Open-roof cube cabins and containers to build a Boreal utopia

On a piece of land purchased by their grandfather in Charlevoix, , Jonathan and Simon Galarneau have built a dozen small homes with big views of the Boreal forest. Some are converted shipping containers, others are tiny cubes, but they all have large windows cut into one side so despite the long, freezing winters, one can experience the outdoors from inside a .

The brothers designed and built the structures, with no design degree, but inspired by a father who always built and who'd dreamt of opening a campground on . After his early death from cancer, Jonathan and Simon began to their version of a campground. Starting with a bank loan for a “private home”, the first structure was a two story loft with a full of window creating passive heat all winter.

Today, the brothers have built over a dozen structures for their Repère Boréal nature resort and expect to have about 20 by year's end.



  1. I hope the brothers remain successful and their guests don’t ruin the place. Kirsten, how do you learn of these gems? Best regards, Rich

  2. I’m currently living in the province of Quebec and have been thinking a great deal about what sort of home I will want to eventually build and live in. This whole series is giving me ideas of what is possible in this province!

  3. Aren’t the many like trips with the whole family like around the world like extremely like CO2 extensive? Is this truly like ecological responsible?

  4. That guy was funny. Especially when he said he likes sleeping in that bunk bed in the main house when he’s there. Charming ?

  5. You’ve got a spelling error in your watermark – it says ‘’. But that looks like a terrific place to spend some time.

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