In matawinie, everything is an experience—even sleep! in Notre- Dame-de-la-Merci, deep in the heart of Forêt Ouareau, Kabania has planted a string of pretty little—and environmentally friendly—cabins, each bathed in sunshine and standing tall on piles, sometimes right in the trees themselves. You know you’re in for something special from the moment you arrive. in winter, load up the sledge and, from then on in, happiness is only a short walk away. the whole place gives off such a feeling of community, with a communal kitchen in the main building where the friendly atmosphere has strangers chatting— and stomachs rumbling!—after a day on the trails. Just bring your own grub, maybe a guitar, and don’t forget your smile! feel more like getting away from it all for a while? there’s plenty to do in the privacy of your own cabin, with a wood stove, the scent of the trees all around, and a star-filled night right outside.
Facing due south, each accommodation option is made from recycled wood and makes the most of solar power. tree specialist martin paradis has left no stone unturned, right down to the carved lime tree branches that add to the natural charm of your surroundings.
Not far away, in the charming village of Saint-Côme, Chez Roger l’Ermite has its own arbogîtes (“tree houses”) and huts, all surrounded by more than three kilometres of environmentally friendly walking trails—perfect for snowshoeing in the winter—that lead right to parc régional de la chute-à-bull. whether you choose a nichette (minimalist hut) or a dormitory for six, you’ll always be far enough away from your neighbours to enjoy total peace and quiet.
From Roger l’Ermite, wander by the Rivière à Bull, and you will no doubt spot a beaver dam or two.
But did you know that the river used to be known for log driving? interpretive panels along the trail will tell you all about it.