As much as we love camping, we are not cold weather campers. I will confess that my husband does dabble in the insanity of winter tent camping, but the rest of the family prefers the warmth of a bed.
So, how does our family get our camping fix in the middle of winter? Well, we stay in cabins – camping cabins!
What exactly are camping cabins? Well, to us, camping cabins are tiny cabins that are minimalistic. They do not provide larger than life luxuries that are typically associated to “cabin” renting. They are simplistic.
Our favourite place to cabin camp in the winter is at Morin Heights Nature Camping and Cabins in Morin Heights, Quebec. The campground offers 20 charming log cabins, which are open all year long. The cabins are fully equipped with:
- a fully stocked kitchenette,
- a bathroom with shower,
- a closed bedroom with 1 double bed and 1 single bed, and
- a loft with 2 simple beds.
These rustic cabins are the perfect starting point for a great camping vacation.
Last year we were fortunate enough to make it up to the cabins twice. The first time my husband and I went for a relaxing weekend getaway. We were able to cozy up by the propane fireplace, walk through the picturesque trails and tour the near by towns.
The second trip was with our kids and my sister-in-law and her wonderful family, during March Break. We had an amazing time at the cabin. We enjoyed walking in the trails, tobogganing and sitting by a fire. We also had a blast tubing at nearby Mont Availa.
I really hope that we are able to make it up to Morin Heights Nature Camping and Cabins again this year. The kids keep reminiscing about it and we all have the camping itch right now.
Well, where else can you cabin camp? The following is a list of camping cabins that have peaked our interest. (Please note that some of the links do not offer winter rentals and are only open seasonally.) Perhaps one day we will be able to say that we have visited them all.
- Summer House Park located in the Bruce Peninsula
- Killarney Lodge located in Algonquin Park (open seasonally)
- Gatineau Park located in the National Capital Region
- Parks of the St. Lawrence in the St. Lawrence Seaway Valley Region (open seasonally)
Have you ever stayed in a camping cabin? If so, please share your experience with us. I love to receive vacation suggestions.