15 Best Wellness Retreats In Ontario
Published By Northern Edge Algonquin on October 7th, 2020 in Edge Insider
Autumn is the season for grounding through change at a wellness retreat in Ontario.
If this year has given us one thing, it’s been constant change. We’ve been forced to adapt and evolve. Consumed with this change we may not have found many moments of peace to root down into personal wellness.
With Autumn reminding us of the beauty of transformation, the opportunity is here to ground through change as well as intentionally going within. It’s a time to release the old season and what we no longer wish to carry forward with us.
Wellness retreats are curated spaces and programs specifically designed for you to catch your breath from the on-going demands of day to day. They help you to move towards solitude (and escape the news) and to process your experiences. At a wellness retreat you are supported through moments of growth and change, so that you can return home feeling rejuvenated and with all of this change in perspective. We could all use a little bit of that in our lives right now…
Why Recommend Other Wellness Retreats?
Although Northern Edge Algonquin is a wellness retreat centre, we only host a specific type of gathering: small, intimate groups who wish to be the only people on the property. We also have a unique offering that might not suit everyone. So, that’s why we wanted to introduce you to some other great places to consider (alongside us!)
*This is not an ordered list… all are fantastic options.
1. Ste. Anne’s Spa
First up on the list is a crowd-favourite spa which also happens to be Canada’s largest, located in Grafton. No matter what relaxes you best, be it a yoga session or meditation, indulgent body treatments, hydrotherapy, delicious food or even a round of golf, your best bet will be a package tailor-made at Ste. Anne’s Spa just for you.
Come rain, snow or shine, Ste. Anne’s Spa is one of those places that draws you in with its stunning ambience. One look at Ste. Anne’s Spa’s Instagram account and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about!
2. Pillar and Post
Based in a picturesque town location in Niagara-on-the-lake, Pillar and Post guarantees the best of both worlds with five-star luxury treatment in a homely country inn setting!
Spend your day there exploring and making the most of their indoor and outdoor spa. Afterwards indulge in a fine dining experience and retire for the night in your spectacular suite.
3. Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa
If you’re looking for a place that offers Ayurvedic massage therapies reminiscent of India in a setting that is luxuriously Canadian, Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa is just the place for you.
Choose one of their overnight retreat packages and book for one of their many signature experiences to restore your natural inner equilibrium in a holistic manner.
Become One With Nature
4. Whispering Springs
Set in the heart of the great outdoors of Grafton, this wellness retreat is the perfect spot to reconnect with the wilderness. Substitute your sleeping bags for a king-sized bed and your flashlight for mood lighting in this reinvented camping ambience. Glamping is just what you need to relax at Whispering Springs, after the daily yoga sessions they offer. Wellness is extended to their fresh farm-to-table food using seasonal local produce so you feel good inside out.
5. Shanti Retreat
Why not invest your time in a yoga, wellness and self-care retreat to honour yourself in the picturesque setting of Shanti Retreat?
Spread out across 11 acres, this property based in Wolfe Island is stunning to say the least. The expansive view allows you to take in those spectacular sunsets along the shore. Amp up the relaxation factor with yoga sessions, a peppering of massage therapies, reiki sessions and nutritious vegetarian meals.
6. Scandinave Spa
If there’s something the Scandinavians (the inventors of the ‘Hygge’ concept) know, it’s how to relax. Scandinave Spa is set in the stunning Blue Mountains area with large indoor and outdoor spas offering sweeping views of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment. Indulge your senses in one of the Scandinavian refreshing steam baths or ‘roll in the snow’ before you head on over for more relaxation to rest on one of their many muskoka chairs.
7. Grail Springs Retreat for Wellbeing
Along the Spurr Lake’s shores spread out across 100-acres, close to Bancroft, is Grail Springs Retreat for Wellbeing. Their all-inclusive wellness packages consist of accommodation in their rustic suites, plant-based meals and several workshops related to wellbeing to attend. Their patrons are known to revisit this sanctuary annually for their yearly dose of wellness.
You may not have considered an AirBnB rental as a wellness retreat option, but Mono-based Onthe9 cabin is an idyllic stay to rest and rejuvenate. Live the luxury cabin life here amidst your personal oasis spreading across 15 acres. This is especially a great option for couples looking for a wellness retreat together.
For cabin living lover’s seeking different cabins across the country for your annual wellness retreats, Cabinscape is your best bet. They boast specifically designed tiny cabin rentals in various rugged secret landscapes which have a low ecological impact. They have 7 properties across Ontario ideal for short weekend wellness retreats by yourself or close family and friends.
10. Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre
Wyebridge located Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre is just the spot to head if you are looking to change your life for the better. The quaint and comfortable cabin style cottages, the delicious vegetarian/vegan fare and the daily yoga and meditation workshops allow you to truly connect with your inner self. There’s nothing quite like enveloping yourself in the environment of their 150-acre grounds filled with greenery. Welcome peace into your life, it doesn’t get sweeter than Sugar Ridge.
11. The Wolf Den Nature Retreat
Feel the good vibes surround you at the Wolf Den Nature Retreat, set along the Oxtongue river. On a budget? Not to worry as they also have hostel accommodation alongside their standalone eco-cabins. This is the best option for those seeking out a wellness retreat on a budget.
12. Elmhirst’s Resort
Nestled along the Rice Lake and boasting an impressive history, all-season friendly Elmhirst’s Resort is a family favourite for wellness retreats. Spread out over an area of 240-acres, Elmhirst’s Resort is based on environmental sustainability. Enjoy a variety of outdoor adventures, a couple of indoor relaxation and pampering along with locally sourced delicious meals. Head out when they offer their yoga and wellness packages to make the most of your wellness retreat.
13. The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee
This beautiful and quaint boutique wellness retreat will have your jaw dropping. The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee is ideal for those looking for an escape as part of a group. What’s best is that you could feel more in touch with your spiritual side as the activities are conducted in the local heritage church. Participate in one of their soundscape meditation events or edible wild food walks.
Up The Quirk
14. Grand Wellness Centre
If you crave unique experiences Brantford-based day spa Grand Wellness Centre has a few out-of-the-box wellness treatments for you! Their expertise lies in specialised massage therapies which promote ultimate relaxation.
The one that caught our attention was the beer spa. This takes ‘on tap’ to a whole new level with beer-filled tubs which rejuvenate your skin! You could choose from a beer soak, a healing ‘ale’ments scrub or a body brew wrap.
They also boast a large salt cave used for Halotherapy. This service relieves your respiratory system and leaves you feeling energized after a 45-minute session.
15. Northern Edge Algonquin: What Do We Offer?
If you want to bring together a group of 8 to 25 people for a fully customized wellness experience, consider us. Here are some of the bullet points:
- You’ll have the entire place to yourself
- We offer excellent off-the-shelf options (try Girlfriend Getaways, Quest For Balance, or Trails, Tales, and Ales) or fully customized experiences
- Our beautiful forest property has private accommodations on Kawawaymog Lake near Algonquin Park
- The food is absolutely delicious (see for yourself)
- You can canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard just steps from your cabin… or enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, or kicksledding in the winter.
- And many, many more benefits and special offerings.
Just browse our website and get in touch if you’d like to explore the options.