Ontario Cabin Getaway Guide
Last week we packed up the car and hit the road for a little (much needed) wilderness getaway in the Ottawa Valley. Here are some of our recommendations for when your mind needs a rest and your spirit needs some space.
We booked the idyllic Joni cabin by the wonderful Cabinscape. Joni is in Packenham and their three other locations are all located in a range of areas outside of Toronto. We stayed for four days in October and didn’t need to book too much in advance, although it does fill up in the summer months.
Joni sleeps three, but was just comfortable for two. It’s a tiny cabin, so packing light is a must. Some highlights include an outdoor rainhead shower, indoor/outdoor breakfast bar, and a couple short hikes on the property. If you’re interested, you can also book a brewery tour at Cartwright Springs Brewery, whose property the cabin is located on.
Cabinscape’s hosts were on hand with very quick replies at all hours of the day and night when we had questions for them. The cabin is solar powered and washing water is pumped up from the creek – comfortable, but for the conscious-minded.
Eat & Drink
Have a sit down and grab you cabin coffee from Equator Coffee Roasters in Almonte
Baked goods galore at Baker Bob’s in Almonte
Hike! We did a few of varying lengths and difficulties:
Carleton Place Trailway: a very easy out-and-back walk along a river in an urban area
Manitou Mountain Trail: located in Calabogie and the most difficult hike we did. Isolated, but well marked, this trail has varied terrain which requires hiking boots. The views were incomparable, but be prepared for a full day adventure.
Morris Island Conservation Area Trail: a relatively easy loop with pretty water views
A note: ticks and Lyme disease are a very real concern throughout Ontario. Be prepared.
After our week of hiking we indulged with a day at Le Nordik, a Scandinavian Spa in Chelsea, Québec. The thermal circuit was a perfect way to finish up a week in the wilderness. Be sure not to miss the Aufguss Ritual (our favourite).