Winter in the Wild: Exceptional Cottages, Cabins & Camps

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Nothing is quite as satisfying as curling up in a blanket with a mug of your favourite beverage after a day spent outdoors in Winter. Bonus points for stunning natural surroundings and cozy, cottage-y vibes.

On that note, we’ve rounded up a selection of unique properties for your rejuvenating Winter getaway, from eco-lodges to glamping tents to off-grid cabins in the snowy woods. Pack your warm woollies and get ready to disconnect, to reconnect. (🐾 = pet-friendly!)


Ontario, Canada 🐾

Looking for a blissful escape with your favourite human (or pooch)? Cabinscape’s gorgeous, off-grid tiny cabins are ensconced in private, rugged wilderness settings with access to nearby trails.

Cabins are solar-powered and outfitted with all the modern amenities and creature comforts you’ll need, complete with fire pit for cozy campfires.

With 16 wilderness cabins and ten smaller micro cabins (and more on the way), you can choose a level of remoteness to suit your personal adventure style.

Algonquin Eco-Lodge

Ontario, Canada

Located about 3 hours from Toronto is a wilderness enthusiasts’ dream, boasting off-grid forest accommodation, superb meals and access to seemingly endless trails for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snowshoeing adventures.

It has the feel of a European mountain lodge and is so secluded your experience begins with a 25-minute walk through Algonquin Park to reach the front doors. Don’t worry—your luggage can be transferred for you!

Wander the Resort

Ontario, Canada 🐾

Wander is a Canadian cabin resort like no other, where modern Nordic design meets comfort. Think walls of windows. Fireplaces, inside and out. European-style kitchens. Heated floors. Organic linens.

Wander is home to ten dreamy winter cabins, each sleeping up to six in laidback luxury with plenty of space to lounge, dine and play (each cabin is stocked with a curated selection of books and games for all ages).

Elkwater Lake Lodge

Alberta, Canada 🐾

Tucked into the stunning Cypress Hills region, this unique place is where moose, elk, deer, wild turkeys and other Canadian wildlife range freely over an astonishing and breathtaking alpine environment.

Choose from three beautiful log winter cabins, supplied with all the amenities you’ll need to rustle up coffee in the morning and cozy dinners at night.

Recreational adventures include skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, skating, and of course, snow angels.

Storm Mountain Lodge

Alberta, Canada 🐾

In the heart of the Rockies, you’ll find unparalleled beauty, a forest playground ripe for rugged outdoor adventure. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, weekend retreat, or family vacation, a choice of private cabins provides the ideal setting.

If a remote experience is what you’re after, you won’t find Wi-Fi, televisions, or refrigerators here. They do serve delicious meals in the lodge dining room—with a wine list of vintages from the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia—and take-out/cabin delivery is also available.

Bring warm clothing and slippers and keep the fire stoked!

Mount Engadine Lodge

Alberta, Canada 🐾

Warning—don’t let moose in the meadow distract you at dinner. Or maybe do. This all-inclusive lodge is a hidden gem in the rugged wilderness where adventure calls.

The mountain views are breathtaking, and it’s not uncommon to see moose, coyotes, beaver, deer, and elk from the lodge windows. Cabins are quiet and comfortable, or get even closer to nature in a glamping tent or yurt.

Stays are inclusive of accommodation and all meals; the perfect place to retire to after a day of snowshoeing or skiing.

Mount Logan Ecolodge

Yukon, Canada 🐾

When location is everything, you can’t get further North than this. On the doorstep of Kluane National Park, and named for Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan Ecolodge gives you access to all the beauty and outdoor adventure your heart desires (dogsledding!) without compromising on comfort.

Enjoy an authentic Yukon experience with three-course dinners each night and locally-roasted coffee each morning. If romance is what you are looking for, the Mount Archibald Pod is the perfect cozy getaway. Made from wood sourced and milled right on-site, with stunning mountain views, you won’t want to leave.

The Shoreline Tofino

British Columbia, Canada 🐾

Perched on the shore of the Tofino Inlet, this boutique oceanfront hotel literally lets you see things from a new perspective.

Nestled between stunning old-growth cedars, it was originally built in the late 1960s, and the property and its architecture are decidedly cabin vibes-meets-modern surf shack cool.

With a choice of cabins or A-frame house for families, you’ll have the comforts of home—actually, the beds and blankets are better here—with thoughtful touches for an inspiring yet laid-back feel.

Rowena’s Inn

British Columbia, Canada 🐾

Time stands still from the moment you catch your breath here. Secluded on a 160-acre waterfront estate, the hotel is a grand, English-style manor that was converted into a boutique B&B.

A few steps away are eleven charming cottages: the 1-bedroom rustic, classic winter cabins have heated-slate floors, deep-soaker jacuzzi tubs for two, and wood-burning fireplaces, while the more contemporary cabins come in 1, 2, and 3-bedroom layouts with modern kitchens.

Wake up to a country breakfast and take in some therapeutic forest therapy outside your door.

Nipika Mountain Resort

British Columbia, Canada 🐾

If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat with incredible wilderness at your doorstep, welcome to Nipika, where you’ll enjoy homelike comfort in luxurious winter log cabins surrounded by majestic mountain views.

Completely off the grid—sourcing power from the sun and surrounding forest—Nipika is surrounded by a magnificent trail network set along the Kootenay and Cross River valleys, built and maintained for cross country skiing (lessons available), fat biking, and snowshoeing.

After a day of adventure, curl up by the fireplace and enjoy the making of memories.

Backeddy Resort

British Columbia, Canada 🐾

The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, and few areas are more impressive than right here, where you’ll feel instantly in awe of our natural world.

The small, vintage cabins are an eclectic bunch: some have wood-burning and some electric fireplaces; some have tiny kitchens, while others exclude the kitchenette, giving you additional lounging space to spread out.

Whether at the water’s edge or tucked into the tree line, the cabins are cute, cozy, and the perfect nest for two to snuggle into after a day of adventure.

Au Diable Vert

Quebec, Canada 🐾

Home to an ice hotel and the world-famous Winter Carnival, Quebec knows how to do cold weather. Don your scarf and mittens and get outside for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, even animal tracking.

The large number of animals that call the Sutton Mountains home really becomes visible in the Winter, from coyotes, deer, and moose to fox, lynx, marten, and ermine.

The rustic pod accommodations are an entirely unique twist to wilderness getaways, while the treehouses guarantee once you sleep among the trees you’ll never want to go back to civilized lodging!

Tidal Bore Rafting Resort

Nova Scotia, Canada 🐾

Looking for a carefree vacation on Canada’s East Coast? Stay in a cozy and comfortable cottage on the banks of the Shubenacadie River.

While the tidal bore rafting is closed in Winter (worth returning for in Summer), this 180-acre wilderness location is ideal for exploring the region by day and snuggling up at night, with firewood and kindling delivered to your door and off-season rates.

At nearby Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, you may spot spectacular Bald Eagles, Black Bear cubs, a family of Cougars, native Red Foxes, moose, deer, and Great Horned Owls.

Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins

Maine, USA 🐾

Located in the famed 100-Mile Wilderness of Maine, in the Winter, you’ll have to ski, snowshoe or dogsled to this and Little Lyford Lodge, which are connected by a 130-mile trail network.

Built as a private camp in 1867, this spectacular location sits on 66,000 acres of forestland permanently conserved by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and offers a central location for a myriad of outdoor activities.

Remote, rugged, and remarkable.

Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins

Maine, USA

Also under the umbrella of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), for more than 140 years, Little Lyford Lodge has provided visitors with an authentic outdoor experience in central Maine’s expansive Moosehead Lake region.

Ski or snowshoe from your winter cabin door onto the extensive groomed trail network and return to a comfortable lodge with fireplace and year-round deck; the friendly staff is always available to assist with trip planning, weather reports, and trail information.

Medawisla Lodge & Hilltop Cabins

Maine, USA 🐾

Winter guests here have access to more than 30 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails around the lodge, plus an additional 80 miles of lodge-to-lodge groomed trails connecting Medawisla to Gorman Chairback and Little Lyford lodge.

A shuttle service is available so that your car is waiting for you at the end of your trip, and a shuttle transports your gear to your next lodge, providing you with the freedom to ski or snowshoe with just a day pack!

Joe Dodge Lodge

New Hampshire, USA

For more than 100 years, Joe Dodge Lodge has welcomed travellers, adventure seekers, and conservation stewards. Nestled in the heart of Pinkham Notch, surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, this is your base camp for some of the best outdoor adventures around.

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has a long-standing commitment to sustainable operations and environmental stewardship; Joe Dodge Lodge features solar preheat, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and composting toilets.

Getaway Outposts

Various, USA 🐾

Getaway believes that free time should be a right and a ritual for everyone, and their Outposts are designed to create distance from the demands of work, schedules, and technology.

These handcrafted hideaway summer and winter cabins are tiny (140-200 square feet) and designed to include everything you need—and nothing you don’t—with cooking essentials like oil, a tiny kitchen with pots and pans, non-perishable provisions like pasta, snacks and coffee, fresh linens and towels, heat, and a hot shower.

Outposts are located in natural settings within driving distance of major cities across the US, from Boston to Washington, Portland to Houston.

*Cover Image: Cabinscape's Juniper Cabin courtesy Sarah Salomone

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