- There is no shortage of spas near Montreal, but the ones below have all recently transformed into winter wonderlands that are perfect for a snowy getaway.
- Even better, all of these spas are just an hour or less from Montreal...
- Some are even accessible by public transit! Take a look below.
Now that the snow has fallen, one of my absolute favourite things to do is to visit a spa near Montreal. It's a great excuse to get out of the city and spend some time in the great, wintery outdoors without having to drop cash on a hotel or massage to actually feel pampered. However, keep in mind that a bunch of these places do offer massages and a couple do even have hotels attached if you're really looking to disconnect for a weekend.
For me, though, a couple hours doing a thermal circuit and I am ready to go home and sleep like a baby. There is nothing like curing the sweltering heat of a sauna by plunging into a freezing cold pool of water, and the best part is lounging in a nice hot tub to relax... until you do it all over again.
Dunking in a freezing river, like at Polar Bear's Club, is something that really gives me a serious reset after a hard week... and I can't wait to see how the new Forëna Thermal City turns out, because I'd love to not need a car to get there.
So, yes, I guess I'm a bit of a spa junkie.
Which is why I hope you enjoy this collection of winter wonderful spas only an hour from Montreal where you, too, can experience the relaxation of a hot tub while the snowfalls all around.
Polar Bear's Club
Why: River access makes this spa a real test of your grit, and also provides an unparalleled thermal circuit that you don't get at most spas.
Where: Piedmont, Laurentians
Distance from Montreal: 1 hr drive from Montreal
Spa Le Finlandais
Why: This spa is super accessible from the city, whether you have a car or not, and the lighting at night makes you feel like you're in another world.
Where: Rosemère, Laurentians
Distance from Montreal: 30 min drive, ~1 hr 20 mins by public transit
Why: Spa Ofuro is all about finding zen, surrounded by nature. You can stay overnight and get a massage, plus they run yoga every Tuesday and Thursday.
Where: Morin-Heights, Laurentians
Distance from Montreal: 1 hr 15 min drive
BALNEA réserve thermale
Why: Featured in our cover image, this spa not only has a thermal experience, they also host a calendar of activities like yoga by the lake and nature runs.
Where: Bromont, Eastern Townships
Distance from Montreal: 1 hr drive
Noah Spa de Venise-en-Québec
Why: As beautiful inside as it is outside, Noah Spa de Venise-en-Québec is one of three beautiful Noah Spas in Quebec that will let you stay the night and treat yourself to an array of beauty and spa services.
Where: Venise-en-Québec, Montérégie
Distance from Montreal: 50 min drive
Auberge et Spa Beaux Rêves
Why: This Nordic-style spa has a terrasse, restaurant, baths and massage services. Stay the night or get a day pass and take in the Finnish sauna, barrel sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and more.
Where: Sainte-Adèle, Laurentians
Distance from Montreal: 1 hr drive
Forëna Cité thermale
*These photos are just renderings as Forëna is still under construction.
Why: This urban Nordic spa will be opening its doors for the first time on December 20, 2019, so you can be one of the first to experience the city spa when it opens.
Where: Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Montérégie
Distance from Montreal: 25 min drive, ~1 hr 15 min by public transit