When it comes to enjoying some R&R, one of the best places in Canada to enjoy a getaway than at one of the spas in Quebec City. Nordic spas, wellness centres, hydrotherapy pools and thermal experiences are just a few of the offerings, with many nestled in dreamy, snow-covered forests or boasting sweeping views of the city skyline.
Historic Quebec City has its fair share, and a rejuvenating spa sesh is the perfect way to cap off a day of exploring the fortified town centre. Here are some of the most unique, memorable Quebec City spas, which are sure to leave you saying, “la vie est belle!”
This newer spa in Quebec City also has one of the best locations, just a five minute drive from the city centre with a perch along the Saint Lawerence River. Strom Spa is based around the thermotherapy ritual, where guests alternate between hot, cold and relaxation areas like Nordic baths, eucalyptus steams, Finnish saunas and waterfalls.
There are also tranquil pools, including an indoor/outdoor one, an infinity pool overlooking the river, and the Laga floatation bath with a salt content so high it mimics the Dead Sea.
Other amenities include a spa area with massage therapy, body wraps and scrubs, a fantastic restaurant, and relaxation rooms that are the perfect place to curl up and take a nap. Click here to book
This Scandinavian-inspired spa near Quebec City (formerly known as Siberia Station Spa) makes the most of its natural, wooded surroundings and is situated on the serene shores of rivière Jaune. Siberia Spa’s outdoor facility is open year-round, and features a combination of hot and cold pools fed by fountains as well as Finnish and infrared saunas.
Get toasty in front of one of the roaring fireplaces, chill out while hanging in a hammock inside one of Sibéria’s yurts, or grab a good book and curl up in the igloo (no need to be alarmed—it’s heated!). The spa gets top marks for its eucalyptus-infused steam room, which is the perfect place to ward off winter’s ailments.
One of the city’s trendier options, SKYSPA is found in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood 30 minutes from Old Quebec, and lives up to its name when it comes to its location. The spa is located on the 17th floor of a large complex, offering unobstructed, panoramic views of the city stretched out below.
The best way to enjoy the birds-eye vantage point is to soak in one of the pools on the outdoor terrace, brave the cold basin which is fed by a Nordic waterfall, or soak up the sun while lying on one of the large bean bag chairs scattered around the rooftop.
Inside, spa-goers will find a Finnish sauna and eucalyptus steam bath, which are a great place to unwind after one of SKYSPA’s signature treatments. Book in for a hot stone or aromatherapy massage, or slip into a state of bliss during an oriental volcanic body wrap which includes a mud wrap, scalp massage and hot stone massage. Très bien!
Spa des Nieges
A quintessentially Canadian option, Spa des Nieges is a great place to unwind after a day on the slopes, being just a short drive away from Mont-Sainte-Anne. The smell of a wood burning fireplace welcomes spa-goers as soon as they walk through the entrance, and the cozy interior has comfy couches perfect for curling up in.
Outside, hydrotherapy pools are nestled on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, where guests can hop between the rejuvenating cold pools, steaming sauna and hot tubs. Other relaxation spots include teepees and colourful hammocks which dot the shoreline, making for the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon nap.
FYI: Groups of at least 15 people can rent out the entire spa for only $29 per person, and there are also discounts for those who present their Mont-Sainte-Anne day pass.
Le Monastère des Augustines
The Quebec City spa resort Le Monastère des Augustines grabs a spot on the list of unique spas thanks to its location in the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery. Located in the historic heart of the city, the monastery just so happens to be one of the first hospitals that was built in North America north of Mexico. It has since been converted into a beautifully appointed hotel, and the entire centre is now a haven for serenity and wellness.
Besides lectures and yoga classes, Le Monastère des Augustines also offers treatments including holistic health consultations, meditation sessions, reflexology and a variety of relaxing massages. Those who grab a bite to eat at the restaurant may be surprised to notice how quiet it is during breakfast–no talking allowed!
Moment Spa Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Moment Spa is one of the most memorable spas in old Quebec City, thanks to its coveted location in the iconic Château Frontenac which is one of the world’s most photographed hotels.
Along with its views of the Saint Lawrence River and old town, the spa offers an indoor pool, steam bath and a mani-pedi room. Treatments include staples like aromatherapy massages and facials, as well as hydrating body wraps using ingredients including shea butter, bamboo, lotus and water lily. Can you say spa-aah?!
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This article was originally published in May 2017 and updated in December 2020
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