Living our day-to-day life in the bustling and increasingly chaotic Montreal, it's easy to forget that a magical nature escape is just a quick drive outside the city.
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Whether you want to drop off the grid for a few days and trek deep into the wilderness, or you're looking for a quick breath of fresh air - there is definitely a unique little rental secluded out in the wilderness that will provide you with all the nature you need in one short trip. Here are a few truly unique rentals that are worth the trip.
Why you should go: The River Den is a 4 season houseboat, docked in picturesque Wakefield, QC on the Gatineau River. This dreamboat is a floating tiny house that does not have hot water, electricity, or a bridge. There's a cozy woodstove, cooking facilities and sawdust toilet on board.
Why you should go: This 4-season treehouses can house up to 6 guests and is nestled on the edge of a pristine lake in a 2000 acre protected regional park with 36km of walking/snowshoe trails, 4 lakes, wetlands. Complete kitchen, wood-burning stove, sunny terraces, outside fire pit and picnic table.
Why you should go: Located in the gorgeous woods of Eastern Quebec you can rent this unique cabin that is perched on top of the trees. It accommodates 2 people so it's perfect for that unique romantic get-away.
Why you should go: A unique place to enjoy Nature in the region of Laurentians for up to 4 guests. A treehouse located in an open-air center ( Refuges du lac démélé) with lakes, walking trails, snowshoeing, Nordic cross-country skiing, fishing, swimming.
Why you should go: This stunning cabin among the trees can house up to 4 guests but is also perfect for a cozy getaway for 2. Located right near a lake and tons of watersports activities, you will get a lot out of a stay here.
Why you should go: Not for everyone. Off the grid (solar power). Hand-hewn log cabin sleeps 5 (2 single and sofa bed). 100 acres with stream, waterfalls, beaver dams and trails. Wood-fired sauna, bathhouse, smokehouse, bbq. Lots to do from hiking to hunting to fishing.
Why you should go: At Centre De L'hetre, located outside Quebec City and only 3-hours from Montreal, you can rent a magical forest dome for the night. The Dome is ideal for two people, pure romance anyone? But - can also be perfect for a solitary meditative retreat when you just need to unplug and be alone.
Why you should go: These beautiful modern and sleek chalets can be rented through SEPAQ (Société des établissements de plein air du Québec) starting at only 141$ per night. The cabins are available at several parks across the province and are fully equipped to accommodate up to four people to cook, sleep, relax for a short-term or long-term stay.