While there’s certainly something to be said for sunbathing on a dock in a Muskoka chair, summer isn’t the only time for heading to cottage country. Don’t believe us? Here are 10 cozy rental cabins that will make you change your mind.
Mayne Island cob cottage
Located between Vancouver Island and the mainland, this fairytale-worthy sustainable cottage is situated on an orchard, complete with sheep and chickens. When you’re not admiring the eco-architecture, make the best of BC’s wintertime rain by cozying up beside the fireplace with a book. View it here.
Modern escape in Golden
“Cabin” isn’t always mutually exclusive with “rustic,” as this contemporary retreat demonstrates. Bordered by crown land, it sits on the Blaeberry River in the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of walking trails nearby, but you may just want to relax and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide 180-degree views of the surrounding woods. View it here.
Log cabin in northern B.C.
Set at the entrance to Babine Mountains Provincial Park, you’ll feel worlds away—even though it’s only a 20-minute drive from nearby Smithers. You’ll need a 4X4 for the winter season to get around—but with views of the Driftwood Valley, you probably won’t want to go anywhere. View it here.
Off-the-grid cabin in the Yukon woods
A true northern experience, there’s no running water or electricity here—but you’ll be kept cozy and warm by the woodstove and propane lights. Watch the northern lights dance outside (a short distance from Whitehorse, the cabin is at a high elevation with no light pollution) or book a daytime dogsled tour. View it here.
Quebec solar-powered cabin
This remote cabin near Labelle may not be “for everyone” (as the rental description states)—but those who are willing to give up running water and are able to chop wood will reap the benefits. Set in 100 acres of wilderness, this off-the-grid rental has a wood-fired sauna and large smokehouse. View it here.
Octagonal log cabin near Sundrige, Ontario
If you’re a cross-country skiing and snowshoe enthusiast, this rental is for you. There are countless opportunities for wintertime adventures on this 200-acre horse farm. You’ll have to keep the fire going to keep warm—and trek out to the outhouse for relief—but the trade-off is evenings punctuated by starry skies and the sound of wolves howling nearby. View it here.
Cozy cabin outside Whitehorse
Rustic only on the outside, this bed and breakfast’s cabin is fully updated and modern on the inside. Spectacular views and countless wintertime adventure possibilities (snowshoes are available for guest to use and an alpine ski hill is nearby) make this a perfect northern getaway. View it here.