Neither adventurous nor a risk-taker, I’m an anxious traveler. I like to know what I’m getting myself into before going anywhere. So it surprised me when I uncharacteristically booked a week stay at one of the eco-cabins at Beyond the Giant Retreat (http://www.beyondthegiant.ca) after only viewing the images and information on their website. However, although I’m an anxious, cautious traveler, I also crave the solitude and sanctuary that only time in a natural environment can provide. So, based on Beyond the Giant’s site, I took a leap of faith and reserved a week at their “Mystic” cabin for my husband, sixteen-year-old son and myself.
Upon returning from our week as guests of Brenda and Bruce Wing, I can honestly say it was probably the best holiday we’ve had as a family. The location of the cabin, perched at the edge of Black Bay, offered the tranquility that’s a prerequisite for our family vacations; water lapping against the rocks, glorious sunsets and blissful silence. And without the techno-distractions of home, we were able to experience, the wind, water and woods of our comfortable home away from home. Making use of Brenda and Bruce’s single and tandem kayaks was the ideal way to experience the area!
The cabin itself suited us perfectly! The Mystic has a deck open to the breezes off the bay, as well as a screened porch that offers shade and shelter during short-lived showers. Many hours were spent deep in the pages of a book or enjoying our meals al fresco. The Mystic boasts a beautiful, large open kitchen and dining room. We’d been to eco-cabins in the past and the size and temperature of the refrigerator were less than desirable, but we were quite pleased with the capacity and coolness of this eco-cabin’s fridge.
Comfortable, clean, spacious and decorated with a natural aesthetic, we were more than happy with the living arrangements. The master bedroom in the cabin’s loft is large and warmly lit as the morning sun pours through the balcony off the bedroom and illuminates the wood floors and ceiling of the space. The second bedroom, located on the main floor, is cool during the warm days and cozy as thunderstorms roll in over the bay at night.
What made this the perfect holiday for our family of three was that we could enjoy the privacy and serenity of the cabin, while still being able to jump in our car and investigate the surrounding area. We were able to explore Sleeping Giant Provincial Park’s trails, beaches and lookouts, as well as the tiny community of Silver Islet at the tip of the park. Just a short drive east of our cabin, we spent hours “digging for treasure” at North America’s largest amethyst mine. From Kakabeca Falls just west of Thunder Bay, to the steep cliffs of Ouimet Canyon, the varied topography was a feast for the eyes; so different from the consistency of the prairie landscape to which we’re accustomed!
Knowledgeable and welcoming hosts, Bruce and Brenda were more than accommodating and it was obvious it was their sincere desire we have the best possible stay. The location, the cabin, the surrounding area and our gracious hosts made for a vacation we will always remember with great fondness.
- Also Known As:
- Beyond The Giant Nature Retreats Ontario/Shuniah, Canada