Looking for a real adventure? If the answer is yes, then you will definitely want to stay at one of these secluded cabins. These cabins provide basic amenities but allow you to disconnect from daily life (along with the internet). Get away from your daily routine and surround yourself with nature. Make sure to act on these properties fast, as a few are popular and get booked up quckily in the spring.
(1) Penner Cabin
Location: Sydenham, Ontario
Price: $149/night (weeknight) | $159/night (weekend)
This cabin is a two hour drive from Toronto, and only a short ten-minute drive to the cute village of Sydenham, where you can find anything you need for your getaway. Sydenham has all the practical amenities you might want for your stay, such as an LCBO + Beer Store, gas station, grocery store, bank, etc. The cabin is modernized with solar power, drinking water, gas stovetop, propane BBQ, fridge, freezer, indoor composting toliet, kitchen accessories, and an indoor shower. On warmer days enjoy the outdoor shower followed by some cocktails on the lakeside dock.
Before getting your day started, have coffee on your private deck and watch the sunrise. The cabin is in close proximity to South Frontenac, Ontario – on the southern edge of the Canadian shield – which makes it simple to spend your weekend exploring the absolutely stunning Frontenac Provincial Park. Board games, cards, and puzzles are provided in the cabin for evening entertainment, along with lakeside firepits.
(2) Cabin On The 9
Location: Caledon, Ontario
Located in the middle of the peaceful woods, this cozy cabin with 15 acres is open year-round. It looks equally as beautiful every season. Nestled in Caledon, it is located only one hour from Toronto. It’s ideal for a romantic weekend for couples, a getaway with friends, or even perfect to book the entire property for an event. Relax in your own personal oasis overlooking the picturesque pond. Be aware that the cabin is quite rustic and has no running water, but easy access to the nearby Victorian house provides you with washroom facilities and a shared kitchen (with a tiny compost toilet available in the cabin). Lay in the hammock and take in the starry night sky in the summer evenings.
Location: Caledon, Ontario
Location: Leeds and the 1000 Islands (Gananoque), Ontario
I’ve had my eye on this one for quite a while now. Located about halfway between Toronto and Montreal, it’s set in the perfect location to explore the absolutely breathtaking 1000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence River. Raven House is completely off-grid – which means no Wifi, no electricity or running water (fresh drinking water is provided), and is completely solar powered. It makes up for it with its huge floor to ceiling windows and multiple skylights. The kitchen is stocked with pots & pans, a French press for coffee-making, dishes, knives, glasses, utensils, mixing bowls, and more.
This cabin is the perfect mix of modern luxury and the proper cabin experience, and the central wood stove brings a certain warm and cozy atmosphere. Built almost completely of locally harvested cedar, pine and spruce, the cabin was intentionally designed to be meditative, reflective and calm. The architecture is a nice balance of traditional Scandinavian vibes meets West Coast modern, my two favourite design aesthetics. Raven House is set on a high rocky ridge, overlooking a a 3 acre wetland. Expect to see lots of plants and animals in their natural habitat.
NOTE: The loft bed is accessed by a steep stair-ladder, so you must be comfortable enough to climb up and down. While it is not safe to bring children under 10, you can definitely bring your dog (at a small additional cost).
(4) Riverbend Cabin
Location: Thomasburg, Ontario
The cozy A-Frame cottage is a beautifully curated home with a touch of vintage charm and most modern necessities. If being connected to the internet is an absolute must, this isn’t the right cabin for you. About a 30-minute drive from Belleville, the two bedroom, one bathroom cottage is a loft-style home. Located in a peaceful and remote area, this property has a waterfront location with private access to the Moira River.
The open spaced layout with two bedrooms makes it the perfect stay for a couple, two couples or a family of three or four. The main floor includes a full kitchen with stove/oven, large fridge, toaster, Le Creuset stove-top tea kettle, drip coffee maker, and espresso maker. The living space includes a cozy fireplace, large comfy couch area, a dining table with seats for four people, along with a great selection of board games and vinyl records to play on the turntable. Spend the evenings by the fire pit, overlooking the Moira River, and watch the stars.
NOTE: Neither bedrooms have doors, as this is a loft-style open concept house.
(5) Finch Ridge Eco-Nest
Location: Gananoque, Ontario
This tiny cabin will completely immerse you in nature, but still protect you from any potential rain showers. One of the best features of the cabin is the kitchen and sitting area, which is fully screened with high ceilings. Have your morning coffee and feel the sunshine through the screen. Sit and enjoy the outdoor fire pit or relax on the hammock and have an afternoon nap. The bedroom has a comfy queen-sized bed with a down/wool duvet to keep you warm through the evenings. All the bare necessities are available, like jugs of water, a cooler, cookware, utensils, propane camp stove, lantern, and more.
NOTE: You will have to bring your own queen-sized sheet set but the duvet and pillows are provided (dish towels and food items are not). The toilet is not located on the property.
(6) The Cabin at Fernwood Hills
Location: Komoka, Ontario
Looking to completely escape into the outdoors? The Cabin at Fernwood Hills could be just the place you’re looking for. Unplug and unwind in this 100 square foot cabin in Southern Ontario. This one bedroom cabin has large windows and an offsite washroom. This spot is an ideal romantic getaway for people looking for a little bit more upscale than rural camping, but not quite glamping. The property overlooks lots of green spaces, and focuses on regenerative agriculture and sustainable agricultural practices. Connect with nature, not with wifi, but in case you’re in desperate need of wifi, it’s available in the main Studio space. But, this place is really for meditating and recharging. The interior is simple, with air mattresses for beds. There is the option of a full breakfast on Saturday mornings and a Continental breakfast on Sunday mornings.
NOTE: You are required to bring a sleeping bag and pillow for the air mattress and sofa bed.