The birthday dilemma: to keep it local and invite everyone you know, say, for a trendy dinner, or to make a trip out of it somewhere on your bucket list and invite your inner circle. Today, we’re diving into the latter choice because we recently came across a lake house and tiny cabin in the Canadian forest that fits your bucket list bill.
About two hours north of Toronto lies Cedar Highlands: 6 acres of untouched forest where said lake house, tiny cabin (or bunkie), and (surprise!) glamping tent reside. Here’s the kind-of condensed version of what you need to know:
• The very tiny bunkie is adorable and your group will definitely argue over who gets it (our vote? The birthday person!)
• The lake house not only overlooks stunning Lake Eugenia but is just as stunning on the inside
• The surrounding forest and local towns host a bevy of treasures like waterfalls, wineries and lake activities.
Already sold on your next birthday celebration? Thought so.
Photography courtesy of Cedar Highlands
Bunk-Up in the Bunkie
Alright, the adorable – and picture-perfect – bunkie is what originally draws you into the property with its pint-sized cabin, black paint and glass facade, and perfect position among the trees. Coming in at just 100 square feet, this tiny cabin packs a big punch with a serene interior, queen bed and just the right amount of room for your things. Good to know: the all-season bunkie does not have a bathroom, but it’s just a few steps from the main house.
The Lake House
We love the bunkie for obvious reasons, but the lake house is really why you’re here: able to sleep six people across three bedrooms, this modern take on the traditional lake house is right up your alley. Think shiplap walls, a black brick fireplace, industrial lighting, and cozy yet bright bedrooms outfitted with collected goods unique to each room (read: no fighting over the “good” room) – if you love Leanne Ford’s style, you’ll love it here. The kitchen is home to vacation-ready appliances like a waffle maker, slow cooker, Vitamix blender, and fondue set, so you’ll be eating good from morning to night. We think fondue around the outdoor fire-pit at sunset sounds like just the kind of birthday evening you need.
Cedar Highlands’ prime location above Eugenia Lake puts you in the perfect spot for all the water and outdoor activities. Onsite, the glamping tent is set up in a secluded meadow with blankets, rugs, poufs, and pillows for whatever your heart desires from morning yoga to afternoon naps to late-night ghost stories – the choice is yours.
Offsite is where the adventure happens: cycling, hiking, horseback riding, boating, skiing, and snowboarding are all found within a 15 minute trip from your home base. For the explorers, Eugenia Falls – the largest waterfall in Southern Ontario – is just 10 minutes from Cedar Highlands along with several hikes including the must-try Hogg’s Falls trails. To really ramp up the action, boat rentals are available at nearby Hawthorn Cottages, Bruce Trail comes highly recommended for hiking enthusiasts, and the Beaver Valley Ski Club promises all visitors a surge of adrenaline.
For those who prefer a slower approach to their birthday, the Lake Eugenia Public Beach is the perfect spot for a picnic and dip in the lake while the local towns’ have their fair share of relaxed fun like The Roost Winery in the Blue Mountains, The Flying Chestnut in Eugenia (hot tip from the owner: a must for brunch or dinner), and the Farmer’s Market in Flesherton on Saturdays in summer and fall.
Book your next group getaway at Cedar Highlands →