Chalet EXP, a tiny modern cabin for Quebec’s wilderness parks

Chalet EXP, a modern 320 sq ft studio cabin for vacation rentals in a Quebec provincial park. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Quebec’s provincial park system has been introducing a new model of cabin accommodation with a modern design. Chalet EXP (“experience”) is a wood structure with a studio floor plan designed for two.

Chalet EXP, a modern 320 sq ft studio cabin for vacation rentals in a Quebec provincial park. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Aside from the compact bathroom, the 320 ft2 (29.7 m2) cabin essentially consists of one open room with only a short partition setting off the sleeping area. A couple of the cabins have a second separate bedroom with two additional beds. The three-piece bathroom, a closet and the kitchen are lined up along the back wall. The kitchen is surprisingly well-equipped with an under-counter fridge, two-burner electric cooktop and a microwave. There is electric baseboard heat as well as a small wood stove.

Chalet EXP, a modern 320 sq ft studio cabin for vacation rentals in a Quebec provincial park. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Despite its tiny size, Chalet EXP doesn’t feel at all claustrophobic thanks to large windows on two sides that bring the outdoors in. The space also expands out to a covered porch which can be screened in when the bugs are out. A sliding screen of wooden slats mounted on the exterior can be positioned to either shade the windows or provide shade and a windbreak for the porch.

Chalet EXP is now available at Jacques-Cartier National Park, Mont-Tremblant National Park and Monts-Valin National Park. Visit Sépaq to book a stay.

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Photographs by Mathieu Dupuis, courtesy of Sépaq, except where noted. More photos can be seen at La Presse.

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