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Your Ultimate Cabin Snack Guide

Fuel Your Adventure: Delicious Cabin Snacks for Every Getaway

Welcome to the ultimate cabin snack guide, where we explore our favorite treats to enjoy in the great outdoors!

Whether you’re craving crunchy delights, sweets and treats, on-the-go goodies, or cozy ’round the fire favorites, we’ve got you covered for your next wilderness adventure

GRAZE THE DAY AWAY

For those laid-back cabin days, nothing beats a customizable grazing plate. Tailor it to your taste buds, accommodating any dietary restrictions or preferences effortlessly.

Some must-have items include a variety of meats like salami, prosciutto, and speck, alongside an endless array of cheeses, from sharp cheddar to creamy Brie. Don’t forget to pair them with some crusty bread or crackers for the perfect crunch. Enhance the flavor profile with tangy additions such as olives, fig jam, or pickled vegetables, and add a touch of sweetness with fresh fruit or indulgent chocolate.

Prefer not to DIY your own board? We’ve got you covered! Simply add our Cider & Charcuterie Kit to your cabin adventure, and we’ll handle the rest.

SWEETS & TREATS

We’ve got some irresistible picks to indulge your sweet tooth in the wilderness!

Chocolate: A must-have treat that satisfies every time. We love a variety, from a classic Hershey Bar, to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and anything in between! No cabin adventure is complete without a chocolaty sweet treat.

Check out our Irresistible Romance Kit, featuring artisanal chocolate from Ontario’s own Perth Chocolate Works (nearby to our Lanark County cabins!)

Candy: For a burst of fruity flavor, you can’t go wrong with Fuzzy Peaches and Swedish Berries. Looking for a low-sugar option? Smart Sweets are a great choice that doesn’t skimp on taste.

Dipped, Drizzled or Covered “Anything”: Give us a chocolate, yogurt or caramel dipped snack and we’re satisfied! Some of our favourites include pretzels, almonds and popcorn

These sweets and treats are sure to add a touch of indulgence to your cabin getaway, making every moment a little sweeter.

ON-THE-GO

Having the right on-the-go snacks is essential to fuelling your adventures. For a quick energy boost on hikes, day trips, paddling excursions, and any other outdoor escapade, here are our favorite snacks to bring along…

Trail Mix: A perfect blend of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate—the sky is the limit! Make your own at home or purchase a pre-made mix!

Pro tip–Our NEW Cabin Kickback Kit includes ready-made Trail Mix, in perfectly portioned pouches for easy packability.

Protein & Granola Bars: For a convenient option that doesn’t take up a lot of space, pack a granola bar or two for the journey.

Jerky: For a quick boost of protein that doesn’t require refrigeration. Plus, jerky comes in all kinds of delicious and unique flavours!

Whether you’re paddling the Fall River or exploring the serene Haliburton Forest trails, these convenient snacks are your go-to companions for all your wilderness endeavors.

CRUNCHY DELIGHTS

When it comes to satisfying those crunchy cravings in the great outdoors, we have a few faves…

Potato chips: A classic, must-have! Offering that classic, salty goodness that everyone loves. (We’re loving Canadian Hardbite Kettle Chips, right now!)

Pretzels: Always a hit, with their satisfying bite and just the right amount of salt.

Veggie Sticks: For a healthier crunch, we like carrots, celery, and bell peppers dipped in hummus add a fresh and tasty twist to your snack lineup.

Popcorn: A light and airy treat that’s perfect for sharing around the cabin, whether you’re watching the sunset or telling stories by the fire.

These crunchy delights are sure to keep everyone happy and satisfied during your cabin adventure.

‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE

There’s no better way than to end the day gathered around the campfire. Roasting marshmallows and sharing stories from the day’s adventures. Here are a few of our favourite fireside recipes:

S’mores: This tried-and-true classic is essential for any cabin getaway. All you need is graham crackers, a toasted marshmallow and chocolate!

S’moreomels: A CABINSCAPE exclusive recipe! Think classic S’mores remixed with Oreos and Caramilk bars. Check out the recipe here.

Unconventional Roasting: Thanks to social media we have officially tried the trending roasted Rice Krispie & roasted Timbit trends and we can say both are as delicious as they sound! A must-try during your next CABINSCAPE getaway.

As the flames dance and the stars twinkle above, these fireside recipes are sure to make memories that last a lifetime, adding the perfect sweet ending to your day of adventure.

So, pack your bags and head out to our cabins for an unforgettable escape filled with delicious snacks and local flavors! Book your escape now

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Dive Into Summer Reads

Dive Into Summer Reads

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

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

I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL by Natalie Sue

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

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

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

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

THE MIDNIGHT FEAST by Lucy Foley

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

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

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

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

THE BRIAR CLUB by Kate Quinn

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

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

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

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

I WILL RUIN YOU by Linwood Barclay

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

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

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

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

THE AU PAIR AFFAIR by Tessa Bailey

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

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

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

Learn more and pre-order your copy here

ONLY ONE SURVIVES by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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

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

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

Learn more and pre-order Only One Survives now

THE DAYS I LOVED YOU MOST by Amy Neff

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

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

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

Learn more & pre-order your copy here

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

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

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Our Lanark County Summer Adventure Guide

Our Guide to Summer in Lanark County


Escape to Lanark County this Summer!

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

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

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

CAFE CRAWL

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

Here’s a few of our top picks:

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

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

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

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

PADDLER’S PARADISE


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

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

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

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

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

HIKE THE LANARK HIGHLANDS

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

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

Check out more information on the Lanark Highland trails

For those wanting to stay close to home base, many of our Lanark County cabins have conservation areas, massive properties or trails to experience on-site or very close to your cabin! Some suggestions are:

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

Each cabin lives in its own unique environment, with trails varying from meandering creek walks to rugged bush walks with lookouts of the Ottawa Valley. Grab your hiking boots and explore them all at your leisure!

EXPLORE HERITAGE & HISTORY

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

Some of our favourites include:

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

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

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

VISIT LOCAL FARMS & MARKETS


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

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

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

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


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

Our Lanark County Cabins

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

Our Guide to Summer in Calabogie

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

Located just one hour from Ottawa in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, you’ll find our Wren, Starling and Finch cabins. These cozy micro cabins are suspended above Calabogie Lake, nestled in the forested grounds of Calabogie Peaks Resort (home to the tallest ski mountain in Ontario). This means premium access to some of the best multifaceted trail networks in the province. 

Grab your sense of Summer adventure to complete our Top 5 Things to Do in Calabogie during your Cabinscape stay!

PEDAL THE PEAK

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

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

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

BRING YOUR BOOTS

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

Our favourites include:

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

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

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

EXPLORE LOCAL EATS (& DRINKS!)


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

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

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

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

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

VISIT CALABOGIE PEAKS RESORT

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

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

REST & RELAXATION


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

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

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

Our Calabogie Cabins

  • Wren Cabin
    Wren Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Starling Cabin
    Starling Cabin
    From: $179.00
  • Finch Cabin
    Finch Cabin
    From: $179.00
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Our Kawartha Summer Adventure Guide

Best Activities at CABINSCAPE Camp: Kawarthas

CABINSCAPE Camp: Kawarthas is a magnificent 230-acre property encompassing a 55-acre crystal clear spring-fed quarry lake. This site rests in the middle of an other-worldly landscape surrounded by forested meadows. This pristine lake is currently home to 5 off-grid lakeside cabins, 4 meadow cabins, and 6 tent sites. Located just 2 hours outside of Toronto this adventure getaway has all you need!


GET ON THE WATER

What makes our Kawarthas location so special is the sparkling blue lake – the result of a former limestone quarry. The lake is now sustained by 3 underground freshwater springs. The water is clean and crystal clear with a colour seldom seen anywhere in Ontario. The lake has an average depth of 10+ meters so dive in and enjoy a cool, clean, refreshing swim.

Bring your own snorkels for some underwater excitement which will take you up close and personal to some geologically significant rock formations and fossils, along with plenty of fish species.

Our lakefront cabins also come with a complimentary paddleboard to take advantage of the perfect lake temperament for a great paddle! The tent and meadow sites have the option of renting a paddleboard for the duration of their stay.

GO FOR A HIKE

Pack walking shoes to hike, cycle or stroll 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and relics from the past. You’ll even find remnants of an old rail line from the 1800s on our property!

To explore nearby trails, check out Balsam Lake Provincial Park, located just 10 minutes from your cabin. You’ll find numerous nature trails to hike and cycle for all skill levels. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals to explore its spectacular portaging routes and provides an excellent location to access the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Located 25 minutes from our property, the Victoria Recreation Corridor is a 55km trail used year-round for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 

UNWIND & CHILLOUT

Take the opportunity to disconnect and relax in nature! Turn off electronics and enjoy a good book out on the deck overlooking the lake. Stargazing is a personal favourite at this location as there aren’t any trees getting in the way of your view of the milky way at the cabin sites. Meander through the wildflower meadows on our “Forest Stroll” trail. Recreate one of our delicious campfire recipes at your private fire pit.  Relax and enjoy! 

HAVE AN ANIMAL ADVENTURE

Have you ever dreamt of getting up close and personal with some of the cutest creatures on earth? Make some furry friends at Windmill Point Alpaca Farm! The farm is currently home to 8 alpacas who are cool and curious animals the whole family can enjoy. Their farm store also carries a selection of handmade seasonal products including alpaca wool dryer balls and felt insoles.

Tours are available on weekends for pre-booking only and can be done at https://windmillpointalpacas.com/

A short 20-minute drive from our cabins is Carden Alvar Provincial Park – also known as a birder’s paradise. This important biodiversity area is recognized worldwide as a premiere destination for bird watching. It is host to more than 230 bird species, 450 plants, and 140 butterfly/dragonfly species. Hike their extensive boardwalk through grassland, wetland and forest and enjoy the sounds and sights of unique and rare bird species.

NEARBY FUN

Explore what the nearby towns have to offer by taking a day trip to Fenelon Falls. This beautiful, historical waterfront town is known as the “jewel of the Kawarthas”! Enjoy year-round shopping, brewery, great restaurants, patios, cafes and local events.

Head over to the historic Kirkfield Lift Lock just 2 minutes from our site and watch boats navigate the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world with a lift of 15 metres!

Stop by the Balsam Lake Provincial Park Farmers Market held at the beach on select Sunday’s throughout the summer for farm fresh veggies, baked goods, handmade artistic items, soaps, candles, jewellery, and so much more!

Our Kawarthas Cabins

  • Bluebell Cabin
    Bluebell Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Buttercup Cabin
    Buttercup Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Callalily Cabin
    Callalily Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Marigold Cabin
    Marigold Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Goldenrod Cabin
    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

Our Kawarthas Tents

  • 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

Photo Credits:
Header – IG @vanhallawild  
Unwind image – IG @joanna.crichton
Animal image -IG @windmillpointalpacas
Fenelon Falls image – explorefenelonfalls.com

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Your Early-Spring Outdoor Bucket List

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

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

EXPLORE OUTDOORS

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

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

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

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

Jumping in puddles is optional (but definitely encouraged!)



TRY COLD PLUNGING

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

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

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

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




ENJOY MAPLE SYRUP SEASON

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

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

LOOK UP AT THE STARS

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

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

Upcoming celestial events include:

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

CREATE A CABIN CRAFT

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

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

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

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

EXPLORE LOCAL-WONDERS

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

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

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




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

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

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

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Our Guide to Summer in Haliburton

Our Guide to Summer in Haliburton


If you have adventure on your summer to-do list, look no further than a Cabinscape stay in Haliburton! Our cabins all reside in Haliburton Forest –  a nature lover’s paradise which encompasses 100,000 acres, 100 lakes, millions of trees, and countless animals. Start here for your summer adventure escape! 


HIKE/BIKE

By booking one of Cabinscape’s Haliburton Forest cabins, you have access to over 400km of endless all-season hiking and cycling trails. Your included Day Pass gives you access to all the trails, lakes, roads and public swimming areas on site. Choose your own adventure or explore them all during your stay. The trails are well marked and maintained varying from easy, flat walks to more adventurous routes. Feel free to pop into Base Camp on your way in for a hardcopy trail map and further trail suggestions.

GET ON THE WATER

Untouched and wild freshwater lakes are one of the best features of our waterfront cabins in Haliburton Forest. Bring your bathers and enjoy a cool, clean, refreshing swim. A complimentary canoe with paddle boards and PFDs are available at all of our lake access cabins (Big Rock, WIllow, Kaya, Quasi, Cove, Baylight, Bone and Penner) – take it out for a spin to explore the area and its abundant wildlife. We recommend taking a slow, relaxing paddle across the lakes. It’s especially pretty around sunset and sunrise.

Be sure to bring your fishing rods and bait as fishing is permitted in Haliburton Forest. Many of our lakes are teeming with bass (and the fish aren’t used to being caught!). Keep in mind that although Haliburton Forest is privately owned, provincial Fish and Game Laws do apply and will be enforced.

EXPLORE HALIBURTON FOREST

The Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest is one of its most popular attractions. Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on a 15 acre reserve set aside for them. This Grey Wolf Sanctuary sits within 70,000 acres of protected hardwood forest. General admission includes two indoor observation areas. On Thursdays during July and August, join in on the Public Wolf Howls where participants attempt to get the resident pack to howl back at them. 

Entry to the Wolf Centre is by advanced reservation only. No walk-ins are permitted.

Enjoy breathtaking views on a 3.5 to 4 hour Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest. Walk through the treetops and see beautiful views of Haliburton Forest from 10-20 meters above the ground. At over half a kilometre long this is the longest canopy boardwalk of its kind in the world!

Tours are available to book online and are available from late May to mid-October

There is lots going on at Haliburton Forest throughout the season including forest concerts, a logging museum, trail run marathons and more! Check out their website for the latest events and best activities: https://www.haliburtonforest.com/

DISCOVER LOCAL EVENTS

While you are in the Haliburton area, be sure to check out the local events. The Haliburton Art and Craft Festival 2022 is a thoughtfully curated art fair that’s a highlight of summer in the Haliburton Highlands for over 55 years.  Visit the festival between July 22nd to 24th at Head Lake Park. 

Enjoy the Kinmount Farmers Market every Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving for locally grown farm fresh produce, gourmet fare, flowers/plants and handcrafted sewing and artistic wooden crafts. Located off Main Street on Station Road in Kinmount along the Burnt River. 

Towards the end of the season, be sure to stop over at the Kinmount Fair. Lots of fun to be had at this event including the Great Zucchini Growing Contest, horse shows, a tractor pull, and more! Happening from September 2nd to 4th.


ADD SOME ADVENTURE

For an extra sprinkle of adventure during your Cabinscape Haliburton stay, try one of our experiences with partnering trip guides from Yours Outdoors. Take on a Canoe Excursion and spend half the day improving your paddling skills under the guidance of an expert certified instructor.

Enjoy a guided hike through a Sugarbush with local experts from Esson Creek Maple as you explore the Haliburton Highlands’ rich biodiversity (maple syrup sample included!).

Reach new heights with a Rock Climbing adventure where experienced instructors will teach the basics (equipment included).

You can also learn the ins & outs of wild edibles with a knowledgeable guide, who will explore the property around your cabin and provide in-depth knowledge and information about medicinal plants and trees. 

Our Haliburton Cabins

  • Cove Cabin
    Cove Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Big Rock Cabin
    Big Rock Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Willow Cabin
    Willow Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Kaya Cabin
    Kaya Cabin
    From: $189.00
  • Sage Cabin
    Sage Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Pine Cabin
    Pine Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Moss Cabin
    Moss Cabin
    From: $149.00
  • Quasi Cabin
    Quasi Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Penner Cabin
    Penner Cabin
    From: $191.00
  • Baylight Cabin
    Baylight Cabin
    From: $199.00
  • Bone Cabin
    Bone Cabin
    From: $199.00

Photo Credits:
Header – IG @vanhallawild  
Hiking/Wolf Centre/Canpoy images – Haliburton Forest
Local Events Header -IG @kinmountfair
Adventure image – Yours Outdoors

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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

Kawartha Quarry Winter Header

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 Cabin
    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,