January in Ontario isn’t exactly the most exciting time of year, especially without tropical vacation plans on the horizon. But, you may not know that this province is absolutely brimming with luxurious and charming accommodations that feel like a real getaway from everyday life. From Nordic cabins on the water to historic country inns, these Ontario winter resorts are worth checking out this season.

Who says you need a plane ticket to soak in an outdoor hot spring or stay in an 1800s castle? You can do it all and more right here at home.

Pillar & Post Inn

 

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This charming historic hotel in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake has a 13,000 sq ft spa with a gorgeous outdoor hot spring that you can enjoy all year round. There’s plenty to do in the Niagara region even in the wintertime, including an outdoor wine sampling with your very own fire pit and s’mores board. You could easily spend a weekend strolling among the heritage homes and sipping ice wine in this unique Ontario region.

Where: 48 John Street W, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Wander the Resort

 

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This isn’t your average lakefront resort. Comprised of sleek Nordic cabins on the water, this spot in Prince Edward County offers a classic Canadian winter getaway with a modern twist. Each cabin sleeps 5 people and comes with every amenity you could dream of, including heated floors in the winter. The resort hosts all-inclusive Wander Weekend packages with the very best that the County has to offer. You’ll want to come back in the summertime to experience the Beach Club.

Where: 15841 Loyalist Pkwy, Bloomfield

Ste Anne’s Spa


In the rolling hills of Northumberland, you’ll find an 1800s heritage fieldstone country castle converted into a dreamy and luxurious all-inclusive spa resort. Spend all day in your cozy bathrobe while you enjoy the peaceful surroundings, rejuvenating amenities, and delicious cuisine. You can book a day trip to the spa or spend the night in one of the charming cottages.

Where: 1009 Massey Rd, Grafton

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Millcroft Inn & Spa


This historic inn is located right outside of Toronto in Caledon. It dates back way to the 1880s and once housed a knitting mill, but has since been transformed into a charming hotel with 52 romantic guest rooms, relaxing outdoor hot spring pools, cross-country skiing, a spa, and more. Plus, the gorgeous grounds are an ideal backdrop for a cute photoshoot.

Where: 55 John St, Alton

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

 

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Modern luxury meets rugged Canadian nature at this sprawling Muskoka resort. When you’re not relaxing at the HydroSpa or enjoying the elegant atmosphere, you could go on a snowshoeing excursion, toast marshmallows over a fire, or glide on a 1.2 km skating trail at the nearby cranberry fields.

Where: 1050 Paignton House Rd, Minett

Elora Mill Hotel & Spa

 

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If you’re really in the mood to treat yourself, a stay at the charming Elora Mill is the ultimate indulgence. Spend your mornings gazing out at the sweeping views of “Ontario’s most beautiful village” and soaking in the spa’s hot tub overlooking the Elora Gorge. Sip on fresh-pressed juice, dine in the hotel restaurant’s solarium and wander along the cobblestone streets of this unique town like you’re on a trip to Europe.

Where: 77 West Mill St, Elora

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Described as downtown’s lakefront urban resort, this is the perfect spot for a getaway right in the city. The resort-style amenities include access to the screening room film series, Canada’s first Guerlain Spa, the fitness centre, and the heated year-round rooftop swimming pool (when restrictions aren’t in effect). You’ll also have a range of video game console and board game options for your suite.

Where: 111 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto