Top Outdoor Thermal Hot Springs To Discover In Ontario This Holiday Season

As the temperatures outside dip,  you might want to trade in the poncho for a bathing suit to explore some of the best-known hot springs and thermal pools in Ontario. There is nothing more relaxing than outdoor hot springs, especially when surrounded by snow-covered greenery and starry skies while rejuvenating from the winter chill. We’ve listed our top suggestions for outdoor thermal pools to experience this holiday season that are less than a 2-hour drive from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Body Blitz East

Toronto, Ontario
Rated the #1 spa in Toronto, Body Blitz offers a selection of indoor pools to erase away tension during the Winter months. Choose from the Warm Dead Sea Salt pool, Hot Epsom Salt Pool, Cold Plunge Pool, Eucalyptus steam room, or infrared sauna. Ask about the therapeutic water circuit before your visit and how it will help give you the best relaxation possible for your body. Traveling with 5 or more? Be sure to reserve your spot well in advance as weekends are their busiest times. Choose from two locations in downtown Toronto. For more information, visit Body Blitz

Scandinave Spa

Collingwood, Ontario
Located 2-hours North of Toronto, the Scandinave Spa offers the ultimate winter wonderland. If you are looking for a quick getaway from the Niagara Region or Toronto, this spa is definitely one to consider. Cleanse your body, release endorphins, and stimulate blood circulation at one of the many outdoor hydrotherapy baths. Enjoy the tranquillity of the eucalyptus steam baths, Finnish Sauna, or Infrared Sauna, follow that with a refreshing rinse at the Nordic waterfall, or cold plunge bath, or simply enjoy the crispness of the snow-covered mounts. You’ll need to leave the Instagram posts until you get home as the phone-free and silent springs are highly encouraged for visitors to enjoy a truly unwinding experience. The baths are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lounge in plush, terry cloth towels while sipping tea and relaxing in the Canadian red maple leaf Muskoka chairs. For more information, visit the Scandinave Spa

Millcroft Inn & Spa

Alton, Ontario
Located an hour northwest of Niagara Falls, the Millcroft Inn & Spa is part of the Vintage Hotel properties known famously for three prestigious properties located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Enjoy 2 outdoor hot spring pools, 1 polar plunge pool, 1 heated outdoor pool, 1 indoor pool, an indoor steam room, and a traditional Finnish cedar sauna. Finish with a fine dining wintery experience by the fire after you soak or make it an evening away from home with their many seasonal overnight packages. For more information, visit Millcrost Spa.

100 Fountain Spa, Pillar & Post

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Pillar, and Post is a 20-minute car ride from Hornblower Niagara Cruises in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The 100 Fountain Spa offers an incredible outdoor hot spring as well as outdoor and indoor pools. Cozy up by the fireplace with a hot beverage or glass of champagne in the Spa Lounge while waiting for a spa treatment. Enjoy the amenities including hot yoga and exercise classes, or a comforting dining experience at the Cannery or Pillar Wine Bar & Lounge. Looking to enjoy some of the dining specials they offer during the holiday season? Vintage Properties feature a dining special every night during the winter months. For more information, visit Pillar & Post.

However, if you choose to cozy up this winter, be sure to take the time to relax and recharge. And we don’t just mean your phone, really unwind and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season!