Joni Cabin

From: $169.00

Pakenham, Ontario
Sleeps 3 | 128sq/ft | Pup-Friendly

Summer (May-Oct): $189 Weeknight | $204 Weekend | $229 Holiday
Winter (Nov-Apr): $169 Weeknight | $184 Weekend | $209 Holiday


Named after the iconic Canadian folk songstress, Joni Mitchell, this intimate wilderness retreat provides a quiet place to escape amongst 77 wooded acres in the hills of Pakenham, a historic rural community on the edge of the Ottawa Valley. The cabin sits between a high valley ridge and a quiet forest, perched above a meandering bubbling brook offering a tranquil atmosphere sure to recharge and refocus you.  

Explore all that this unique property has to offer through rolling hills, maple groves, creeks and natural artesian springs. Spend a day exploring the more expansive hiking trails in the area and the historic villages of Mississippi Mills nestled along the Mississippi River.


Hike-In: 300 Meters (Winter only – snowshoes & sled provided) | Remoteness: Low 

Activities at this cabin: 



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Available for 2024 reservations.

Made for lovers, this kit transforms our isolated off-grid getaways into a romantic escape.
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☼ We require a 2-night minimum stay / 3-nights on long weekends
☼ A $50 cleaning fee for tents & a $60 cleaning fee for cabins will be included in your reservation total
☼ HST will be added on the checkout page

We book up to 5 months in advance and open reservations on a revolving monthly basis. October 2024 dates NOW OPEN! November dates open July 1st.


1 Queen/1 Twin Bed
Outdoor Shower*
Indoor Toilet
Fan and Heat
Mini Fridge
Drinking Water
Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Sugar & Coffee
Patio Furniture
Mini Library

*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.


All garbage and recycling must be packed up and taken home on your departure.


  • Lounge, relax, unplug, unwind, enjoy doing nothing
  • Hike the property
  • Visit Cartwright Springs Brewery for a personal tour, samples, and beers for purchase
  • Canoe the Mississippi River (launch from Pakenham) (6-minute drive)
  • Visit High Lonesome Trail Reserve (7-minute drive)
  • Visit Blakeney Rapids for a refreshing dip in the Mississippi or hike river as it narrows into rapids (14-minute drive)
  • Visit the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area for hiking trails and museum (19-minute drive)
  • Visit Mount Pakenham Ski Resort (11-minute drive)
  • Explore the village of Almonte, an historic and picturesque mill town along the Mississippi with quaint shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants and festivals (20-minute drive)


The property is shared between our guests and the owners/customers of Cartwright Springs Brewery who may be touring the brewery. Don’t be alarmed if you encounter other people on the roads or property.


Joni is accessible to all vehicles in the summer months. Our laneways are not plowed in the winter months. This means that all our cabins become “hike-in access only” when the snow gets too deep to drive through. Guests visiting us in November should ensure that they have a suitable car equipped with snow tires. Please be aware that snowfall as early as November may mean that you’ll need to hike into your cabin. We’ll provide you with snowshoes and a sled to haul your gear.  Consider it an adventure! 


What makes this location awesome? 

The cabin is located a quick 6-minute drive to the rural village of Pakenham on the Mississippi River. Stop into town for a picnic by the beach or by the boiling rapids at the historic Five Span Bridge. You’ll find all your provisions here in town like groceries, LCBO, lunch, dinner, ice cream from Scoops and fudge from Penny’s Fudge Factory.

For the craft beer enthusiasts… visit Cartwright Springs Brewery on the main road of our property for a personal tour of their operation and for samples of their delicious artisan spring beers and maple porters.

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 if I need assistance during my stay?

We are always just a 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
  • Firewood 
  • Bug repellent
  • Hand sanitizer

When is running water shut off?

Our water is pumped from the creek. 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.

Does this cabin have an indoor shower?

No, this cabin does not have an indoor shower. Enjoy showering in our refreshingly clean artesian spring-fed outdoor shower at the side of the cabin. The shower is equipped with hot water.

Can I bring additional guests?

This cabin can accommodate up to 3 guests plus 1 pup. The base rental rate includes 2 guests. A third guest is an additional $25/per night. Please check off 3 guests at checkout. If you’re bringing a pup, please select the “Pet Pal” option 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 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 friends for an extra fee of $25/per night. Select the “Pet Pal” option at checkout. Up to two dogs per booking is permitted. (We do not make exceptions to this rule).