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17 Dec 2022

Off-Grid With Cabinscape

 It's an infamous theme around here, my suggestion to consider experiences over things. It's right up there next to my "buy better, buy less" preference, discussed many times over the years in this space.

We've been gifting the kids experiences for their birthdays for the past few years and try to implement the same mindset when it comes to other holidays, occasions and beyond.

We've done many staycations, little getaways and even some major travelling with our eldest but nothing has been quite like our latest experience and stay with family-founded company, Cabinscape.

Cabinscape is a Canadian owned and operated company, offering eco-conscious cabin stays for those looking to experience intimate, off-grid stays. Locations range from low remoteness (ability to drive-in and near to other cabins and/or amenities) to high remoteness (hike-in required, distant from other accommodations, towns and resources). Every micro cabin is custom designed and built with everything you need, while prioritizing a minimized footprint.

We opted for a cabin of medium remoteness for our first experience, especially given the fact that we would have our two small children (under 10 and under 5) in tow.

We stayed at the Baylight Cabin, nestled in the forest of Haliburton Highlands. This location has a 300 meter hike-in come the cold season but offers a very quiet stay, tucked amidst the trees and directly on the water of a private lake.

Travelling at the back end of November meant snow was on the ground and the water partially frozen over, so we didn't get to make the most of the lake's beauty or activities (cabin stay cones with a canoe for your use while there) but it still made for a incredibly serene backdrop. Lined with evergreen trees and entirely still, the kids were thrilled to find they could sit and hear the echo of their own voices.

The cabin is equipped with a gas stovetop, full sized BBQ and fire pit for cooking or making s'mores of course. We did pre-plan simple meals that could be made with minimal effort but also go nicely with a camping-like experience. Due to the time of year, there is no running water at the cabins and so we kept that in mind when it came to cooking as well.

We packed things like soup (that we pre-made) and grilled cheese supplies, eggs with add-ins like mushrooms and tomatoes, as well the obligatory marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and veggie dogs/sausages for a traditional campfire dinner.

This location is truly amazing for anyone who's a city dweller, because the night is a serious contrast to that in metro areas - clear with nothing but an array of stars sprinkled across the sky. A beautiful backdrop to roasting marshmallows or having dinner and a drink by the fire.

In the morning, pull up the retractable window and take in the sunrise or crisp morning air over breakfast and a hot cup of your favourite. If you're early enough and things are quiet, you might even be lucky enough to get a few of the forest's visitors. It should be mentioned, that this is an off-grid experience and you truly are a guest of an outdoor environment. Prepare for the possibility of seeing wild animals, big or tiny.

When not stargazing or on the lookout for animals, cabins offer a selection of games and reads for your enjoyment while there. The kids even found a colouring book, so we picked up some pencil crayons in the city (Haliburton) on one our trips in for more extra water.

*Because water is not running at this time of the year, you'll need to use bottled or stored water for all your needs: cooking, washing dishes, in hygiene purposes, etc. Water is running again following winter.

Depending on your location, I highly suggest finding the nearest city/town to explore on your way to or from, or even during your stay. We loved getting to know a little bit of the area better by visiting various small businesses local to our cabin's location. The company did a great job of including a list of nearby amenities, towns, businesses near by in the welcome and instructional binder. Ours even included a pass for making the most of our time in Haliburton Highland's, also deemed a "snow dome" and a favourite for those who like to hike, snowshoe, snowmobile and beyond.

We made to sure to visit the infamous wolf family of the area and it was an absolute highlight for the kids - and even us. I cannot recommend this enough during your stay or on any visit to the area. The wolves are so majestic, we could've spectated for hours. It was such a privilege to see them carry on in a natural environment and as a pack. I think we'll be raving about this one for forever.

Many of the experiences on this getaway were far from our norm, both at home or on any of our other stays/trips and I can't help but feel like it was so beneficial for the kids. To be out of their comfort zone and learn to navigate, while embracing nature was such an experience, that we can't wait to visit another location in another (warmer) season.

On our list for the next visit is one of Cabinscape's new, Kawartha locations.

I hope you will follow @cabinscape and put it on your list of future considerations. I imagine these cabins as a great option for anything from birthdays to just needing a break, a girls trip to an anniversary getaway.

Stay tuned for some video content over on Instagram soon and consider this your reminder to return to slow and simple every so often.

x, Olivia


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