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Escape to winter bliss: Ontario's top 8 spa getaways

If you're looking for the perfect spot to relax and unwind following the holidays, look no further than a spa day—or weekend getaway—to one of Ontario’s top spas.
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

If you're looking for the perfect spot to relax and unwind following the holidays, look no further than a spa day—or weekend getaway—to one of Ontario’s top spas.

Winter in Ontario may be cold and dark but there’s no shortage of spas to escape to that will light you up and soothe your tired soul. Get ready for relaxation, rejuvenation, and a break from the winter chill with therapeutic hot baths, invigorating saunas, a spa treatment (or two!), gourmet meals, and cozy accommodations.

Here are Ontario's top 8 winter spa getaways for an unforgettable escape. 

1. Thermea Spa, Whitby

Thermea Spa in Whitby sets the stage for a rejuvenating experience with its six unique saunas, two steam baths, and hourly rituals featuring varied temperatures, aromas, and immersive sensory touches such as towel-waving, meditation, and more. The therapeutic journey continues with hot and cold baths for hydrotherapy and a Källa Epsom Salt Meditative float pool. Additional indulgences include a Rassoul clay body scrub, steam sessions, and a variety of massages and facial and foot treatments. With three on-site restaurant options, Thermea Spa is an all-day experience and holistic haven for those seeking a winter escape near Toronto.

2. Vetta Nordic Spa, Oro Medonte

Located in Oro Medonte, Vetta Nordic Spa offers a perfect mix of hydrotherapy in a serene winter setting. The spa features two eateries and a coffee bar, creating a cozy atmosphere for relaxation. While overnight stays aren't available on-site, the spa provides a convenient escape with numerous accommodations nearby, making it an accessible retreat for those seeking a day of tranquility.

3. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Blue Mountains

Tucked in the scenic winter wonderland of the Blue Mountains, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain invites guests to embrace the beauty of its surroundings. The spa offers various indoor and outdoor hot baths, cold plunges, waterfalls, saunas, and a eucalyptus steam room, complemented by indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and massage therapy services. The spa collaborates with surrounding hotels and B&B partners for those seeking an extended winter retreat, providing a perfect blend of relaxation and overnight accommodations.

4. Go Place, Markham


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Discover relaxation on a grand scale at Go Place, an expansive spa with endless cozy corners, saunas and lounge areas with infrared beds to slip into and simply unwind. The sprawling facility features a variety of jacuzzis and saunas with a wide variety of healing stones—such as amethyst, jade, and volcanic rock, all serving different purposes. Indulge in a foot massage or opt for massage therapy services to complete your rejuvenating experience. With the added bonus of a robot-delivered menu, including smoothies and teas, and an irresistible sushi restaurant, Go Place caters to every relaxation need.

5. Ste. Anne's Spa, Grafton

This ultimate winter spa getaway boasts over 30 rooms, countless spa treatment rooms, and wellness classes. Guests can choose from various packages that include gourmet on-site dining, and overnight cottage room stays, making it a comprehensive retreat. The accommodations are cozy, and the sprawling grounds set the stage for a harmonious blend of luxury and wellness that are even more magical when snow-covered in winter. 

6. The Spa at White Oaks Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Located in the Niagara region, The Spa at White Oaks Resort provides an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and access to a fitness facility. Indulge in a wide variety of spa treatments, including over 13 skincare options, as part of what they coined “Skin Fitness.” With on-site dining options and various packages for special events, this spa offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement for a Niagara weekend getaway.

7. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, Minett, Muskoka

Set against the stunning backdrop of Muskoka, JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa offers a weekend getaway at its finest. The spa features both indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy circuits, including salt rooms, massage chairs, foot reflexology massagers, and an oxygen bar. In summer, guests can also enjoy the unique outdoor Water Circuit with barrel saunas, an outdoor heated pool, and Muskoka chairs. But winter transforms into an entirely different experience, indulge in the ice bar experience and dine in private, cozy ice caves. With additional activities like snowshoeing and ice skating on-site, this resort promises a luxurious and adventurous winter escape.

8. Nordik Spa-Nature, Chelsea, Quebec (near Ottawa)

As the largest spa in North America, Nordik Spa-Nature is a must-visit for a slice of winter relaxation. Offering baths, saunas, rest areas, outdoor fire pits, and hot and cold pools, it's a paradise for those seeking a wellness experience. While not directly in Ontario, it's a short trip across the border, making it a worthwhile winter escape.

About the Author


Alicia is a journalist and editor in digital and print media specializing in health, nutrition, fitness, and wellness. She was previously the Editorial Director of Clean Eating and Vegetarian Times. Her work has also appeared in Hone Health The Edge, Yoga Journal, Women’s Running, and Oxygen, among others. In addition to being a content creator, she's an ISSA-certified nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and fitness studio owner in Toronto. Alicia loves spreading the word about helpful, science-backed health information, and she can be contacted via her website at