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In pictures: A peek inside three of Canada's most innovative cottages

These high-design havens are ingeniously wedded to their surroundings, offering seamless transitions between indoors and out

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Joined by a second-storey loft, the two wings of Anne Maheux and Greg Hill’s cabin in Quebec sits among trees on top of a bluff, giving it the feeling of a tree house.

Christian Lalonde/Photolux Studios

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The fine screen that surrounds the patio can be fully retracted, transforming the space into an outdoor room.

Christian Lalonde/Photolux Studios

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The windows along the back of Hilton and Barbara Tudhope’s cottage, built into a hillside, draw the forest into the rooms in the rear.

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Triple-glazed windows, along with a geothermal heating system that uses the adjacent pond to exchange heat, are among the many features that enable this getaway to tread lightly on the land that surrounds it.

Shai Gil

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The wings of this V-shaped summer home, designed by Omar Gandhi, wrap around a bowl-shaped lawn, a hub of family activity.

Greg Richardson

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A retractable glass wall opens up a gathering space adjacent to the kitchen, where a fireplace hangs above a slate-accented floor.

Greg Richardson

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The two-storey windows are lined with sunshades.

Greg Richardson

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Two walls of windows in the master bedroom afford excellent views of the surrounding woods.

Greg Richardson

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