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