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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.

For a guided wilderness experience, consider signing up for our guided hiking adventure with our knowledgeable local guides from The Trip Shed.

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

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Photo Credits:
Ski Header – Huntsville Tourism
Skate Trail – DiscoverMuskoka.ca
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Huntsville – Cabin Maintenance Worker (Part Time transitioning to Full Time)

Cabin Maintenance Worker (Part Time Transitioning to Full Time)

Accepting applications: Ongoing
Starting date: Flexible

Brief Job Summary 

Cabinscape is seeking a reliable, on-call maintenance person with strong problem solving skills to maintain tiny rental cabins starting with 2 in June, 2021 ramping up to 14 by spring 2022 (and possibly more coming). Experience in off-grid systems, plumbing and propane fixtures is an asset. Training provided. Vehicle required. This is an hourly paid potentially transitioning to salaried position (vacation+benefits) with great growth potential.

Full Job Description 

Do you love the outdoors? Working with your hands? Being on the open road? Do you thrive in jobs where no day is the same? 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 which will also require a substantial amount of travel time to ultimately maintain 14+ cabins next to the Limberlost Forest.

Duties + Responsibilities

-Install or repair necessary equipment as needed
-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
-Be prepared to drive distances (1+ hours) between cabins regularly
-Respond quickly and interact with guests to assist with issues
-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   

Schedule 

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

Compensation + Perks 

-Hourly Pay $28-$30/hr (dependent on experience) |
-Paid travel time
-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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    Kirkfield/Kawartha Lakes – Cleaners (PT)

    Kirkfield/Kawartha Cabin Cleaners (PT/FT)

    Accepting applications until Nov 1, 2021
    Starting date: ASAP

    Brief Job Summary 

    Cabinscape is seeking reliable and adventurous local cleaners to join our growing hospitality team. You’ll be responsible for maintaining a handful of our tiny off-grid cabins located on Kirkfield Lake in the Kawarthas. You’ll have a keen eye for detail, a friendly and professional demeanor, and a knack for creative problem solving. This job requires 3-4 shifts a week to start with increasing hours in late August/Sep as you take on more cabins. Ideally looking for 1 person who can transition to full time in the fall (or 2 part time cleaners). Starting ASAP.

    Duties + Responsibilities

    -Ensuring the cabins and property is in tip top order: making beds, cleaning surfaces, sweeping and mopping, cleaning and changing toilets, restocking supplies, etc. 
    -Willing to carry/drive in two (20L) jugs of water and gas for generator  
    -Bringing home and laundering tea towels and fitted sheets (you’ll be compensated for this task) 
    -Maintaining cabin’s stock/supplies and reporting when supplies are low 
    -Performing monthly deep cleans as needed 
    -Managing tasks and reports via an online / app interface  

    Requirements + Qualifications

    -High school diploma or equivalent 
    -Experience in the housekeeping or hospitality industry 
    -Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
    -Friendly and hospitable  
    -Digitally competent with access to a cell phone 
    -Love of the outdoors  
    -Experience in off-grid living a bonus! 

    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 

    – Available for weekly cleanings / 3-5 shifts a week, often with back to back cabin turnovers. (It normally takes 1-2 hours to clean a cabin) 

    Compensation + Perks 

    -1 part-time position; no benefits
    -$50/per shift/cabin in summer, fall and spring. $60/per shift/cabin in the winter months.
    -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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