Cozy Cabins in Canada That You’ll Want to Call Home

Staying in a cabin in Canada allows you to reconnect with nature
Staying in a cabin in Canada allows you to reconnect with nature | Courtesy of Moon Dance Cabin / Expedia
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16 February 2021

Whether you fancy a stay on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, the wild Pacific Rim between Tofino and Ucluelet or a mountain pass between two national parks, there’s a cabin in every part of Canada where you can shrug off city life and reconnect with nature. Browse a selection of our favorite finds in this beautiful area of North America for family vacationers, romantic retreaters and hard-core adventurers who still like a soft bed. Oh, Canada. Such variety.

Kiwi Cove Lodge

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Kiwi Cove Lodge
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The name is no misnomer – there really are kiwis growing on this sun-dappled side of Vancouver Island, south of Nanaimo. Choose the self-catering cottage with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private yard, or pick one of the lodge rooms with private decks and patios. Play on the big lawn, launch a kayak into sheltered waters and explore the nearby town of Ladysmith.

The Cabins at Terrace Beach

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The Cabins at Terrace Beach
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The Cabins at Terrace Beach are at the midpoint of a little hourglass-shaped peninsula south of Ucluelet, with Spring Cove on one side and the ocean on the other. Cabins vary in size, setting and amenities, but all offer easy access to the water and hikes on the Wild Pacific Trail. Activities include wildlife watching, fishing and paddle sports. Pets are welcome.

Crystal Cove Beach Resort

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This popular family destination on Vancouver Island sits at the south end of MacKenzie Beach. Cabins range from 240sqft (22sqm) to 820sqft (76sqm). While some are by the sand, others are in the rainforest, but all have full kitchens and decks. During your time here, play on the sandy shore, watch for passing whales – humpbacks and gray whales are often seen nearby, as are orcas – and take a trip into Tofino, the charming fishing town about 2mi (3km) north.

Moon Dance Cabin

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Moon Dance Cabin
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Soak up the Sunshine Coast by day, then retreat to Moon Dance Cabin on Oyster Bay at night. Vaulted pine ceilings soar over the spacious interior, including an open loft with a soaker tub for two. A wraparound porch gives you a perch for wildlife viewing and sunsets over Mount Daniel. Nearby activities include tide pool exploration, kayaking and hiking.

Gone With the Wind Cabin by Natural Elements

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Gone With the Wind Cabin by Natural Elements
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With an evocative name and waterfront setting, Gone With the Wind on Vancouver Island has a kitchen, hot tub, barbecue terrace and wifi. The one-bedroom cabin is just under 400sqft (37sqm), but a big living room window expands the space. Explore art galleries, shops and a small aquarium in the fishing village of Ucluelet, less than 1mi (1.6km) north.

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  • Glacier View Cabins

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    Glacier View Cabins was built by Peter and Edith, a Swiss couple who moved to northern British Columbia in search of the perfect spot for a wilderness hideaway. They landed on this remote spot about a two-hour drive south of Whitehorse, Yukon. One large log cottage has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a big deck. Two smaller cabins share a shower house.

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    Storm Mountain Lodge

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    Storm Mountain Lodge forms part of a collection of cabins built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to encourage tourism in nearby Banff and Kootenay national parks. Old-school snowshoes over the fireplace, soaking bathtubs and antler chandeliers set the timeless tone. The food gets rave reviews – sample bison, elk or creative vegetarian fare.

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    Rustic Luxury Off-Grid Wilderness Cabin

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    Rustic Luxury Off-Grid Wilderness Cabin
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    Just off the Stewart-Cassiar Highway in northern British Columbia, this private, pet-friendly lakefront retreat is run by an adventurous owner who grew up on a forest lookout tower. She lives nearby and delivers a welcome home-cooked dinner and daily continental breakfast to your door – though you’ll have a full kitchen, too. Enjoy the hot outdoor shower, firepit and blissful lack of internet and cell service.

    These recommendations were updated on February 16, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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