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Things to bring

Your Cabinscape Essential Packing List 

How to prepare for a tiny cabin adventure?

Sometimes the most difficult part of taking a trip is knowing what to pack. At Cabinscape, we make the process of packing for your adventure as simple as possible.

Read on for our essential packing list for your tiny cabin travels!


THINGS TO BRING:


Your favourite food & drink

Our tiny cabins in the woods come equipped with everything you’ll need to prepare your own home-cooked meals. All kitchens include a gas stovetop, mini-fridge, stovetop toaster, kettle and french press. There’s also a propane BBQ and fire pit outside available for year-round use.

No need to bring any cookware. We provide all the essentials – cutlery, cups, plates, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and some handy extras like a corkscrew and can opener.

We also provide food basics like tea, coffee, sugar, flour, salt, pepper and olive oil. All you need to bring is your favourite food and drink!

If you’re feeling fancy, consider adding-on one of our locally-crafted food kits to your stay.

Bedding

Did you know an average washing cycle of 10 kg consumes at least 50 litres of water and about 1.2 kWh of electricity? As a low-impact, off-grid and ecologically-sound cabin, we ask guests to bring their own towels, sheets, pillows, pillowcases and blankets.

Flashlight or headlamp

Our cabins are located in off-the-beaten-path locations with little to no artificial light. While cabins are outfitted with indoor and outdoor solar-powered lights, bringing an extra flashlight or headlamp can really come in handy – especially when building a fire or navigating our property at night.

Firewood

A cabin getaway isn’t complete without a campfire. Firewood can be purchased at most local gas stations and grocery stores en route. We provide an axe at all our cabins; guests are welcome to collect and chop any deadwood lying around.

Lighters

Lighters are a camping staple and useful for starting campfires, gas stovetops, and providing light when needed! We keep lighters on hand in our cabins but sometimes these little guys go missing. To be safe, bring your own fire starter.

Bug repellent

Depending on the season, you’re bound to encounter bugs of all sorts in the wilderness. Guests should come prepared with bug spray and proper protective attire.

Practical clothing

Good hiking boots and warm clothing are essential for a Canadian winter but consider warm clothing for summer trips, too. Be sure to bring some warmer items like comfy sweaters, socks, hats and slippers – you’ll be thankful you did.

In need of essential cozy cabin attire? Consider sporting one of our Cabinscape hoodies and toques for your stay!


Photo Credits:
First & Last – IG @vanhallawild  
Fire photo -IG @deanheliotis 

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Our Guide to Winter in Lanark County

Our Guide to Winter in Lanark County


Spend some cozy time away from the city and adventure to Lanark County this winter!

Touted as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County is located in Eastern Ontario. With charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities to experience, it’s where cozy, tiny cabin memories are sure to be made. This is our guide to the Top 5 Things to Do in Lanark County during your Cabinscape stay.

Enjoy them from our Mason, Mica, Rhya, Juniper, Joni and Ember cabins.


ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

There is something to be said for leaving behind the hustle and bustle and enjoying a slower pace. Disconnect from the city, turn off your phone and hibernate in our cozy cabins. Stargaze where the sky is unpolluted by light, play a board game or enjoy a snowy winter campfire. So many yummy eats and crafty recipes to try between the provided year-round BBQ, campfire and gas stovetop.

Settle in and unwind. It’s amazing how connected we can feel when we truly take time to disconnect and enjoy the little things.

EXPLORE TRAILS ON-SITE

The best thing about a Cabinscape cabin getaway is that you never really have to leave! 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!

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 (2 adult-sized pairs included with every Cabinscape booking) and explore them all at your leisure!

DISCOVER THE LOCAL TRAILS, PARKS & CONSERVATION AREAS

An 8 minute drive from our  Mica and Rhya cabins is Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. This 1,239-hectare park is part of the historic Rideau Waterway (named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007) and boasts many historical features like the popular Silver Queen Mica Mine. There is 20 km of groomed trails for skiing, including 4 km for skate-skiing, 14 km for classic skiing and 8 km for backcountry skiing.

Hike or snowshoe the Rideau Valley Trail system, a 387 km network of hiking trails between the City of Kingston and the City of Ottawa.

A further drive will land you at Frontenac Provincial Park for more challenging hiking and snowshoeing experiences. You’ll find over 100km of great trails in this park all year round! Ice fishing and free winter camping workshops are also available here in the colder months.

There are many other trails to enjoy including the Tay-Havelock trail (walking distance from our Juniper and Ember cabins) or Meisel Woods Conservation Area. Discover them all during your stay!


VISIT PERTH, ONTARIO

Some say Perth is considered the prettiest town in Ontario and with its untouched nature and rich heritage, it’s hard to disagree! Located just 15-minutes away from our Mica and Rhya cabins, Perth sits at the heart of Lanark County – a region which encompasses several small towns, including Almonte, Smiths Falls, and Carleton Place. You could spend days exploring all they have to offer!

Some highlights include a walk along the Tay River, visiting the classic stone buildings and iconic Perth Town Hall. Not to mention the many local shops, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. There is also sure to be a fun event happening any time of year you visit.

UNLEASH YOUR INNER FOODIE

Cold days call for hot meals and Lanark County is the place to be! Perth alone is peppered with 23 restaurants and 18 distinct patio experiences. Between gastropub fare, casual dining and ethnic cuisine, there is something for every taste bud. If restaurants are closed due to restrictions during your stay, consider continuing to support small business and having a winter picnic at a nearby park!

While at our Joni cabin in Pakenham, grab a coffee at North Market Cafe in the heart of downtown Almonte where you can also try sizzling, hot, and delicious meals. On Saturdays, visit Temple’s Sugar Bush, famous for its maple syrup and sugar bush, nature trail and breakfast options including pancakes! For spicy food lovers, check out Sagar Indian Cuisine in downtown Carleton Place and choose your spice levels (mild, medium, and hot hot HOT).

For the craft beer enthusiast, visit Andre at Cartwright Springs Brewery situated right on our Joni cabin grounds. A one-hour tour explores the facilities, from the beer vats to the natural spring. Each tour ends with an ice-cream float: beer ice cream in a glass of Crème Brûlée Stout. (Cost: $30 for two guests. Tours must be arranged in advance.)

 
Once you are filled up on Lanark County’s delicious offerings, don’t forget to stop by Perth Chocolate Works for one of their famous sweet treats including artisan chocolates, barks and bars, and unique confectionery creations! YUM.

Our Lanark County Cabins

  • Rhya Cabin
    Rhya Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Mason Cabin
    Mason Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Mica Cabin
    Mica Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Juniper Cabin
    Juniper Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Ember Cabin
    Ember Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Joni Cabin
    Joni Cabin
    From: $169.00

Photo Credits:
Foodie Header – IG @northmarket.almonte
Perth Header -IG @matthewliteplo
Murphy’s Point Skiing – Ontario Parks

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Our Guide to Winter in Muskoka

Our Guide to Winter in Muskoka


There’s a reason why Muskoka is consistently touted as Canada’s top cottage country destination. From rugged Canadian shield vistas to quaint and charming towns, there’s something glorious to discover at every corner of this region.

This winter season, discover Muskoka from one of our tiny cabins in the woods. As your cozy home base to the area, we’ve rounded up our Top 5 Things to Do in Muskoka during your Cabinscape stay.


WINTER HIKES

Strap on your complimentary snowshoes and hit the trails! Our lakefront cabins are located right within Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, a private year-round wilderness haven with more than 10,000 unspoiled acres of mixed forest.

With more than 70 km of marked trails to explore, you’ll find a suitable trail for all skill levels here. Explore The McReynold Valley Trail that starts from our property and connects to the primary trails in the forest. 

You can also start your journey at Limberlost Forest’s Main Entrance (just `5 minutes down the road’) to explore some of the larger, more popular trails on site. For a moderately challenging adventure, hop on The  Solitaire Trail, a picturesque 6.3 km loop that circles around the largest lake in the forest and leads you to Echo Rock Lookout.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI

Embrace adventure this winter and feel the rush of gliding through a snow-filled wonderland. Limberlost Forest has 25 km of groomed trails for classic skiing. Whether you’re a novice or advanced skier, there’s lots of trail options to explore, each one leading you to some magically epic vistas.


Bring your own ski gear or rent some from Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville!

Fairway Ski Trail | 0.3 km
Ascension  Trail  | 2.8 km. Loop 
High Lake Ski trail | 3 km Loop
Barlow Ski Trail | 13.6 km Return 
Statue Trail | 1.1 km Loop
Spaniel  Ski Trail | 8 km Loop
Helve Ski Trail | 5 km Loop
Buck Lake Ski Trail | 3 km Loop
Pointe Ski Trail | 1 km  

ARROWHEAD SKATE TRAIL

The 20-minute drive from our cabins to Arrowhead Provincial Park is well worth the excursion to experience Arrowhead’s world famous Skate Trail. Named one of 19 Stunning Natural Ice Skating Rinks Around the World by Travel+Leisure Magazine, this fairy-tale 1.3 km skate through the woods is a must-do winter activity!

On Friday and Saturday nights, the magic gets kicked up a notch when the trail is lit ablaze with hundreds of tiki torches. Fire & Ice Nights are typically held in late January, depending on weather and ice conditions. Always consult Arrowhead’s blog for the most up to date information.

  • Skate rentals are available at the park for $15
  • Admission is $21 per vehicle for a day pass
  • Book your day passes early as capacity limits may be in effect

EXPLORE THE TOWN OF HUNTSVILLE

Visit the beautiful waterfront town of Huntsville, Ontario, the heart of Muskoka. This charming village is only 20-minutes away from our cabins and offers a quaint historic downtown with many shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and attractions.

Some of our recommended local favourites include Kawartha Dairy (cause it’s never too cold for ice cream, right?), The Artisan House, 3 Guys And A Stove, Tall Trees Muskoka…. and so much more!

HUNKER DOWN

After a day of adventuring, take some R&R time and hunker down at home base. All our Muskoka micro cabins come with a comfortable queen loft bed and a cozy hammock for lounging. Grab a book from our little library, put your phone on silent mode, and drift off to another world while taking in some stunning lakefront views.

For dinner, cook up something warm and tasty on our two-burner stove or get creative with your culinary skills on the BBQ or campfire grill. Our tiny kitchens come fully stocked with everything you’ll need to prepare those hearty, winter-weather meals.

Our Muskoka Cabins

  • Zaniah Cabin
    Zaniah Cabin
    From: $204.00
  • Archer Cabin
    Archer Cabin
    From: $204.00
  • Lynx Cabin
    Lynx Cabin
    From: $204.00
  • Elio Cabin
    Elio Cabin
    From: $204.00
  • Luna Cabin
    Luna Cabin
    From: $204.00
  • Aster Cabin
    Aster Cabin
    From: $204.00

Photo Credits:
Ski Header – Huntsville Tourism
Skate Trail – DiscoverMuskoka.ca
Hunker Down -IG @face_fleekbz