Staying in a Tiny Container House in Toronto, Ontario

Keeping with the theme of travelling domestically within Canada this summer, it is time for another unique stay, this time a tiny container house in Toronto!

That’s right, for this city escape we didn’t actually have to leave the Greater Toronto Area. Sam and I packed our bags and drove across the city for the easiest getaway ever, where we spent two days hiking, roasting marshmallows, and star-gazing.

I can hardly believe this was only 50 minutes from home!

Staying at a tiny container house in Toronto, Canada.
Former shipping container turned tiny home in Toronto, Ontario.
The tiny container home looked out into the woods with beautiful wild flowers

Tiny Container House in Toronto

The place we chose was a shipping container turned tiny home tucked into a little pocket of greenery in Scarborough, not too far from the Toronto Zoo and Rouge National Urban Park.

The interior of the tiny home was very much open concept. On one end, there was a queen-sized bed pushed right up against a large circular window that looked out into the woods. There were two smaller windows on either side of the bed that provided some airflow – much needed in the middle of summer!

This tiny home had a wood-burning stove that we didn’t turn on, but it’d be ideal for stays during the cooler months. There was a small seating area with folding chairs that we moved outdoors to the deck, and we also had a mini kitchen area with a foot-pump sink.

On the opposite end of the container house we had the bathroom, which consisted of a compost toilet. There was no shower, but it’s not a big deal if you’re just doing an overnight stay.

Outdoors, we had a camping-style propane grill and a spacious counter for food prep. Then, further down the property, there was an outdoor seating area around a fire pit, perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. 

Once again, I found this tiny container house listed on AirBnB, so if you’re looking for a city getaway in the Toronto area, check it out!

Day 1

3:00 pm Arriving at the tiny house

This tiny home is set on a rather large property so we parked up front by the main house and then rolled our supplies in a little wagon through the forest and over to our tiny home. 

We rolled our supplies to this tiny home in the woods using a wagon.

5:30 pm Grilling burgers for dinner

By the time we had settled into the tiny house, it was almost dinner time, so we got cooking. As usual, we kept our meal pretty simple opting for a camping-style dinner.

I bought some bacon and cheddar cheeseburgers at the market, so we grilled those, added some aged cheddar cheese on top, and then swapped the traditional burger buns for some naan.

No toppings, no condiments, but it was oh-so-good!

Afterwards, Sam sadly asked, “you only brought two?”

We both could’ve had seconds.

BBQing outdoors at our tiny shipping container home for the night.

7:00 pm Roasting marshmallows around the fire

I packed a s’mores kit because, as you know, no camping trip would be complete without roasting some marshmallows around the fire and then getting your fingers sticky assembling ooey-gooey s’mores.

This was a fun way to spend the evening and the smoke kept the mosquitoes away so we were able to linger awhile.

Roasting marshmallows around the campfire at our tiny house in the woods in Ontario.
This tiny home had a fire pit for barbecuing or roasting marshmallows.
Roasting marshmallows around the fire in summer.
Enjoying an evening around the campfire.

10:15 pm Stargazing and spotting the Big Dipper

The coolest thing about this tiny container house stay was being able to see the stars at night! It never got completely dark since we were in the city and there’s always a bit of light pollution, but it was dark enough to see the Big Dipper right from bed. That was a nice surprise.

Day 2

9:30 am Enjoying a tasty breakfast in nature

Breakfast the next morning was enjoyed out in the yard. Again, I kept it super simple with no cooking involved. We had some muffins, banana, and blackberries, and that was all we needed to get going. 

Inside a shipping container turned tiny home in Toronto, Ontario.
The small kitchen with pump-sink in the tiny house.
Small table and folding chairs – the furniture in the tiny house was very space efficient.
Bedroom with large circular window in a tiny home.

10:30 am Hiking in Rouge National Urban Park

Sam and I love a good hike, so that morning we drove over to Rouge National Urban Park to tackle some of the trails. The park was just a 6-minute drive from the tiny container house and there was free parking on the street at the north trailhead right on Zoo Road.

We decided to hike the Vista Trail, which is 1.5 kilometres one way. This trail takes you to a two-level viewing platform where you can see the cliffs – apparently, it’s especially popular in the fall when you can peep the autumn foliage.

Most of the hike was through the forest; the only reminder that we were in the city was when we hit the ‘hydro corridor’. 

You can view a list of the various hiking trails at Rouge National Urban Park here.

Hiking in Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto, Ontario.
Enjoying a day hike in Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto.
Views from the platform at Rouge National Urban Park.
The hydro corridor in Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto.
Hydro lines in Rouge National Urban Park.
Power lines in Toronto’s hydro corridor in Rouge National Urban Park.

12:30 pm Grabbing some burgers for lunch

We were feeling pretty hungry after all that hiking and there weren’t any food options at the park, so we drove to the nearest plaza where we found a little burger joint. We ended up at Paul’s Breakfast & Burgers where we each ordered a burger and fries and proceeded to devour those in the parking lot. 

1:15 pm Visiting Rouge Beach Park

After lunch, we decided we wanted to do a bit more hiking so we drove down to Rouge Beach Park, which is part of Rouge National Urban Park.

This is where the Rouge River flows into Lake Ontario and it feels so far removed from the city. There’s a boardwalk through a beautiful section of marshland where you can see herons as well as smaller birds hopping across the lily pads.

There were people out canoeing, kayaking, biking, jogging and just enjoying the beginning of summer out on the Waterfront Trail.

Canoeing in Rouge Beach Park in Toronto, Ontario.
Water lilies in Rouge Beach Park.
Marshland in Rouge Beach Park, Toronto.

4:30 pm Time for an afternoon snack

We then drove back to the tiny container house but it was way too hot to be indoors in the middle of the afternoon. We decided to combat the heat with some cool drinks on the patio and some guacamole and tortilla chips.

8:00 pm Hanging around the campfire

That evening we enjoyed a little reading session around the campfire. Whenever Sam and I have a mutual interest in a book, we read it together by taking turns reading aloud to each other. Any other couples do that?!

Day 3

9:30 am Packing up and heading home!

And just like that, our little weekend getaway was over and it was time to drive back home. I’m always amazed at how refreshed I feel after just two days away doing something a little different from my normal routine. In our case, Sam and I spend a lot of time working in front of our computers, so getting to do a bit of hiking and treating ourselves to unusual accommodations is a great way to reset.

This was a really fun tiny house stay and I’d recommend it to anyone who lives in Toronto and is looking for a nature escape without having to drive very far.

For a little more travel inspiration, you can check out some other unique stays we’ve done just outside Toronto including this off-grid cabin stay in Schomberg and this cozy tiny cabin getaway in Glen Huron. 

Stay in a tiny container house in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Shipping container tiny home in Toronto, Ontario from a distance.
Aerial view of tiny container house in Toronto, Ontario.