Quetico log cabin in winter

7 reasons to book a winter stay at Quetico’s Log Cabin

Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a Learning and Education Leader with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.

Nestled under tall pines beside French Lake, Quetico Provincial Park’s Log Cabin provides a quintessentially Quetico experience with the comforts and convenience of home.

Here are seven reasons the Log Cabin is the ultimate winter getaway:

1. It’s beyond cozy

The moment you step inside the cabin, you’ll be hugged by its coziness.

cabin interior

The one-room, hand-hewn log cabin features a woodstove, log furniture, a queen bed, a sofa couch that pulls out into a bed, and rustic décor.

A large canvas map of Quetico hangs on the ceiling, inspiring you to ponder your next backcountry adventure and the moose reminds you of the Park’s majestic wildlife traversing through the forest.

cabin interior

Light a fire in the woodstove, make a tea, and grab a book or a board game while taking in the views of snow-covered trees from the quaint windows. Don’t forget your comfiest clothes and coziest socks!

2. Snowshoe/ski from the front door


Enjoy the luxury of skiing or snowshoeing from the doorstep of the cabin!


With a variety of snowshoe and ski trails within the campground area you can experience the park in a different season.

Follow wildlife tracks such as Moose and Snowshoe Hare along park trails and take in the beautiful sights of towering pine trees, frozen lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

Two pairs of snowshoes are provided for use during your stay.

Visit Quetico’s Snow Report here to check out the latest trail conditions.

3. Be your own chef!

Equipped with a barbecue, microwave, kettle, coffee pot, a mini-fridge, and 20-litres of drinking water, you can enjoy the ease of preparing hot beverages and delicious camp meals!

breakfast on grill

Take advantage of these amenities and plan to cook up gourmet camping meals to fuel your fun.

mugs on railing

There’s nothing like having barbecue during the winter time or warming up with a mug of hot cocoa after spending the day playing in the snow.

4. It’s only two hours from Thunder Bay

Quetico’s Log Cabin is the perfect winter retreat away from the buzz of city life. Alternatively, fly from Toronto to Thunder Bay and rent a car to experience winter in northwestern Ontario! The silence of winter can be a refreshing and renewing experience.

snowy trail

Download a podcast or new album, pack the car, and hit the road. Be sure to check winter road conditions prior to departure.

Quetico log cabin

Once you arrive, disconnect with technology and reconnect with nature!

5. Enjoy outdoor campfires

A crackling campfire isn’t just for summertime. Winter campfires are a lot of fun too!

Quetico cabin at night with campfire

Bundle up and stay cozy by the campfire under the winter stars, and watch for Northern Lights.

Besides, what’s a camping trip without a s’more?


Firewood is included with the rental!

6. Watch winter wildlife

In the winter, you’ll feel like you have this wilderness park’s campground all to yourself. During this quieter time, you may have the chance to view wildlife that make the park their home.

canada jay

Keep your eyes open for Red Foxes, Pine Martens, moose, squirrels, and Snowshoe Hares! Canada Jays can often be seen outside the Log Cabin, flying from branch to branch.

7. Endless photo opportunities

From snowy landscapes, wildlife sightings, and snowshoeing / cross-country skiing adventures, a stay at the Log Cabin offers endless photo opportunities.

cabin at night

Don’t forget your camera to capture all your memories from your unforgettable winter visit to Quetico.

Plan your winter cabin stay today!

Reserve online or by phone (1-888-668-7275).

Be sure to also look into Quetico’s other fantastic winter roofed accommodations, featuring the Ojibway and the Art Studio Winter Retreat cabins.