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Call Me Mother Nature: Pride 2022

Call Me Mother Nature: Pride 2022


The connection between the LGBTQ2S community and nature is rooted in history.

It’s Pride month in Ontario, and for the first time in two years, we’re able to celebrate with one another in person, in ways that for some may seem like a distant memory from “the before times” (2019 calling), with parades, parties and close proximity body contact. 

Pride as an event is a real moment for us to connect with one another, to take up space and celebrate the strength, diversity and power of the queer community. It’s so important to so many of us that we are able to come together and unite, but with all the festivities and socializing it can be easy to get caught up and find yourself a little run down and burnt out. Just as important is taking time to connect with yourself and those closest to you, and what better place to do just that than wrapped in the restorative arms of mother nature herself.

Queer connection to nature is in our gay DNA. The original rainbow pride flag, first raised in San Fransico in 1978, was designed by artist and activist Gilbert Baker as “a natural flag” that “comes from the sky.” The flag’s orange stripe represents healing, the yellow sunlight, and the green… nature. It makes sense, then, that some of North America’s most historic and iconic queer spaces are themselves situated in or around nature. Provincetown, Fire Island and, here in Ontario, Hanlan’s Point, all have a history of offering sanctuary for LGBTQ2S people to gather and feel safe, nestled in the natural world. 

In Canada, we’re privileged to live amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes, many of which are only a short drive from our most densely populated urban centres. These natural spaces have plenty to offer, from recreation to beauty, adventure to education; but perhaps the most significant offering the natural world can provide is the opportunity for us to balance out our frequently (or for some consistently) hectic queer lives with some much needed “me time.” 

For some, connecting with themselves and with nature can be just as fulfilling and empowering as connecting on the dancefloor. A restorative immersion into the natural world – even for just a couple of days – can help us recover from stress or excessive Pride partying, can allow us to unplug and take a break from socials and screen time, and can provide a calming space for us to reconnect with ourselves and our identity as queer individuals.

Those less inclined to get outside in more remote landscapes may be missing out on the healing power of nature, which can help us to find balance, inspiration and even community. For anyone new to or inexperienced with camping or outdoor adventure, rentals like those offered by Cabinscape can offer an easy-going entry point with many of the comforts of home – and some extra special comforts as well (heated outdoor showers anyone?*). Go alone or with a partner for full relaxation mode, or if you’re into groups, go big and celebrate with several of your nearest and dearest. 

Whatever your colour of the rainbow, this Pride month and the summer to follow, take time to get out and get green… and orange, and yellow

*heated outdoor showers available at select cabins during summer months only.

Written by Bill Alexander
Location: Bone cabin, Haliburton
Images: Bill Alexander & Brian Wilson
Flag Image: Weho Times (Photo by James McNamara, courtesy of Paul Langlotz)

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Grilled Veggie Skewers Recipe

Grilled Veggie Skewers Recipe

Nothing is better than a tasty, healthy fireside meal! Try these Grilled Veggie Skewers on the campfire at your next Cabinscape adventure. Great compliment as a side dish or a whole vegetarian/vegan meal. Customize your skewers by trying your favourite veggies. You can also use the BBQ or stovetop if a campfire is not readily available. Cut the veggies before you go if you won’t have a cutting board handy.

Grilled Veggie Skewers

All you need (2 servings):

2 Bell peppers: red, yellow, orange [Qty 2 of each bell peppers]
2 Zucchini
2 Large red onion
Mushrooms [227 g of small mushrooms]
1 garlic – minced
Cilantro – minced
Ground black pepper
Salt
1/3 Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Soak at least 12 skewers in water for approximately 15 minutes. 

  • This will allow the moisture from the skewers to evaporate before the wood starts to burn
  • Please note that the total number of skewers will depend on the size of your vegetables


2. Chop all the vegetables so are approximately equal in size and shape.

  • Peel the red onion, slice it in half and chop each half into thirds
  • Chop each bell peppers into 1-inch by 1-inch
  • Slice the zucchini into rounds
  • Slice the mushrooms into 1-inch by 1-inch


3. Prepare the garlic herb sauce in a bowl.

  • Add 1/3 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Add ¼ of balsamic vinegar
  • Add the minced garlic
  • Add the minced cilantro
  • Add a pinch of salt 
  • Add the ground black pepper

4. Whisk together for about 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Depending on your preference, you can brush your veggie skewers with the garlic herb sauce before placing them on the grill OR brush the veggie skewers with the garlic herb sauce when they are on the grill.

5. Once your veggie skewers are prepared. Start your campfire.
Make sure the firewood is placed flat in the fire pit
so you can place the grill easily.

6. Add the veggie skewers on the grill for approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Since this is a campfire, the veggie skewers will soften and brown quicker. 

7. Remove the veggie skewers and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!

Pictures and recipe by @foodtraveleisure on Instagram

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Shakshuka Recipe

Shakshuka Recipe

With main ingredients including eggs and tomato, this meal can be served at any time of the day. Easy to make on a campfire or stovetop. You can measure out the spices so you have the exact amount ready on the go. Enjoy Shakshuka at your next Cabinscape getaway!

Shakshuka Recipe

All you need:

1 medium-sized onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
Olive oil
1 large red bell pepper (chopped)
1 can of crushed tomatoes (About 800 g)
1 can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Chilli flakes (Spice is optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt
Ground black pepper
6 eggs
Cilantro (chopped for garnish)
Feta cheese (crumbled)
Pita bread (Optional)

Directions:

1. Add olive oil to a pan. Wait about 2-3 minutes until heated and
add diced onions. Wait roughly 5 minutes until soft.

2. Add minced garlic and wait 2-3 minutes until brown,
then add chopped red bell pepper. Wait roughly
5 minutes until pepper softens.

3. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and 1 can
of crushed tomato to your mixture.

4. Stir continuously for about 10-15 minutes. Take a spoon and
create empty pockets of space. Place cracked open eggs
in the pockets.

5. Wait 10-15 minutes, add cilantro for garnish and crumbled feta cheese.

6. Serve with pita bread and ENJOY!

BONUS! Summer Spritz Recipe

All you need:

3 oz Aperol
3 oz Prosecco
1 oz club soda
Orange (sliced)
Ice

Directions:

1. Add ice to a wine glass. Pour approximately 3 oz of Aperol.
Fill about one-third of the wine glass. Then add 3 oz of Prosecco.

2. Add 1 oz of club soda or Sprite (this step is optional to make the drink less bitter – don’t skip if you like a sweeter taste)

3. Add a slice of orange. Enjoy!

Pictures and recipe by @foodtraveleisure on Instagram

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French Toast Recipe

French Toast Recipe

During your Cabinscape getaway, you’ll wake up in the wilderness with the sounds of nature. Compliment the peaceful morning wakeups with a delicious breakfast like this French Toast recipe! Can be made on the campfire or on our cabin stovetops. Pair it with coffee or your favourite morning beverage.

French Toast Recipe

All you need:

2 large eggs
2/3 Cup Milk
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
¼ Teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Butter
6 slices of white bread
Vegetable oil
Maple Syrup
Blueberries (or your choice of preferred berries/fruit)

Directions:

1. Add the following ingredients to a bowl:

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon of Artificial Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • Pinch of Salt

2. Continuously mix the ingredients.

3. Heat up a frying pan (on medium heat) and
add oil and butter. Wait a few minutes for the butter
to melt.

4. Take one slice of bread at a time and soak it into your mix.

5. Add the soaked slice to the pan and flip accordingly until each side is brown.

6. Serve onto a plate and add Maple syrup, butter, and blueberries. Enjoy!

Pictures and recipe by @foodtraveleisure on Instagram

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Remoteness Levels

Chose Your Own Adventure: How Remote Do You Prefer Your Cabin Escape?


Ever wonder what a remote off-grid tiny cabin experience is like? Whether you want a true backcountry getaway or prefer to be nestled in the woods with nearby amenities, we have a cabin suited for you!

At Cabinscape, we’ve made things easy for you. Our cabins are ranked from low, medium to high remote. Each level sets the tone for a slightly different cabin experience — choose one that matches your personal adventure style.


HIGH REMOTE CABINS

Want the feeling of being miles away from civilization? Our high remote cabins are the ones for you. These cabins are nestled further away from towns and local shops, so make sure to pack accordingly. 

Our high remote cabins are located in harder-to-access areas. You’ll need 4WD or AWD vehicles to visit these rugged retreats as many are situated on winding roads and off-the-beaten paths. These cabins are ideal for guests wanting a “backcountry camping” experience without the hassle of setting up camp.

In the winter and spring, these cabins are “hike-in only” which means you’ll have to park your car in a designated parking area and hike to your cabin. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the experience though  — we provide snowshoes and a sled for the trek and the views are always worth it. Consider it a winter adventure!

Stay at our most remote cabins: Mica, Rhya & Mason in Lanark County; and Kaya, Willow, Big Rock, Quasi and Cove cabins in Haliburton Forest.

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 are still on their own inlets of land that provide a private experience. They are often close to other Cabinscape cabins and local amenities you can take advantage of.

For instance, our Muskoka cabins are a short drive away from the village of Huntsville with lots of shops and dining options. Our Calabogie cabins are located right within the Calabogie Peaks Resort property with access to their amenities including spa and restaurants as well as their skiing and snowboarding facilities. Our Kawarthas cabins are close to the historic town of Fenelon Falls which is peppered with amazing restaurants, breweries and entertainment.

In the summer, most of these cabins can be reached with regular front-wheel drive vehicles and most have drive-in access all year round. As nearly all of these cabins have other Cabinscape locations nearby, they can be ideal for group bookings! Our Kawarthas and Muskoka Camp locations are great for those who want to escape together but have their own space. 

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


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. These cabins are perfect 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 cabin in Haliburton Forest and Ember cabin 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: IG @nicoleandcolton
Header #2: IG  @vanhallawild
Low Remote: IG @foodtraveleisure

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Celebrate the Sweetness of Maple Season

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 tapping trees, eating delicious treats, visiting sugar bushes, and exploring these 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! The maple syrup and products produced in this region are a tourist attraction at any time of year.

If you are visiting soon, Fortune Farms in Almonte is in its 49th Maple season and features experiences, tours and trails, and a shop that sells everything from maple sugar to maple vinegar. Temple’s Sugar Bush in Lanark features a Pancake House Restaurant with a Maple breakfast special, a shop and a nature trail through the picturesque surrounding forest and gardens. On April 30th, visit the Festival of the Maples in Perth which boasts an artisan food market, retail attractions, and lots of live entertainment.

Throughout the year, visitors can savour the flavours of Lanark County and enjoy the virtual Sip & Savour trail for chocolate, craft spirits, beer/cider, fine cuisine, and delicious delicacies. There’s also an incredible year-round self-guided driving Maple Tour for the region showcasing artisans, heritage buildings and locally made products. 

BOOK YOUR LANARK COUNTY 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! We’ve partnered with family-run Esson Creek Maple for a private and unique sugar-ing experience in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. Begin with a guided hike through the Sugarbush while learning about the local area. Tour the maple production process and have a “Sugar on Snow” treat. Conclude by taking home your very own bottle of Esson Creek Maple syrup!

Cost: $99/couple OR $130/family (maximum of 2 adult, 2 children) + HST

BOOK YOUR HALIBURTON ESCAPE

MUSKOKA

The Muskoka Maple Trail is a collection of over 30 of the best maple experiences in the region. From sugar bush tours and pancake breakfasts to maple beer bbq ribs, they also feature stops that have infused locally harvested syrup in their culinary delights. Experience sleigh rids, maple lattes and all the sweetness Muskoka has to offer!

Runs now until April 29th and culminates in the family-friendly Muskoka Maple Festival with all-day breakfast, beer garden and entertainment in downtown Huntsville on Saturday, April 30th.


$5 admission / adults, kids 12 and under FREE

BOOK YOUR MUSKOKA ESCAPE


KAWARTHAS

For a truly rural experience, the charming family-fun Roost Farm is only a few minutes drive from our Cabinscape Camp Kawarthas cabins. Enjoy a 5km walking tour of the property while surveying their maple bush and production process. Enjoy their fresh seasonal produce, honey, farm-made preserves and local artisan gifts and products.

BOOK YOUR KAWARTHAS ESCAPE

Photo Credits:
Blog Header – unguide.ca
Maple Header – yoursoutdoors.ca
Lanark County Header 1 – todocanada.ca
Lanark County Header 2 – Toronto Star
Haliburton Header – IG @essoncreekmaple
Muskoka Header – muskokamaple.ca
Kawarthas Header – roostfarm.ca

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Staycation Tax Credit

How to Use Your Staycation Tax Credit

Did you know the Ontario Government is giving your family up to $2,000 in a Staycation Tax Credit to travel locally?

Now is the perfect time to plan the tiny cabin adventure of your dreams!

The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit aims to encourage Ontarians to discover their province and help local businesses recover from the global pandemic. A stay at Cabinscape between January 1st and December 31st, 2022 is eligible for the tax credit (if you live in Ontario).

The program will provide a 20% tax refund for accommodation expenses of up to $2,000 for spouses, common-law partners, or eligible children or $1,000 for individuals. That equates to a $400 / $200 tax credit applied to your 2022 income tax return.

How can you claim your tax credit? Your tax credit is claimed on your 2022 Personal Income Tax submission. You must keep your Cabinscape order confirmation (receipt) from your booking to submit with your taxes.

Take advantage of your tax credit at one of our 30+ cabins in Ontario scattered across the Kawarthas, Muskoka, Haliburton, Lanark County and Calabogie regions – many cabins are lakefront and pet/family-friendly. Our ecologically-sound accommodations focus on wilderness adventures and provide guests an opportunity to disconnect in nature.

We look forward to hosting you and your family for a year-round staycation experience! 

Photo Credits:
Main Header – IG @vareels
Cabin Image – IG: @denimshoots
Third Image –  IG: @explorewithkress

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Our Guide to Winter in the Kawarthas

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! All cabins are lakefront and offer spectacular views.

Stonecrop, Hawkweed, Woodrush and the new Goldenrod and Burdock 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 (and catch lots of fish)!

Our Kawarthas Cabins

  • Senna Tent
    Senna Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Sorrel Tent
    Sorrel Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cress Tent
    Cress Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Cicely Tent
    Cicely Tent
    From: $169.00
  • Goldenrod Cabin
    Goldenrod Cabin
    From: $241.00
  • Burdock Cabin
    Burdock Cabin
    From: $241.00
  • Hawkweed Cabin
    Hawkweed Cabin
    From: $241.00
  • Stonecrop Cabin
    Stonecrop Cabin
    From: $241.00
  • Woodrush Cabin
    Woodrush Cabin
    From: $241.00

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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Things to bring

Your Cabinscape Essential Packing List 

How to prepare for a tiny cabin adventure?

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

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


THINGS TO BRING:


Your favourite food & drink

Our tiny cabins in the woods come equipped with everything you’ll need to prepare your own home-cooked meals. All kitchens include a gas stovetop, mini-fridge, stovetop toaster, kettle and french press. There’s also a propane BBQ and fire pit outside available for year-round use.

No need to bring any cookware. We provide all the essentials – cutlery, cups, plates, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and some handy extras like a corkscrew and can opener.

We also provide food basics like tea, coffee, sugar, flour, salt, pepper and olive oil. All you need to bring is your favourite food and drink!

If you’re feeling fancy, consider adding-on one of our locally-crafted food kits to your stay.

Bedding

Did you know an average washing cycle of 10 kg consumes at least 50 litres of water and about 1.2 kWh of electricity? As a low-impact, off-grid and ecologically-sound cabin, we ask guests to bring their own towels, sheets, pillows, pillowcases and blankets.

Flashlight or headlamp

Our cabins are located in off-the-beaten-path locations with little to no artificial light. While cabins are outfitted with indoor and outdoor solar-powered lights, bringing an extra flashlight or headlamp can really come in handy – especially when building a fire or navigating our property at night.

Firewood

A cabin getaway isn’t complete without a campfire. Firewood can be purchased at most local gas stations and grocery stores en route. We provide an axe at all our cabins; guests are welcome to collect and chop any deadwood lying around.

Lighters

Lighters are a camping staple and useful for starting campfires, gas stovetops, and providing light when needed! We keep lighters on hand in our cabins but sometimes these little guys go missing. To be safe, bring your own fire starter.

Bug repellent

Depending on the season, you’re bound to encounter bugs of all sorts in the wilderness. Guests should come prepared with bug spray and proper protective attire.

Practical clothing

Good hiking boots and warm clothing are essential for a Canadian winter but consider warm clothing for summer trips, too. Be sure to bring some warmer items like comfy sweaters, socks, hats and slippers – you’ll be thankful you did.

In need of essential cozy cabin attire? Consider sporting one of our Cabinscape hoodies and toques for your stay!


Photo Credits:
First & Last – IG @vanhallawild  
Fire photo -IG @deanheliotis 

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Our Guide to Winter in Lanark County

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, 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: $199.00
  • Mason Cabin
    Mason Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Mica Cabin
    Mica Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Juniper Cabin
    Juniper Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Ember Cabin
    Ember Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Joni Cabin
    Joni Cabin
    From: $179.00

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

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe

Take a bite of the harsh cold weather with a cup of piping hot delicious hot cocoa. Guaranteed to combat the Canadian winters and soothe the soul with each cup. Can be made on a campfire, stovetop or BBQ while enjoying your Cabinscape stay!

The best part of this recipe is that it is completely customizable. You can pick your toppings right down to the kind of milk you prefer. Tastes great with dairy and non-dairy options – coconut milk is my personal favourite. Include the little ones in creating this recipe for some festive family fun!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

All you need:
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup hot water
⅛ teaspoon salt
4 cups of any kind of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
Your favourite toppings (including but not limited to whipped cream, shaved white or dark chocolate, crushed peppermints, candy cane for a stirrer, marshmallows)
Cabinscape mug – classic camper or ceramic (optional)

Directions:
1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir together until mixture boils and cocoa and sugar are dissolved.
2. After stirring continually for 1 minute, stir in the milk. Heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and peppermint extract and mix well.
3. Pour into your Cabinscape mug and top it off with your favourites! Serve immediately.

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Our Guide to Winter in Calabogie

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

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.

Our Calabogie Cabins

  • Wren Cabin
    Wren Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Starling Cabin
    Starling Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Finch Cabin
    Finch Cabin
    From: $189.00

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

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Our Guide to Winter in Muskoka

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.


WINTER HIKES

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.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI

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  

ARROWHEAD SKATE TRAIL

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!

HUNKER DOWN

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.

Our Muskoka Cabins

  • Nova Cabin
    Nova Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Zaniah Cabin
    Zaniah Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Cosmos Cabin
    Cosmos Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Archer Cabin
    Archer Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Lynx Cabin
    Lynx Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Elio Cabin
    Elio Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Luna Cabin
    Luna Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Sol Cabin
    Sol Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Aster Cabin
    Aster Cabin
    From: $224.00
  • Adhara Cabin
    Adhara Cabin
    From: $224.00

Photo Credits:
Ski Header – Huntsville Tourism
Skate Trail – DiscoverMuskoka.ca
Hunker Down -IG @face_fleekbz