Big Rock Cabin
Sleeps 3 | 160sq/ft | Pup-Friendly
Access: AWD or 4WD cars strongly recommended or a 3km hike-in | Remoteness: High
Activities at this cabin:
SELECT THE NIGHTS YOU’D LIKE TO STAY IN THE RESERVATION CALENDAR ABOVE
☼ We require a 2-night minimum stay / 3-nights on long weekends
☼ A $50 cleaning fee will be included in your reservation total
☼ HST will be added on the checkout page
We book up to 4 months in advance and open reservations on a revolving monthly basis. December bookings are now open. January reservations will open October 1st, 2022.
THIS CABIN INCLUDES:1 Queen/1 Twin Bed
Indoor & Outdoor Shower*
Fan and Heat
Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Sugar & Coffee
Canoe & Lifejackets
*Running water is shut-off October 15th – Mid May
This eco-cabin is completely OFF-GRID. (Don’t let this scare you). Our cabin is modernized and solar powered with electricity and heat. Feel good knowing that you’re choosing a low-carbon, eco-friendly getaway. As an off-grid cabin, energy conservation is key. Drawing too much energy may cause you to lose power, so you’ll need to be mindful of your consumption during your stay. There is a back-up generator when solar power is low.
LEAVE NO TRACE
All garbage and recycling must be packed up and taken home on your departure.
THINGS TO DO
- Relax, Canoe, Fish, Swim, Read, Stargaze
- Hike, Bike or Snowmobile in Haliburton Forest Wild Life Reserve (15 minute drive)
- Take a Canopy Tour or Husky Hike in Haliburton Forest
- Visit the Wolf Centre in Haliburton Forest and catch a glimpse of their wolf pack: permanent residents of Haliburton Forest since 1993
- Grab a bite at The Cookhouse Restaurant located at the Base Camp of Haliburton Forest
- Visit the beautiful waterfront town of Haliburton for shopping, dining and events
- Only cars with 4WD or AWD can access this remote cabin. The cabin is located on a newly developed lake, accessed only by a gravel logging road. The road is rugged, steep in sections, and not suitable for 2WD or low riding cars.
- This remote cabin shares the lake with our Willow, Kaya, Cove & Quasi cabins. These cabins are located on their own very private lots. However, you may see others guests out on the water.
DRIVE IN / HIKE IN ACCESS
- Drive-in Access (May-Mid November*)
- Hike-in/ATV/Snowmobile Access (Nov-May) – 3 km or approximately 2 hours on a challenging, rugged trail – we recommend this for experienced adventurers only.
- Shuttle-in Access (Nov-May ) – During “hike-in” season, we offer a shuttle service for those that prefer not to hike and haul their gear in. The shuttle runs in 30 minute increments from 1PM-4PM for check-in and 9AM-11:30AM for check out.
*Please note: Guests visiting us in November should ensure that they have a suitable car equipped with snow tires. Please be aware that early heavy snowfall in early-November may mean that you’ll need to hike into your cabin or book our shuttle. If you opt to hike in, we’ll provide you with snowshoes and a sled (or wagon) to haul your gear. Consider it an adventure!
What makes this location awesome?
This Cabinscape is located in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario, an area best known for their rolling hardwood forests, pristine lakes and extensive wetlands grounded firmly on the Canadian Shield. From Big Rock cabin you are just 20-minutes from the main office/lodge at Haliburton Forest with access to their extensive trails, outdoor adventure activities, camp store and restaurant.
When is check-in and check-out?
Entry is by lock-box and key. Check in time is 3 pm. Check-out is 11 am.
What is the shuttle service?
From early-December to mid-May this cabin is just over a 3 km hike-in, as the roads are not plowed and can become dangerous due to snow build up (even with a 4WD vehicle). As a result, we are excited to offer a snowmobile/ATV shuttling service for guests who prefer not to hike in, but do not have access to their own snowmobile/ATV. At an additional cost of $100/reservation, guests and their gear will be transported to their cabin via snowmobile or ATV. Please note: the fee includes space for up to three individuals and one cargo sled of gear. Additional guest/gear trips may incur additional fees.
The service runs in 30 minute increments from 1PM-4PM for check-in and 9AM-11:30AM for check out. Guests are able to select their preferred shuttle time through their welcome page which is sent exactly one week in advance of a given booking.
I have a 4×4 with 4WD, can I drive right up to the cabin in the winter?
Guest vehicles are permitted on the property up until the end of Deer Hunting Season (mid-November). After that point, until the Victoria Day long-weekend, no guest vehicles are permitted on-site, and must be left in the guest parking area which is approximately 3 km away from the cabin. We do not make exceptions to this policy. Please refer to the “Drive in/Hike in Access” section above for further clarification.
Can I bring my own ATV or snowmobile to access the cabin?
Yes! Guests are welcome to bring their own snowmobile or ATV to access the cabin in the winter. Please bring proof of ownership and a valid license in the event you encounter Haliburton Forest staff on the trails. Keep in mind, without a valid trail pass, snowmobiles and ATVs can only be used on the cabin access road. If you would like to explore the trails at Haliburton Forest, please register your vehicle and purchase a trail pass at Haliburton Forest Main Office, and launch your vehicle from Base Camp.
What if I need assistance during my stay?
We are always a phone call or text away for any questions or assistance. Our on-call property manager lives nearby and can be available on-site when needed.
What should I bring?
- Your own food & drink
- Your own towels, sheets, pillows, pillow cases and blankets
- Bug repellent
- Hand sanitizer
When is running water shut off?
Our water is pumped from the lake. Running water is shut off when temperatures dip below freezing. This normally happens mid-October but can vary each year. When running water is shut off, we provide 40L of water for dish washing and drinking. All taps (including shower taps) are turned off. Water is turned back on before the May Long Weekend.
Please note that running water will be shut off on October 15th.
Can I bring additional guests?
This cabin can accommodate up to 3 guests. The base rental rate includes 2 guests. A third guest is an additional $25/per night. Please check off 3 guests at checkout.
Is there WIFI/Cell Service?
There is NO WIFI access at this cabin. There is reliable cell reception. However, access to data is slow and spotty. Don’t plan on having a Zoom meeting here.
What electronics can I use at the cabin?
There is one outlet in the kitchen for charging your phone and laptop but charging multiple phones / laptops will drain the cabin’s battery quickly. We DO NOT recommend using the outlet for high voltage items like hairdryers, coffee makers, kitchen appliances, etc. This is a low voltage outlet and power outages will result. Health-related items like CPAP machines cannot be accommodated at our cabins. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification on what machines/electronics can be used at our cabins.
Are there bugs or critters?!
You bet. Depending on the season, you’ll encounter bugs of all sorts. Bugs, rodents and wildlife are a reality of the wilderness. Guests should come prepared with bug spray and proper protective attire. Ticks have also been a major issue across Ontario. Please do your research ahead of time and learn how to properly check yourself for ticks.
While we do our best to protect our cabins from pesky critters by having them seasonally sprayed, critters can sometimes find their way into the cabin. That’s why it’s important to keep your food sealed and stored. If you’re squeamish around bugs or critters, you may want to consider another kind of getaway.
Is this cabin pet friendly?
Yes! You are more than welcome to bring your furry friend for an extra fee of $25/per night. Select the “Pet Pal” option at checkout. One dog per booking is permitted. (We do not make exceptions to this rule).