Poisson Blanc Regional Park is a heaven of outside alternative north of Ottawa. Mountain climbing, path operating, snowshoeing, cross nation snowboarding, certain. But additionally the place is dotted with small islands, a lot of which provide backpacking websites accessible by kayak and canoe. Or a very lengthy swim, we suppose.
Additionally, there’s this cabin, La Pointe, accessible solely by a stroll of a bit lower than a mile from the park’s most important reception pavilion. A “micro-refuge” in accordance with the designers, L’Abri, a Montreal-based structure agency. Micro is, nonetheless, within the eye of the beholder, in any case. The cabin can sleep 4 occupants, although it will be cozy. Two are optimum. Downstairs there’s a kitchenette that may deal with any backcountry cooking wants you possibly can conjure. The bed room is upstairs, or upladder, actually, in a lofted perch. A full porch permits for whiskey-sipping alternatives within the evenings, contemplative morning coffees. Heating comes from a wood-burning fire. Throughout heat summer season months, cooling is only a lined terrace away.
The abbreviated A-frame design offers the cabin its identify—La Pointe. It’s meant to evoke a nostalgic feeling for conventional 1950s cabins whereas being a totally modernized model. Photo voltaic panels assist the sensation of modernity, offering all of the electrical energy consumed within the construction. So too does the minimalist design.
It’s fairly simple to think about a weekend away within the cabin, snow falling gently, a pair of snowshoes resting on the porch, espresso warming on the range, time a meaningless idea.
Pictures: Jack Jérôme, Ronny Lebrun / L’Abri