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Off-Grid Camping Tents

Off-Grid Camping Tents

Get back to basics this summer by embracing the wonders of off-grid camping in Ontario!

Just 1.5 hours away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto city life, our six canvas glamping tents provide a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your spirit, and create cherished memories with loved ones.

Here’s the low-down on what makes our tents awesome:

THE BASICS

Our six tents are located in the Kawarthas on a magnificent 230-acre property encompassing a 55-acre crystal clear spring-fed quarry lake.

Tents are located in a forested area on our private property, each on its own secluded lot. All tents are identical in design and come with:

  • A comfy, queen sized bed
  • A bistro set with 2 chairs
  • 2 Muskoka chairs
  • Picnic table
  • Campfire pit with fire top grill
  • Storage containers
  • Drinking water

WHAT TO PACK

  • Food & drink
  • Dishware, cutlery, and pots/pans for cooking (tents include a fire top grill, but guests should bring their own camp stove if preferred)
  • Sheets, pillows, and blankets
  • Towels for the lake
  • Firewood 
  • Bug repellent (critters are a reality of the great outdoors!)

HOW TO COOK

To provide an authentic camping experience, our tents do not have a cooking stove or running water.

We provided 40L of potable water for drinking, cooking, etc and campers can enjoy meals cooked over the fire OR bring their own camp stove.

THE CALL OF NATURE

There is a shared comfort station on site with two composting toilets, and two outdoor showers to ensure you have a comfortable and convenient stay.

ADDED COMFORTS

At Cabinscape, it’s all in the details so we added a few comforts of home to enhance your stay:

  • Romantic festoon lighting
  • 2 Bedside table lamps with a USB phone charger (this is low voltage, so other items cannot be plugged in)
  • A couple board games and playing cards
  • Biodegradable dish soap, shampoo, body wash and conditioner


FUN THINGS TO DO

The opportunities are endless!

  • Swimming or snorkeling off the communal dock
  • Paddle-boarding or canoeing (available to rent)
  • Hiking the onsite trails
  • Share stories and meals by the campfire
  • Roast marshmallows under the stars
  • Create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

If that’s not enough action, visit our Kawartha Summer Adventure Guide HERE for great activities to do in the surrounding area.


Off-grid camping is more than just an escape—it’s an opportunity to forge deeper connections with your loved ones. Spend your days exploring nature trails, swimming in the lake, or simply basking in the tranquility of your surroundings.

Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the serenity of a canvas tent or opt to unwind in a cozy cabin instead, your off-grid experience promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Book your stay today and let the adventure begin!

Blog by: Sarah Vander Zaag & Photo Credits: Marianne, Eleftheria Vatti, Bianca Compagnoni, Martha Edmunds

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Ontario Group Getaways

Planning Your Group Getaway to Ontario’s Best Tiny Cabins

Looking to break free from the hustle and bustle of city life?

Gather your squad and head to the serene woods of Ontario for an unforgettable group getaway in our cozy tiny cabins!

Here’s how to plan the ultimate adventure:

1. Choose Your Crew:

Round up your closest friends or family members who share your love for nature and adventure. From intimate gatherings to larger friend groups, our tiny off-grid cabins can accommodate groups of up to 35 people!

2. Pick Your Neighbouring Cabins:

Explore our selection of charming 2 to 4 person cabins nestled in the heart of Ontario’s wilderness:

HALIBURTON

These Base Camp Cabins are located in Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve and surrounded by beautiful forest lots, giving you that elevated camping feeling (but with the convenience of an indoor toilet and kitchenette!)

At only 50 meters apart, neighbouring Jade and Ivy Cabins are ideal for pairs of friends who want to be as close as possible.

A little further along the road: Moss, Pine, and Sage Cabins are about 100 meters apart from one another, offering guests relative privacy with the comfort of knowing others are close by. These three cabins are identical in design with lofted queen beds, and each has their own fire pit, BBQ, and picnic table.

Looking for amazing sunsets and lakefront views for you and a few friends? Our Bone and Baylight Cabins both reside on on Bone Lake, a gorgeous and private lake in Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve.

These cabins are a medium remoteness level, so just a 10 minute drive from the main office/lodge at Haliburton Forest with access to their extensive trail network, outdoor adventure activities, camp store and restaurant!

Our remote Cove and Quasi Cabins are our largest, 4-person models and nestled together on their own private lake. At just 300 meters apart, they are the perfect base camp for adventure loving groups wanting a place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the Haliburton Highlands. Each cabin features a lower queen-sized bed and queen loft bed.

One lake over is Duck Lake, where Willow and Kaya Cabin reside. Each 3-person cabin is located on their own private lot approximately 200 metres apart. (For an extra 3-person cabin nearby, Big Rock Cabin is just a short distance away, followed by the aforementioned Cove and Quasi cabins a little further down the road!) If renting all 5 cabins in this area, you could host 17 people.

Calabogie

Our Calabogie cabins (Finch, Starling and Wren) are located on the forested grounds of Calabogie Peaks Resort, suspended above the shores of Calabogie Lake near the base of Dickson Mountain.

Each cabin (spaced 200-300 meters apart on separate lots) offers picturesque views of the lake and land below with direct access to some of the best hiking trails in Southern Ontario.

These cabins are ideal for groups who prefer to be close to amenities with access to lots of outdoor activities!

Kawarthas

Looking for a large group retreat or family reunion? Our Cabinscape Kawarthas property can accommodate up to 35 guests between our cabins, bunkies, and tents! (Contact us a bookings@cabinscape.com for group pricing discounts, 10 people+)

This magnificent 230 acre property overlooks a sparkling blue, spring-fed lake in Kirkfield, Ontario – with dreamy desert-like vistas and a communal dock area for gathering.

For a smaller group of 6 or 9, book out a few of our neighbouring 3-person waterfront cabins!

In addition to indoor/outdoor showers in the summer months, each cabin has their own campfire area, private water access, and a paddle board rental to explore on! The perfect escape for a relaxing long weekend!

Tucked into the meadows of our Kawartha property are our 4 x two-person micro cabins! Callalily and Buttercup are the closest in proximity, but Bluebell and Marigold are not too far away and only steps away from our on-site hiking trail.

Each of our six off-grid canvas tents lies on its own shaded and secluded forest lot. All tents come with their own fire pit, outdoor twinkle lights, a picnic table and Muskoka chairs, with a shared comfort station and showers (in the summer months) centrally located. Explore Cress, Sorrel, Senna, Yarrow, Stargrass, and Cicely Tents.

The meadow cabins and tents have access to our communal dock with paddle board rentals available, so all guests can take advantage of this truly epic location!

lanark County

Meet Mica and Rhya Cabins, some of our most remote “Cabinscapes” to date. These off-grid retreats are just 400 meters apart and located in Eastern Ontario on Rideau Valley Conservation land in beautiful Tay Valley.

The cabins overlooks a quiet, protected lake and is surrounded by wilderness. Enjoy evening sunsets from your deck, hiking trails off your doorstep, bird watching and pristine paddling on Mills Lake.

Plan Your Activities:

Embark on outdoor excursions right from your doorstep! Hike scenic trails, roast marshmallows around a crackling fire, paddle on the lake, or simply reconnect amidst the tranquility of nature. Visit these handy guides for nearby adventure activities around our cabins in: HALIBURTON / KAWARTHAS / LANARK / CALABOGIE

Consider Logistics:

Coordinate travel plans, meal arrangements, and packing the essentials like bedding, firewood, and food, in advance to ensure a seamless experience for everyone.

Our cabins are equipped with jugs of drinking water, indoor composting toilets, kitchen essentials, and other amenities to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Embrace the Moment:

Disconnect from the digital world and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Bond with your group over shared experiences, laughter, and the simple joys of cabin life.

Ready to escape to the wild? Start planning your group getaway at our tiny cabin rentals in Ontario today!

Blog Written by: Sarah Vander Zaag, Photo credits: Vinisha Lalchand (Wren), Tori Baird (Starling), Taylor Yhap (Moss), Bri Wardle (Hawkweed), Erica Lewis (Woodrush), Cassidy Chambers (Buttercup), Bianca Compagnoni

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Cabincore: Home Style Guide

How to Style Your Home to Feel Like a Cozy Cabin

Are you dreaming of the tranquil charm of a cozy cabin nestled in the woods? Transforming your home into a rustic retreat is easier than you think.

Here are some “cabincore” design tips to infuse your space with the warmth and coziness of a cabin in the woods:

Layered Textures

Create depth and dimension in your space by layering different textures. Mix and match cozy fabrics like faux fur, chunky knits, and soft blankets to add visual interest and tactile comfort.

Traditional Tools

An old-fashioned stovetop kettle and french press offer a timeless style and grounds us in a morning ritual that wakes up all the senses.

Books & Personal Touches

Incorporate personal touches and cherished keepsakes that reflect your love for the outdoors. Display favourite books, vintage maps, hiking gear, and photos from outdoor adventures to add character and warmth to your space.

Embrace Natural Elements

Incorporate natural materials such as wood, stone, and leather into your décor. Opt for furniture pieces with a distressed finish or reclaimed wood for that rustic appeal.

Plaid


Plaid can enhance the design and coziness of a home by adding a timeless and comforting aesthetic that evokes feelings of warmth and nostalgia. Whether used in throw blankets, pillows, or upholstery, plaid patterns infuse a space with rustic charm and visual interest, creating a cozy space reminiscent of traditional cabin living.

Comfort Is Key

If embracing the full cabincore life, adopt it in your own style too! Celebrates simplicity, comfort, and a deep appreciation for nature with chunky knit sweaters, flannel shirts, wool socks, and sturdy boots or slippers.

Bring the Outdoors In

Incorporate elements of nature into your décor, such as botanical prints, landscape paintings, and nature-inspired artwork. Display fresh greenery, branches in rustic vases, or even a favourite paddle.

Cozy Lighting

Set the mood with warm, ambient lighting. Opt for soft, diffused lighting fixtures like table lamps, string lights, and lanterns to create a welcoming glow reminiscent of a cabin retreat.

Warm Colour Palette

Choose earthy tones like deep browns, warm neutrals, forest greens, and rich reds to create a cozy ambiance reminiscent of the outdoors. Add pops of colour with throws, wool rugs, and accent pillows inspired by nature.

Grab our Cabin in the Woods Palette Print for inspo!

Woodsy Scents

If you have a fireplace, make it the focal point of your living space. If you’re limited to only outdoor fires (like at our cabins!) adorn the mantel with nature-inspired candles to enhance the cozy ambiance and charm all the senses.

Our bespoke Cabin in the Woods Candle is the perfect soothing forest medley of balsam, sage, cedarwood, and morning dew.

By incorporating these simple tips and embracing the rustic charm of cabin living, you can create a cozy retreat in the comfort of your own home. Let the beauty of nature guide you or visit a Cabinscape Cabin across Ontario to be inspired!

Written by Sarah Vander Zaag

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Ontario Maple Season Guide

Celebrate the Sweetness of Maple Season


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 visiting sugar bushes, tapping trees, eating delicious treats, and exploring the quaint regions of Ontario while on your tiny cabin adventure!


LANARK COUNTY

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!

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 Perth, Ontario’s Festival of the Maples on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 which boasts an artisan food market, retail attractions, and lots of live entertainment.

Plan a trip during Ontario Maple Weekend from April 6th-7th. Various producers show how syrup is made while offering free samples of fresh maple syrup and confections. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, sugarbush trails, 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.

BOOK YOUR SWEET LANARK ESCAPE

HALIBURTON

If you are staying at one of our Haliburton locations in March or April, be sure to check out our Canadian Maple Experience!

For a great adventure with the whole family, pack the kids up for some March Break 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 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 shack, and take away interesting insights from the impressive journey from sap to syrup, all while tasting various local maple products. Finish it off with a maple flavoured alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage!

BOOK YOUR HALIBURTON ESCAPE

KAWARTHAS

For a truly rural experience, the charming family-fun Roost Farm is only a few minutes away from our Cabinscape Kawarthas cabins.

Enjoy a 5km walking tour of the property while surveying their maple bush and production process. Book a Roost Experience, or enjoy shopping their fresh seasonal produce, honey, farm-made preserves and local artisan gifts and products.

BOOK YOUR KAWARTHAS ESCAPE

JONI CABIN

Our Joni Cabin in Pakenham lives right next door to 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!

Nearby Fortune Farms in Almonte is gearing up for its 52nd Maple season and features tours and trails, and a shop that sells everything from maple sugar to maple vinegar!

BOOK JONI CABIN

CABIN CHASER: MAPLE SEASON ROUTE

For a limited time, our popular mystery road trip & cabin-hopping experience now features sweet maple stops along the way. Enjoy every drop of this new route on this surprise 2-day itinerary.

Originally designed for groups of two, this package has now expanded to accommodate families (one additional guest over the age of 12 or two additional guests 12 and under) Consider this an exciting surprise for the whole clan!

BOOK MYSTERY ROAD TRIP HERE

Photo Credits: unguide.ca, yoursoutdoors.ca, @essoncreekmaple, roostfarm.ca, Piper’s Rescue Adventure

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The Perfect Valentines Day Experience

Top 7 Ideas for Sharing the Love this Valentines Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the pressure to plan the perfect romantic outing can sometimes feel overwhelming. Flowers, chocolates, and candlelit dinners are classic choices, but why not step outside the box this year?

From exhilarating hikes to romantic stargazing sessions, here are seven outdoor activities that are sure to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember:

A Sunrise Hike

Start the day on a breathtaking note by embarking on a sunrise hike together. Choose a nearby scenic trail (like the famous Eagle’s Nest close to our Calabogie CabinsStarling, Finch, or Wren) with a vantage point that offers sweeping views. Witnessing the first light of day together will create a magical and unforgettable experience.

Try a New Experience Together

For the more adventurous souls, why not try your hand at ice climbing, snowmobiling, or wildlife spotting? Embrace the thrill of discovery as you encounter majestic creatures in their natural habitats, from playful wolves (viewed from the safety of the observation room at the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre) to elusive deer.


Pack a Picnic

What better way to cap off a day of exploration than with a romantic picnic amidst the splendor of the woods? Pack a few of you and your partner’s favourite treats, uncork a bottle of wine, and savour each bite as you soak in the sights and sounds of nature all around you.

We can even have a special moment prepared for your arrival, with our Irresistible Romance Kit to set the romantic mood!


Capture the Moment

The ultimate gift? Memories to look back on. If you’re celebrating a special occasion during your Cabinscape stay (whether that be an anniversary, surprise engagement, or life milestone), our Celebration Photography Package will add that extra touch of magic, with none of the stress.

You’ll receive a full gallery of professional photos amidst a woodland backdrop, and it even comes with wine and treats!


Split a Smore Around the Fire

Cozying up to a crackling fire as you share stories and laughter late into the night is a core-memory waiting to happen. Pretend you’re lady and the tramp with a spaghetti noodle, but swap it for a gooey marshmallow instead!


Stargazing Under the Stars:

Escape the city lights and head to our remote cabins where you can stargaze together under the vast night sky. Bring blankets, cozy up together, and marvel at the beauty of the stars while sharing dreams amidst the peaceful night.

Check out our guide for upcoming celestial events to enjoy!


Take a Nature Walk Hand-In-Hand

The areas surrounding our cabins offer a plethora of activities to suit every adventurer’s taste. Take a leisurely hike together along scenic trails or explore tranquil lakes and breathtaking vistas, all waiting to be discovered just beyond your doorstep.

Here is a list to the best hikes (or snowshoe trails) near our cabins!

This Valentine’s Day, dare to be different. Trade crowded restaurants and clichéd gestures for an intimate woodland retreat that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, friends, or cherished loved ones, our tiny cabins in the woods offer the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience. So, what are you waiting for? Escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary this season of love. Book your woodland retreat today!

Blog by: Sarah Vander Zaag & Photo Credits: Allyson Elizabet, Heather Kerrison & Max Power, Bri Wardle, Michael Tan,
Liz – The Organic Moment

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Hiking Tips for Accessing Our Off-Grid Cabins

Hiking Tips for Accessing Our Off-Grid Cabins

Winter transforms Ontario’s woodlands into a magical wonderland, and what better way to experience it than by hiking in to our off-grid cabins nestled deep in the snowy forests?

Here are our top tips for an adventurous and safe winter hike to your cozy cabin retreat!

Know Your Route

Familiarize yourself with the directions and distances (found in your welcome email sent to you one week prior to your stay) before embarking on your hike. Keep an eye out for trail markers and signs along the way!

If you’re feeling lost, don’t panic! Our Cabinscape text support line is available to provide guidance between 8am-8pm (number in welcome email).

Give Yourself Time

Check-in at our cabins is at either 3 or 4pm (you can find this info under the FAQs on your cabins web page), so plan to arrive with plenty of daylight to get yourself situated at the cabin before the sun sets. We highly recommend that you start your hike before the check in time – our trails are well marked but it is easier to miss signs in the dark.

Check the Weather

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so stay updated on forecasts and conditions before heading out.

Pack Light, Pack Right

If hiking in after the sun has set, be sure to pack a flashlight or head-torch (and maybe some heat packs if your extremities get cold quickly and you have a longer trek)

Check out our handy guide here: THINGS TO BRING for a packing list, and to learn what’s already included at the cabin.

We provide a Pelican Pull Sled (or wagon when there is no snow) to assist you with hauling in your gear! This will be waiting for you at the parking area of your cabin.

Gear Up for the Cold

Bundle up like a pro! Opt for breathable layers, waterproof outerwear, sturdy boots with good traction, and don’t forget your trusty mittens and toque.

We provide two sets of snowshoes as well so your feet can stay warm, dry, and conquer those trails!

Embrace the Winter Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife along the trail—tracks in the snow, rustling in the trees, or the occasional glimpse of a furry friend sharing their home with you!

Respect “Leave No Trace” Principles

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories! As there is no garbage services at our off-grid cabins, we ask that you pack out all your garbage and leave the wilderness as pristine as you found it. Let’s keep Ontario’s forests wild and beautiful for generations to come!


Most importantly, we hope you enjoy the adventure! Winter hiking isn’t just about reaching your destination—it’s about the journey. Take your time, savour the sights and sounds of the forest, and embrace the serenity of the snowy landscape.

Adventure awaits, explorers! See you on the trails!

If you decided hiking wasn’t for you we also have some great low-remote and drive-up cabins! Read our handy blog here to find your PERFECT CABIN MATCH! Or travel to your cabin in style with our 4WD shuttle delivery- this is available for our Haliburton Base Camp Cabins (MossPineSageIvyJade) and our Haberman Road High Remotness Cabins (WillowCoveKaya, Big Rock, and Quasi)

Blog by: Sarah Vander Zaag & Photo Credits: Chris and Nicole, thisis.jaeh

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Your Off-Grid Winter Cabin Road Map

Your Guide to Preparing for an Off-Grid Cabin Adventure

Embarking on a winter getaway to an off-grid CABINSCAPE Cabin in Ontario promises a unique blend of adventure and tranquility.

To ensure your getaway is as cozy as it is adventurous, here’s a guide to help you prepare for the ultimate winter retreat!

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE STYLE

Discover the thrill of off-grid living with CABINSCAPE, where our cabins aren’t just cabins—they’re gateways to your own personal adventure. Dive into the excitement with our various remoteness levels: LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH!

Each level paints a unique canvas for your cabin experience. Are you the trailblazer, hiking into the heart of nature? Or the road warrior, driving up to your woodland haven? The choice is yours!

For our hiking enthusiasts, we’ve got you covered! 🥾 Grab a pull-wagon or sled provided by CABINSCAPE and make your journey to the cabin an adventure of its own.

Visit our Remoteness Level Blog for more info!

Looking to add a thrill? Try our Haliburton Shuttle!

Travel to your cabin in style with our 4WD shuttle delivery! This is available for our Haliburton Base Camp Cabins (Moss, Pine, Sage, Ivy, Jade) and our Haberman Road High Remotness Cabins (Willow, Cove, Kaya, Big Rock, and Quasi).

*The shuttle service is a pre-paid and scheduled add-on, with availability dependent on Haliburton Forest road access and weather conditions.

STEP 2: RECEIVE TOP SECRET INSTRUCTIONS

📩 ONE week before your reservation, our Welcome Email – packed with all the crucial details like directions, check-in instructions, and a link to your Cabin’s House Manual—will hit your inbox!

Got burning questions before the big day? Reach out to us at bookings@cabinscape.com. We’re here to make your getaway seamless!

STEP 3: PACK YOUR BAGS

Sometimes the most difficult part of taking a trip is knowing what to pack. At Cabinscape, we make the process of packing as simple as possible.

Read HERE for our essential packing list for your tiny cabin travels!

Winter Tip: Pack Layers!

Ontario winters can be chilly, so bring warm, moisture-wicking clothing, insulated boots, and don’t forget your coziest socks and mittens. A good quality winter jacket and hat are also essential for keeping warm during outdoor activities.

STEP 4: PREPARE FOR WINTER WONDERLAND

Due to the freezing of our nearby lakes, the taps and showers are turned off for the winter season. Rest assured that we provide ample potable water (in large 20L dispensers) for drinking and washing up dishes!

What about the call of nature? Our indoor toilets feature eco-friendly composting toilets- no water required! Visit this BLOG to take a peak at what our washrooms look like!

Our cabins are built for cozy, winter days! Super insulated, with a thermostat on the wall to set your cabin at just the right temperature.

With our solar panel system, if the sun hasn’t been able to shine due to cloud cover or snow, you might need to pop on the generator for a few hours to supplement the cabin’s power!

We provide detailed instructions and a handy how-to video in the welcome package.

STEP 5: HAVE FUN & MAKE MEMORIES

Our cabins pack a ton of excitement into a small footprint, with the kitchen, mini library, and board games, but the real fun lies right outside the front door! Endless hiking opportunities (or snowshoeing with our complimentary 2 pairs!), sights to see, adventure activities, and more! Check out our detailed adventure guides for each region for a taste of what the local area has to offer:

By preparing with these tips, you’ll be ready to embrace the beauty of the winter wonderland, creating memories that will linger long after the snow has melted. So, bundle up, breathe in the crisp winter air, and get ready for a winter retreat like no other!

Written by Sarah Vander Zaag

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Our Lanark Winter Adventure Guide

Our Guide to Winter in Lanark County


Spend some cozy time away from the city and adventure to Lanark County this winter!

Touted as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County is located in Eastern Ontario. With charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities to experience, it’s where cozy, tiny cabin memories are sure to be made. This is our guide to the Top 5 Things to Do in Lanark County during your Cabinscape stay.

Enjoy them from our Mason, Mica, Rhya, Juniper, Joni and Ember cabins.


ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

There is something to be said for leaving behind the hustle and bustle and enjoying a slower pace. Disconnect from the city, turn off your phone and hibernate in our cozy cabins. Stargaze where the sky is unpolluted by light, play a board game or enjoy a snowy winter campfire. So many yummy eats and crafty recipes to try between the provided year-round BBQ, campfire and gas stovetop.

Settle in and unwind. It’s amazing how connected we can feel when we truly take time to disconnect and enjoy the little things.

EXPLORE TRAILS ON-SITE

The best thing about a Cabinscape cabin getaway is that you never really have to leave! 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!

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 (2 adult-sized pairs included with every Cabinscape booking) and explore them all at your leisure!

DISCOVER THE LOCAL TRAILS, PARKS & CONSERVATION AREAS

An 8 minute drive from our  Mica and Rhya cabins is Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. This 1,239-hectare park is part of the historic Rideau Waterway (named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007) and boasts many historical features like the popular Silver Queen Mica Mine. There is 20 km of groomed trails for skiing, including 4 km for skate-skiing, 14 km for classic skiing and 8 km for backcountry skiing.

Hike or snowshoe the Rideau Valley Trail system, a 387 km network of hiking trails between the City of Kingston and the City of Ottawa.

A further drive will land you at Frontenac Provincial Park for more challenging hiking and snowshoeing experiences. You’ll find over 100km of great trails in this park all year round! Ice fishing and free winter camping workshops are also available here in the colder months.

There are many other trails to enjoy including the Tay-Havelock trail (walking distance from our Juniper and Ember cabins) or Meisel Woods Conservation Area. Discover them all during your stay!


VISIT PERTH, ONTARIO

Some say Perth is considered the prettiest town in Ontario and with its untouched nature and rich heritage, it’s hard to disagree! Located just 15-minutes away from our Mica and Rhya cabins (and 20-ish from Juniper and Ember cabins), Perth sits at the heart of Lanark County – a region which encompasses several small towns, including Almonte, Smiths Falls, and Carleton Place. You could spend days exploring all they have to offer!

Some highlights include a walk along the Tay River, visiting the classic stone buildings and iconic Perth Town Hall. Not to mention the many local shops, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. There is also sure to be a fun event happening any time of year you visit.

UNLEASH YOUR INNER FOODIE

Cold days call for hot meals and Lanark County is the place to be! Perth alone is peppered with 23 restaurants and 18 distinct patio experiences. Between gastropub fare, casual dining and ethnic cuisine, there is something for every taste bud. If restaurants are closed due to restrictions during your stay, consider continuing to support small business and having a winter picnic at a nearby park!

While at our Joni cabin in Pakenham, grab a coffee at North Market Cafe in the heart of downtown Almonte where you can also try sizzling, hot, and delicious meals. On Saturdays, visit Temple’s Sugar Bush, famous for its maple syrup and sugar bush, nature trail and breakfast options including pancakes! For spicy food lovers, check out Sagar Indian Cuisine in downtown Carleton Place and choose your spice levels (mild, medium, and hot hot HOT).

For the craft beer enthusiast, visit Andre at Cartwright Springs Brewery situated right on our Joni cabin grounds. A one-hour tour explores the facilities, from the beer vats to the natural spring. Each tour ends with an ice-cream float: beer ice cream in a glass of Crème Brûlée Stout. (Cost: $30 for two guests. Tours must be arranged in advance.)

 
Once you are filled up on Lanark County’s delicious offerings, don’t forget to stop by Perth Chocolate Works for one of their famous sweet treats including artisan chocolates, barks and bars, and unique confectionery creations! YUM.

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

Photo Credits:
Foodie Header – IG @northmarket.almonte
Perth Header -IG @matthewliteplo
Murphy’s Point Skiing – Ontario Parks

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Our Kawarthas Winter Adventure Guide

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Our Guide to Winter in the Kawarthas


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!

These cabins are less than 2 hours from Toronto and drive-in accessible all year round. Cozy and heated, they are ideal for a quick getaway to relax and unwind.


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!

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!

ICE-SKATING

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!


SNOWMOBILING

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!

ICE FISHING

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. Our quarry lake is not available for ice fishing at this time.

Our Kawarthas Cabins

  • Bluebell Cabin
    Bluebell Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Buttercup Cabin
    Buttercup Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Callalily Cabin
    Callalily Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Yarrow Tent
    Yarrow Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Stargrass Tent
    Stargrass Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Senna Tent
    Senna Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Sorrel Tent
    Sorrel Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cress Tent
    Cress Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cicily Glamping Tent Fall
    Cicily Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Marigold Cabin
    Marigold Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Goldenrod Winter Cabin Exterior
    Goldenrod Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Burdock Cabin
    Burdock Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Hawkweed Cabin
    Hawkweed Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Stonecrop Cabin
    Stonecrop Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Woodrush Cabin
    Woodrush Cabin
    From: $199.00

Photo Credits:

Get Outside – mountain-hiking.com

Snowmobiling Header -explorekawarthalakes.com

Fenelon Falls – explorefenelonfalls.com | fenelonfallsbrewing.com

Ice Fishing thekawarthas.ca

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Our Calabogie Winter Adventure Guide

Best Hiking Trails Ontario

Our Guide to Winter in Calabogie

Whether you’re into extreme sports like downhill skiing, ice climbing or snowboarding, or if 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 experience the beautifully groomed mountain trails, or exhilarating runs through the terrain parks and forest glades.

New to the sport? No problem! Calabogie Peaks boasts the longest beginner trail in the province and you can register for a ski or snowboard lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site!

Prefer less vertical? The Madawaska Nordic ski trails include plenty of well-marked and colour coded cross country trails to choose from. 

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

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.

Evening campfires are a tradition at Calabogie Peaks, so delight in them daily from late afternoon to evening. Pond skating is also available at the resort as soon as the water freezes over. 


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.

Our Calabogie Cabins

  • Wren Cabin
    Wren Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Starling Cabin
    Starling Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Finch Cabin
    Finch Cabin
    From: $179.00

Photo Credits:
Calabogie Resort/Hit the Slopes/Canthooks Restaurant images – calabogie.com
Calabogie Brewing Co. – CraftedInTheCapital.com

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Best Hiking Trails To Explore In Ontario

Step into Nature’s Embrace: Best Hiking Trails

Whether you seek lakeside tranquility, rugged wilderness, or a blend of art and nature, these top hiking trails near our cabins offer a spectrum of experiences.

So lace up your boots and embark on a journey through nature’s wonderland!

HALIBURTON

ON-SITE HALIBURTON FOREST HIKES

Come experience Haliburton! During the winter months (while many of the forest trails are devoted to snowmobiles/ATVS) there are four dedicated hiking snowshoe trails to enjoy and explore. BONUS: two adult pairs of snowshoes are included with your Cabinscape booking. Head over to the Main Office of Haliburton Forest Base Camp for a map and directions to the trailheads for these featured trails:

Wild Woods Walk Trail (5km loop – easy)
• Chessler’s Pond Trail (2km loop) – accessible directly from our micro cabins: Jade, Ivy, Moss, Pine, Sage!
John’s Trail and Forestry Walk (3km loop – easy)
Dale’s Trail (1.5km loop – easy) *This trail can get muddy. Avoid this trail until there’s a good snow base.

HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS

This diverse trail network features panoramic viewpoints within the greater forest area, only 35 minutes from our cabins. Some of our favourites:
James Cooper Lookout (easy 1.5km in & out)
Circuit of 5-Viewpoints (5km loop – challenging)
Crests of Kennisis (5 – 15km hard in & out)

The Ridge (Considered the ‘backbone’ of Algonquin Highlands, this trail connects many of the above hiking trails which can be linked to provide the experienced hiker with a lengthy and challenging 8km trek). View Trail Maps HERE

Calabogie

MANITOU MOUNTAIN

Visiting our Calabogie cabins? The Calabogie Peaks Resort property (where our cabins are located) is the trail head for a fascinating network of Ontario hiking trails that expand beyond the resort and cross over thousands of acres of Crown Land. Explore this network of trails right outside your cabin door!

Manitou Mountain is a 9 km, medium level hiking/snowshoeing trail network passing through picturesque pine forests and spectacular wilderness scenery.

Along this shoulder width trail you will encounter three spectacular mountain top vistas, including the famous Eagles Nest Lookout (this can be done as it’s own 1.5km hike) as well as Manitou Mountain and Red Arrow Rock. “Bear Claw Trail” is the nearest trail access point to our cabins, located directly across from the lane that leads up to Starling Cabin.

View the map HERE.

MADAWASKA NORDIC TRAILS

Offers 18 km of easy to moderate hiking/biking trails in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. These old logging roads trails wind their way through picturesque forest landscapes with lots of gentle ups and downs. Click here for Winer Access Map and Summer Access Map.

Kawarthas

Visiting our Kawartha cabins? Hike, cycle, or stroll our 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. Two pairs of snowshoes are included with your cabin.

BALSAM LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK

Balsam lake is located just 10 minutes from our Kawartha cabins. With a couple different loop options, walk through eskers and kames formed over 10,000 years ago from the Wisconsin Glacier and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area. In warmer months, walk through fields of wildflowers and a pine plantation.

THE VICTORIA RAIL TRAIL CORRIDOR

Around 25 minutes out, the Victoria Rail Trail is a popular trail that stretches from Lindsay to Kinmount. It is 55km in length and is used year-round for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

lanark County

VISITING OUR PERTH CABINS? (Mica and Rhya)

Explore the on-site trails around our Mica and Rhya cabins. These trails have not been officially marked yet so please be mindful of your navigation and keep to the existing pathways.

RIDEAU VALLEY TRAIL SYSTEM is a 387 km network of hiking trails between the Cities of Kingston and Ottawa located in the general area of the Rideau Canal and its tributary waters. The nearest direct trail access point is just off Long Lake Road approximately 1km west of the Mica and Rhya Cabin parking lot.

MURPHY’S POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

This 1,239-hectare park is just a 10 minute drive and part of the historic Rideau Waterway (named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007). It boasts many features that tie in with the area’s rich past, one being the popular Silver Queen Mica Mine. The park offers 5 easy to moderate-level hiking trails and a public beach!

VISITING OUR MABERLY CABINS? (Ember and Juniper)

THE TAY-HAVELOCK TRAIL is a multi-use rail trail that is right out the door of our Ember Cabin and only 1.5kms’s south of Juniper cabin on Armstrong Line. It runs East to Perth and West to Sharbot Lake. For cycling, this trail is great for gravel, cross, or MTB bikes but not recommended for road bikes. If you are feeling adventurous you can then follow the K&P trail from Sharbot Lake all the way down to Kingston.

SILVER LAKE PROVINCIAL is just a quick 4 mins from Juniper and 8 mins from Ember cabin and features an easy 0.5km km Marsh Trail along a boardwalk rich in flora and fauna.

SHARBORT LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK is just a touch further and offers two unique nature trails.

VISITING OUR MOUNTAIN GROVE CABIN? (Mason)

We share our 576 pristine acres with the good folks at the Sumac Centre and their wonderful woodland trails. Combined, there is over 15km of marked trail, and along the way you may spot deer, foxes, coyotes, beavers, otters, turtles and a wide variety of birds!

MEISEL WOODS CONSERVATION AREA is a nearby 6km out-and-back trail around Bass Lake which is great for birding, hiking, and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. 

VISITING OUR PAKENHAM CABIN? (Joni)

Get out and explore the leisure trails on the property we share with Cartwright Springs Brewery. Trails vary from meandering creek walks to rugged bush walks with lookouts
of the Ottawa Valley.

HIGH LONESOME NATURE RESERVE

Just a 7 min drive away, lies a 200 acre property with over 8 km of meandering trails through forests, hills, streams and meadows.

After a day of exploration, retreat to your Cabinscape haven, where the cozy ambiance awaits, creating the perfect harmony between adventure and relaxation.

Photo credits
Header: myhaliburtonhighlands.com, Kawarthas: Bianca Compagnoni, Calabogie: Taylor Yhap, Lanark: Sean Davidson

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Winter Sports In Ontario

Ontario’s Extreme Sports & Adventure Activities

Winter in Ontario isn’t just about cozy cabins and hot cocoa—it’s an absolute playground for thrill-seekers! Get ready to channel your inner winter warrior as we unveil the top extreme sports and adventure activities {near our cabins} that’ll have you embracing the chill and living the thrill!

SNOWMOBILING

Embark on a high-speed snowmobile safari through the vast trails of Haliburton Forest. Feel the rush as you navigate the snowy terrain, surrounded by the beauty of winter wilderness! Daily Trail Passes are limited and sell out fast, but don’t worry if you missed out- Cabinscape’s Ivy, Jade, Sage, Pine and Moss Cabins near Base Camp include a trail pass with booking! (Valid ownership and insurance must be presented to staff at the Main Office upon check-in)

Looking for something near our Lanark County Cabins? Perth’s Outdoor Adventure Rentals offers a ‘Park and Ride’ rental service with direct access to trails for ATVs, UTVs, and Ski-Doos. 

ICE CLIMBING

For the ultimate vertical challenge, gear up for some ice climbing! Conquer those icy heights and earn some serious bragging rights.

Not sure how to dig into this sport? If you’re staying with us in Haliburton, the Haliburton Forest offers an Ice Climbing Experience for Beginners at their naturally forming West Shore Crag ice wall.

Further east along the Canadian Shield, our Calabogie Cabins are nearby both the the Manitou Hiking Trailhead and Eagles Nest which (depending on the year) offer a variety of ice climbs from beginner to difficult. Proper equipment, experience and lots of layers is a must!

SKIJORING

Ready for a truly unique adventure? If your dog loves to pull and you’re looking to get the blood pumping with cross-country skiing, try skijoring! Skijoring is a sport where you cross-country ski with the help of your dog. It’s an exhilarating experience down the trail for both you and your furry companion! Haliburton Forest has an expert guide to teach you this novel sport, and Cabinscape has Pup-Friendly Cabins for you both to enjoy a well-deserved break afterwards!

SKIING / SNOWBOARDING

Calabogie Peaks Resort, neighbouring our Finch, Wren, and Starling Cabins, offers the best of what winter has to offer. Lift tickets are your key to experience the beautifully groomed mountain trails, or exhilarating runs through the terrain parks and forest glades.

New to the sport? No problem! Calabogie Peaks boasts the longest beginner trail in the province and you can register for a ski or snowboard lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site!

Prefer less vertical? The Madawaska Nordic ski trails include plenty of well-marked and colour coded cross country trails to choose from. 

ICE SKATING

Grab your skates and hit the ice! Our Kawartha Lake is the perfect hidden oasis to experience epic sunsets and fantastic views as you glide across the surface. (Ice thickness is not monitored, so please ensure you only go out once frozen solid).

If skating isn’t your style, ditch the blades for a hook and line and try your hand at Ice Fishing at any of our lakefront Haliburton Cabins (Bone, Baylight, Penner, Willow, Kaya, Big Rock, Cove and Quasi) fishing permits required. Haliburton Forest also offers a Guided Ice Fishing Experience.

From heart-pounding thrills to serene explorations, our beautiful province offers a spectrum of extreme adventures that will redefine your winter experience.

Ready to conquer the frosty challenges? Bundle up, gear up, and let the winter adventures begin!

Photo credits
Snowmobiling: @chrisandnicole__, Ice Climbing and Skijoring: yoursoutdoors.ca, Snowboarding: Careena Landriault,

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A Winter Guide for Your Literary Escape

Cozy Cabin Reads: A Winter Guide for Your Literary Escape

As winter blankets the world in a serene hush, there’s no better gift than the joy of a captivating book paired with the warmth of an off-grid cabin in the woods.

Embrace the magic of the season with our curated list of the best books to read this winter, creating the perfect literary companions for your secluded retreat or ticking off all the names on your holiday shopping list!

YELLOWFACE by R. F. Kuang

Perfect paired with a remote cabin where no one can hear you laugh, gasp, or scream

In this blockbuster novel from the bestselling author of Babel, literary sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is: she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American.

With its totally immersive first-person voice, reading Yellowface feels like watching a trainwreck unfold at breakneck speed and all you can do is sit back and marvel at how far off the rails it has gone. It’s fierce, it’s unapologetic, and it’s R. F. Kuang at her very best.

THE BOOK CLUB HOTEL by Sarah Morgan:

Best enjoyed in a cabin that neighbours your friend’s. See our grouped cabins here to plan your next book club getaway!

Make this holiday season the start of a whole new chapter with your friends by your side and a good book in hand. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Susan Wiggs, The Book Club Hotel is a heartfelt exploration of change set in the coziest winter destination during the most enchanting time of the year.

THE MANOR HOUSE by Gilly Macmillan

Suited for a cabin deep in the woods where your imagination can run wild. Explore our most remote cabins.

While we talk about how great it would be to win the lottery, Gilly Macmillan reminds us to be careful what we wish for in her new domestic suspense, The Manor House, where dreams become nightmares and the people you think you can trust show their true colours.

MY EFFIN’ LIFE by Geddy Lee

Ideally suited to a tiny cabin where you can really pump the tunes and dance in the kitchen.

Crank the volume and get ready to rock with the highly anticipated memoir from the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Rush bassist, Geddy Lee. With never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes insights, and Geddy’s signature humour, this book is perfect afternoon reading for any music lover.

BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Pairs well with a hot drink and cozy blanket in a magical cabin in the woods.

What would you change if you could travel back in time? Brew yourself a warm beverage, grab a tissue box (yes, this one will probably make you cry) and journey to an extraordinary café, where the service may not be quick, but the opportunities are endless… just make sure you return before your coffee gets cold.

A HOLLY JOLLY EVER AFTER by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

Perfectly matched with a small-town outing giving those Christmas Hallmark feelings. Our Lanark County Cabins are situated nextdoor to postcard perfect Perth, ON for your own holiday meet-cute.

Do you ever wish that the holiday movies on the Hallmark channel would spice things up a bit? Enter: A Holly Jolly Ever After, a steamy rom-com about an actress and a perpetually single former boy-band member reunited as costars on a steamy holiday film. 

Pairing the perfect book with your cabin retreat can elevate your rustic getaway. Whether you seek enthralling tales, heartwarming stories, or intellectual mysteries, these selections offer the perfect guide for your winter literary escape.

So, stock up on your favourite hot beverages, snuggle into a warm blanket, and let the pages of these must-read books transport you to worlds where winter magic comes alive. Happy reading! 📚✨

Written by Kristina Jagger with Harper Collins Canada and Sarah Vander Zaag

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How to Get into the Festive Holiday Spirit this November!

How to Get into the Festive Spirit this November!

November in Ontario marks the transition from autumnal hues to the cozy embrace of winter. While the snowflakes may not be falling just yet, the festive spirit begins to weave its magic across the province. There is no better place to embrace the season than a trip to our cozy cabins! Take a scenic drive through Ontario’s countryside and discover local, small towns that go all-out for the holidays!

Read on to learn about our top recommendations for fun and festive activities in Kawarthas, Lanark County, Haliburton and Calabogie!

LANARK COUNTY

Lanark County is so popular during the holidays, there is even a book written about it (Lanark County Christmas — Memories of a Yuletide Past by Arlene Stafford-Wilson)! Sleigh rides and baking Christmas cakes are strong traditions in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.

While visiting CABINSCAPE in November, the Once Upon A Christmas event in Downtown Perth is a must! On Saturday November 25th, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, music, toasty fires, hot chocolate, and even meet Santa! The Annual Santa Clause Parade at Carlton place is also on the same day!

While visiting our Joni cabin, in particular, take a trip to Almonte with its inviting small bookstores, tempting bakeries, and cozy stores. This charming little town is home to many popular Christmas movies you see on TV!

Book your Lanark County escape at our Mason, Joni, Ember, Juniper, Rhya and Mica cabins.

KAWARTHAS

Don’t miss the 26th Annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees from Fri, Nov 17th to Sun, Nov 19th! This year, the festival will offer an array of activities including wagon rides, a Candy Shoppe, and a magical visit from Santa Claus.
The main highlight, of course, will be the hundreds of exquisitely decorated and donated items displayed in the Village, all up for raffle and auction

The nearby historical waterfront town of Fenelon Falls also has their Santa Day on Sat, Nov 25. This free and fun-filled day includes a parade and fireworks display!

Book your Kawarthas escape at our Burdock, Goldenrod, Hawkweed, Stonecrop, Bluebell, Buttercup, Marigold, Callalily, and Woodrush cabins.

HALIBURTON

Our Haliburton location rests on 100,000 acres of forest with beautiful pine and evergreen trees all around. Watching fluffy snowflakes drift down around the cabin is sure to get you in the yuletide mood.

For some family fun, join either the Village of Minden for their Christmas in the Village and Parade on Sat, Nov 18 or the Haliburton Storybook Christmas & Santa Claus Parade on Fri, Nov 24th. Carolling, bands, marching and lights included!

Book your Haliburton escape at our Bone, Baylight, Big Rock, Willow, Quasi, Kaya, Cove, Moss, Sage and Pine cabins.

CALABOGIE

Our Calabogie Cabins sit next door to the Calabogie Peaks Resort, which is a quaint ski resort that becomes a winter wonderland once the snow falls! With all sorts of winter activities available, plus nightly bonfires, live music, and pond skating, just visiting feels like you’ve stepped into a Hallmark movie!

Book your Calabogie escape at our Starling, Wren and Finch cabins.

November in Ontario is a time of anticipation and preparation, a bridge between the colourful fall and the enchanting winter. Embrace the simple joys of the season, slow down and spend time with family, and don’t get too caught up in the pressure to “do” or “buy” as you prepare for the wonderful holiday season ahead! Booking a cozy cabin in the woods is a great way to unwind and enjoy a nice escape!

Photo credits
First image & Lanark: https://kirstenwendlandt.com/, Haliburton: Evelyn Barkey, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Kawarthas The Kawartha Promoter

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How to say “No” this November

Saying “No” in November: Embracing Self-Care, Family Time, and Relaxation

In a world that often glorifies constant busyness, November presents the perfect opportunity to embrace a different narrative.

This month, let’s challenge the norm and prioritize the self-care, family time, and genuine connection. Here’s how to gracefully say “no” this November, allowing space for what truly matters.

Step 1: Set Boundaries

Learn to set clear boundaries, both at work and in your personal life. Take a pause and ask yourself “does this activity align with my priorities?” or “do I really want to do this?”

Respect your time and energy, and others will too.

Step 2: Learn to Say “No” Gracefully

As social creatures, we have a desire to please others and to be looked upon favourably. This can lead to overcommitting and stretching yourself too thin out of a misplaced sense of obligation. Practice saying “no” gracefully and without guilt.

Remember: Saying “no” to one thing means saying “yes” to something more meaningful.


Step 3: Embrace JOMO

Swap FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) for JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out). Revel in the joy of spending your time YOUR way. Whether that be staying in, escaping to a tiny cabin in the woods, reading a book, or simply lounging with your loved ones. Realize that the most fulfilling moments often happen in the quiet moments.

Check out this book for more tips: The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tonya Dalton


Step 4: Prioritize Quality Time with Family or Friends

Spend quality time with your family or friends. Engage in meaningful conversations, cooking together, or outdoor activities. These moments create lasting bonds and beautiful memories, far more valuable than material possessions.

Click HERE to view our kid friendly cabins or HERE for cabins that can accommodate 3+ people

Step 5: Gratitude and Intentional Giving

Cultivate gratitude for what you HAVE rather than what you’re told you need. Reflect on the blessings in your life, fostering contentment and reducing the urge to constantly chase after more.

Instead of participating in the commercial frenzy of the holiday season, maybe opt for DIY or experiential gifts. Handmade presents and heartfelt gestures convey love and care, embodying the true spirit of giving.

CABINSCAPE offers gift cards to provide your loved ones with the gift of adventure, or (if gifts are your thing) explore slow-fashion Canadian brands like Onderbroeks whose cabin-wear is featured throughout this article.


November is the ideal month to shift focus from the external demands of a bustling world to the internal needs of your well-being and relationships. By saying “no” to unnecessary obligations and embracing what matters to you, you pave the way for a more fulfilling, balanced life. This November, let your “no” be a powerful affirmation of your priorities, leading you toward a more meaningful and harmonious existence.

Blog by: Sarah Vander Zaag & Photo Credits: Kassandra Melnyk Photography and Onderbroeks
IG @kassandramelnykphoto
Website: www.onderbroeks.ca

Sources: Article by Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tonya Dalton

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Find Your Perfect Cabin Match

Choose 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 dream of a 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. 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 a truly private getaway? Our high-remote cabins are the ones for you. These cabins are nestled further away from towns and local shops, remember 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 (or choose to hike-in instead) 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 and with all the essentials at your fingertips.

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!

Stay at our most remote cabins: Mica & Rhya in Lanark County; and Kaya, Willow, Big Rock, Quasi and Cove cabins in Haliburton Forest. * Now offering snow-mobile shuttle services at our Haliburton high-remote cabins!

LOW REMOTE CABINS

Want to experience an off-grid adventure while knowing the comforts of a traditional getaway are close by? Our low remote cabins live on their own inlets of land that provide a private experience while still being close to other CABSINSCAPE cabins and local amenities.

For instance, 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 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 locations as well as Calabogie cabins are great for those who want to escape together but have their own space. 

Visit our “low” remote cabins for a fun, comfortable stay. Low remote cabins include all our Kawarathas and Calabogie cabins along with our Juniper and Joni cabins in Lanark County as well as our Base Camp cabins in Haliburton.


MEDIUM REMOTE CABINS

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. This is a perfect adventure for those wanting to have a backcountry experience while being closer to local amenities. 

Stay at our medium remote cabins including Bone, Baylight and Penner cabins in Haliburton Forest and Mason & Ember cabins in Lanark County.

You can find our “remoteness grades” on the left-hand side of each cabin page under the cabin description. Choose which one best suits your adventure style or try them all!

Photo Credits:
Main Header: @AlexisCreativeCo & @AlexisOutdoors
Header #2 & last image:  @vanhallawild
High Remote: @denimshoots, @natashainwanderland
Low Remote: @foodtraveleisure, @AlexisCreativeCo & @AlexisOutdoors, @chrisandnicole__
Medium Remote: @atlas.alexa, @theomedit, @denimshoots

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Elopement Wedding Trends in 2024

Top Trends for your Dream Elopement in Ontario

In the heart of nature, under a canopy of ancient trees, love stories unfold in the most intimate and enchanting ways. Elopements have become more than just a trend; they are a celebration of love in a simple and pure form.

For couples seeking an intimate escape, our off-grid nature elopements and tiny cabin stays offer a dreamy backdrop to say “I do”. Let’s delve into the top elopement trends shaping these secluded ceremonies!

With weddings, sometimes less is more, and there is a growing trend towards budget-friendly elopements, with couples choosing sustainable alternatives, minimal guest lists, and personalized vows.

We’ve interviewed Heather MacArthur, the Head Event Planner & Professional Organizer for Bowtied with Love, and CABINSCAPE’s official partner for our Lanark County & Calabogie weddings, to bring you insights from an industry pro:

What are some of your favourite eco-conscious wedding trends?

Renting, thrifting, or borrowing decor instead of buying it. I try to encourage couples to use items that they can incorporate back into their homes as keepsakes after the wedding. Another would be to source out a local flower farm and only use florals that are in season. Ditching floral foam and replacing it with other reusable options like chicken wire is also a great way to help the environment. Another trend we are seeing a lot of is up-cycled wedding rings. This might be a family ring that has been resized or a thrifted ring. 

Lets look at: emerging trends in elopement attire for 2024?

Elopement seekers are choosing pre-owned wedding dresses and suits that are purchased rather than rented, which means they can wear them again and again. There has been an increase in wedding attire thrift shops across Canada. Short dresses also seem to be on the rise for 2024. Shorter wedding dresses were also popular in the 1920’s and in the 1950’s. 


What are some unique ways couples are personalizing their elopement ceremonies in 2024?

They are heading to locations that speak to them as a couple. Whether it’s a cabin in the woods, the top of a mountain, or their favourite restaurant, couples are going all out to find elopement locations with a bit of a wow factor.  While city hall weddings “get it done” they are rather bland and boring. Couples want to be able to tell their friends and family and maybe even their kids and grandkids about their love story. It’s a special day and it really does deserve special attention. 

What advice can you give to couples planning an elopement today?

Hire professionals that can help you design and capture your wedding day. Wedding planners have a wealth of resources for couples to draw from and most are creative so even if you can’t decide where to get married, tell them your story, and watch the magic happen.

Weddings do not have to be elaborate or expensive but they should be special. Professional photographers and videographers can help you capture the day perfectly. The day will go by in the blink of an eye but the images and video can help you re-live the day over and over again. 


What is the thing that most couples forget on their special day?

Hopefully nothing if they’ve hired a planner. It’s the planner’s responsibility to make sure that it all comes together seamlessly, however, they cannot be everywhere at once. Sometimes when florals are dropped off to a getting ready location they inadvertently get forgotten in all the excitement and someone has to go back and get them. Couples may also forget to take a few moments away from all of the festivities to reflect on their day. You spend weeks, months and sometimes years to plan one day of your life and it all goes by so quickly. Take all the time you need to slow down and enjoy it.

Our Cabinscape Elopement Packages include:

  • Two nights at your chosen CABINSCAPE cabin, so you can decompress & enjoy the property both before & after your special day
  • Basic planning services with established local professionals – a licensed officiant, professional photographer, cake, flowers & bubbly are all covered
  • Up to two ‘day guests’ are welcome to come & enjoy the ceremony, so you can share this special moment with those you love

Reach out to bookings@cabinscape.com for date availability and further details!

Blog written by Sarah Vander Zaag with Elopement Questions answered by Heather MacArthur
IG @bowtiedwithlove Website: bowtiedwithlove.ca/

Photo Credits: Danielle Meredith Photography, Love & Exposure Photography, Maria Denomme Photography

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Top Spooky Movies

Scary Movies to Watch at our Cabins!

As the autumn leaves fall and the nights grow longer, there’s no better way to embrace the spirit of spooky season than with a cozy movie night in your tiny, off-grid cabin deep in the woods. Whether you’re seeking spine-tingling scares, eerie mysteries, or feel-good nostalgia, we’ve curated a list of the top spooky movies that are perfect for your fall escape!

Bring your device with pre-downloaded movies, snuggle up, dim the lights, and prepare for a cinematic adventure that will send shivers down your spine.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

For the Gore/Horror Fans

A perfect blend of horror and humor, “The Cabin in the Woods” takes the classic cabin retreat scenario and twists it into something entirely unexpected. This movie promises frights, surprises, and a fresh take on the horror genre.

92% on Rotten Tomatos

Hocus Pocus 1 (1993) & 2 (2022)

For the Kids & Kids at Heart

A magical Halloween comedy film where three witches wreak havoc as they try to maintain their immortality by stealing the life force of children, leading to a hilarious and heartwarming adventure filled with spells, humour, and camaraderie.

Monster Squad (1987)

For the 80’s Retro Vibes

A nostalgic adventure where a group of young friends, armed with their knowledge of classic movie monsters, must band together to stop Dracula and his monstrous minions from taking over the world.

The Shining (1980)

A Quintessential Horror

A psychological horror masterpiece directed by Stanley Kubrick, depicting a writer and his family’s descent into madness while isolated in an eerie, haunted hotel during the winter.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes

Goosebumps (2015)

For the Jack Black Fans

A family-friendly adventure film where a group of teenagers discovers R.L. Stine’s manuscripts, unleashing the imaginative monsters from his books into the real world. Together, they must work with the reclusive author to capture the creatures and save their town!

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

NOT for the Faint of Heart

Set in the eerie Black Hills Forest, this film follows a group of filmmakers investigating a local legend. Its raw, documentary-style approach creates a sense of realism that will make you question what’s lurking outside your own cabin door.

86% on Rotten Tomatoes

BeetleJuice (1988)

For the Tim Burton Fans

Enjoy a darkly comedic fantasy where a deceased couple employs a mischievous ghost named Beetlejuice to scare away the new inhabitants of their former home. Tim Burton film is a whimsical and visually inventive exploration of the afterlife, featuring memorable characters and supernatural shenanigans.

86% on Rotten Tomatoes

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 1 (2010)

For the Harry Potter Fans

Harry, Ron, and Hermione embark on a perilous journey to find and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes, leading them into the heart of darkness, where their friendship and courage are tested at every turn.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

For the Musical Lovers

A cult classic musical-comedy where a newly engaged couple find themselves trapped in the mansion of the eccentric Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Amidst bizarre and outrageous events, they encounter a cast of peculiar characters and participate in a unique, glam-rock inspired tale of love, seduction, and acceptance.

The Witch (2015)

For the Supernatural Horror Fans

Transport yourself to 1630s New England with this atmospheric horror film. “The Witch” follows a Puritan family encountering supernatural forces in the woods beyond their farm. Its eerie ambiance and chilling storyline make it a must-watch for those craving a genuine scare amidst the wilderness.

90% on Rotten Tomatoes

With the crisp air and the rustle of leaves as your soundtrack, these spooky movies will enhance the ambiance of your fall getaway in your tiny, off-grid cabin. So, book your cabin, dim the lights. and let these cinematic tales weave their magic in the heart of the woods.

Cabin Photo Credit: Denim Fradette, Written by Sarah Vander Zaag, Movie Poster & Film Credits to the original creator

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Spooky Haunted Places in Ontario

Eerie Ontario: Top Road Trip Stops for Spooky Haunts and Cozy Cabins

Embrace the thrill of the unknown and the comfort of nature on a spine-tingling road trip to some of Ontario’s most haunted places. If you’re a fan of eerie tales and ghostly encounters, we’ve curated a list of the spookiest spots near some of our cabins. Get ready for a road trip full of history, mystery, and cozy nights under the stars.

Near Perth

Perth Museum (the Old Matheson House)  11 Gore St. E., Perth, Ontario

Perth has a rich history, with beautiful limestone homes dating back over 200 years. The site of the current Museum was originally owned by Senator Roderick Matheson and his seven beautiful daughters. Local reporting states that the girls were allegedly very attached to the gardens and some have claimed there have been unexplainable sounds, shadows, and spooky feelings around this old landmark.

Near Haliburton

Haliburton Highland’s Museum’s Reid House 66 Museum Road, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

Built in the late 1800s, this house was home to two generations of the Reid family before being turned into a museum. Inside, the Reid House looks much as it would have appeared at the time it was inhabited by John Russell and Janet Reid in the late 1900s. Past staff and visitors have recalled mysterious encounters with both a woman and young boy wanting to play who then disappear without a trace. More details on those stories here.

Near Kawarthas

Screaming Heads 981 Midlothian Rd, Burk’s Falls

While it may not be haunted or have any spooky history, there’s a site in Burks Falls, north of Muskoka, which contains monsters. Screaming Heads is a 310 acre art exhibit by Peter Camani which features massive eerie sculptures emerging from the ground. It’s a bit of a drive (1.75 hrs from Kawartha Cabins or 2hrs from Haliburton) but worth the trek! It is a private property, so if the gate is closed, please just admire from the road.

Academy Theatre 2 Lindsay St S, Lindsay

Lindsay’s Academy Theatre is known for its 130 years of performing arts history and also it’s resident ghost, Mary. The story goes that Mary was apparently a live-in caretaker for the theatre before she fell to her death, and has remained behind to continue enjoying shows from seat 13, flickering lights, and harmlessly moving objects around.

Near Calabogie

Buck Hill Road, Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards

Legend goes that during the depression, a man and his daughter lived at the bottom of the hill. One night when the man went out to grab firewood, their dog ran off and his young daughter chased after it. The man searched endlessly for his daughter to no avail, and it is said his spirit searches for her still. The site is an hour away from our Cabins but apparently popular with local ghost hunters who often call out “Daddy Daddy Daddy” at the start of their spooky explorations.

Ontario’s haunted sites offer a unique blend of history and mystery, making them perfect destinations for brave souls seeking an adrenaline rush. After a day of spine-tingling adventures, there’s no better way to unwind than in the warm embrace of a tiny cabin in the woods. Plan your road trip, explore the unknown, and return to the cozy comforts of your cabin to share your tales of ghostly encounters under the stars. Happy haunting!

Written by Sarah Vander Zaag Photo Credit: Denim Fradette, Kryslyn Anstey