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Two Hidden Canadian Luxury Cabins

Discover Wander the Cabin resort and Kitoki Inn

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At its most basic, a vacation is an escape—an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life for a while, forgetting about the chores and tasks that clutter our lives.

Done right, a vacation transports us to a different place, mindset, and vision of life—one in which the environment contributes to a feeling of escapism.

Two luxury cabins on the opposite sides of Canada offer elevated camping, turning typical holidays into extraordinary experiences. They’re perfect for a weekend getaway, a year-long sabbatical, or anything in between.

Wander the Resort

“Our lives are so scheduled and frenetic these days. True luxury allows us the ability to be aimless
for just a little while.”
—Shannon Hunter, owner, Wander the Resort

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Wander the Resort’s distinctly Nordic aesthetic comes through in the functional architecture and minimalist décor. Photo by Tara McMullen

In Eastern Canada, we find an extraordinary resort that offers escape from our daily troubles.

Situated on the shore of West Lake, the large bay connected to Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, Wander the Resort offers a collection of cottages with distinctly Nordic designs, allowing guests to better connect with their loved ones, the land, and (most importantly) with themselves.

True to its name, Wander the Resort was built for a leisurely, relaxed pace—a million miles away from the buzz and busyness of the city.

“When we thought about who we were building this resort for, we very much imagined well-travelled guests with a sincere desire to explore the places they travel and immerse themselves in the locality of a place,” Shannon Hunter, the resort’s founder, says.

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The resort’s lakeside location provides an ideal home base for adventures and explorations. Photos by Tara McMullen

As Hunter explains, the intention was to build a space that would offer not only a chance to explore a stunning Canadian landscape, but also a world of luxury, comfort, and relaxation.

It’s a state of being where time slows down, and guests can let their minds reflect on meaningful moments rather than on everyday concerns.

“Our lives are so scheduled and frenetic these days. True luxury allows us the ability to be aimless for just a little while,” Hunter says.

Central to Wander the Resort is the Nordic design—a refined, intentional simplicity that uses natural materials and understated tones to impart a sense of calm and quiet in every room.

Subtle touches abound—the soft linens create a sense of luxury; the throw cushions soften the natural surfaces; the customized scent evokes memories of campfires and sunsets.

Every piece of the design feels part of a well-coordinated whole, emphasizing a feeling of immersion in a world of absolute serenity and calm.

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The muted palette and rooms flooded with natural light project a sense of calm throughout the resort. Photo by Patrick Biller

“We wanted to ensure that nothing in the cabins felt jarring,” Hunter says. “We held to this criterion for everything—from the potato peeler to the kitchen sponge.”

“There’s never a moment when guests are shocked visually by something that feels out of place.”

Kitoki inn

“We wanted to create a space and landscape where people can escape into nature—to relax, recharge, and slow down time.”
—Mitsumi Kawai, owner, Kitoki Inn

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Photo by Jeremy Koreski

Stepping up the path to the cedar-clad cabin is a little puzzling at first. Are we on Bowen Island, a mere 20 minutes from Vancouver, Canada? Or somewhere in the forests outside Sapporo, Japan?

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Understated serenity is a good way to describe Kitoki Inn’s design aesthetic. Left: Photo by Jeremy Koreski; Right: Photo by Jeremy Koreski

The wind rustling through the evergreens, the granite boulders covered with moss, the cabins clad in red cedar planks: all of these are definitively West Coast.

Yet there’s something else—a sense of calm, a feeling of communion with the land, an idea that this carefully-manicured path is intended to be just as it is—these phenomena are distinctly Japanese.

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Nestled in the surrounding forest, Kitoki Inn feels like an escape into the calm of the natural world. Photo by Joann Pai

“Our goal with our design was to intertwine the Japanese aesthetic with that of the Pacific Northwest—to honour our Bowen Island environment as an island located in Howe Sound but also to bring a taste of Japan,” Mitsumi Kawai, the owner of Kitoki Inn, says.

“We incorporated natural wood—cedar, fir, and maple—and used earthy tones and the large sliding window to bring the forest experience into the cabins,” Kawai says.

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Kitoki Inn is one of the most extraordinary Canadian luxury cabins. Photo by Joann Pai

Visiting Kitoki Inn is to be transported not just to a different place but to a different mindset—one where the hustle and bustle of the city, the stress of the everyday, and the hubbub of modern life are far away.

“We wanted to create a space and landscape where people can escape into nature—to relax, recharge, and slow down time,” Kawai says.

Kitoki Inn was inspired by Japanese onsen—traditional inns and public baths built around Japan’s many natural hot springs. Kitoki Inn’s open-air bathhouse overlooks a traditional Japanese garden, which in turn overlooks a canopy of towering firs.

The tranquil setting adds to the feeling of a restorative escape into nature, a feeling of being subsumed into something greater than oneself.

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Kitoki Inn is among the Canadian luxury cabins offering extraordinary attention to detail. Left: Photo by Jeremy Koreski; Right: Photo by Michelle Sproule

The interiors of the cabins project a similar mood, with clean, simple designs and minimal decor echoing the tranquillity of nature.

A multitude of small touches—luscious bedding, island-crafted soaps, and locally-sourced building materials—create a luxurious environment that encourages guests to leave their troubles at the door.

“It’s a relaxing, meditative escape from the busyness of life,” Kawai says.

This story is from Magnifissance Issue 115

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