Spring has officially sprung which means love is certainly in the air! Celebrating love has been an enduring theme at CABINSCAPE getaways since our inception. Located in some of the most scenic locations across Ontario, our cabins provide the perfect setting for romance and adventure.
ETERNALIZE SPECIAL MOMENTS
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion during your stay or just want a memory that will last for years to come, our Celebration Package is for you!
Designed to capture your special moments in the wilderness, the package includes a bottle of sparkling wine, two keepsake Cabinscape glasses, a basket of local hand-crafted sweets, and a vase of seasonal flowers.
By popular demand, this package has now been expanded to include our Kawarthas and Haliburton cabins along with Lanark County!
Add this package to any cabin booking (except Calabogie) or email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject to availability).
ELOPE IN THE WOODS
Escape into the wilderness with your special person for an adventure of a lifetime! Launched in spring 2023, CABINSCAPE Weddings: Elopement Experience is designed so you can celebrate your love, your way. No two love stories are the same, which is why we have designed this package with tons of flexibility – so you can celebrate in a way that is uniquely yours. All you need to do is choose the cabin meant for you and let our professional elopement curators help you bring your vision to life!
Thanks to our partners at Bowtied With Love (in Lanark and Calabogie) and The Organic Moment (in Kawarthas and Calabogie), this package includes two nights at our cabins, up to two additional guests, on-site coordination and ceremony management, an hour of photography, keepsake CABINSCAPE wine glasses, a custom wedding cake AND MORE! You can also choose from an array of custom add-ons to curate the special day of your dreams.
Made specifically for couples, our Irresistible Romance Kit is the perfect way to add a touch of romance and intimacy to your wilderness getaway. The handcrafted and all-natural products included in this kit have been curated to create a sensual experience exclusively for CABINSCAPE guests. Arriving at your decorated cabin adorned with rose petals and twinkle lights helps create a cozy and romantic atmosphere to kick off your getaway. Plus don’t forget some sweet kit inclusions to enjoy!
Further details on inclusions for this kit for the 2023 Spring/Summer season will be announced shortly! Add it to your stay or email email@example.com for more details.
Maple season is upon us and there is no better time of year to adventure to one of our tiny cabins and enjoy all the Maple goodness the local towns have to offer!
Celebrate the sweetness of Spring by tapping trees, eating delicious treats, visiting sugar bushes, and exploring these quaint regions of Ontario while on your tiny cabin adventure!
In the heart of the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County is touted as the ‘Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario’ and it’s not hard to see why! The maple syrup and products produced in this region are tourist attractions at any time of year.
Temple’s Sugar Bush in Lanark features a Pancake House Restaurant with a Maple breakfast special, a shop and a nature trail through the picturesque surrounding forest and gardens. Visit the Festival of the Maples in Perth which boasts an artisan food market, retail attractions, and lots of live entertainment.
Plan a trip during Ontario Maple Weekend from April 1st-2nd. Various producers show how syrup is made while offering free samples of fresh maple syrup and confections. Enjoy pancake breakfasts, sugarbush trails, sugar-making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more.
Throughout the year, visitors can savour the flavours of Lanark County and enjoy the virtual Sip & Savour trail for chocolate, craft spirits, beer/cider, fine cuisine, and delicious delicacies. There’s also an incredible year-round self-guided driving Maple Tour for the region showcasing artisans, heritage buildings and locally made products.
If you are staying at one of our Haliburton locations in March or April, be sure to check out our Canadian Maple Experience! We’ve partnered with family-run Esson Creek Maple for a private and unique sugar-ing experience in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. Begin with a guided hike through the Sugarbush while learning about the local area. Tour the maple production process and have a “Sugar on Snow” treat. Conclude by taking home your very own bottle of Esson Creek Maple syrup!
For adults, make your way to Haliburton Forest Base Camp for a sap and tap experience like no other! Hike through the sugar bush, peek inside the rustic sugar shake and take away interesting insights from the impressive journey from sap to syrup, all while tasting various local maple products.
During March Break, families can experience Maple Magic. Geared towards kids of all ages, on this 2+ hour experience, you’ll hear the ins and outs of maple syrup production, follow the impressive journey from sap to syrup, check out a real sugar shack, eat a pancake meal and of course, sample some sweet treats!
For a truly rural experience, the charming family-fun Roost Farm is only a few minutes away from our Cabinscape Camp Kawarthas cabins. Enjoy a 5km walking tour of the property while surveying their maple bush and production process. Enjoy their fresh seasonal produce, honey, farm-made preserves and local artisan gifts and products.
Our Joni Cabin in Pakenham lives on Cartwright Springs Brewery where our guests can enjoy Maple Porter & Carbonated Maple Sap available starting mid-March. Opt-in for a tasting made specifically for thirsty visitors who want to try it all! Stay for an in-depth Brewery Tour where stops include their on-site maple taps.
Don’t forget the Artist Fair at the brewery the first weekend of April for more seasonal events and fun!
Fortune Farms in Almonte is gearing up for its 51st Maple season and features experiences, tours and trails, and a shop that sells everything from maple sugar to maple vinegar.
Discovering the Best Spots for Star Gazing in Ontario
Ontario is a fantastic destination for stargazing. Some of the best places to look at the sky are at our cabins in Kawarthas, Lanark County, Calabogie and Haliburton. With their vast expanses of wilderness and relatively low levels of light pollution, these sites offer some of the best views of the night sky in North America. Guests can explore the properties’ many hiking trails and lakeshores for unobstructed views of the stars.
UPCOMING CELESTIAL EVENTS
The beauty of the night sky has captivated humans for thousands of years, inspiring countless stories and legends. Whether you’re an experienced astronomer or just someone who enjoys looking up at the stars, there are plenty of upcoming events to get excited about.
Super New Moon on February 20th: While this event won’t be visible from Earth, the dark night skies will provide great opportunities for some night sky watching.
If you’re new to star gazing, it’s important to remember that the night sky can be overwhelming at first. However, with a bit of patience and practice, you’ll soon find yourself identifying constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with ease.
Get started by investing in a quality telescope or pair of binoculars. These tools can help you see the night sky in a whole new way, and can be a great investment for anyone interested in astronomy.
Try an app or use a star chart: A star chart can help you identify stars and constellations, making it easier to navigate the night sky.
Choose a dark location & check the weather: The darker the location, the better your chances of seeing stars. Clouds can obscure the stars too, so it’s important to check the weather forecast before heading out.
The best time to visit CABINSCAPE for stargazing is the winter months so you can look up without your views being obstructed by trees and forests.
Be patient! Seeing stars can require patience and perseverance, so take your time and enjoy the experience.
These remote cabins are unobstructed by light and the perfect spot to stare at the sky. They are forested areas in the summer so the winter is the best time to visit. If visiting in the summer months, you can view the stars from the old logging access road.
With Family Day and March Break quickly approaching, why not try a wilderness adventure made for the whole family? From pups to kids, bring them along for some wholesome fun! Read our guide to the ultimate activities for kids at our tiny cabins.
CABIN CHASER: FAMILY EDITION
Our popular mystery road-trip package now includes exciting route options for the whole family! This curated two-night mystery itinerary and cabin hopping experience is custom designed for each booking and includes foodie favourites, small-town farms, incredible vista views, cute local shops, and cozy hangouts to get you out and about this winter.
Originally designed for groups of two, this package has now expanded specifically for families with young adventurers. Consider this an exciting surprise for the whole clan. Pups included!
One of the most popular attractions at Haliburton Forest and a MUST when visiting with children is the Wolf Centre. Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on the reserve. Winter is the best time to see the wolves in their thick winter fur – they are typically more playful and active in the cooler weather.
Once you’re done howling with wolves, explore the over 400 km of trails at Haliburton Forest. Many include easy routes for beginners, perfect for kids and pups.
Read more about a family trip to Baylight cabin in Haliburton here.
Grab skis for the whole group and hit the slopes! Our cabins here live at Calabogie Peaks Resort which offers the best of what winter has to offer. Lift tickets include the longest beginner trail in the province for skiing and snowboarding – perfect for little ones to learn the ropes. If they need extra help, register for a lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site.
If you’d rather hike/snowshoe, hop out your front door to the nearest trailhead (just metres away). Trails are groomed and well-marked for easy access and shorter routes. After the activities, take a break and enjoy all the amenities that Calabogie Peaks Resort has to offer. With the purchase of a family day pass CABINSCAPE guests can enjoy access to nightly bonfires, pond skating, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with towels and showers.
While at this property, kids are sure to love the otherworldly vibe. Hike/snowshoe 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and quarry relics from the past.
Take a mini trip to the nearby town of Fenelon Falls for entertainment, dining, outdoor activities, and shopping. There is also the opportunity to explore arts, culture and heritage as this town has a rich history. For a treat after all the fun, stop by the Little Pie Shack for homemade pies, tarts, brownies, squares, ice cream, and more!
As of March, the Windmill Point Alpaca Farm opens its doors on Saturdays to tour its pack of furry friends up close and personal for a memory that will not soon be forgotten!
For those wanting to stay close to home base, many of our Lanark County cabins have conservation areas, massive properties or trails to experience on-site or very close to your cabin! Take a nature walk and explore.
Once the activities are over and it’s time to disconnect and hunker down, enjoy maximum coziness and quality time from our mini library of books and games included at every CABINSCAPE cabin. Family approved!
How to Beat Blue Monday and the Post Holiday Blues!
Have you been feeling lethargic, listless or even gloomy for the past few weeks? The post-holiday blues are a phenomenon that culminates in Blue Monday, the third Monday of January. Also known as the most depressing day of the year. The short days with little sunlight, frigid temperatures and the end of the holidays/festive season begin to kick in. Many have started struggling with New Year’s resolutions while some struggle with debt and credit card bills. Motivation seems to be at an all-time low.
Whether or not Blue Monday really exists is still up for debate but it is hard to deny it can be a more difficult time for many. If you’re feeling it this season, just know you are not alone!
Remember to take it day by day. The days are already getting longer and we are seeing more hours of sunshine. Take time daily to centre yourself and see if these tips work for you:
Invest in a Lightbox. I cannot stress what a game-changer this can be! The effects of using a light box first thing in the morning can be immediate and may boost low mood after only 20 minutes of use. Sunlight is also crucial to our circadian rhythm.
This new year, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone! Adventure more. Seek thrills you never dreamed of. Spend more time connecting with nature while discovering its healing powers.
Whatever your goal, accomplish it with your next CABINSCAPE stay. Read on for our top adventures to cross off your list this season!
Did you know our Calabogie cabins live on a ski resort? Calabogie Peaks Resort is the tallest ski hill in Ontario and its amenities and trails are right at your doorstep. This location even includes some of the best hiking in Ontario! Take advantage of the resort’s pond skating rink and nightly bonfires with the purchase of a guest pass. Strap on your snowshoes and discover Eagle’s Nest lookout and the extensive trail network at Manitou Mountain. Spend your evenings reading or playing games from our little cabin library selection.
Haliburton Forest is known as Ontario’s wonderland of adventure! Hop on a sled and experience some of the best snowmobiling in North America with perfectly groomed trails and snow-laden pine trees. Howl with wolves at the Wolf Centre where you can get up close and personal with the pack of wolves that live in the forest. Ice fish the extensive lakes available to you. Listen to the stillness at some of our most remote cabin sites here.
Touted as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County has charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities to experience! The popular town of Perth is a foodie paradise with its delightful and varied offerings. Local trails, parks and conservation areas are nearby or on-site to explore. Each cabin lives in its own unique environment, with trails varying from meandering creek walks to rugged bush walks with lookouts of the Ottawa Valley. Grab your snowshoes and explore them all at your leisure!
Our Kawarthas cabins are easily accessible all year round (no hike-in required) which makes it a great option for those looking for a less remote but adventure-packed getaway! Hike or snowshoe 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and quarry relics from the past. Bring your ice skates and explore the quarry (when conditions allow). Spend time hunkering down in front of a winter campfire. Cold weather calls for hot comfort food cooked on our stovetop, BBQ or fire. Breathe in the stillness.
2. Whisk: In a large pot on stove, whisk until well combined without heating just yet. Vigorously whisk until there are no clumps of starch.
3. Heat: Turn on the stove to medium-high heat, heat the Eggnog until right before it boils. You should see a few bubbles appear on top. Reduce heat to low, and whisk until it thickens, about 4-5 minutes.
4. Cool: Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then carefully pour into an airtight glass and allow to cool down further until it’s not warm anymore before placing in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.
5. Enjoy: Serve with vegan Cool Whip, and Cinnamon sticks, sprinkled with extra Cinnamon on top, with or without alcohol!
Alcohol Options: If you like to make this more like a traditional nog, you can add in your preferred alcohol! Many liquors are actually naturally vegan, too. You can use bourbon, dark rum, brandy, or cognac.
BONUS! Pair with your favourite sweet treat or a seasonal charcuterie!
Take a bite of the harsh cold weather with a cup of piping hot delicious hot cocoa. Guaranteed to combat the Canadian winters and soothe the soul with each cup. Can be made on a campfire, stovetop or BBQ while enjoying your Cabinscape stay!
The best part of this recipe is that it is completely customizable. You can pick your toppings right down to the kind of milk you prefer. Tastes great with dairy and non-dairy options – coconut milk is my personal favourite. Include the little ones in creating this recipe for some festive family fun!
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
All you need: ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ cup sugar ⅓ cup hot water ⅛ teaspoon salt 4 cups of any kind of milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon peppermint extract Your favourite toppings (including but not limited to whipped cream, shaved white or dark chocolate, crushed peppermints, candy cane for a stirrer, marshmallows) Cabinscape mug – classic camper or ceramic (optional)
Directions: 1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir together until mixture boils and cocoa and sugar are dissolved. 2. After stirring continually for 1 minute, stir in the milk. Heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and peppermint extract and mix well. 3. Pour into your Cabinscape mug and top it off with your favourites! Serve immediately.
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It’s an infamous theme, my suggestion to consider experiences over things. It’s right up there next to my “buy better, buy less” preference, discussed many times over the years.
We’ve been gifting the kids experiences for their birthdays for the past few years and try to implement the same mindset when it comes to other holidays, occasions and beyond.
We’ve done many staycations, little getaways and even some major travelling with our eldest but nothing has been quite like our latest experience and stay with family-founded company, Cabinscape.
Cabinscape is a Canadian-owned and operated company, offering eco-conscious cabin stays for those looking to experience intimate, off-grid stays. Locations range from low remoteness (ability to drive-in and near other cabins and/or amenities) to high remoteness (hike-in required, distant from other accommodations, towns and resources). Every one of their micro cabins is custom designed and built with everything you need while prioritizing a minimized footprint.
We opted for a cabin of medium remoteness for our first experience, especially given we would have two small children in tow.
We stayed at the Baylight Cabin, nestled in the forest of Haliburton Highlands. This location has a 300-meter hike-in come the cold season but offers a very quiet stay, tucked amidst the trees and directly on the water of a private lake.
Travelling at the back end of November meant snow was on the ground and the water was partially frozen over, so we didn’t get to make the most of the lake’s beauty or activities (cabin stay comes with a canoe for your use while there) but it still made for an incredibly serene backdrop. Lined with evergreen trees and entirely still, the kids were thrilled to find they could sit and hear the echo of their own voices.
The cabin is equipped with a gas stovetop, full-sized BBQ and fire pit for cooking or making s’mores of course. We did pre-plan simple meals that could be made with minimal effort but also go nicely with a camping-like experience. Due to the time of year, there is no running water at the cabins and so we kept that in mind when it came to cooking as well.
We packed things like soup (that we pre-made) and grilled cheese supplies, eggs with add-ins like mushrooms and tomatoes, as well the obligatory marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and veggie dogs/sausages for a traditional campfire dinner.
This location is truly amazing for anyone who’s a city dweller because the night sky is a serious contrast to that in metro areas – clear with nothing but an array of stars sprinkled across the scene. A beautiful backdrop to roasting marshmallows or having dinner and a drink by the fire.
In the morning, pull up the retractable window and take in the sunrise or crisp morning air over breakfast and a hot cup of your favourite. If you’re early enough and things are quiet, you might even be lucky enough to get a few of the forest’s visitors. It should be mentioned that this is a truly off-grid experience and you truly are a guest of an outdoor environment. Prepare for the possibility of seeing wild animals, big or tiny.
When not stargazing or on the lookout for animals, cabins offer a selection of games and reads for your enjoyment while there. The kids even found a colouring book, so we picked up some pencil crayons in the city (Haliburton) on one of our trips in for extra water and chocolate (a lot of s’mores were made).
*Note: Because water is not running at this time of the year, you’ll need to use bottled or stored water for all your needs: cooking, washing dishes, hygiene purposes, etc. Water is running again following winter.
Depending on your location, I highly suggest finding the nearest city/town to explore on your way to or from, or even during your stay. We loved getting to know a little bit of the area better by visiting various small businesses local to our cabin’s location. The company did a great job of including a list of nearby amenities, towns, and businesses in the welcome and instructional binder. Ours even included a pass for making the most of our time in Haliburton Highland’s, also deemed a “snow dome” and a favourite for those who like to hike, snowshoe, snowmobile and beyond.
We made sure to visit the infamous wolf family during our stay and it was an absolute highlight for the kids – us as well to be honest. I cannot recommend this enough during your stay or on any visit to the area. The wolves are so majestic, we could’ve spectated for hours. It was such a privilege to see them carry on in an environment natural to them and to witness them as a pack. I think we’ll be raving about this one forever.
Many of the experiences on this getaway were far from our norm, both as home or on any of our other stays/road trips and I can’t help but feel like it was so beneficial for the kids. To be out of their comfort zone and learn to navigate while embracing nature was such an experience that we cannot wait to visit another location in another (probably non-cold) season.
I hope you will follow @cabinscape and put it on your list of future considerations. I imagine these cabins as a great option for anything from birthdays to just needing a break, a girls’ trip to an anniversary getaway.
Stay tuned for some video content over on Instagram soon and consider this your reminder to return to slow and simple every so often.
From snowmobiling to howling with wolves, strap on your snowshoes and explore all the seasonal thrills this ‘wonderland’ has to offer!
Haliburton Forest is the ultimate snowmobiling destination for winter enthusiasts! Known as “Ontario’s snowmobiling wonderland” and offering over 400 km of well-developed and maintained snowmobile and winter ATV trails, Haliburton Forest is considered to be one of the Top 10 snowmobiling destinations in North America.
The quality of the snowmobiling experience is what sets this site apart – by limiting the number of passes and having an extensive network of trails, riders never experience a back-to-back lineup. Gasoline, oil, snowmobile rentals and food are available at Base Camp.
Passes sell out fast and are already limited on weekends for the 2023 season. But don’t worry if you missed out, snowmobile passes are included with bookings at CABINSCAPE Sage, Pine and Moss cabins near Base Camp and our two brand new cabins Ivy and Jade opening in December 2022!
Valid ownership and insurance per snowmobile/ATV (no side-by-sides permitted) must be presented to staff in the Main Office upon check-in.
While many of Haliburton Forest’s 400 km of trails are reserved for snowmobiling during the winter months, there are still plenty of options available for those interested in hiking or snowshoeing the extensive trail network. The routes are well-marked and maintained varying from easy, flat walks to more adventurous routes. Feel free to pop into Base Camp on your way in for a hardcopy trail map and further suggestions.
Two pairs of snowshoes are included with all CABINSCAPE winter bookings. Strap them on and explore! Fat bikes are invited anytime when snowmobile/ATV trails are closed (typically end of March).
Keep your eyes open for sightings of wildlife including wolves, groundhogs, red foxes, snowshoe hares, deer, moose, and many more wild animals that live in the Forest!
Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on a 15-acre reserve at the Wolf Centre – one of Haliburton Forest’s main attractions! It is recommended to visit this season to see the majesty of wolves in their thick winter fur. They are also typically more playful and active in the cooler weather.
Two indoor observation areas are designed to mimic the wild as closely as possible which means the wolves maintain much of the behaviour and social structures of wild packs. Guests are able to watch them in a way that is not typically possible in a zoo environment.
There is lots going on at Haliburton Forest throughout the season including forest concerts, a logging museum, trail run marathons and more! Check out their website for the latest events and activities.
Entry to the Wolf Centre is by advanced reservation only. No walk-ins are permitted.
Imagine a natural and pristine frozen lake and you are the only person fishing on it. Known traditionally as “trout country”, Haliburton Forest is an angler’s delight with over 100 lakes, numerous large ponds and miles of streams and creeks, offering year-round fishing for everyone.
Though most lakes are only accessible by Snowmobile or ATV during the winter months, guests at our lakefront cabins can try their hand at ice fishing on-site! An extensive fishing guide to Haliburton Forest’s waters is available at the Base Camp office.
Although Haliburton Forest is privately owned, provincial Fish and Game Laws do apply and will be enforced.
RELAX, READ, STARGAZE
Hunker down after your adventures at our tiny, heated and cozy cabins. Read a book from our small library and disconnect in the wilderness. Try your hand at some comfort food and hearty winter cooking on the stove, campfire or BBQ available year-round.
Enjoy the quiet of the outdoors and don’t forget to look up! Amazing views of the night stars and sky are just above you…
Experience Christmas Movie Magic at These Top 3 Festive Ontario Towns!
Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re in a Christmas movie? Look no further than these top 3 Ontario towns that will surely get you into the festive spirit. Each town is located near our CABINSCAPE cabins for the ultimate holiday experience!
Perth is the picture-perfect holiday scene with heritage buildings, waterfront and over 100 local businesses with decorated storefronts. Take a walk along the Tay River, visiting the classic stone buildings and the iconic Perth Town Hall with dustings of snow. Have a winter picnic at picturesque Stewart Park and take photos crossing the burgundy bridge over the water. The Festival of the Lights takes place until January 2nd at Crystal Palace where you can walk around the exterior glass building at night to see the decorated Christmas trees illuminated from inside.
Perth is also a foodie lovers’ dream with over 23 restaurants of diverse offerings – many of which include festive eats and drinks for the season. For dessert, don’t forget Perth Chocolate Works for one of their famous sweet treats (decorated for the season) including artisan chocolates, barks and bars, and unique confectionery creations! Grab a hot beverage after a cool day roaming around this festive town by following the twinkle lights down the hidden alleyway to the Stella Luna Gelato Café where you’ll be greeted by a lifesize nutcracker guarding the wreath-adorned door.
This charming small town near our Joni cabin is so magical that it has literally been the set of multiple popular TV Christmas movies! Be the star of your own holiday film by walking around downtown – reminiscent of a small European town with its inviting storefronts and cozy bookstores. There is no shortage of trimmings and twinkly lights here! Visit the Tin Bin Market for home decor – this charming store turns into a holiday shop every year with curated items to make any space feel like a Hallmark movie. For some sweet treats, Baker Bob’s is an Almonte staple. Take advantage of all their seasonal offerings!
Check out Light up the Night on December 2nd for a fun winter event. Enjoy an outdoor concert ending in a fireworks display! Stay for the Almonte Santa Claus parade on December 4th and a Christmas Farmers Market on December 10th.
Huntsville is a quaint town to visit throughout the year but at Christmas, it becomes a magical winter wonderland! The waterfront boasts a historic downtown with many shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and attractions. Start at Muskoka Heritage Place and hop on the Portage Flyer! This memorable train adorned with thousands of lights will take you along the river where you’ll be greeted at Fairy Lake by Santa himself – and offered some carols, hot chocolate and cookies!
While at Heritage Place, get tickets to Eclipse “Walk with Light” where participants walk a circular path of light and encounter unique heritage buildings and illuminated soundscapes linked to the seasons of the year, and the cycles of the day and moon. There will be music, spoken words and thousands of interactive lights that will respond to sounds created by the visitors themselves.
Next up is Christmas Tyme, a magical shop for unique gifts, housewares and home decor items and Holiday Spirit all year long. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, head to Henrietta’s Pine Bakery for some European-inspired sweet treats of the season. Some of our other local fave’s include The Artisan House, 3 Guys And A Stove, Tall Trees Muskoka and Kawartha Dairy (because it’s never too cold for ice cream!).
Finally, visit Santa’s Village theme park all year round for holiday-themed rides and attractions and to meet the big man himself! They have special events throughout the rest of the year leading up to the big day.
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.
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!
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 pet-friendly accommodations spread out across four 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. *NEW: Up to two pups permitted at Wren cabin!
Lanark County rests at the heart of the Ottawa Valley with charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities which make 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.
Our Kawarthas location is the newest that has opened to pups! Meander through the 10km of on-site trails through the meadows with your pup. Take a day trip to Fenelon Falls where pups are permitted on the patio at Murphy’s Lockside Pub & Patio. Nearby Balsam Lake Provincial Park has a dog beach and some really beautiful trails to explore together.
Due to the safety risks at our Kawarthas site including deep water and steep cliffs, we suggest keeping your dog leashed on-site.