How can we escape winter without actually flying to another country? Easy! Just imagine being inside a hot bath or jacuzzi, overlooking beautiful winter sceneries without the cold factor. You're in your bathing suit during winter, yet you're not cold. It's the best feeling in the world. That's what made me want to put together a list of best spas close to Montreal 2016 edition.
319 chemin du Lac Gale, Bromont
Balnea is located in the Eastern Townships, directly on a private lake surrounded by mountains. It offers a full one of services: face and body treatments, thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, and many others.
1744 Rue William #501
Spa Cloud is famous for using strictly organic products in order to help you escape everyday life stresses. In addition, it's the only spa in Montreal offering cryotherapy, a chilled free-standing chamber that stimulates your body's natural healing processes.
Strom Spa Nordique
1001 Boulevard de la Forêt, Verdun
Strom Spa Nordique specializes in thermotherapy. Body wraps, massages, exfoliations, waterfalls, thermal pools, Turkish steam bath, Finnish sauna... all this can be found at Strom.
Scandinave Spa Mont Tremblant
4280 Montée Ryan, Mont-Tremblant
Scandinave Spa offers a completely zen experience in the beautiful surroundings of the Mont-Tremblant area. Scandanavian baths, also known as hydrotherapy, provide many benefits such as cleansing the skin, improving blood circulation and promoting the realease of endorphins for total body relaxtion.
777 Chemin de St Adolphe, Morin-Heights
This Japanese spa offers an extraordinary regenerative experience. Located near Saint-Sauveur, Ofuro Spa allows its visitors to enjoy thermotherapy with dry and steam saunas, and a natural river with Nordic baths for a refreshing swim. You can also treat yourself to a massage or other body procedures... If you wish, you can even rent a room and stay for the night.
400 Rue Beaubien Est
Ovarium was the very first floatation bath centre to open in Montreal. Today, Ovarium offers six therapeutic flotation bath rooms and eleven massage therapy rooms. These two relaxation techniques combined make for an ultimate mind and body rejuvenation.
Spa Escale Santé
4050 Rue Molson Suite # 100
This modern design spa is known for its complete range of high-quality products. Guests can relax in the hydro-massage baths, unwind in the cine-lounge or recharge in the Finnish sauna and steam room.
55 Rue Saint-Jacques
Located in the Place D’Armes Hotel in the Old Port, Rainspa offers a complete range of aesthetic and paramedical treatments, as well as Eucalyptus Steam vapor hammam (my personal favourite).
Polar Bear's Club
930 Boulevard des Laurentides
Located in the Saint-Sauveur area, The Polar Bear’s Club Spa-Hotel is a true oasis of relaxation. It has everything you want a perfect spa to have: baths, saunas, massages, face and body treatments... Leave the city life behind and run away to Polar Bear Spa.
124, 125 boul. Labelle, Rosemère
Far from our city's stress, Spa Finlandais is the epitome of tranquility. It's home to six saunas, four arctic baths, two turmoil baths, two nordic waterfalls, hammam and steam bath, relaxation areas and so much more. You can even rent a room and stay for the night if you find yourself too relaxed to drive back home.
Our province is home to some beautiful mountains that get packed with snow once winter hits.
And if you're already planning your skiing adventures for the 2021-2022 season, Casino En Ligne's new ranking of the "Top 9 Ski Resorts Quebec Has to Offer This Winter" may help you narrow down where you want to go.
The Top 9 Quebec ski resorts to check out this winter according to Casino En Ligne are:
It comes with little surprise that Tremblant won the top spot. As Casino En Ligne put it, "Mont Tremblant is a great skiing location for those of any level of experience whether a seasoned skier or beginner. The renowned resort has over 100 trails in total; 22 easy, 31 difficult and 49 very difficult/extreme. Mont Tremblant has been voted the top ski resort on the East Coast of North America."
Before we know it, it'll be time to hit the slopes again.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Why You Need To Go: This is one of the more popular spots for a country house because it's close to the city, but still gives you the feeling of being on a getaway. Whether you have a house here or not, you definitely need to make the trip.
Why You Need To Go: Great in the winter, great in the summer, this town is downright fantastic at any time of the year. It's also home to the fabulous Estérel Resort which will truly make you feel like you're travelling abroad.
Though the resort is in Quebec, you can still sip cocktails on sandy beaches, take a dip in multiple pools and tubs, and enjoy delicious food from three on-site restaurants — all while surrounded by three lakes and the gorgeous nature of the Laurentians.
While you're there, you can also explore the Laurentians through outdoor activities like paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating and biking.
Motorboats are available for rent for an afternoon of cruising on Quebec waters, for groups of eight to 13 people.
The resort's Nordic thermal spa features hot tubs, a polar bath, a dry sauna, a "hammam" sauna and a barrel sauna on the lake. Two heated outdoor pools are available for resort-goers year-round.
Price: Varies — packages start at $159
Address: 39, blvd. Fridolin-Simard, Estérel, QC
Why You Need To Go: Outdoor activities, motorboat rentals, spa treatments and good food make Estérel resort your summer home away from home.