- It's that time of year where you just want to drop everything and hit the road, and what better destination to have than one of the many relaxing spas in Quebec?
- If you were thinking of buying yourself a present this holiday season, consider splurging on a spa day!
- Find out some of the perfect spas to escape to in the province below!
This is a good time of year to pack it all in, call in sick and head to one of the unique spas in Quebec. A few weeks ago we took a look at some of the best spas no further than an hour away from Montreal. But what if you want to make it a longer road trip, see somewhere new, or just separate yourself a little more from Montreal?
Nordic baths are one of the best ways to relax, energize, release some tension, stimulate blood circulation and even give you a little boost of endorphins. The latter being helpful when the days are so short.
For the utmost in Gumby-like relaxation, each of the spas below also offers exceptional massages and most will even forgive the bath admission cost if you book one of their services.
The prices listed below are for a full day at the spa of your choice but don't forget to check out the holiday promotions, and late-night spa prices as you can save a few dollars.
If you want to get away from it all (or just your family) over the Christmas break, check out nine of the best spas around Quebec for the ultimate splurge.
L’Éternel Spa, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Where: 160 Rue du Massif, Saint-David-de-Falardeau
Thermotherapy Cost: Starting at $52
If there has ever been a reason to make the six-hour drive to Saguenay, this nordic bath may be it. The spa, which sits at the foot of a ski resort, runs along a natural river, so get ready for breathtaking views. There is a natural cold-water pool, four hot water pools, yurts with fireplaces and saunas.
Where: 6000 Boulevard Rome #400, Brossard
Monday to Thursday: $39
Friday to Sunday: $44
You won't have to travel far from Montreal to enjoy a day of relaxation at Quartier DIX30. For pain and the feeling of well being, the spa follows the adage of hot (saunas or spas), cold (pools or shower), rest (in front of the indoor or outdoor fires), repeat. Now those are directions I can follow.
Spa des Neiges
Where: 9480 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Monday to Thursday: $38
Friday to Sunday: $45
If you plan on skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne over the holidays, end your day at Spa des Neiges. Everything about this place screams cozy and the wood-burning fireplaces only add to the ambiance. It has the usual assortment of Nordic baths, saunas, teepees and relaxation areas.
Thermotherapy Cost: $58
If you can swing it, KiNipi also has a gorgeous hotel attached. Between the Finnish baths, hammam, saunas, and massage treatments you can also visit the amazing restaurant. If you're lucky enough to book a room, you won't have to leave the premises (or your bathrobe) for the weekend.
Siberia Station Spa
Where: 339 Rue de Geneve, Quebec City
Thermotherapy Cost: $47
Siberia Station has to be one of the best Scandanavian spas in the province. Just three hours from Montreal, relax the day away in alternating hot and cold baths, infrared saunas, steam rooms, hammocks, or relaxation yurts. Or warm up and dry off by one of the indoor or outdoor fires.
PAŪS Spa Experience
Where: Two locations
3131 Rue King Ouest, Sherbrooke
1303 Boulevard Talbot, Chicoutimi
Thermotherapy Cost: $20
You can take your pick between the Sherbrooke or Saguenay location, either one you're in for a day of ultimate relaxation at this thermotherapy spa. They have everything from whirlpools, saunas and steam baths, to swimming pools, cool spaces, and rest areas you won't want to leave.
Where: 883 Route Missisquoi, Bolton-Est.
Monday to Thursday: $34
Friday to Sunday: $45
A little over an hour's drive from Montreal sits the Spa des Chutes de Bolton. This is the only spa in North America that offers the old school Finnish smoke sauna, the savusauan. Outdoor and eucalyptus steam baths will take the sting out of the cold part of the spa - which uses the natural (and terribly cold) river. You can also get 25% off during the holiday season.
Where: 777 Chemin de St Adolphe, Morin-Heights
Thermotherapy Cost: $45
You can head to the Morin-Heights in the Laurentians if you're looking for zen-like Japanese architecture and a breathtaking view of mountains. There are three indoor relaxation rooms when you've had enough of the eucalyptus steam bath, four hot whirlpool baths, two cold baths and a cold river you can jump into.
Where: 4200 Rue Forest Hill, Rawdon
Thermotherapy Cost: $51
This may have one of the most beautiful locales of the bunch, steeped in the mountains, this Nordik spa has everything you would expect along with zero gravity chairs in a special completely blacked out darkroom. While the days are meant for quiet, some nights can get a little livelier with music.
A day spent at any of these spas will make the holidays go a little smoother.