wo hours northwest of Toronto, hidden in an undisclosed location off-the-grid, you will find a few mysterious cabins unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Designed by Michael Leckie of Leckie Studio Architecture + Design and Aruliden, the ethos of Arcana is a collaborative project aimed at closing the gap between urban life and the wild, and to reconnect with what is missing in the hustle and bustle of modern city living.
There is something otherworldly about the mirrored steel that wholly encapsulates each space, reflecting the natural forest that surrounds it so that Arcana seamlessly becomes a part of the landscape. You can’t take your eyes off of it, but it also blends right in. Mindfulness is embodied in the very bones of its design, with the cabins literally absorbing the surrounding environment while simultaneously urging its guests to look inward and to be present.
There is no rushing here; there are no itineraries at all, in fact.
Whether you meditate, enjoy time on your private deck, get cozy around the fire pit, sweat out the remains of the day in the sauna, or explore the 15 kilometres of marked trails that are mere steps away from your abode, Arcana wants you to do things on your own time and bask in the fact that you don’t need to worry about anything else other than being in the moment.
The three tenets of Arcana are simple: For Body and Soul, Backed by Science, and In Solitude, Together.
The goal is to facilitate movement, mindfulness, restoration, and connection to the self and the wilderness.
It’s off-the-grid, but all of the modern comforts are at your fingertips, too. Each cabin is outfitted with a queen bed, WiFi(!), air conditioning and heat, kitchenette, work table, a private bathroom, private deck, and more; all curated to fit the carefully designed vibe and feel of arcana.
It exists in the space between urbanity and nature—and if you come to visit, you can, too.