Silence. It’s a great sound, isn’t it? In our ultra-connected world, it can sometimes feel hard to find. So here’s what you have to do: start driving into a forest, and don’t stop until your Instagram feed won’t refresh. And since you’re probably going to need a place to stay while you’re there, we scoured the country from coast to coast to find the coolest, coziest and most remote cabins available. So get ready to go off grid, unplug and learn how to build a fire. (And don’t forget to download a few Netflix movies on your iPad before you leave!)
Sharbot Lake, Ontario
Just three hours from Toronto, this modern minimalist cabin is completely off-grid. But with access to sledding, snow-shoeing and a private dock on a quiet lake, you probably won’t even notice. Do make sure you snap a few pics to share when you’re back on wifi, because this house has over 2ok followers on Instagram. Oh, the irony!
Lake Louise, Alberta
Located in the heart of the Rockies, the Storm Mountain Lodge and Cabins are nearly 100 years old. Bundle up and hike to Lake Louise, and then relax with a steamy soak in the cabin’s oversized claw-footed bathtub. We won’t blame you if you skip straight to the second step.
This little cabin sits in the centre of a maple grove—and its AirBnb listing is entirely in French. Here’s the Google translation: “entirely made of wood, without electricity or running water, it is fully equipped with stove, stove and double mattress in mezzanine. For a memorable stay of rest in nature.”
Birch Plain, Nova Scotia
Sleep to the sweet sound of Pacific Ocean waves hitting the pebbles on this cabin’s private rock beach. From the deck, you might spot whales, seals, ocean birds, and the property’s very ‘own’ Bald Eagle who does a ‘fly-by’ a couple of times a day.
Surrounded by forest and water, shack up at the solar powered Raven House for a classic backcountry experience. Hot tip: sit by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, watch the snow fall and indulge in the luxury of no responsibility.
Galiano Island, British Columbia
At 200sq, this small and sweet cabin is the perfect place to cozy up to a loved one. There’s no TV or wifi, but if you get sick of the silence, there is an old-school radio that guests are free to use.
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