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Dive Into Summer Reads

Dive Into Summer Reads

Today we’re bringing you the inside scoop on the must-reads that are coming to shelves just in time for your Summer cabin retreat.

From spine-tingling thrillers to steamy romances and everything in between, there is something for every outdoorsy reader looking to escape into the wilderness and into the pages of a good book.

I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL by Natalie Sue

For everyone that’s ever spent any time working a job they dislike—or with people they dislike—let us be the first to introduce you to the protagonist of this debut Canadian novel, Jolene.

In I Hope This Finds You Well, we follow an admin worker who accidentally gains access to her colleagues’ private emails and DMs and decides to use this intel to save her job. The author does an amazing job of putting you in a bland corporate office with a believable cast of characters who you end up loving… except Gregory. That guy sucks. (We all have one, eh?)

Hilarious, propulsive, and utterly relatable, this is a book that you’ll want to share with your entire contact list or, at the very least, grab your best friends to buddy read together while lounging around a cabin by the water.

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

THE MIDNIGHT FEAST by Lucy Foley

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you up all night flipping the pages, Lucy Foley’s forthcoming The Midnight Feast should be at the top of your summer reading list.

Set at a luxe coastal retreat with beautifully appointed cabins—yes, it screams “vacation reading”—this deliciously twisty locked-room murder mystery follows five people with different agendas and the secrets they’ll do anything to keep.

Grab your flashlights or headlamps and a notebook to jot down your predictions because this is a book that’ll have even the best armchair detectives stumped.

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

THE BRIAR CLUB by Kate Quinn

Imagine this: you’re cozied up in a cabin in the woods, the only sounds are the crackling fire and the whisper of turning pages.

With Kate Quinn’s forthcoming release in hand, you’re not just reading a story; you’re unraveling secrets and rooting for powerful women, all while being enveloped in the mystery and charm of a female boardinghouse in 1950s Washington, DC.

Picture the thrill of the McCarthy era’s intrigue blending with the serenity of nature around you—it’s the perfect escape!

Pre-order your copy of The Briar Club, today!

I WILL RUIN YOU by Linwood Barclay

Have you ever been in a life-or-death situation? Had to choose between fight or flight?

In bestselling Canadian author Linwood Barclay’s new thriller, a teacher chooses to stay and fight, preventing a major tragedy at his school. There’s only one problem. His brief moment in the spotlight puts him in the sights of a blackmailer with a score to settle. And it might just cost him everything he loves.

For anyone looking for a book that you can easily finish in one reading session on the dock, I Will Ruin You is a must-add to your TBR.

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

THE AU PAIR AFFAIR by Tessa Bailey

This summer, the bestselling queen of romance Tessa Bailey brings us the spicy hockey romance we’ve all been waiting for: The Au Pair Affair.

Following a hockey captain and single dad as he falls for his live-in nanny, this has everything we want in a sports romance: grumpy-sunshine/opposites-attract, “he falls first”, age gap, slow burn, and steamy scenes that are guaranteed to make you swoon.

Needless to say, this conclusion to the Big Shots duology will be an instant breakaway hit (pun intended) that readers will instantly fall in love with.

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

ONLY ONE SURVIVES by Hannah Mary McKinnon

There is truly no better way to read Hannah Mary McKinnon’s forthcoming thriller than from the comfort of a cabin.

In a mystery that’s as intoxicating as a backstage pass to the biggest rock concert on the planet, an all-female pop rock group takes shelter in a nearby abandoned cabin after their van careens off an icy mountain road and leaves one of them dead. The nightmare only continues as one by one the band members meet a gruesome end.

Daisy Jones & The Six meets Ruth Ware’s One by One in this twisty thriller that you’ll be raving to your friends about long after the fire dies down.

Learn more and pre-order Only One Survives now

THE DAYS I LOVED YOU MOST by Amy Neff

Calling all fans of The Notebook, Me Before You, and In Five Years!

An unforgettable and deeply romantic debut, The Days I Loved You Most follows Joseph and Evelyn, two childhood friends who fell in love in the summer of 1941. Now, more than sixty years later, these two gather their three grown children to share the stunning news: She has received a tragic diagnosis, and he cannot live without her. So, in one year’s time, they will end their lives together on their own terms.

Pack your tissues if you’re planning to bring this one on vacation because it’s guaranteed to fill your heart and break it too.

Learn more & pre-order your copy here

Imagine yourself at a cozy lakeside cabin, surrounded by nature’s beauty. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and you’ve got a thrilling book in hand. Summer is all about chilling out, relaxing, and soaking up those vacation vibes. Take a moment to unwind, enjoy the sunshine, dip your feet in the water, and lose yourself in the pages of a captivating summer read. It’s the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle

Written by Kristina Jagger with Harper Collins Canada & Rachel Naish Content Photography by Wayne Ferguson

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Our Lanark County Summer Adventure Guide

Our Guide to Summer in Lanark County


Escape to Lanark County this Summer!

With numerous hiking trails, lush forests, and serene paddling spots along tranquil rivers, there’s something for all types of adventurers.

Explore charming villages and unearth hidden gems for an unforgettable summer adventure.

Choose from our Mason, Mica, Rhya, Juniper, Joni, or Ember cabins as your Base Camp. Here are the Top 5 Things to Do in Lanark County during your CABINSCAPE retreat.

CAFE CRAWL

Experience the charm of Lanark County’s small villages while indulging in the perfect summer day of exploring cozy cafes and bakeries.

Here’s a few of our top picks:

FieldHouse, Perth, ON
Offering freshly brewed coffee and a selection of homemade baked goods, perfect for a morning pick-me-up or afternoon treat.

North Market, Almonte, ON
Featuring a diverse menu of specialty coffees, teas, and light bites in a welcoming atmosphere, ideal for a casual meet-up with friends.

Coutts Coffee Roastery & Cafe, Perth,ON
Known for its artisanal coffee blends and delicious pastries, making it a favorite spot among locals and visitors alike for a relaxing coffee break.

Once you’re fully caffeinated, why not indulge your taste buds with a visit to Cartwright Springs Brewery, conveniently located right on our Joni cabin grounds. Take a one-hour tour to explore the facilities, from the beer vats to the natural spring.

PADDLER’S PARADISE


Adventurers will enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding along the scenic river, surrounded by lush greenery and abundant wildlife.

Just an 8-minute drive from our Mica and Rhya cabins lies Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, spanning across 1,239 hectares. Nestled within the historic Rideau Waterway, which earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007, the park is steeped in history and natural beauty.

Visitors to the park can embark on a scenic 6km canoe loop, with two brief portages. This paddle is rated as “easy to moderate” and features inviting stopping points like the charming Park Store patio, the historic McParlan House, or the hike-in beach.

Nestled along the Fall River, our Ember & Juniper Cabins offer the perfect retreat for paddling enthusiasts. With easy access to the water, guests can embark on leisurely canoeing adventures, enjoy fishing, and explore the nearby lakes. Each of these cabins comes complete with a complimentary canoe for your enjoyment throughout your stay.

Looking for more water adventures? Check out local paddling itineraries here

HIKE THE LANARK HIGHLANDS

Lanark Highlands is a nature lover’s oasis, with numerous trails winding through forests, meadows, and alongside sparkling lakes.

Adventurers can embark on scenic hikes, discovering hidden waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, and quiet picnic spots along the way..

Check out more information on the Lanark Highland trails

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! Some suggestions are:

  • Hike the Rideau Valley Trail system, a 387 km network of hiking trails between the City of Kingston and the City of Ottawa
  • Take a scenic-drive to Frontenac Provincial Park for more challenging hiking experiences. You’ll find over 100km of great trails in this park all year round!
  • Wander the Tay-Havelock trail (walking distance from our Juniper and Ember cabins) or Meisel Woods Conservation Area. Discover them all during your stay!

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 hiking boots and explore them all at your leisure!

EXPLORE HERITAGE & HISTORY

Lanark County is rich in heritage and history, with several museums, historic sites, and heritage buildings waiting to be explored.

Some of our favourites include:

Heritage House Museum
Featuring changing displays of Smiths Falls artifacts and history, travelling exhibits and art shows
Smiths Falls, ON

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
Showcasing exhibits and education on fibre arts and a centre for the study of industrial textiles
Almonte, ON

Perth Museum
Travel back in time to 1840’s Perth. Offering self-guided tours for up to 5 guests
Perth, ON

VISIT LOCAL FARMS & MARKETS


Explore Lanark County’s farm-to-table treasures by visiting local farms and markets, a must-do summer activity full of fresh flavors and country charm.

Mississippi Berries, Lanark, ON
Farm stand and “pick-your-own” strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more

Perth Farmers Market, Perth, ON
Discover fresh produce, artisinal goods and handmade crafts

Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals, Perth, ON
Farm stand flower shop offering stunning, selve serve florals


Plan ahead! Since these activities are seasonal, operating hours and availability may vary. It’s a good idea to call ahead or check their website before you go.

Our Lanark County Cabins

  • Rhya Cabin
    Rhya Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Mason Cabin
    Mason Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Mica Cabin
    Mica Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Juniper Cabin
    Juniper Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Ember Cabin
    Ember Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Joni Cabin
    Joni Cabin
    From: $169.00
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Our Calabogie Summer Adventure Guide

Our Guide to Summer in Calabogie

Dive into adventure with endless hiking trails, exhilarating biking paths, and serene paddling spots. After a day of exploration, cool off with a refreshing swim and indulge in local flavors at charming restaurants, breweries, and cafes. Discover the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation at our Calabogie Cabins.

Located just one hour from Ottawa in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, you’ll find our Wren, Starling and Finch cabins. These cozy 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 sense of Summer adventure to complete our Top 5 Things to Do in Calabogie during your Cabinscape stay!

PEDAL THE PEAK

Summer in Calabogie is biking season! With its top-notch trail systems, this destination offers endless excitement for cycling enthusiasts.

At Calabogie Peaks Resort, the Peaks Village Trail System awaits. With a mix of single and double track trails catering to all skill levels, from novice to expert, riders can find their perfect route.

For those seeking an extra thrill, the Eagle’s Nest Trail System delivers stunning vistas and rugged terrain. Intermediate to advanced riders will relish the challenge and be rewarded with breathtaking views from the Eagle’s Nest Lookout.

BRING YOUR BOOTS

Welcome to the ultimate hiking destination! Calabogie boasts some of Ontario’s finest trails, catering to adventurers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned hiker, there’s an exciting trail waiting for you to explore in Calabogie.

Our favourites include:

Manitou Hiking and Snowshoeing Trail:
Length: 9 km
Difficulty: Medium
This trail features three spectacular mountain top vistas and follows ancient glacial spillways, offering diverse scenery and linking to other trails like Lost Valley Trail and Skywalk Trail

Madawaska Nordic Trails:
Length: 18 km
Difficulty: Easy
Originally cross-country ski trails in winter, these trails transform into easy hiking and mountain biking routes in summer, winding through picturesque forest landscapes with gentle ups and downs, providing a visually interesting and fun outing

Eagle’s Nest Lookout:
Length: 1.5 km
Difficulty: Easy
This trail is an easy 1.5 km hike along an old logging road, gradually uphill, leading to a spectacular lookout atop a 120-meter cliff. It also offers a geocache for those equipped with GPS, making it a perfect spot for both beginners and geocaching enthusiasts.

EXPLORE LOCAL EATS (& DRINKS!)


Calabogie offers culinary delights for every taste, from charming cafes with abundant natural light to cozy pizza joints and elegant fine dining establishments. Here are a few of our favorites:

Oh-El-La Cafe: Serving up artisanal coffee and delectable baked goods in a cozy atmosphere

Calabogie Pizzeria: laid-back vibes and mouthwatering pizzas crafted for take-out perfection. PS: The deep-fried cheese curds are a must try!

Canthooks Restaurant: Featuring breathtaking views of Calabogie Lake and a menu highlighting seasonal flavors and regional ingredients

Calabogie Brewing Co.: Handcrafted brews and a laid-back atmosphere combine to create the perfect spot for beer enthusiasts to unwind and socialize

VISIT CALABOGIE PEAKS RESORT

At our Calabogie Cabins, fun is just steps away from your doorstep. Guests can enhance their stay with access to the resort’s amenities by purchasing a Resort Day Pass, available for purchase at the front desk of Calabogie Peaks Resort. For $29 per person or $89 per family, your Day Pass includes…

  • Access to the Private Beach Club
  • Unlimited golf, tennis and boating (canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and paddleboards)
  • Access to hotel pool & hot tub, showers, day lockers & Exercise Room Facilities
  • Nightly bonfires

REST & RELAXATION


Need a break from all that Summer fun? Retreat to your cabin for some well-deserved rest & relaxation.

Imagine lounging on your private deck with a captivating book, gazing up at the starry sky, enjoying the warmth of the sun, or simply taking a well-deserved nap.

Embrace the laidback vibe —after all, that’s the beauty of immersing yourself in nature

Our Calabogie Cabins

  • Wren Cabin
    Wren Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Starling Cabin
    Starling Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Finch Cabin
    Finch Cabin
    From: $179.00
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Your Early-Spring Outdoor Bucket List

Spring Awakening: Your Essential Guide to Early-Season Outdoor Adventures

As we emerge from the grip of winter, the shoulder season is upon us! This is your guide to embracing the wild wonders of nature during these transitional months, packed with exciting activities to keep you outdoors and loving every muddy minute of it.

EXPLORE OUTDOORS

Early Spring hiking offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature as we transition into a season of renewal.

Our Guide to the Best Hiking Trails will help you plan your route.

From there, enhance your outdoor adventure by including a scavenger hunt, perfect for families and solo hikers alike. Enjoy observing the emergence of new plant life and listening to the melodies of the forest. Kids will love playing “Eye Spy”, discovering the sights and sounds of the wilderness. While adults may enjoy a slower pace, turning their hike into a mindful meditation surrounded by the tranquility of the forest.

Don’t forget to gear up the muddy, wet and occasionally icy terrain with waterproof boots!

Jumping in puddles is optional (but definitely encouraged!)



TRY COLD PLUNGING

As the lakes begin their spring thaw, consider adding cold plunging to your outdoor activity list.

Beyond the exhilarating rush, cold plunging offers numerous benefits for both physical and mental health, such as improved circulation, heightened alertness, enhanced mood and lower anxiety levels.

Our waterfront cabins are the perfect location to practice plunging, with the lake just steps from your door.

Be sure to exercise caution whenever cold plunging and always go with a buddy!




ENJOY MAPLE SYRUP SEASON

March & Early April is Maple Season in Ontario. Celebrate the sweetest season of all with a visit to the Sugar Shack to check out how sap is collected and produced into the sticky, sweet deliciousness we all know and love. With all four of our regions featuring nearby Maple activities, this is one experience you won’t want to miss out on.

For more inspiration be sure to check out our detailed Maple Season Guide.

LOOK UP AT THE STARS

With temperatures becoming less frigid, early Spring is an excellent time to bundle up and head outside gaze up at the stars. With several celestial events on the horizon this season you won’t want to miss out on the awe-inducing beauty of staring up at the night sky!

Get out of the city and head to one of our remote cabin locations which provide the perfect, unobstructed backdrop for viewing the stars and constellations.

Upcoming celestial events include:

For more details check out our Guide to Star Gazing in Ontario

CREATE A CABIN CRAFT

Let nature spark your creativity! When weather conditions aren’t ideal consider an indoor craft inspired by the great outdoors.

Cabin crafts are for adventurers of all ages and can include:

  • Colouring, drawing & sketching
  • Fibre arts such as knitting and crochet
  • Needlepoint & embroidery
  • Painting

Kids (and kids at heart) will love creating a Leaf Collage. During a hike collect fallen leaves of varying kinds and bring them back to the cabin. Spend time arranging the leaves into a collage and use a glue stick to stick them to your paper of choice. The perfect souvenir to take home from your trip!

EXPLORE LOCAL-WONDERS

Early spring is a great time to explore the local wonders of the region, visit small towns, farms, provinicial parks and partake in unique activities.

Fan Favourite:
The Wolf Centre in Haliburton Forest. This self-guided experience offers educational exhibits on wolf behaviour and ecology. Be sure to visit the observatory where you may even catch an exciting glimpse of the forest’s Wolf Pack!

Local tourism sites are a great resource when planning the perfect, early-spring getaway. Each of our four regions, Lanark, Calabogie, Haliburton and Kawartha offer a wide range of local experiences and activities for you to enjoy.




Grab your boots and your sense of adventure, because the shoulder season is calling! Embrace the mud, the challenges and most importantly embrace the beauty of early spring in all it’s untamed glory.

Ready to turn your early spring daydreams into reality? Our cozy cabins offer the perfect sanctuary to reconnect with the great outdoors. Reserve your time in nature and let the rejuvenating magic of early spring unfold around you.

Blog by: Rachel Naish & Photo Credits: Zach Washburn, Sarah Vander Zaag, Vanessa Moniz