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4 of the best spas in Canada to warm up in this winter

Things are heating up at these four scenic spa retreats

  • Oct 21, 2021
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A steamy soak at Alberta’s Kananaskis Nordic Spa. (Photo: Lee Horbachewski)
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Stay warm while staying close to home this winter. Canadian Geographic Travel writers offer up four of their favourite places to beat the winter chill. From indulgent to scenic to rowdy, there’s a spa experience for every kind of pool devotee.

Nordik Spa-Nature, Chelsea, Que. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Nestled in the rolling pine forests of Chelsea, Que., Nordik Spa-Nature offers chilly city-dwellers an otherworldly sanctuary. Highlights include the Aufguss sauna aromatherapy ritual, overseen by a towel-wielding attendant who melts essential-oil-infused snowballs into scented vapour and whips steam around the room — trust me! — as well as a saltwater flotation pool that will melt away your cares. —Karen Pinchin

Usva Spa Nordik, Moncton, N.B.

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a sauna, cold-bucket dump and hammock swing at one of Atlantic Canada’s first of its kind, Usva Spa Nordik. A short drive from downtown Moncton, Usva hosts popular events like Bla-bla-bla Thursdays, where friends can socialize in spaces typically restricted to whispering, and serves up tasty food such as frozen yogurt and locally prepared poke bowls. —Karen Pinchin

Kananaskis Nordic Spa, Kananaskis, Alta.

Lean back and revel in spectacular, snow-capped views of the nearby Rockies at Kananaskis Nordic Spa, about an hour’s drive southwest from Calgary. With five pools, cedar saunas and a eucalyptus steam room, plus snug zip-closed hammocks, this spa also provides complimentary plaid robes and slippers to use during your visit — how Canadian! —Karen Pinchin

Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa, Moose Jaw, Sask.

Since its accidental discovery in 1910, geothermally-heated water deep underneath Moose Jaw has been a benefit to the city. When the original swimming pool and mineral spa, the Natatorium, was built in 1932, it was the largest pool and spa between Winnipeg and Vancouver, and it provided a training location for Canadian Olympian Phyllis Dewar. The city drilled a new well in 1980 to build the modern Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa, Canada’s largest therapeutic geothermal mineral water pool. —Maureen Shenher

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