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How to Get into the Festive Holiday Spirit this November!

How to Get into the Festive Spirit this November!

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

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

LANARK COUNTY

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

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

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

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

KAWARTHAS

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

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

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

HALIBURTON

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

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

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

CALABOGIE

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

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

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

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

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How to say “No” this November

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

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

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

Step 1: Set Boundaries

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

Respect your time and energy, and others will too.

Step 2: Learn to Say “No” Gracefully

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

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


Step 3: Embrace JOMO

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

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


Step 4: Prioritize Quality Time with Family or Friends

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

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

Step 5: Gratitude and Intentional Giving

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Find Your Perfect Cabin Match

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


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

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


HIGH REMOTE CABINS

Want the feeling of a truly private getaway? Our high-remote cabins are the ones for you. These cabins are nestled further away from towns and local shops, remember to pack accordingly

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

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

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

LOW REMOTE CABINS

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

For instance, our Calabogie cabins are located right within the Calabogie Peaks Resort property with access to their amenities including spa and restaurants as well as their skiing and snowboarding facilities. Our Kawarthas cabins are close to the historic town of Fenelon Falls which is peppered with amazing restaurants, breweries and entertainment.

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

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


MEDIUM REMOTE CABINS

Our moderately remote cabins are a happy medium between our high and low-remote-level cabins. These cabins are highly private but not too isolated and easy to access with short hike-ins in the winter months. This is a perfect adventure for those wanting to have a backcountry experience while being closer to local amenities. 

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

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

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

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Elopement Wedding Trends in 2024

Top Trends for your Dream Elopement in Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Our Cabinscape Elopement Packages include:

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

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

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

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

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Top Spooky Movies

Scary Movies to Watch at our Cabins!

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

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

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

For the Gore/Horror Fans

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

92% on Rotten Tomatos

Hocus Pocus 1 (1993) & 2 (2022)

For the Kids & Kids at Heart

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

Monster Squad (1987)

For the 80’s Retro Vibes

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

The Shining (1980)

A Quintessential Horror

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

83% on Rotten Tomatoes

Goosebumps (2015)

For the Jack Black Fans

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

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

NOT for the Faint of Heart

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

86% on Rotten Tomatoes

BeetleJuice (1988)

For the Tim Burton Fans

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

86% on Rotten Tomatoes

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 1 (2010)

For the Harry Potter Fans

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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

For the Musical Lovers

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

The Witch (2015)

For the Supernatural Horror Fans

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

90% on Rotten Tomatoes

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

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

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Spooky Haunted Places in Ontario

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

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

Near Perth

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

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

Near Haliburton

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

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

Near Kawarthas

Screaming Heads 981 Midlothian Rd, Burk’s Falls

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

Academy Theatre 2 Lindsay St S, Lindsay

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

Near Calabogie

Buck Hill Road, Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards

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

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

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

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Top 6 Tips to Digitally Detox

Embracing Nature’s Bliss: A Guide to Digital Detox

In the era of instant notifications and endless scrolling, taking a break from the digital world is a breath of fresh air. Heading to a off-grid cabin in the woods provides an unparalleled opportunity to rejuvenate and rediscover the world beyond screens. Here’s how you can make the most of it:

1. Setting Your Intentions

Clear Purpose, Clear Mind: The first step towards any commitment is knowing your ‘why’. Are you aiming for complete disconnection, or simply controlled, limited usage? Setting clear parameters will guide your detox journey and make it more fruitful.

Communication is Key: It’s essential to inform friends and family about your detox decision. This step not only ensures they’ll respect your boundaries but also manages their expectations.

2. Unplugging and Unwinding

Breaking Digital Chains: While it may feel daunting, powering down your devices is liberating. Ensure that only necessary apps remain accessible, keeping distractions at bay. To help with this, consider using Opal. This iOS app lets you select and block certain apps for a set period of time, without it being possible to bypass your sessions.

Venture Out: Replace screen time with nature time. Whether it’s hiking, stargazing, journaling, or meditation, the environment around Cabinscape is conducive to all. Don’t forget to pack essentials like a notebook or hiking shoes!

3. Embracing Nature’s Beauty

Soulful Exploration: Engage in forest bathing – a Japanese tradition that promotes being in the presence of trees. Listen to the rustling leaves, watch birds, or explore nearby trails. The goal is to be present, letting nature’s beauty envelope and soothe you.

4. Nurturing Human Connections

Building Bonds: The absence of screens is an opportunity to connect with travel companions on a deeper level. Engage in meaningful conversations, share experiences, and spend quality time together.

Activities to Connect: From cooking to storytelling around a campfire, shared activities can forge stronger bonds. Embrace the old-world charm, without technology.

“Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is relax.” – Mark Black

5. Reflecting and Reevaluating

Learning From The Silence: Use this detox period to reflect. Understand your emotions, recognize your digital habits, and contemplate any changes you want to make.

Post-Detox Digital Life: To see long-term benefits, set up a routine to help you regulate your use when you’re back in the digital world. Schedule app blocking sessions and app limits when you wake up and before going to bed. Again, Opal can help you with this. In addition, with features like the Focus Score and Weekly Reports, you’ll be more aware of your digital habits and can make informed changes.

6. Reconnecting Gradually

Steady Steps: Don’t dive headfirst back into the digital world. Gradually reintroduce devices into your life, taking forward the lessons from your retreat.

Everlasting Impact: Remember, a digital detox isn’t just about those few days away from screens. It’s about carrying forward the mindfulness and balance into your daily life.


Our friend’s at Opal have provided a special 20% discount code for their annual subscription to help achieve your digital-detox goals- along with a 7-day free trial for your escape to the woods!

Use promo code: CABINSCAPEGUESTS at Opal.so to redeem 20% off your Opal Subscription

Follow this link to apply your discount code: www.opal.so/promo/cabinscape?promo-code=cabinscapeguests

Blog Written by: Marjolaine Chirpaz with Opal

Photo credits: Bianca Compagnoni, Denim Fradette, Olivia Rutt, Renee de Ronde

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Essential Cabin Reads for Fall

New Releases just in time for Cozy Fall Cabin Reading

Let us set the scene: it’s a quiet, early fall evening, you’re snuggled up under a blanket, and staying in the coziest cabin with a view of the water and the changing leaves. All you need now is an unputdownable read to bring your vacation to peak relaxation.

If you’re looking for a list of this season’s essential cabin reads, you’ve come to the right place! Scroll down to learn more about the books you should be packing on your next trip into the wilderness.

MIDNIGHT IS THE DARKEST HOUR by Ashley Winstead

From the bestselling author of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes another propulsive, psychological thriller that is best described as  Where the Crawdads Sing meets Twilight meets Thelma and Louise.

In her small hometown, librarian Ruth Cornier has always felt like an outsider, even as her father rains fire-and-brimstone warnings from the pulpit at Holy Fire Baptist. Unfortunately for Ruth, the only things the townspeople fear more than God and the devil are the myths that haunt the area. So, when a skull is found in the swamp next to mysterious carved symbols, the town is thrown into uproar and it’s up to Ruth and an old friend with a dark past to comb the secret underbelly of the town in search of the true evil.

If this is your CABINSCAPE read, be warned. This chilling read might be perfect for spooky season, but it’s also one you’re going to want to read with the lights on! Pre-order HERE

THE LEFTOVER WOMAN by Jean Kwok

If you’re looking for a book that is equal parts evocative family drama and riveting mystery, Jean Kwok’s forthcoming novel should be at the top of your reading list.

There are so many layers in this story, from the vast disparities between the privileged and the disadvantaged living in New York to the complicated relationships between mothers and their children. At its core, this is the story of two women in strikingly different circumstances set on a collision course, pulled together by the question of what it means to be a loving mother to your child.

Pack your tissues if you’re bringing The Leftover Woman on vacation as it’s guaranteed to be an emotional ride from start to finish.

THE FUTURE by Naomi Alderman

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Power returns with this action-packed dystopian thriller that is truly impossible to put down. The Future sets the stage by introducing us to a few billionaires, who are leading the world to destruction while safeguarding their own survival with secret lavish bunkers. The Future is a handful of friends—the daughter of a cult leader, a non-binary hacker, an ousted Silicon Valley visionary, the concerned wife of a dangerous CEO, and an internet-famous survivalist—who come together to plan a daring heist. And it could either save everyone or lead to the cataclysmic end of civilization.

For anyone who is tired of witnessing corruption by people in power, or who are simply looking for a novel that unfolds at a breakneck speed with twists and turns at every corner, Naomi Alderman’s new novel is the perfect fall read.

Order your copy HERE 

THE HURRICANE WARS by Thea Guanzon

Fantasy romance lovers, this is set to be the spicy Star Wars-inspired book of your dreams. Set in a Southeast Asia-inspired world that is ravaged by storms, Thea Guanzon’s debut novel features all the tropes we can’t get enough of, including: slow burn romance, enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, and marriage of convenience, or what I like to call “marriage first, feelings later”.

If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok wondering what to read after finishing books from Sarah J. Maas, R. F. Kuang, and Ali Hazelwood, add The Hurricane Wars to your suitcase, stat!

Click here to take a quiz to determine which new fantasy should be your next read!

Looking for more fantasy recommendations? Click HERE to take the HarperCollins Canada Quiz to determine which new fantasy should be on your TBR Pile and be entered to win a stack of 7 highly anticipated books!

TIME TO SHINE by Rachel Reid

Craving an opposites-attract romance? While we’re not trying to wish winter would come early, we aren’t able to resist the opportunity to tell you about this Canadian-set romance all about finding your place, finding your people and finding your way back to the one you love most.

Set in the world of hockey and featuring a shy goaltender and his charming All-Star teammate, Time to Shine can only be described as a smile-inducing, feet-swinging read. Landon and Casey’s electrifying chemistry as they go from teammates to roommates, and finally to lovers is made even more swoon-worthy with pages of witty banter, spicy scenes and of course, holiday magic.

Needless to say that even on the coldest nights, this read will bring the heat to keep you warm. Learn more and order your copy HERE.

WAVEWALKER by Suzanne Heywood

We’re rounding out this list with a book that reminds us of Educated by Tara Westover, but with its own inspiring and terrifying story. This heartbreaking and hopeful memoir chronicles Suzanne Heywood’s life from the age of seven, when she set sail with her parents and brother on what was supposed to be a three-year voyage around the world – that turned into a decade-long nightmare. No one else knew where they were most of the time and no state showed any interest in what was happening to the children.

This is ultimately a survival story of a child deprived of safety, friendships, schooling, and occasionally drinking water. It’s one that you won’t be able to put down while reading it and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it long after you’ve closed the pages. Grab a copy HERE.

Fall is a season that invites us to slow down, cozy up, and immerse ourselves in the beauty of the natural world. Carving out some time to read and reset while staying in a cozy cabin in the woods will not only enhance your appreciation for the changing seasons but also provide a sense of tranquility and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. So, gather your favourite book, pour a cup of tea, and let the pages transport you to new worlds while the autumn leaves fall gently outside your window. Happy reading!

Written by Kristina Jagger with Harper Collins Canada Content Photography by Sarah Vander Zaag

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Fall in Love with Autumn

Fall in Love with Autumn: How to Take Advantage of This Fleeting Season

Fall in love with fall this year and make the most of the coziest season with an autumn CABINSCAPE adventure! From dazzling tree top adventures to fall chairlift rides, we’ve listed our Top Things to Do on your CABINSCAPE stay to make the most of autumn’s splendour!

HALIBURTON

Enjoy breathtaking views on a Canopy Tour of Haliburton Forest while staying at our 11 cabins located on site. Walk through the autumn treetops for views 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! Once you’ve come down, explore the 400km of endless all-season hiking and cycling trails and get up close and personal to the changing colours. The trails are well marked and maintained varying from easy, flat walks to more adventurous routes. 

For more seasonal fun, explore the fall calendar at Yours Outdoors for a full roster of fall activities – from a Predator Prowl, to mushroom hunting and rock hounding, there is something for everyone!

CALABOGIE

As the leaves begin to change, enjoy a Fall Colours Chairlift Ride at Calabogie Peaks! Take the chair to the top of the mountain and experience the expansive views on your way up. From there you can choose to hike your way down or hop off at the top to snap a few pictures of the sky-high view and ride the chair back down to the bottom. Running for the last two weekends of September and first two weekends in October, there’s no better way to experience the changing of the seasons. Purchase your tickets when on-site at Calabogie Peaks.

Alternatively, take advantage of some of the best hiking in Ontario and explore the best of autumn on foot. Calabogie Peaks Resort is the trailhead for a fascinating network of Ontario hiking trails that expand beyond the resort boundaries and cross over thousands of acres of Crown Land… including the renowned Eagle’s Nest Lookout!

KAWARTHAS

Pet an alpaca at the Windmill Point Alpaca Farm! Take a guided tour around the farm and learn more about these adorable animals living nearby our Cabinscape Camp Kawarthas location. The farm is currently home to 8 alpacas who are cool and curious animals the whole family can enjoy.

Meander the trails through our property or visit the nearby Balsam Lake Provincial Park, located just 10 minutes from your cabin. You’ll find numerous nature hikes and cycle routes for all skill levels. While in the area, check out the second-annual Kawartha Fall Festival at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Saturday, September 23, 2023. This free, family-friendly event will feature up-close animal encounters, a vibrant vendors market and an array of delectable food trucks!

LANARK COUNTY

During your stay at our Lanark County cabins, attend one of the many fall events in Perth! The Night Market on September 16th begins at 5pm. Wander the streets and encounter entertainers and artisans, and dine under the stars at a variety of restaurants and pubs. Shop with vendors open late as you stroll while surrounded by Perth’s heritage buildings. There are also many Halloween events here throughout the month including a pumpkin parade, zombie and ghost walks, trick-or-treating, and more!

The Perth Farmer’s Market season also runs until Thanksgiving weekend (October 7th) which includes local produce, home-baked pies, pastries and even live music. Grab some fresh eats and head to one of the many quaint parks or enjoy an autumn picnic along the Tay River.

Photo credits
Header, first image: @denimshoots, Haliburton: Haliburton Forest, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Kawarthas @windmillpointalpacas, Lanark Festivals & Events Ontario

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S’moreomel Recipe

A CABINSCAPE Original: S’MOREOMELS
Recipe

Brought to you from the creative mind of our CABINSCAPE owner’s daughter- the S’moreomel is a great twist on a summer classic! The S’more has never looked better!


Introducing the S’moreomel!

You’ve all tried s’mores before. But have you ever tried S’moremels? We forgot to pack the graham crackers on our last cabin trip and our daughter had a brilliant idea to throw together what we had available…..

💣💥🤤 Hello S’MOREOMEL!

100% recommend if you dig Oreos and caramel. Give it a try on your next CABINSCAPE adventure!

S’moreomel Recipe

All you need:

🏕️ Marshmallows

🏕️ Caramilk Bar Squares

🏕️ Oreos

🏕️ Roasting Stick

🏕️ A Campfire!

Directions:

Step 1: Twist your Oreo

Step 2: Add 2 Caramel Squares

Step 3: Roast your marshmallow over the coals

Step 4: SQUISH it all together!

Step 5: ENJOY!

Watch our How-To Video here:

Pictures and recipe by @lauramendesto and family on Instagram

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Going Off-Grid with Kids

GOING OFF GRID WITH KIDS

Explore these tips and tricks to ensure your adventure out in the woods is safe, fun, and engaging for the whole family!

– Written by longtime CABINSCAPE guest, Vanessa Moniz.

SAFETY FIRST

Prioritize safety by packing essential supplies like first aid kits, tick kits, medication, extra clothing, and ample food and water. (CABINSCAPE also provides first aid kits and tick kits at all their cabins).

Have a backpack packed and ready to take with you whenever leaving your cabin/camp (we have a bear bell attached to ours).

Teach your kids basic outdoor safety rules, such as staying close, listening to instructions, animal encounter response, poisonous plants and being aware of their surroundings.

Also, be sure to know where the closest hospital is in case of an emergency!

ENGAGE THEIR CURIOSITY

Encourage your children to explore and learn from their natural surroundings.

Let them connect with nature by identifying plants, going on scavenger hunts, spotting wildlife, or building small forts with fallen branches.

We use the @natgeo seek app to help us identify and learn about new things!

UNPLUG AND RECONNECT

Going off grid offers a chance to disconnect from life and truly connect with one another.

Embrace this opportunity to bond as a family, sharing stories, playing games, creating art and enjoying the peaceful moments.

We usually pack a few family friendly games (outdoor and board games), playing cards, and art supplies.

EMBRACE SIMPLICITY

Help your kids appreciate the simplicity of off-grid living.

Teach them the importance of conserving resources, like using minimal electricity or reusing water.

Involve them in tasks such as gathering firewood or preparing meals.

PACK FOR COMFORT

Going off-grid with @cabinscape helps with this one. Ensure your little adventurers are comfortable throughout the trip.

Pack extra layers, blankets, and their favorite comfort items.

Create a cozy atmosphere, allowing them to feel safe.

We always bring battery powered fairy lights to use as a night light.

Going off grid with kids sparks their love for nature, cultivates resilience, and creates lasting family memories. Share your own tips and experiences in the comments below!

Writing and Photography:
Vanessa Moniz @raisingkindhearts

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Get Lost: Pride 2023

Get Lost: Pride 2023


How disappearing into nature was crucial for uncovering my identity.

By Tiffany Wice

When I truly started to question my gender, the world became a bit overwhelming.

Embarking on a massive journey like that, it touches literally every aspect of your life: Work, relationships, money, family, even the really mundane stuff (“Wait, does this mean I can’t buy the cheap men’s razors anymore?”).

For someone as anxious as myself, it was never a simple ‘a-ha’ moment like you see in the movies. It became an ominous feeling of impending doom, bubbling up and eating away at my brain every moment of the day. “What if it all goes wrong?”  I found myself hyper-fixating on the thousands of little reasons why I shouldn’t transition, instead of the very big single reason why I should.

It didn’t help that at that point in my life, some of the people closest to me weren’t very supportive, and in fact were actively hindering my gender journey. It’s easy to doubt yourself when someone you trust tells you there’s something wrong with you. 

The world around me was more of the same, “Be like this.” “Don’t wear that.” “Fit in”. Growing up, I had learned to internalise that neverending cacophony of shame, and I spent years hiding myself away and putting forward the least disruptive version of myself. It was safer that way.

I found myself stressed, anxious, unsure, hiding from everyone including myself, and surrounded by constant discomfort and uncertainty. A ship lost out at sea with no land in sight, slowly breaking apart piece by piece. At one point, I had to call 911 for myself due to the intensity of the panic attacks I was experiencing. It sucked, and if something didn’t change soon, I was going to implode.

I’m so lucky I was able to disappear into nature.

Whether it was just a short walk through a local park, or a week long trip to the middle of nowhere, I would find myself feeling clearer after disappearing into the woods. Thoughts that felt the size of planets back at home fit in the palm of my hand out there. It all became so obvious and simple. Of course I should do what makes me happy as long as I’m not harming anyone else. Of course I’m not a bad person for wanting what’s best for me. Of course.

I’ve always felt the most like myself when I’m out in nature. I remember as a kid pretending I was a forest explorer while out on hikes with my family, running ahead or dropping far behind to make believe I was all on my own, a fantasy hero on their way to some incredible adventure. Capable, brave, independent. Twenty-odd years later, it was those same moments, all alone and surrounded by green and brown and red and orange that I was able to breathe, to truly see myself in a way that I couldn’t among the noise and chaos of regular life.

There’s that certain kind of magic to being surrounded by nothing but trees and wildlife and earth, no signs of civilization in sight. If you’re here, I’m guessing that you’re familiar with that feeling.

The restorative elements of a visit into nature are well documented. A visit into the woods offers the rare opportunity to unplug, to look inwards without the distractions of everyday life. The forest doesn’t care what you look like, what clothes you wear, or who you’re attracted to… you can just be you. It’s the ultimate judgement-free safe space.

Out on those long summer hikes, weekend camping trips, high-altitude mountain adventures… I was always greeted by that same beautiful, magical stillness. My mind would clear, my body would relax, and I could finally hear my own thoughts. It’s like the universe was saying “It’s okay, you can come out now, no one is going to hurt you way out here”.

My first ally was, and always will be, the woods. At a time when I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere, Mother Nature opened her loving arms, took me in, and sent me back into the world with a stronger sense of who I was and what I needed. I will always be grateful for that.

My advice for anyone having trouble figuring themselves out: go out there, way out there. Get lost. Release your inner forest adventurer. Let all the burdens of modern life fall away (even briefly) and live for as long as you can in that wonderful stillness. Make that space for your mind, body and soul to speak freely, and listen to what they tell you. Your future self will thank you for it. 

Happy Pride <3

Written by Tiffany Wice – @tiffanywice
Location: Mason cabin, Lanark County
Images: Tiffany Wice & Sterling Sztricsko (@sterlinginsitu)

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Spring Fling in The Wilderness

Spring Fling in The Wilderness

Hey, springtime adventurers! If you’re ready to shake off the winter blues and explore the great outdoors, our CABINSCAPE properties are the perfect destinations for you. From blooming wildflowers to bird-watching, there’s no shortage of things to do and see this season. Grab your binoculars, lace up your hiking boots, and spring into action!

CONNECT TO WILDLIFE

Get ready to spot some amazing wildlife in their natural habitats! Apart from the beaver, loon and deer sightings, spring is the prime season for bird-watching, and Carden Alvar near our Kawarthas cabins offers an extensive boardwalk through grassland, wetland, and forest where you can spot more than 230 unique and rare bird species. Also in that region, make Alpaca friends at Windmill Point Farm for a family-friendly experience. For a thrilling wolf experience, head to the Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest and witness the pack shedding their winter fur.

WILDFLOWER WALKS

Take a stroll through the forests and fields near our cabins to view the blooming wildflowers. Many parks and conservation areas, such as Dahl Forest in Haliburton offer guided wildflower walks that allow you to see the beautiful colours and scents of spring. For another Haliburton adventure, wildflower spotting is included in our Esson Creek Mineral Tour.

Many gorgeous blooms of wildflowers grow around our Kawarthas property – meander through the meadows of the site to experience the diverse flora and fauna. Frontenac Provincial Park near our Lanark cabins is also a great option for trails that are filled with blooming flowers of the season.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Looking for unique attractions that offer insight into the region’s rich history and culture? Check out the Bonnechere Caves near Calabogie – a hidden gem that was formed over 500 million years ago. Visit the Haliburton Sculpture Forest for a unique outdoor collection of sculptures by Canadian and international artists. 

Don’t miss the Kirkfield Lift Lock– a stone’s throw from our Kawarthas cabins. This national historic site is the second-highest hydraulic lift lock in the world that lifts boats 15 meters up the Trent-Severn Waterway. Watch in awe as boats navigate this engineering marvel!

INDULGE IN LOCAL FOOD & DRINK

No adventure is complete without trying out the local food and drink scenes. Whether you’re looking for a cozy café, a fine-dining experience, or a local pub, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your appetite. While visiting Lanark County, Perth is a foodie delight with endless restaurants and patios to choose from, while Fenelon Falls near Kawarthas offers a wide range of food options to please any palate. For a taste of the Swiss Alps, head to Canthooks restaurant at Calabogie Peaks Resort, or enjoy wood-fired smoked meals and ice-cold beers at Truss Foodworks Smokehouse in the heart of Haliburton Forest.

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS

Experience the abundance of outdoor activities near our cabins. Hike to the top of Eagle’s Nest at Calabogie, take a leisurely stroll through the meadows at our Kawarthas property, or enjoy the many trails on-site at our Lanark cabins. The spring scenery is sure to take your breath away!

GET WILD and go where the wild things grow!

Photo credits
Header by @joanna.crichton, Birding by Johnath, Caves by bonnecherecaves.com, Eagle’s Nest by @vanhallawild

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Escape to Serenity

Escape to Serenity: 

Unwind in CABINSCAPE’s Off-Grid Retreats and Reconnect with Nature

You wake up in an off-grid cabin in the forest, the sound of birds chirping and trees rustling outside your window. Nature’s alarm clock. You make a cup of coffee and sit outside on the deck to breathe in the fresh air.  With no plans in sight, you are free to see where the day takes you. Should you take a leisurely walk? Hop in the canoe and explore the lake before the rest of the world wakes up? Or simply relax with a good book? The day is yours, free from distraction. Welcome to CABINSCAPE. 

Disconnect to Reconnect: My Weekend at Cabinscape

I spent my weekend at CABINSCAPE embracing the peace that comes with not having a packed schedule, which almost feels like an act of rebellion in a world that values constant productivity. I made breakfast in the morning and went outside to drink my morning cup. I was greeted by a family of deer at the end of the driveway. They stared at me briefly before running off, but that was the moment I really felt myself relax. I was with nature. The birds were singing, I could see the lake, and I consciously decided to do nothing for the rest of the morning. After I made myself lunch, I set out on a hike. I took time to focus on breathing in the fresh air and feeling the wind on my face. Once I got back to the cabin, I took a nap outside before dinner. I watched the sunset over the horizon of the lake before retreating inside to read my book. I spent the day being intentional about my time and energy, and it was exactly what I needed.

The Benefits of Nature: Why Spending Time Outdoors is More Important Than Ever Before

With locations across Ontario, CABINSCAPE offers the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With sustainability and comfort at the forefront of each cabin’s design, you will have everything you need, without the excess. A space to clear your mind and reconnect with the world around you. The cabins are solar-powered, eco-friendly, and vary in levels of remoteness to suit your preference. What they all have in common though, is immersing you in the outdoors. 

There are countless benefits to spending time in the great outdoors, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving overall physical health. Studies have shown that being in nature can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, and increase feelings of happiness and well-being. Simply taking a walk in the forest surrounding your cabin or sitting outside and enjoying the natural environment can have a powerful effect on the mind and body. In addition to mental health benefits, connecting with nature can also improve physical health. Outdoor activities are available nearby like hiking, paddling, and biking provide a great workout! Spending time in nature has even been shown to boost the immune system, thanks to exposure to the diverse microbes found in the earth and natural surroundings.


Nature’s Classroom: How Being Outside Cultivates Environmental Stewardship

Spending time in nature can be a transformative experience, one that can inspire us to take action to reduce our environmental impact. By immersing ourselves in the natural world, we can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things and the fragile balance that sustains life on our planet. With that understanding can come to a deeper sense of responsibility – inspiring us to take action to protect the planet and become environmental stewards. So next time you have the chance to spend time in nature, take advantage of it – you never know how it might inspire you to make a positive impact on the world.

CABINSCAPE offers the perfect opportunity to unwind, recharge, and reconnect with nature. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and escape to the forest, where the days will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Renee de Ronde is the face behind The Eco Fam. She is a wife, mother of two and environmentalist at heart. She aims to inspire others to live a more sustainable lifestyle and get outside to connect with the world around them through responsible travel. To follow her journey, find her here.

Blog & Photo Credits: Renee de Ronde
IG @theecofam
Website: https://theecofam.ca/

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Every Day is Earth Day

Every Day is Earth Day

Earth Month is a time to celebrate our planet and commit to ecological practices that protect it for future generations. At CABINSCAPE, we share this commitment to promoting sustainable tourism in some of the most beautiful and remote areas in Ontario.

Earth-conscious tourism is not just a trend but a global responsibility. That’s why we’ve made significant efforts to minimize the environmental impact of our cabins, by using solar energy, composting toilets, greywater systems, and earth-friendly products. All of our cleaning supplies and toiletries are green and biodegradable. We also provide a fully stocked kitchen with everything you may need to discourage traditional single-use camping supplies like cups, plates, cutlery, etc.

At CABINSCAPE, we also believe that eco-friendly activities can be just as fun and exciting as traditional sports. From hiking and biking to stargazing and wildlife watching, we encourage our guests to explore countless ways to connect with nature while leaving a minimal impact on the environment.

To ensure that your stay is as nature-conscious as possible, we encourage our guests to practice sustainable habits during their visit.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Pack light and avoid bringing unnecessary single-use items.
  • Be mindful of your water and energy usage during your stay. 
  • Practice ‘leave no trace’ principles when outside and exploring the trails.

We are proud to be a brand that is committed to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism while encouraging visitors to connect with our planet in a positive way. By choosing to stay with CABINSCAPE, our guests can have a unique and memorable experience with nature while also doing their part to minimize their carbon footprint.

Photo credits
Images by @vanhallawild

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Celebrations of Love

Celebrations of Love

Spring has officially sprung which means love is certainly in the air! Celebrating love has been an enduring theme at CABINSCAPE getaways since our inception. Located in some of the most scenic locations across Ontario, our cabins provide the perfect setting for romance and adventure.

ETERNALIZE SPECIAL MOMENTS

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion during your stay or just want a memory that will last for years to come, our Celebration Package is for you!

Commemorate your love with a full lifestyle photoshoot with a professional photographer from The Organic Moment or Allyson Elizabeth Photography with at least 50 edited images delivered directly to you.

Designed to capture your special moments in the wilderness, the package includes a bottle of sparkling wine, two keepsake Cabinscape glasses, a basket of local hand-crafted sweets, and a vase of seasonal flowers.

By popular demand, this package has now been expanded to include our Kawarthas and Haliburton cabins along with Lanark County! 

Add this package to any cabin booking (except Calabogie) or email bookings@cabinscape.com (subject to availability).

ELOPE IN THE WOODS

Escape into the wilderness with your special person for an adventure of a lifetime! Launched in spring 2023, CABINSCAPE Weddings: Elopement Experience is designed so you can celebrate your love, your way. No two love stories are the same, which is why we have designed this package with tons of flexibility – so you can celebrate in a way that is uniquely yours. All you need to do is choose the cabin meant for you and let our professional elopement curators help you bring your vision to life!

Thanks to our partners at Bowtied With Love (in Lanark and Calabogie) and The Organic Moment (in Kawarthas and Calabogie), this package includes two nights at our cabins, up to two additional guests, on-site coordination and ceremony management, an hour of photography, keepsake CABINSCAPE wine glasses, a custom wedding cake AND MORE! You can also choose from an array of custom add-ons to curate the special day of your dreams.


Email bookings@cabinscape.com for more information.

SET THE MOOD

Made specifically for couples, our Irresistible Romance Kit is the perfect way to add a touch of romance and intimacy to your wilderness getaway. The handcrafted and all-natural products included in this kit have been curated to create a sensual experience exclusively for CABINSCAPE guests. Arriving at your decorated cabin adorned with rose petals and twinkle lights helps create a cozy and romantic atmosphere to kick off your getaway. Plus don’t forget some sweet kit inclusions to enjoy!


Further details on inclusions for this kit for the 2023 Spring/Summer season will be announced shortly! Add it to your stay or email bookings@cabinscape.com for more details.

Photo credits
Header: @janita.ohara, First image: Maria Denomme Photography, Celebration Package: @janita.ohara, Elopements: @janita.ohara

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Discovering the Best Spots for Star Gazing in Ontario

Discovering the Best Spots for Star Gazing in Ontario

Ontario is a fantastic destination for stargazing. Some of the best places to look at the sky are at our cabins in Kawarthas, Lanark County, Calabogie and Haliburton. With their vast expanses of wilderness and relatively low levels of light pollution, these sites offer some of the best views of the night sky in North America. Guests can explore the properties’ many hiking trails and lakeshores for unobstructed views of the stars.

UPCOMING CELESTIAL EVENTS

The beauty of the night sky has captivated humans for thousands of years, inspiring countless stories and legends. Whether you’re an experienced astronomer or just someone who enjoys looking up at the stars, there are plenty of upcoming events to get excited about.

  • On April 8, a Total Solar Eclipse will occur (although areas near Toronto and Ottawa will only reach 99.9 and 99.8 per cent of totality) and it is the last opportunity for Canadians to view one until Aug. 23, 2044 — 20 years from now!
  • Lyrids Meteor Shower from April 15th – 29th: Peaking on the night of April 22nd and morning of the 23rd, these meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn
  • Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower from April 15th to May 27th: Peaking on the night of May 4th and early morning of May 5th, this shower is associated with Halley’s Comet and from the equator northward, produces medium rates of 10-30 per hour just before dawn
  • Perseids Meteor Shower from July 14th to September 1st: Peaking on the night of August 11th – 12th, the Perseids is often described as the best of the year, and with good reason. It’s the summer, the night skies tend to be clear and the weather is warmer, making for a comfortable night of viewing under the stars. 
  • Leonids Meteor Shower from November 6th to November 30th: Peaking on the night of November 17th and early morning of November 18th, this year the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and sadly spoil the best viewing hours for this shower.
  • Geminids Meteor Shower from December 19th to 24th: The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars

TIPS & TRICKS FOR FIRST TIMERS

If you’re new to star gazing, it’s important to remember that the night sky can be overwhelming at first. However, with a bit of patience and practice, you’ll soon find yourself identifying constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with ease. 

  • Get started by investing in a quality telescope or pair of binoculars. These tools can help you see the night sky in a whole new way, and can be a great investment for anyone interested in astronomy.
  • Try an app or use a star chart: A star chart can help you identify stars and constellations, making it easier to navigate the night sky.
  • Choose a dark location & check the weather: The darker the location, the better your chances of seeing stars. Clouds can obscure the stars too, so it’s important to check the weather forecast before heading out.
  • The best time to visit CABINSCAPE for stargazing is the winter months so you can look up without your views being obstructed by trees and forests. 
  • Be patient! Seeing stars can require patience and perseverance, so take your time and enjoy the experience.

FEATURED CABINS FOR STAR GAZERS

Mason Cabin

  • The BEST skies in Ontario can be seen right from our cabin in Mountain Grove. Located near the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve which is one of the top places for stargazing in all of Ontario.

Ember Cabin

  • Located near Mason cabin and the Dark Sky preserve, this property has incredible views of its own.

Remote Haliburton Forest Cabins (Quasi, Big Rock, Kaya, Willow & Cove)

  • These remote cabins are unobstructed by light and the perfect spot to stare at the sky. They are forested areas in the summer so the winter is the best time to visit. If visiting in the summer months, you can view the stars from the old logging access road.

Kawarthas Lakefront Cabins (Goldenrod, Burdock, Hawkweed, Stonecrop & Woodrush)

  • The lakefront cabins at this quarry site are ideal for viewing stars unobstructed from trees year-round.

All of our cabins are off the beaten path with great views of the sky. Just remember to look up!

Photo credits
Header image: @alexisoutdoors, Tips & Tricks image of Quasi Cabin: @mrsammyg, Featured Cabins image of Mason: @anastasiianasyko, Last image: @shotbynomii

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Kid-Friendly Tiny Cabin Adventures

Kid-Friendly Tiny Cabin Adventures

With March Break quickly approaching, why not try a wilderness adventure made for the whole family? From pups to kids, bring them along for some wholesome fun! Read our guide to the ultimate activities for kids at our tiny cabins.

CABIN CHASER: FAMILY EDITION

Our popular mystery road-trip package now includes exciting route options for the whole family. This curated two-night mystery itinerary and cabin hopping experience is custom designed for each booking and includes foodie favourites, small-town farms, incredible vista views, cute local shops, and cozy hangouts to get you out and about this winter.

Originally designed for groups of two, this package has now expanded specifically for families with young adventurers. Consider this an exciting surprise for the whole clan. Pups included! We’re now offering a special Maple Syrup themed route just in time for Maple Season!

More details here.

HALIBURTON

One of the most popular attractions at Haliburton Forest and a MUST when visiting with children is the Wolf Centre. Witness and learn about the pack of wolves that live and roam freely on the reserve. Winter is the best time to see the wolves in their thick winter fur – they are typically more playful and active in the cooler weather. 

Once you’re done howling with wolves, explore the over 400 km of trails at Haliburton Forest. Many include easy routes for beginners, perfect for kids and pups. 

Read more about a family trip to Baylight cabin in Haliburton here.

CALABOGIE

Grab skis for the whole group and hit the slopes! Our cabins here live at Calabogie Peaks Resort which offers the best of what winter has to offer. Lift tickets include the longest beginner trail in the province for skiing and snowboarding – perfect for little ones to learn the ropes. If they need extra help, register for a lesson at the Adventure Centre. Equipment rentals are also available on-site.

If you’d rather hike/snowshoe, hop out your front door to the nearest trailhead (just metres away). Trails are groomed and well-marked for easy access and shorter routes. After the activities, take a break and enjoy all the amenities that Calabogie Peaks Resort has to offer. With the purchase of a family day pass CABINSCAPE guests can enjoy access to nightly bonfires, pond skating, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with towels and showers.

KAWARTHAS

While at this property, kids are sure to love the otherworldly vibe. 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.

Take a mini trip to the nearby town of Fenelon Falls for entertainment, dining, outdoor activities, and shopping. There is also the opportunity to explore arts, culture and heritage as this town has a rich history. For a treat after all the fun, stop by the Little Pie Shack for homemade pies, tarts, brownies, squares, ice cream, and more!

As of March, the Windmill Point Alpaca Farm opens its doors on Saturdays to tour its pack of furry friends up close and personal for a memory that will not soon be forgotten!

LANARK COUNTY

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! Take a nature walk and explore. 

Visit the town of Perth and its family-friendly attractions including the Big Red Chair and The Red Fox “Welcome to Perth” mural. Shopping includes stores focused on children, such as Spring Children and Fawn & Fox. Foodie selections are plentiful and many offerings provide kids’ menus including Michael’s Table and Maximilian Restaurant. For dessert, stop for melt-in-your-mouth chocolate from Perth Chocolate Works.

Once the activities are over and it’s time to disconnect and hunker down, enjoy maximum coziness and quality time from our mini library of books and games included at every CABINSCAPE cabin. Family approved!

Photo credits
Cabin Chaser & Lanark @lauramendesto, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Haliburton: Haliburton Forest, Kawarthas @windmillpointalpacas, last image: @theomedit

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How to Beat Blue Monday

How to Beat Blue Monday and the Post Holiday Blues!

Have you been feeling lethargic, listless or even gloomy for the past few weeks? The post-holiday blues are a phenomenon that culminates in Blue Monday, the third Monday of January. Also known as the most depressing day of the year. The short days with little sunlight, frigid temperatures and the end of the holidays/festive season begin to kick in. Many have started struggling with New Year’s resolutions while some struggle with debt and credit card bills. Motivation seems to be at an all-time low. 

Whether or not Blue Monday really exists is still up for debate but it is hard to deny it can be a more difficult time for many. If you’re feeling it this season, just know you are not alone! 

Remember to take it day by day. The days are already getting longer and we are seeing more hours of sunshine. Take time daily to centre yourself and see if these tips work for you:

  • Get good sleep! Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. Experts stress the importance of 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Try and get back into a good routine after the hustle and bustle (and gluttony) of the holiday season. If you are having a tough time with sleep, try a light box. See next tip…
  • Invest in a Lightbox. I cannot stress what a game-changer this can be! The effects of using a light box first thing in the morning can be immediate and may boost low mood after only 20 minutes of use. Sunlight is also crucial to our circadian rhythm.
  • Be in nature while moving your body. Getting sunlight before noon can improve mental and physical health. Studies have also found that a mere glimpse of nature from a window can improve overall mood. Take advantage of the healing powers of nature by walking or exercising outside and adding plants/flowers to your indoor spaces. Not to mention taking a quick trip to the woods to reset your mind, body and spirit! See next tip…
  • Plan a trip and have something to look forward to. Take advantage of our reduced winter pricing and get away to the woods! From snowboarding and howling with wolves in Haliburton to hitting the slopes in Calabogie our cabins have every inch of adventure you need to bust out of the blues. Have a winter campfire or just relax in the quiet while enjoying the stillness of the season if that is more your speed. Choose your own adventure!

Resources & Recommendations:
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder by Norman E. Rosenthal

Photo credits: @AlexisCreativeCo & @AlexisOutdoors

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Challenge Yourself to Adventure More in 2023

Challenge Yourself to Adventure More in 2023

This new year, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone! Adventure more. Seek thrills you never dreamed of. Spend more time connecting with nature while discovering its healing powers.

Whatever your goal, accomplish it with your next CABINSCAPE stay. Read on for our top adventures to cross off your list this season!

CALABOGIE

Did you know our Calabogie cabins live on a ski resort? Calabogie Peaks Resort is the tallest ski hill in Ontario and its amenities and trails are right at your doorstep. This location even includes some of the best hiking in Ontario! Take advantage of the resort’s pond skating rink and nightly bonfires with the purchase of a guest pass. Strap on your snowshoes and discover Eagle’s Nest lookout and the extensive trail network at Manitou Mountain. Spend your evenings reading or playing games from our little cabin library selection.

HALIBURTON

Haliburton Forest is known as Ontario’s wonderland of adventure! Hop on a sled and experience some of the best snowmobiling in North America with perfectly groomed trails and snow-laden pine trees. Howl with wolves at the Wolf Centre where you can get up close and personal with the pack of wolves that live in the forest. Ice fish the extensive lakes available to you. Listen to the stillness at some of our most remote cabin sites here.

LANARK COUNTY

Touted as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County has charming towns to explore and thrilling outdoor activities to experience! The popular town of Perth is a foodie paradise with its delightful and varied offerings. Local trails, parks and conservation areas are nearby or on-site to explore. 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 and explore them all at your leisure! 

KAWARTHAS

Our Kawarthas cabins are easily accessible all year round (no hike-in required) which makes it a great option for those looking for a less remote but adventure-packed getaway! Hike or 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. Bring your ice skates and explore the quarry (when conditions allow). Spend time hunkering down in front of a winter campfire. Cold weather calls for hot comfort food cooked on our stovetop, BBQ or fire. Breathe in the stillness.

Group bookings are available here.

Photo credits
Header: @shotbynomii, Calabogie: Calabogie Peaks, Haliburton: Haliburton Forest