road through the woods, leading to a scenic lookout at the top of a 120-metre cliff.

Remember, the key to winter hiking is proper gear, warm waterproof shoes, and lots of layers!

Two adult pairs of snowshoes are included with every Cabinscape booking.


GO ON AN ICE CLIMBING ADVENTURE

ICE CLIMBING

Ice climbing is a challenging, fun and growing sport and the Canadian Shield is one of the best terrains in the world to experience it! A fun fact about ice climbing is that the ice morphs into various shapes and angles every single time you climb and you never have the same experience twice.

Ice formations vary from year to year but can usually be accessed at the Manitou Hiking Trailhead near the Calabogie Peaks ski hill. The cliffs are only a 10-15 minute walk in for some great ice climbing action! 

Eagles Nest also offers a variety of ice climbs from beginner to difficult. Please be mindful of safety around the top of ice cliffs as they are busy hiking trails. 

Proper equipment, experience and lots of layers is a must!

RELAX & UNWIND

Take a break from all the exerting winter activities and enjoy the amenities that Calabogie Peaks Resort has to offer.

Evening campfires are a tradition at Calabogie Peaks, so delight in them daily from late afternoon to evening. Pond skating is also available at the resort as soon as the water freezes over. 


DRINKS & EATS

Canthooks Restaurant is located right inside the hotel at Calabogie Peaks Resort and boasts an outdoor pondside terrace. Stop by and experience “a taste of the Swiss Alps, in the heart of the Ottawa Valley”. Their menu changes over each season and includes foraged vegetables from the mountain resort, locally caught fish, and artisan farm-to-table produce.

Calabogie Brewing Company is an award winning craft brewery, kitchen & taproom, which celebrates the beauty and spirit of Calabogie, and the spectacular land and people on which it was founded. Enjoy their long selection of craft and seasonal beers and eats. Vegan menu options available.

Our Calabogie Cabins

  • Wren Cabin
    Wren Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Starling Cabin
    Starling Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Finch Cabin
    Finch Cabin
    From: $179.00

Photo Credits:
Calabogie Resort/Hit the Slopes/Canthooks Restaurant images – calabogie.com
Calabogie Brewing Co. – CraftedInTheCapital.com

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Find Your Perfect Cabin Match

Choose Your Own Adventure: How Remote Do You Prefer Your Cabin Escape?


Ever wonder what a remote off-grid tiny cabin experience is like? Whether you dream of a backcountry getaway or prefer to be nestled in the woods with nearby amenities, we have a cabin suited for you!

At CABINSCAPE, we’ve made things easy. Our cabins are ranked from low, medium to high remote. Each level sets the tone for a slightly different cabin experience — choose one that matches your personal adventure style.


HIGH REMOTE CABINS

Want the feeling of a truly private getaway? Our high-remote cabins are the ones for you. These cabins are nestled further away from towns and local shops, remember to pack accordingly

Our highly remote cabins are located in harder-to-access areas. You’ll need 4WD or AWD vehicles to visit these rugged retreats (or choose to hike-in instead) as many are situated on winding roads and off-the-beaten paths. These cabins are ideal for guests wanting a “backcountry camping” experience without the hassle of setting up camp and with all the essentials at your fingertips.

In the winter and spring, these cabins are “hike-in only” which means you’ll have to park your car in a designated parking area and hike to your cabin. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the experience though  — we provide snowshoes and a sled for the trek and the views are always worth it. Consider it a winter adventure!

Stay at our most remote cabins: Mica & Rhya in Lanark County; and Kaya, Willow, Big Rock, Quasi and Cove cabins in Haliburton Forest. * Now offering snow-mobile shuttle services at our Haliburton high-remote cabins!

LOW REMOTE CABINS

Want to experience an off-grid adventure while knowing the comforts of a traditional getaway are close by? Our low remote cabins live on their own inlets of land that provide a private experience while still being close to other CABSINSCAPE cabins and local amenities.

For instance, our Calabogie cabins are located right within the Calabogie Peaks Resort property with access to their amenities including spa and restaurants as well as their skiing and snowboarding facilities. Our Kawarthas cabins are close to the historic town of Fenelon Falls which is peppered with amazing restaurants, breweries and entertainment.

In the summer, most of these cabins can be reached with regular front-wheel drive vehicles and have drive-in access all year round. As nearly all of these cabins have other CABINSCAPE locations nearby, they can be ideal for group bookings! Our Kawarthas locations as well as Calabogie cabins are great for those who want to escape together but have their own space. 

Visit our “low” remote cabins for a fun, comfortable stay. Low remote cabins include all our Kawarathas and Calabogie cabins along with our Juniper and Joni cabins in Lanark County as well as our Base Camp cabins in Haliburton.


MEDIUM REMOTE CABINS

Our moderately remote cabins are a happy medium between our high and low-remote-level cabins. These cabins are highly private but not too isolated and easy to access with short hike-ins in the winter months. This is a perfect adventure for those wanting to have a backcountry experience while being closer to local amenities. 

Stay at our medium remote cabins including Bone, Baylight and Penner cabins in Haliburton Forest and Mason & Ember cabins in Lanark County.

You can find our “remoteness grades” on the left-hand side of each cabin page under the cabin description. Choose which one best suits your adventure style or try them all!

Photo Credits:
Main Header: @AlexisCreativeCo & @AlexisOutdoors
Header #2 & last image:  @vanhallawild
High Remote: @denimshoots, @natashainwanderland
Low Remote: @foodtraveleisure, @AlexisCreativeCo & @AlexisOutdoors, @chrisandnicole__
Medium Remote: @atlas.alexa, @theomedit, @denimshoots

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Fall in Love with Autumn

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!

HALIBURTON

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!

CALABOGIE

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!

KAWARTHAS

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 28, 2024. This free, family-friendly event will feature up-close animal encounters, a vibrant vendors market and an array of delectable food trucks!

LANARK COUNTY

During your stay at our Lanark County cabins, attend one of the many fall events in Perth! The Night Market on September 14th 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 12th) 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.

Photo credits
Header, first image: @denimshoots, Haliburton: Haliburton Forest, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Kawarthas @windmillpointalpacas, Lanark Festivals & Events Ontario

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Kirkfield/Kawarthas – Maintenance Worker (PT)

Kawarthas Maintenance Lead | PT

Accepting applications until July 1st, 2024
Starting date: July 2024

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 9 tiny rental cabins and 6 prospector tents starting immediately. Experience in plumbing required. Experience in off-grid systems, 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 July 2024.

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 Haliburton Forest 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

Location/Transportation

  • Our cabins are located on our private property/development on Kirkfield Lake (a naturalized quarry).
  • Access to your own reliable vehicle is required.

Schedule 

  • Flexible hours that may include weekends, nights, short shifts and long shifts
  • On call availability, in addition to normal hours

Compensation + Perks 

  • Part-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.  

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    Get Lost: Pride 2023

    Get Lost: Pride 2023


    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. 

    Happy Pride <3

    Written by Tiffany Wice – @tiffanywice
    Location: Mason cabin, Lanark County
    Images: Tiffany Wice & Sterling Sztricsko (@sterlinginsitu)

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    Adventure Pup Kit

    Adventure Pup Kit

    Available at all Cabinscape cabins.

    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, 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 (OPTIONAL: personal tie dye kit for customization!)
    • Biodegradable ultrasonic Flea & Tick Repeller dog tag from Tickless Canada
    • Fresh homemade CABINSCAPE pup cookie baked by Baking You Happy
    • A stick of moisturizing paw balm from Plume Pup Co. to prevent your pup’s paws from cracking after a long hike or drying out after a swim
    • An outdoor collar light to help you keep an eye on your pup in the evenings
    • A spare roll of biodegradable poop bags (just in case)

    Price is $60 CAD ($75 CAD + tax for tie dye option). If you would like to add this kit to your stay, please email us at bookings@cabinscape.com

    Available for May 2024 reservations onward.

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    Spring Fling in The Wilderness

    Spring Fling in The Wilderness

    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.

    WILDFLOWER WALKS

    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.

    LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

    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!

    Photo credits
    Header by @joanna.crichton, Birding by Johnath, Caves by bonnecherecaves.com, Eagle’s Nest by @vanhallawild

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    Escape to Serenity

    Escape to Serenity: 

    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.

    Blog & Photo Credits: Renee de Ronde
    IG @theecofam
    Website: https://theecofam.ca/

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    Every Day is Earth Day

    Every Day is Earth Day

    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.

    Photo credits
    Images by @vanhallawild

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    Celebrations of Love

    Celebrations of Love

    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!

    Commemorate your love with a full lifestyle photoshoot with a professional photographer from The Organic Moment or Allyson Elizabeth Photography with at least 50 edited images delivered directly to 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 bookings@cabinscape.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.


    Email bookings@cabinscape.com for more information.

    SET THE MOOD

    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 bookings@cabinscape.com for more details.

    Photo credits
    Header: @janita.ohara, First image: Maria Denomme Photography, Celebration Package: @janita.ohara, Elopements: @janita.ohara

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    Discovering the Best Spots for Star Gazing in Ontario

    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.

    • On April 8, a Total Solar Eclipse will occur (although areas near Toronto and Ottawa will only reach 99.9 and 99.8 per cent of totality) and it is the last opportunity for Canadians to view one until Aug. 23, 2044 — 20 years from now!
    • Lyrids Meteor Shower from April 15th – 29th: Peaking on the night of April 22nd and morning of the 23rd, these meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn
    • Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower from April 15th to May 27th: Peaking on the night of May 4th and early morning of May 5th, this shower is associated with Halley’s Comet and from the equator northward, produces medium rates of 10-30 per hour just before dawn
    • Perseids Meteor Shower from July 14th to September 1st: Peaking on the night of August 11th – 12th, the Perseids is often described as the best of the year, and with good reason. It’s the summer, the night skies tend to be clear and the weather is warmer, making for a comfortable night of viewing under the stars. 
    • Leonids Meteor Shower from November 6th to November 30th: Peaking on the night of November 17th and early morning of November 18th, this year the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and sadly spoil the best viewing hours for this shower.
    • Geminids Meteor Shower from December 19th to 24th: The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars

    TIPS & TRICKS FOR FIRST TIMERS

    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.

    FEATURED CABINS FOR STAR GAZERS

    Mason Cabin

    • The BEST skies in Ontario can be seen right from our cabin in Mountain Grove. Located near the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve which is one of the top places for stargazing in all of Ontario.

    Ember Cabin

    • Located near Mason cabin and the Dark Sky preserve, this property has incredible views of its own.

    Remote Haliburton Forest Cabins (Quasi, Big Rock, Kaya, Willow & Cove)

    • 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.

    Kawarthas Lakefront Cabins (Goldenrod, Burdock, Hawkweed, Stonecrop & Woodrush)

    • The lakefront cabins at this quarry site are ideal for viewing stars unobstructed from trees year-round.

    All of our cabins are off the beaten path with great views of the sky. Just remember to look up!

    Photo credits
    Header image: @alexisoutdoors, Tips & Tricks image of Quasi Cabin: @mrsammyg, Featured Cabins image of Mason: @anastasiianasyko, Last image: @shotbynomii

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    Kid-Friendly Tiny Cabin Adventures

    Kid-Friendly Tiny Cabin Adventures

    With 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! We’re now offering a special Maple Syrup themed route just in time for Maple Season!

    More details here.

    HALIBURTON

    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.

    CALABOGIE

    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.

    KAWARTHAS

    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!

    LANARK COUNTY

    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. 

    Visit the town of Perth and its family-friendly attractions including the Big Red Chair and The Red Fox “Welcome to Perth” mural. Shopping includes stores focused on children, such as Spring Children and Fawn & Fox. Foodie selections are plentiful and many offerings provide kids’ menus including Michael’s Table and Maximilian Restaurant. For dessert, stop for melt-in-your-mouth chocolate from Perth Chocolate Works.

    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!

    Photo credits
    Cabin Chaser & Lanark @lauramendesto, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Haliburton: Haliburton Forest, Kawarthas @windmillpointalpacas, last image: @theomedit

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    How to Beat Blue Monday

    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:

    • Get good sleep! Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. Experts stress the importance of 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Try and get back into a good routine after the hustle and bustle (and gluttony) of the holiday season. If you are having a tough time with sleep, try a light box. See next tip…
    • 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.
    • Be in nature while moving your body. Getting sunlight before noon can improve mental and physical health. Studies have also found that a mere glimpse of nature from a window can improve overall mood. Take advantage of the healing powers of nature by walking or exercising outside and adding plants/flowers to your indoor spaces. Not to mention taking a quick trip to the woods to reset your mind, body and spirit! See next tip…
    • Plan a trip and have something to look forward to. Take advantage of our reduced winter pricing and get away to the woods! From snowboarding and howling with wolves in Haliburton to hitting the slopes in Calabogie our cabins have every inch of adventure you need to bust out of the blues. Have a winter campfire or just relax in the quiet while enjoying the stillness of the season if that is more your speed. Choose your own adventure!

    Resources & Recommendations:
    13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
    Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder by Norman E. Rosenthal

    Photo credits: @AlexisCreativeCo & @AlexisOutdoors

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    Challenge Yourself to Adventure More in 2023

    Challenge Yourself to Adventure More in 2023

    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!

    CALABOGIE

    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

    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.

    LANARK COUNTY

    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! 

    KAWARTHAS

    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.

    Group bookings are available here.

    Photo credits
    Header: @shotbynomii, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Haliburton: Haliburton Forest