So perfect. So peaceful. My family stayed "Beyond the Giant" for a few days in February. If braving winter, just remember you are truly off the grid: There was only a tiny wood stove to heat the cabin Mystic. Bruce--the ultimate host--already had it going by the time we arrived. It was definitely enough to keep us toasty, but you'll have to get up in the middle of the night to add some logs or you'll be chilly in the morning. Make sure to pack some bedroom slippers; the floor boards don't heat up as well. There's only a chemical toilet, but it does the job. These are small inconveniences to endure when you consider the scenery, hosts, and outdoors experience. We took a telescope and spent an evening enjoying the stars from one of the clearest spots we've traveled to. The peninsula across the bay is uninhabited--no light pollution. The next morning we followed Bruce's advice and took a drive down to Silver Islet--a tiny and scenic Lake Superior village. Most places were boarded up for winter, but that just added to the allure and made for great photos. Later, we went snowshoeing on a trail Bruce had suggested. It was perfect--flanked by pine trees and dotted with animal tracks. That night, Bruce brought some board games down to the cabin. He even took a few minutes to teach our sons how to play one of them. We asked him tons of questions about the area and he had an answer for every one of them. This guy knows his stuff! I'm guessing he read every one of the eclectic books left in the cabin. If you're in Mystic, look for the one about the Fur Trapper. The photos are stunning and I have a feeling it may have inspired the hosts! We can't wait to return.
- Also Known As:
- Beyond The Giant Nature Retreats Ontario/Shuniah, Canada