Come Wander
Coffee at Deacon Escarpment

Winter is a great time to disconnect from the daily grind and immerse yourself in nature. This year I chose to enjoy a cozy staycation with my boyfriend at Deacon Escarpment Cabins, Camping and Trails in Golden Lake, where we were able to enjoy quality time together.

Surrounded by the beautiful outdoors, Deacon Escarpment has a few cabins, magnificent trails, and amenities that make it an easy getaway. The owners, Zac and Steph, met us immediately when we pulled in and were both enthusiastic about the slice of paradise they had created. It was incredible how special we felt knowing that they cared about our well being and having them answer our questions without any issues. They even gave us a bonus treat to enjoy during our stay – delicious coffee and a butter tart!

Out of the 3 cabins they offer, we chose the Algonquin Wolf Cabin, located on the top of the escarpment with a magnificent view of Golden Lake. The cabin was inviting and rustic, yet it still had some great modern additions, like a propane fireplace, top of the line BBQ and solar lighting. The queen-sized bunk bed was spacious and comfortable, and everything was already put together for us, so we didn’t have to spend extra time setting up. We also chose the
camping gear package which came with a cooler, frying pan, utensils, dish soap and more. Having these amenities made it easier to enjoy our time at the cabin: we were able to keep warm, sleep comfortably, and easily create our own romantic meal together.

Taking the time to enjoy the perfect winter weather during our escape was a must. Once we were settled in, we took our snowshoes and headed out to explore. The area has lots of open space, and well-designed trails that let us get closer to the view of Golden Lake. The trails are easy to find and run through the entire escarpment. When we were hiking it was the quiet around us that truly made it a magical experience and added to the conversations we had, allowing us to connect to nature and notice how beautiful the trees were. The trails were groomed perfectly for our walk.

When we had worked up a good sweat and started to get hungry, it was time to loop back for dinner. During our everyday lives there is always a rush to eat, so that we can move on to the next event or get ready for work. Our cabin escape made it possible to slow down and eat uninterrupted. It also gave us the ability to really enjoy our time together during an evening filled with a warm bonfire, s’mores, and incredible music by guitar in the perfect weather.

Deacon Escarpment is such an amazing space to unwind, explore and renew. It was quiet and spacious, the hosts went above and beyond, and the cabin was very comfortable. Creating memories and being able to get away really reminded me that there is so much to do in the Valley and I’ve decided that this is a spot we need to make time to visit again to create more memories in a place that is all about the deeper connection – to nature, and to the people you’re with.


Daily Dose of Nature

Discover these places in Ontario’s Highlands that allow you to get out into nature, benefiting your mental and physical health.

The Best Fall Canoeing

Discover these top lakes and rivers in Ontario’s Highlands to discover the beauty of fall colours from a canoe.

Mindful Moments in Nature

Live in the moment and tune into yourself at one of these 6 nature spots in Hastings County and Haliburton County.

Perfect Picnic Spots Near Ottawa

Discover these perfect picnic spots throughout the Ottawa Valley and Lanark County on your next road trip just outside of Ottawa.

Before the Lake Wakes

Wake up lakeside with a steaming cup of coffee from a roastery in Ontario’s Highlands.

Golf, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Discover these 5 golf courses in Ontario’s Highlands, perfect spots for your next golf escape.

Exhale and Unwind

Experience a slice of farm life at Dwyer’s Farmhouse in the Ottawa Valley.

Namaste Outside

Breathe the fresh air at outdoor yoga workshops and events near Ottawa, Ontario.

3 Cheers for Mom

Discover ways to give a mom a Mother’s Day to remember, with gift ideas that go above and beyond.

SUP with that View

Grab your SUP board and take in the beautiful views at these 5 places in Ontario’s Highlands.

Just Show Up

Hit the water and take advantage of these easy kayaking and canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

An Escape into Nature

Find your connection with nature and each other during a cabin getaway at Deacon Escarpment in Renfrew County.

A Silent Ski Cross Country

Take a break to recharge your spirit and relax your mind while cross country skiing in the snow-covered woods of Silent Lake Provincial Park.

The Hottest Views

Soak up incredible views and beneficial side effects across Ontario’s Highlands.

The Serenity Seeker

I’m a Serenity Seeker. I wander at my own pace, searching for a way to unwind and reconnect with myself and with the people who matter most.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Bit by Serenity

An expert traveller’s advice on how seek serenity and embrace a slower pace in Ontario’s Highlands.

The Cozy Way to Camp

Three weekend escapes in Ontario’s Highlands to camp while exploring the natural world in luxury.

Glamping in the Wild

Experience Glamping and reconnect with your loved one at Elements Outdoor Hotel, located in Renfrew County.