Our Guide to Winter in Calabogie
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 are set to reopen mid-December, please contact the resort directly for more details).
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.
Note: until the pool is open, Cabinscape guests can purchase a day pass at a reduced rate of $10. Day pass includes extra snowshoes for the hiking trails if needed.
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.
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Our Guide to Winter in Muskoka
There’s a reason why Muskoka is consistently touted as Canada’s top cottage country destination. From rugged Canadian shield vistas to quaint and charming towns, there’s something glorious to discover at every corner of this region.
This winter season, discover Muskoka from one of our tiny cabins in the woods. As your cozy home base to the area, we’ve rounded up our Top 5 Things to Do in Muskoka during your Cabinscape stay.
Strap on your complimentary snowshoes and hit the trails! Our lakefront cabins are located right within Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, a private year-round wilderness haven with more than 10,000 unspoiled acres of mixed forest.
With more than 70 km of marked trails to explore, you’ll find a suitable trail for all skill levels here. Explore The McReynold Valley Trail that starts from our property and connects to the primary trails in the forest.
You can also start your journey at Limberlost Forest’s Main Entrance (just `5 minutes down the road’) to explore some of the larger, more popular trails on site. For a moderately challenging adventure, hop on The Solitaire Trail, a picturesque 6.3 km loop that circles around the largest lake in the forest and leads you to Echo Rock Lookout.
For a guided wilderness experience, consider signing up for our guided hiking adventure with our knowledgeable local guides from The Trip Shed.
Embrace adventure this winter and feel the rush of gliding through a snow-filled wonderland. Limberlost Forest has 25 km of groomed trails for classic skiing. Whether you’re a novice or advanced skier, there’s lots of trail options to explore, each one leading you to some magically epic vistas.
Bring your own ski gear or rent some from Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville!
Fairway Ski Trail | 0.3 km
Ascension Trail | 2.8 km. Loop
High Lake Ski trail | 3 km Loop
Barlow Ski Trail | 13.6 km Return
Statue Trail | 1.1 km Loop
Spaniel Ski Trail | 8 km Loop
Helve Ski Trail | 5 km Loop
Buck Lake Ski Trail | 3 km Loop
Pointe Ski Trail | 1 km
The 20-minute drive from our cabins to Arrowhead Provincial Park is well worth the excursion to experience Arrowhead’s world famous Skate Trail. Named one of 19 Stunning Natural Ice Skating Rinks Around the World by Travel+Leisure Magazine, this fairy-tale 1.3 km skate through the woods is a must-do winter activity!
On Friday and Saturday nights, the magic gets kicked up a notch when the trail is lit ablaze with hundreds of tiki torches. Fire & Ice Nights are typically held in late January, depending on weather and ice conditions. Always consult Arrowhead’s blog for the most up to date information.
- Skate rentals are available at the park for $15
- Admission is $21 per vehicle for a day pass
- Book your day passes early as capacity limits may be in effect
EXPLORE THE TOWN OF HUNTSVILLE
Visit the beautiful waterfront town of Huntsville, Ontario, the heart of Muskoka. This charming village is only 20-minutes away from our cabins and offers a quaint historic downtown with many shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and attractions.
Some of our recommended local favourites include Kawartha Dairy (cause it’s never too cold for ice cream, right?), The Artisan House, 3 Guys And A Stove, Tall Trees Muskoka…. and so much more!
After a day of adventuring, take some R&R time and hunker down at home base. All our Muskoka micro cabins come with a comfortable queen loft bed and a cozy hammock for lounging. Grab a book from our little library, put your phone on silent mode, and drift off to another world while taking in some stunning lakefront views.
For dinner, cook up something warm and tasty on our two-burner stove or get creative with your culinary skills on the BBQ or campfire grill. Our tiny kitchens come fully stocked with everything you’ll need to prepare those hearty, winter-weather meals.
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Skate Trail – DiscoverMuskoka.ca
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