Besides all the holiday joy and winter fun, this cold season tends to drag our skin through the mud – dull and lacking moisture. That’s where skin care, spa days, and wellness experiences come in handy. And Ontario is filled with all these wonderful wellness escapes. Though perfect in any season, our skin needs A LOT of extra love and care during the winter.
From hot springs to spa days and even ice baths, these wellness experiences are worth your time and money. We’ve compiled a list of the best and must-try spots in Ontario.
Here are 10 wellness escapes in Ontario to experience this winter
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This Niagara-on-the-Lake spa is the best of both worlds. On one hand, there’s a super cool indoor pool framed by palm trees and tropical prints. On the other, there’s the secluded outdoor hot spring. We recommend a dip in both.
Where: 48 John St West, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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 getaway with a modern twist.
Each cabin sleeps 5 people and comes with every amenity you could dream of, including heated floors — perfect for a double date weekend.
Where: 15841 Loyalist Pkwy, Bloomfield
If you really want 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.
Where: 77 West Mill St, Elora
Looking for a dreamy getaway from the city? Vettä Nordic Spa is a peaceful oasis hidden in a picturesque valley. This spa offers a traditional Finnish hydrotherapy circuit of heat, cold, and relaxation.
Where: 3210 Line, 3 Line North, Oro-Medonte ON
Tucked along a quiet country road, you will find Ste. Anne’s Spa, one of Canada’s “top destination spas” of 2022.
Featuring multiple hydrotherapy pools that include an Upper Lazy River Pool (warm 90° – 95°), Below the Falls Sitting Jet Pool (warm 90° – 95°), Upper Sitting Thermal Spa (hot 102° – 104°), the Yukon Plunge Pool (cold 60° – 65°), and a hot tub, your body will be in relaxation in no time.
Where: 1009 Massey Rd, Grafton ON
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Here your next self care adventure! If you have yet to enjoy an ice bath and sauna experience, Toronto’s Othership welcomes eager wellness practitioners with open arms. According to its founding team, Othership offers “a modern and unique take on the science-backed routine that’s proven to reduce stress and inflammation, increase immunity and even reduce risk of cardiovascular events.”
Where: 110 Bloor St West & 425 Adelaide St W
This place is absolutely jam-packed with wellness features. We all need to become a better version of ourselves sometimes and there’s no way you could leave Grail Springs without feeling new and improved. Take a soak in the outdoor mineral tub, which opens your pores and eliminates toxins. You heard us right, it clears your skin.
Where: 2004 Bay Lake Rd, Bancroft
This Toronto Yorkville location is changing the game. Head over to Novo Spa for state-of-the-art massage therapy, mani/pedis, and loads of other services. This relaxing spot is calling your name!
Where: 66 Avenue Rd
Located inside the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Spa My Blend has it all. They started as the city’s first Champagne Nail Bar, but quickly grew into the expansive wellness centre they are today. You can enjoy 16 private treatment rooms, a variety of water therapies, aromatherapy steam rooms, saunas, and aroma-infused vitality pools. Ahh, we’re feeling more relaxed already.
Pro tip: check out their myBlend skincare lineup. It’s only available at the Ritz and nowhere else in North America. You’ll feel rejuvenated at the spa AND at home.
Where: 181 Wellington St
Famous for being one of Canada’s most picturesque destinations, Niagara-on-the-Lake is worth a visit for the scenery alone — adding to its charm is the 124 on Queen hotel and spa.
The elegant 70-room hotel occupies six heritage-style buildings in the heart of the community.
The 12,000-square-foot spa features a hydrotherapy circuit with hot and cold pools, saunas, steam rooms, sensory experience showers, and even a snow room.
Where: 124 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake