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Life at Off-Grid Cabins

There’s something magical that happens during a disconnected moment in nature: a calmness settles over you, your senses feel somehow heightened, and time just seems to slow. With the long days of summer stretching out before us, it’s an incredible time to disconnect and enjoy an escape off the grid: to bask in nothing but natural light during the day and take advantage of the summer sun’s ability to power solar lights and batteries should you need them in the night.

Take a break from the every day and let the warm sun shine extra light upon you, the fresh air breathe positive vibes through you, and the beautiful views add new colour to your outlook on life. Give yourself permission to relax as you make memories with the people who matter most in your life against a backdrop of sparkling waters, swaying trees, crackling campfires, and a sky filled with radiant stars.

Head out of the city, into the woods, onto the water, and off the grid at one of these cabins in Ontario’s Highlands.


Take in big views from the comfort of a tiny cabin during a stay with Cabinscape in Frontenac or Lanark County. Leave your worries at home and let the natural environment surrounding you ease your stresses as you wander the surrounding trails, lounge in privacy under the warm sun, paddle nearby waterways, and cozy up to view the stars through the large windows surrounding you as you drift asleep.

Deacon Escarpment Cabins, Camping and Trails

A perfect spot to connect with nature and explore the outdoors, Deacon Escarpment in Golden Lake is the opposite of ‘car camping’ as visitors get to leave their car behind to hike into their off-grid oasis (or book the shuttle service in advance if you’d prefer). Enjoy the tranquility of your private cabin as you watch the sun set and the moon rise over Golden Lake, explore the surrounding trails woven across the beautiful landscape, and listen to the sounds of nature around you.

Dock & Hound Cottages & Cabins

Marvel at the unique landscape of the Canadian Shield and watch the sun flicker off Little McGarry Lake from the comfort of The Off-Grid Cottage at Dock & Hound in Maynooth. Let the sounds of the water wash over you as you lounge on the walk-out dock, stretch your muscles with a ride in the paddle boat, embrace a feeling of freedom with a rinse off in the outdoor shower with granite floors, and cozy up around a campfire under the stars.

BONUS: Le Boat

A different type of cabin than you might have previously considered, but as captain of your own canal boat, cruising out on the water and cozying up in your boat’s cabin, you’ll certainly have the chance to disconnect on a Le Boat adventure. This cabin will travel with you as you explore the beauty and history along the Rideau Canal and connecting waterways, stopping to roam the downtown streets of charming small towns, like Smiths Falls, Rideau Ferry, and Perth, to uncover hidden gems, rustic wares, and culinary delights.


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