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  • Peter Scott & Monica Kong

Cabin Retreat in Mara, B.C.

Updated: Feb 17

We checked into our solar-powered cabin with a wood stove and an outdoor clawfoot bathtub for 3 nights in Mara, just north of Vernon, B.C. This airbnb find felt like 5 star luxury after 3 prior nights of wet and cold camping. It was also the perfect retreat as 3 out of 4 of us were recovering from a cold virus. The cabin's rustic charm, friendly farm animals and ultra hospitable hosts really grew on all of us, making our departure that much harder.


1) Day trip to the ever so popular ENCHANTED FOREST, (between Sicamous and Revelstoke) where classic nursery rhymes and fairytales come to life and kids can't help but be amazed by all the colourful handmade sculptures and whimsical treehouses. The surrounding old growth forest is also quite impressive.

There is a little swampy lake at the end of the trail where you can help yourself to life jackets and paddle on a boat. No kids' life jackets, but it really wasn't very deep!

Inside the chimney tree at the Enchanted Forest, B.C.

2) Feeding the goats and cuddling with baby goat Finn. Exactly the kind of animal therapy the kids needed as they were already beginning to feel homesick and coming to terms with the idea of leaving our old home for good.

3) Despite initial reluctance from the kids, outdoor bath time was a big hit!

After Mara, we spent one night in a yurt at Golden Eco Adventure Ranch. The yurt itself was pretty simple, with firm beds and a closet. It saved us from setting up our tent and mattresses, though we still needed to use our sleeping bags. The washroom and laundry facilities were great, just a bit far to walk to and from our yurt. We were also battling with LOTS of mosquitos, despite the breezy weather. Bug repellent here is a MUST unless you want to be eaten alive.

At sunrise, after another major downpour the previous night.

NEXT STOP: Yoho National Park, Lake O'Hara.