When the weather’s cold and snowy, it’s easy to hunker down and spend all of your time inside. But as winter presses on, the indoors can start to feel a little boring, and even a bit claustrophobic. That’s when you know it’s time to plan a getaway, and there may be no better winter retreat than a little cabin in the woods. It’s not hard to find one in Canada, but if you’re looking for something special, these are the coziest you’ll find.
Romantic Cottage Getaway
This tiny cottage, just an hour’s drive from Algonquin Provincial Park’s east gate, is the perfect couples getaway. Its cornerstone fireplace, granite countertops, and custom cherry cabinets add a touch of elegance to the cozy pine-covered rooms. The highlight, though, is the stunning view of the lake from its narrow wrap-around deck.
Le Camp Rouge
This rustic cabin is not accessible by car in the winter, so it’s best suited to more adventurous couples, who are up for packing their belongings onto a sled. When Le Camp Rouge is snowed in, the cabin’s owners (which live nearby) will pick you up by snowmobile in the village of Sacre-Coeur. From there, they’ll take you three kilometres into the woods where the cabin resides. The surrounding forest is filled with private trails, perfect for snowshoeing and dogsledding.
Cabin Perched on Escarpment
The cabin owners describe an evening here as “glamping at its best,” and we couldn’t agree more. The unique, open-concept cabin is made up of floor-to-ceiling windows and is entirely off-grid: you’ll find an outhouse not far outside, all of the lights are powered by a solar panel, and there’s a wood stove to keep you cozy. But even if the location feels incredibly remote, it’s actually just an hour’s drive between Ottawa and Montreal.
Cozy Log Cabin for Two
Located in the middle of the Laurentians, this is the perfect retreat for outdoor-loving couples. The log cabin was built next to a lake and a plethora of hiking trails, ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. And though it’s not inaccurate to describe this cabin as rustic, it is fitted with all the amenities you could need after a long hike through the mountains, from a wood stove to a full kitchen and comfy, Queen-sized bed.
Harbour Hideout Vacation Rental
If you’d rather spend time near the water than tucked away in the mountains, this cedar guesthouse is for you. Located on the West Coast of Vancouver, just down the highway from Canada’s most famous surf town, Tofino, the Harbour Hideout’s location is ideal for ocean lovers. It’s stocked with every amenity you could need, but you likely won’t spend much time indoors. Not only is this cabin a short drive from the world famous Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park, it’s also walking distance to the town of Ucluelet, a handful of beaches, and the Wild Pacific Trail.
Cozy Cabin with Ocean View
When you see this cozy beachfront cabin’s incredible views of the Sechelt Inlet, it should come as no surprise that it’s currently Airbnb’s fourth most wish-listed property. Once you’re done soaking up some natural sunlight from the bathroom’s clawfoot tub, head down to the Inlet for an even better view of the water. Although it might be tough to tear yourself away from this adorable open-concept A-frame, the beach is just a few-minute walk away.
Rustic Cabin in the Woods
Although there’s enough sleeping space in this cabin for a group, the overall size is more suitable for a couple. It’s so small, in fact, that its owners warn to “only bring people you like.” Perhaps that’s also because it’s in the middle of the remote Galiano Island, where hitchhiking takes place of public transit. If you spend the day on the nearby Pebble Beach, hike back to the cabin, then cook dinner over the fire pit before curling up in the loft—we guarantee you’ll feel one with nature.
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