Experience Christmas Movie Magic at These Top 3 Festive Ontario Towns!
Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re in a Christmas movie? Look no further than these top 3 Ontario towns that will surely get you into the festive spirit. Each town is located near our CABINSCAPE cabins for the ultimate holiday experience!
Perth is the picture-perfect holiday scene with heritage buildings, waterfront and over 100 local businesses with decorated storefronts. Take a walk along the Tay River, visiting the classic stone buildings and the iconic Perth Town Hall with dustings of snow. Have a winter picnic at picturesque Stewart Park and take photos crossing the burgundy bridge over the water. The Festival of the Lights takes place until January 2nd at Crystal Palace where you can walk around the exterior glass building at night to see the decorated Christmas trees illuminated from inside.
Perth is also a foodie lovers’ dream with over 23 restaurants of diverse offerings – many of which include festive eats and drinks for the season. For dessert, don’t forget Perth Chocolate Works for one of their famous sweet treats (decorated for the season) including artisan chocolates, barks and bars, and unique confectionery creations! Grab a hot beverage after a cool day roaming around this festive town by following the twinkle lights down the hidden alleyway to the Stella Luna Gelato Café where you’ll be greeted by a lifesize nutcracker guarding the wreath-adorned door.
This charming small town near our Joni cabin is so magical that it has literally been the set of multiple popular TV Christmas movies! Be the star of your own holiday film by walking around downtown – reminiscent of a small European town with its inviting storefronts and cozy bookstores. There is no shortage of trimmings and twinkly lights here! Visit the Tin Bin Market for home decor – this charming store turns into a holiday shop every year with curated items to make any space feel like a Hallmark movie. For some sweet treats, Baker Bob’s is an Almonte staple. Take advantage of all their seasonal offerings!
Check out Light up the Night on December 2nd for a fun winter event. Enjoy an outdoor concert ending in a fireworks display! Stay for the Almonte Santa Claus parade on December 4th and a Christmas Farmers Market on December 10th.
Huntsville is a quaint town to visit throughout the year but at Christmas, it becomes a magical winter wonderland! The waterfront boasts a historic downtown with many shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and attractions. Start at Muskoka Heritage Place and hop on the Portage Flyer! This memorable train adorned with thousands of lights will take you along the river where you’ll be greeted at Fairy Lake by Santa himself – and offered some carols, hot chocolate and cookies!
Next up is Christmas Tyme, a magical shop for unique gifts, housewares and home decor items and Holiday Spirit all year long. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, head to Henrietta’s Pine Bakery for some European-inspired sweet treats of the season. Some of our other local fave’s include The Artisan House, 3 Guys And A Stove, Tall Trees Muskoka and Kawartha Dairy (because it’s never too cold for ice cream!).
Finally, visit Santa’s Village theme park all year round for holiday-themed rides and attractions and to meet the big man himself! They have special events throughout the rest of the year leading up to the big day.
November is the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season and there is no better place to get into the festive spirit than at our tiny cabins! Small towns go all out for the holidays and no one does charming celebrations better.
Read on to learn about our top recs for fun and festive activities in Kawarthas, Lanark County, Muskoka, Haliburton and Calabogie!
Our Haliburton location rests on 100,000 acres of forest with millions of trees including perfectly beautiful pine and evergreen trees all around. Just being there for the first dusting of snow is sure to get you in the yuletide mood.
Muskoka has holiday cheer covered all year round with landmark attraction Santa’s Village which boasts two theme parks, animals, and a family campground, where kids of all ages can visit Santa, enjoy rides, games, and countless other family-friendly activities.
The Power of Gratitude: How Giving Thanks Can Make Us Happier
As we settle into the season of Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that giving gratitude throughout the year has enormous benefits for our overall well-being.
Being grateful doesn’t take much energy or time out of your day which makes it an accessible tool for everyone. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving it a try. Research shows the health benefits of being grateful include:
Better relationships – Expressing gratitude makes you less aggressive and enhances your empathy. This leads to more pro-social behaviour and more sensitivity towards others which improves all the relationships in your life (familial, romantic, friendship, etc.).
Physical and mental health – Grateful people tend to take better care of their health and are less prone to common aches and pains. Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. It also aids in recovery from substance misuse and coronary health events.
Improved sleep – According to research, spending just 15 minutes a night writing in a gratitude journal reduces blood pressure and enhances the duration and quality of sleep.
Increased self-esteem – Gratitude can help you feel better about your circumstances and less resentful of others which can lead to feeling better about yourself.
Now that the extraordinary benefits are clear, how can we get the best results from practicing gratitude? Follow these simple steps:
Write it down – Don’t just say it in your head, the physical record is important so you can continue to reflect. It can be anything from something major that happened or even a small win (example: The colour of the sky during my morning nature walk!).
Be specific – This is the key to gratitude! To be effective, it must be specific. Think of WHY you are grateful for a person, gesture or event that happened. Going into detail about one particular thing you are grateful for is more effective than mentioning a general list of many things.
Make it a daily habit – Commit to a small amount of time spent on this practice every day, even when you are busy (that is when it is most important!). Habits are important to building a healthy routine and getting the most benefits of your time spent in gratitude.
Fall in Love with Autumn: How to Take Advantage of This Fleeting Season
Fall in love with fall this year and make the most of the coziest season with an autumn CABINSCAPE adventure! From dazzling tree top adventures to fall chairlift rides, we’ve listed our Top Things to Do on your CABINSCAPE stay to make the most of autumn’s splendour!
Enjoy breathtaking views on a Canopy Tour of Haliburton Forest while staying at our 11 cabins located there. 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 some more festive fun, join Haliburton Forest for a spooktacular experience at Howl-o-ween where you can explore the Wolf Centre in costume and the staff will then guide you on a haunted hike through the forest. This event takes place on October 28th and reservations must be made through Haliburton Forest.
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 first three 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!
Take advantage of an up close and personal view of all the changing colours with 70km of hiking trails right outside your door at our Huntsville location. 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.
Hop on to the included canoe for an autumn paddle on the lake and view the spectacular colours from the water!
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. Check out the farm store which carries a selection of handmade seasonal products including alpaca wool dryer balls and felt insoles.
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 first-ever Kawartha Fall Festival at Ken Reid Conservation Area from October 1-10th. This new, family-friendly event will feature a week of activities, special guests, up-close animal encounters, guided hikes, and more.
During your stay at our Lanark County cabins, attend one of the many fall events in Perth! The Night Market on October 1st 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 carving contest, zombie/ghost walks, a 50’s Monster Mash, a Halloween Haunt drive-thru, and more!
The Perth Farmer’s Market which includes local produce, home-baked pies, pastries and crafts runs on Saturdays until Thanksgiving weekend. Grab some fresh eats and head to one of the many quaint parks or have an autumn picnic along the Tay River.
Back to Nature: How Nature Can Be a Form of Self-Care
Rebeckah Price is a community builder, yoga practitioner and advocate for promoting inclusion in the wellness industry.She is based in Toronto. To follow her journey, find her here.
I live for moments that take my breath away. I live for moments where I want to soak it all in. Moments for me, make memories. I want to gather as many of these moments and store them in my memory bank. I especially save them for those days when I may not be feeling my best. I can pull from this bank and bring myself back into a space and time where my inhale was longer than my exhale. Being in nature provides me with so many opportunities to have these kinds of moments.
You see, I’m a big chaser of sunrises and sunsets in nature. There is something calming and easeful in being able to be in nature and take in the moments. As a wellness advocate who promotes more diversity and inclusion in the wellness industry, it is important to me to be in and experience the spaces where I may not traditionally be seen. Outdoor spaces are one such space. When you think of nature, I’m pretty sure a Black woman thriving in the forest is not what comes to the top of your mind. And I’m here to ask why not?
Research shows that people of colour are far less likely to engage in nature-based outdoor recreation activities, with historic discrimination being a large underlying factor. In addition to that, research also shows that people of colour were rarely considered to be major stakeholders in outdoor recreation or park-related activities.
I think it is time that we change the narrative of seeing people of colour in outdoor spaces. From a wellness perspective, there are many benefits to being outdoors and being in nature that are of great benefit to our mental, emotional and physical health. There is even a whole modality in therapy that espouses nature as a pathway to supporting our overall wellness called ecotherapy.
Ecotherapy is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. It is important to have pathways for communities of colour, communities who have traditionally been marginalized to be able to spend time outdoors in nature so that they can be supported by the mental, physical and emotional health benefits of spending time outdoors. It is also important for communities of colour to see themselves being connected to and a part of the outdoors and nature.
Recently I gathered up a few of my girlfriends and drove 3.5 hours outside of the city so that we all could unwind. This trip was a beautiful form of self-care for us all. There is something magical about watching the people you care about relax and be at ease. Moments like this are essential to our well-being. Spending time in nature provided them with the space to pause, to slow down and just be. I saw them take in subtle moments like noticing the bees on the flowers, admiring the amazing views of the lake, and getting up and having their coffee outside. I saw them hiking and laughing to just simply enjoy the evening breeze. Each of them capturing moments that poured into their well-being, moments to nourish them.
Every night we went to sleep soothed by the natural soundscape of nature and every morning we welcomed the daily reminder that birds brought along with them with the rising sun. We fell into the natural reset that nature provides to our bodies. For a group of Black women, this was especially important, to be grounded, nourished and softened by nature. For this group of Black women, it was healing, healing on an emotional, physical and mental level. It was a gentle reminder that we collectively need more moments like these.
We all know that nature is healing and in a world that keeps us so disconnected, I’m hoping to see a shift towards seeing more people of colour adding soft living in nature to our self-care rituals. There is something very nourishing about being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. It is grounding and soothing. Soft living is an intentional decision to make choices and decisions that support your well-being and reduce your stress levels. It highlights the basic human right of a life that is deserving of ease and pleasantness. And I personally believe that more people of colour deserve a life of pleasantness and ease. Our collective well-being is dependent on it. I hope to see more representation and inclusion of people of colour in outdoor spaces and nature by brands, and businesses because they see the value in supporting our collective wellbeing.
Why? Because we all need moments that take our breath away… the moments where we get to soak it all in.
As the leaves slowly begin to turn, the tinge of autumn wafting in is a gentle reminder for all of us to get back to basics. Oftentimes that means getting back into a healthy routine as the hustle and bustle of summer with its long days and endless adventures begins winding down.
Following a routine has been shown to greatly improve physical and mental health. Here are our top tips on getting back into a routine this season!
Decide what to include in your routine
The most difficult part of starting anything new can often be the beginning. What do I want my optimal routine to look like? Start by thinking of what you already do consistently every day (can be a task as small as brushing your teeth). Then add and prioritize what is most important to you, whether that means adding some alone time, time for exercise, or time to make a healthy home-cooked meal throughout the day.
If this feels overwhelming, try the practice of habit stacking. Add your new healthy routine tasks or habits to existing tasks or routines you follow every day. Combine your morning coffee with a walk or catch up on the day’s news while brushing your teeth. Setting small attainable goals for yourself will also help keep you on track and motivated!
Write it down
Though it might sound a little too simple, taking time to write out your routine will greatly help you stick to it. Be as detailed as possible to account for your time. Try using a calendar and write your tasks like you would appointments. The act of physically writing tasks down can also be meditative and release anxiety about all the tasks that need to be accomplished.
Stick with It
We’ve all heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Although there’s some disagreement on this number, the best way to form healthy habits and follow a routine is to keep at it! Be consistent and try to stick to the same time every day for your tasks. Make sure you are checking in with yourself regularly and tweaking things as needed for greater success. For example, if you find yourself unable to get out of bed every Saturday morning to clean, change your schedule and adjust to what would work better for you.
Make it FUN!
Routine doesn’t have to be BORING! Though daily tasks can seem repetitive, there are ways to shake it up. Find a new workout buddy or an awesome playlist/podcasts to listen to. Add new things you’ve always wanted to try to your day like learning a new skill like the guitar or taking cooking classes.
Always add breaks in your day and take the time to truly reward yourself for sticking to your routine. Add nature breaks as a treat in your day by taking a walk outside, having your morning coffee on y our porch, or break up your busy work month by taking your next CABINSCAPE adventure!
The most common question we are asked about our off-grid tiny cabins is “what do the bathrooms look like?!” This can be a huge factor in determining whether someone is willing to partake in this particular type of adventure.
As someone who was also nervous about this, I can attest that our bathrooms are comfortable, functional and clean! Definitely better than any camping bathroom experience (and it sure beats going in the woods!).
You may be surprised to know that ALL of our cabins come with an indoor toilet located in a private room INSIDE each cabin. No need to trek outside in inclement weather or bring a flashlight to light your way. These modern waterless composting toilets are operational year-round and require no flush.
But what about smells? Our toilets are equipped with a little built-in toilet fan that is constantly sucking air out of the cabin to keep any smells at bay. Not to worry, toilets are emptied and thoroughly cleaned before your arrival.
What about showers?
Many of our wilderness cabins come equipped with an indoor toilet AND indoor and outdoor shower (showers are typically functional from May 24 weekend to early October – while running water is on for the season).
If you’ve never experienced showering in a cedar-built shower before, you’re in for a treat! Enjoy a refreshing shower infused with a delicious woodsy cedar scent while using our complimentary eco-friendly Cedar + Sage hair & body products from Oneka.
Curious about the bathroom set-up in a particular cabin? You can find all this information in our ‘THIS CABIN INCLUDES’ section on each cabin page on our website (when you scroll beneath the gallery of images).
What’s the bathroom set-up in your tents?
Our tents use the same compostable toilet as our cabins but in a shared outdoor comfort area. Tent guests also have access to outdoor showers with HOT water. Our showers also include Cedar + Sage biodegradable shampoo, body wash and conditioner. Scope out the pics below!
All in all, your off-grid wilderness adventure provides a comfortable bathroom experience that doesn’t stink!
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. In order to take maximum advantage of this amazing space, this pristine lake is currently home to 5 off-grid lakeside 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 cabins also come with a complimentary paddleboard to take advantage of the perfect lake temperament for a great paddle! The tent 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.
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.
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!
With 14 pet-friendly accommodations spread out across three regions in Ontario, one of our most common inquiries is about activities that include furry friends. Everything is more fun with a pup! Here are our top recommendations for pet adventures during your tiny cabin stay.
With over 400km of all-season hiking and cycling trails, our Cabinscape cabins in Haliburton Forest are perfect for an adventure with your pup. Your dog will love to explore the trails, lakes, roads and public swimming areas on site with you. Depending on their age and fitness level, choose easy, flat walks to more advanced routes.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Cookhouse Restaurant at Haliburton Forest Base Camp. Dogs are welcome in the outside dining area.
If adventuring off-site, visit Boshkung Brewing Co and Haliburton Brewery too! Dogs are welcome at the breweries and outdoor areas. Afterall, dogs and beer make a good pair!
Every Saturday, guests can visit the farmers market in Minden where dogs are welcome. There is always a vendor that has delicious dried meats, but also farm fresh bones, pig ears, and other natural treats for pups!
Our cabins in Calabogie are located on the trailhead for a fascinating network of trails that cross over thousands of acres of Crown Land with some of the best hiking in Ontario. Pop a leash on your furry friend to explore pristine pine forests,
paddle picturesque waters and find hidden lookouts.
Cabinscape guests are permitted to use Calabogie Peaks Resorts amenities including public beach and outdoor spaces where pets are welcome!
Pop by Calabogie Brewing for a pint and a snack with your pup pal after a big day of adventure!
Book Wren and Finch cabins in Calabogie for a pet-friendly escape.
Lanark County rests at the heart of the Ottawa Valley with charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities which makes it an ideal escape with your pup. ALL of our six cabins in Lanark County are pet-friendly! Our cabins are placed in beautiful, rugged and private properties with meandering creeks, bustling rivers and beautiful lakes – a dream for any household pet.
Experience the Rideau Valley Conservation land at our Mica and Rhya cabins, the Fall River at our Juniper cabin and the Tay-Havelock rail trail on-site at our Ember cabin. This is a perfect trail for dogs that love to fetch as there is lots of space to run, and only light foot traffic.
For pup-friendly eats and treats, visit the Cardinal Cafe in Sharbot Lake for some homemade puppy treats and yummy snacks for humans too! Coutts Coffee Roastery & Cafe in Perth allows pups on their patios to go with their artisanal coffee and baked goods. CC’s on the Rideau is a beautiful spot right on the water for lunch and dinner where pets are permitted.
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!
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.
The connection between the LGBTQ2S community and nature is rooted in history.
It’s Pride month in Ontario, and for the first time in two years, we’re able to celebrate with one another in person, in ways that for some may seem like a distant memory from “the before times” (2019 calling), with parades, parties and close proximity body contact.
Pride as an event is a real moment for us to connect with one another, to take up space and celebrate the strength, diversity and power of the queer community. It’s so important to so many of us that we are able to come together and unite, but with all the festivities and socializing it can be easy to get caught up and find yourself a little run down and burnt out. Just as important is taking time to connect with yourself and those closest to you, and what better place to do just that than wrapped in the restorative arms of mother nature herself.
In Canada, we’re privileged to live amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes, many of which are only a short drive from our most densely populated urban centres. These natural spaces have plenty to offer, from recreation to beauty, adventure to education; but perhaps the most significant offering the natural world can provide is the opportunity for us to balance out our frequently (or for some consistently) hectic queer lives with some much needed “me time.”
For some, connecting with themselves and with nature can be just as fulfilling and empowering as connecting on the dancefloor. A restorative immersion into the natural world – even for just a couple of days – can help us recover from stress or excessive Pride partying, can allow us to unplug and take a break from socials and screen time, and can provide a calming space for us to reconnect with ourselves and our identity as queer individuals.
Those less inclined to get outside in more remote landscapes may be missing out on the healing power of nature, which can help us to find balance, inspiration and even community. For anyone new to or inexperienced with camping or outdoor adventure, rentals like those offered by Cabinscape can offer an easy-going entry point with many of the comforts of home – and some extra special comforts as well (heated outdoor showers anyone?*). Go alone or with a partner for full relaxation mode, or if you’re into groups, go big and celebrate with several of your nearest and dearest.
Whatever your colour of the rainbow, this Pride month and the summer to follow, take time to get out and get green… and orange, and yellow…
Nothing is better than a tasty, healthy fireside meal! Try these Grilled Veggie Skewers on the campfire at your next Cabinscape adventure. Great compliment as a side dish or a whole vegetarian/vegan meal. Customize your skewers by trying your favourite veggies. You can also use the BBQ or stovetop if a campfire is not readily available. Cut the veggies before you go if you won’t have a cutting board handy.
Grilled Veggie Skewers
All you need (2 servings):
2 Bell peppers: red, yellow, orange [Qty 2 of each bell peppers] 2 Zucchini 2 Large red onion Mushrooms [227 g of small mushrooms] 1 garlic – minced Cilantro – minced Ground black pepper Salt 1/3 Olive oil Balsamic vinegar
1. Soak at least 12 skewers in water for approximately 15 minutes.
This will allow the moisture from the skewers to evaporate before the wood starts to burn
Please note that the total number of skewers will depend on the size of your vegetables
2. Chop all the vegetables so are approximately equal in size and shape.
Peel the red onion, slice it in half and chop each half into thirds
Chop each bell peppers into 1-inch by 1-inch
Slice the zucchini into rounds
Slice the mushrooms into 1-inch by 1-inch
3. Prepare the garlic herb sauce in a bowl.
Add 1/3 teaspoon of olive oil
Add ¼ of balsamic vinegar
Add the minced garlic
Add the minced cilantro
Add a pinch of salt
Add the ground black pepper
4. Whisk together for about 1 to 2 minutes.
Depending on your preference, you can brush your veggie skewers with the garlic herb sauce before placing them on the grill OR brush the veggie skewers with the garlic herb sauce when they are on the grill.
5. Once your veggie skewers are prepared. Start your campfire. Make sure the firewood is placed flat in the fire pit so you can place the grill easily.
6. Add the veggie skewers on the grill for approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Since this is a campfire, the veggie skewers will soften and brown quicker.
7. Remove the veggie skewers and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!
With main ingredients including eggs and tomato, this meal can be served at any time of the day. Easy to make on a campfire or stovetop. You can measure out the spices so you have the exact amount ready on the go. Enjoy Shakshuka at your next Cabinscape getaway!
All you need:
1 medium-sized onion (diced) 2 cloves garlic (minced) Olive oil 1 large red bell pepper (chopped) 1 can of crushed tomatoes (About 800 g) 1 can of tomato paste 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika Chilli flakes (Spice is optional) 1 teaspoon sugar Salt Ground black pepper 6 eggs Cilantro (chopped for garnish) Feta cheese (crumbled) Pita bread (Optional)
1. Add olive oil to a pan. Wait about 2-3 minutes until heated and add diced onions. Wait roughly 5 minutes until soft.
2. Add minced garlic and wait 2-3 minutes until brown, then add chopped red bell pepper. Wait roughly 5 minutes until pepper softens.
3. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and 1 can of crushed tomato to your mixture.
4. Stir continuously for about 10-15 minutes. Take a spoon and create empty pockets of space. Place cracked open eggs in the pockets.
5. Wait 10-15 minutes, add cilantro for garnish and crumbled feta cheese.
6. Serve with pita bread and ENJOY!
BONUS! Summer Spritz Recipe
All you need:
3 oz Aperol 3 oz Prosecco 1 oz club soda Orange (sliced) Ice
1. Add ice to a wine glass. Pour approximately 3 oz of Aperol. Fill about one-third of the wine glass. Then add 3 oz of Prosecco.
2. Add 1 oz of club soda or Sprite (this step is optional to make the drink less bitter – don’t skip if you like a sweeter taste)
During your Cabinscape getaway, you’ll wake up in the wilderness with the sounds of nature. Compliment the peaceful morning wakeups with a delicious breakfast like this French Toast recipe! Can be made on the campfire or on our cabin stovetops. Pair it with coffee or your favourite morning beverage.
French Toast Recipe
All you need:
2 large eggs 2/3 Cup Milk 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract ¼ Teaspoon of ground cinnamon Pinch of salt Butter 6 slices of white bread Vegetable oil Maple Syrup Blueberries (or your choice of preferred berries/fruit)
1. Add the following ingredients to a bowl:
2 Large Eggs
2/3 Cup of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Artificial Vanilla Extract
¼ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of butter
Pinch of Salt
2. Continuously mix the ingredients.
3. Heat up a frying pan (on medium heat) and add oil and butter. Wait a few minutes for the butter to melt.
4. Take one slice of bread at a time and soak it into your mix.
5. Add the soaked slice to the pan and flip accordingly until each side is brown.
6. Serve onto a plate and add Maple syrup, butter, and blueberries. Enjoy!
Chose 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 want a true 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 for you. 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 being miles away from civilization? Our high-remote cabins are the ones for you. These cabins are nestled further away from towns and local shops, so make sure 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 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.
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!
Want to experience an off-grid adventure while knowing the comforts of a traditional getaway are close by? Our low remote cabins are still on their own inlets of land that provide a private experience. They are often close to other Cabinscape cabins and local amenities you can take advantage of.
For instance, our Muskoka cabins are a short drive away from the village of Huntsville with lots of shops and dining options. 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 most 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 and Muskoka Camp locations are great for those who want to escape together but have their own space.
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. These cabins are perfect for those wanting to have a backcountry experience while being closer to local amenities.
Maple season is upon us and there is no better time of year to adventure to one of our tiny cabins and enjoy all the Maple goodness the local towns have to offer!
Celebrate the sweetness of Spring by tapping trees, eating delicious treats, visiting sugar bushes, and exploring these quaint regions of Ontario while on your tiny cabin adventure!
In the heart of the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County is touted as the ‘Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario’ and it’s not hard to see why! The maple syrup and products produced in this region are a tourist attraction at any time of year.
If you are visiting soon, Fortune Farms in Almonte is in its 49th Maple season and features experiences, tours and trails, and a shop that sells everything from maple sugar to maple vinegar. 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. On April 30th, visit the Festival of the Maples in Perth which boasts an artisan food market, retail attractions, and lots of live entertainment.
Throughout the year, visitors can savour the flavours of Lanark County and enjoy the virtual Sip & Savour trail for chocolate, craft spirits, beer/cider, fine cuisine, and delicious delicacies. There’s also an incredible year-round self-guided driving Maple Tour for the region showcasing artisans, heritage buildings and locally made products.
If you are staying at one of our Haliburton locations in March or April, be sure to check out our Canadian Maple Experience! We’ve partnered with family-run Esson Creek Maple for a private and unique sugar-ing experience in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. Begin with a guided hike through the Sugarbush while learning about the local area. Tour the maple production process and have a “Sugar on Snow” treat. Conclude by taking home your very own bottle of Esson Creek Maple syrup!
Cost: $99/couple OR $130/family (maximum of 2 adult, 2 children) + HST
The Muskoka Maple Trail is a collection of over 30 of the best maple experiences in the region. From sugar bush tours and pancake breakfasts to maple beer bbq ribs, they also feature stops that have infused locally harvested syrup in their culinary delights. Experience sleigh rids, maple lattes and all the sweetness Muskoka has to offer!
Experience the family-friendly Muskoka Maple Festival with all-day breakfast, beer garden and entertainment in downtown Huntsville.
For a truly rural experience, the charming family-fun Roost Farm is only a few minutes drive from our Cabinscape Camp Kawarthas cabins. Enjoy a 5km walking tour of the property while surveying their maple bush and production process. Enjoy their fresh seasonal produce, honey, farm-made preserves and local artisan gifts and products.
Did you know the Ontario Government is giving your family up to $2,000 in a Staycation Tax Credit to travel locally?
Now is the perfect time to plan the tiny cabin adventure of your dreams!
The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit aims to encourage Ontarians to discover their province and help local businesses recover from the global pandemic. A stay at Cabinscape between January 1st and December 31st, 2022 is eligible for the tax credit (if you live in Ontario).
The program will provide a 20% tax refund for accommodation expenses of up to $2,000 for spouses, common-law partners, or eligible children or $1,000 for individuals. That equates to a $400 / $200 tax credit applied to your 2022 income tax return.
How can you claim your tax credit? Your tax credit is claimed on your 2022 Personal Income Tax submission. You must keep your Cabinscape order confirmation (receipt) from your booking to submit with your taxes.
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! All cabins are lakefront and offer spectacular views.
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!
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!
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!
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 (and catch lots of fish)!
Take a bite of the harsh cold weather with a cup of piping hot delicious hot cocoa. Guaranteed to combat the Canadian winters and soothe the soul with each cup. Can be made on a campfire, stovetop or BBQ while enjoying your Cabinscape stay!
The best part of this recipe is that it is completely customizable. You can pick your toppings right down to the kind of milk you prefer. Tastes great with dairy and non-dairy options – coconut milk is my personal favourite. Include the little ones in creating this recipe for some festive family fun!
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
All you need: ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ cup sugar ⅓ cup hot water ⅛ teaspoon salt 4 cups of any kind of milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon peppermint extract Your favourite toppings (including but not limited to whipped cream, shaved white or dark chocolate, crushed peppermints, candy cane for a stirrer, marshmallows) Cabinscape mug – classic camper or ceramic (optional)
Directions: 1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir together until mixture boils and cocoa and sugar are dissolved. 2. After stirring continually for 1 minute, stir in the milk. Heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and peppermint extract and mix well. 3. Pour into your Cabinscape mug and top it off with your favourites! Serve immediately.
Whether you’re into extreme sports like downhill skiing, ice climbing or snowboarding, or whether 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 Eastern Ontario’s tallest mountain ski resort. The longest beginner trail in the province for skiing and snowboarding lives here.
Experience the beautifully groomed mountain trail system and ride through the terrain parks and forest glades. The Madawaska Nordic ski trails include plenty of well-marked and colour coded cross country trails to choose from. New to the sport? No problem! You can register for a ski or snowboard lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site.
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 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. With the purchase of a day pass Cabinscape guests can enjoy access to the indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and fitness centre with towels and showers (amenities subject to change).
After relaxing in the hot tub, kickback and stay warm at the resort campfire. Evening campfires are a tradition at Calabogie Peaks, delight in them daily from late afternoon to evening. Pond skating is also available at the resort as soon as the water freezes over.
Cost: $25 per person/per day or $60 per family/per day.
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.