When it comes to spa getaways, there’s no better place in Canada to enjoy some R&R than Quebec. Nordic spas, wellness centres, hydrotherapy pools and thermal experiences are just a few of the offerings found in all corners of the province, 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 spas in and around Quebec City, which are sure to leave you saying, “la vie est belle!”
Sibéria Station Spa
A 20 minute drive from the city, the Scandinavian-inspired escape makes the most of its natural, wooded surroundings and is situated on the serene shores of rivière Jaune. The 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
Found in the heart of Quebec City, Le Monastère des Augustines grabs a spot on the list of unique spas thanks to its location in the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery, which just so happens to be one of the first hospitals 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.
Alongside lectures, yoga and a healthy restaurant, Le Monastère des Augustines also offers treatments including holistic health consultations, meditation sessions, reflexology and a variety of relaxing massages.
Spa du Château
Spa du Château is one of Quebec City’s more memorable spas, thanks to its coveted location. As the name suggests, it’s housed in a chateau—the iconic Château Frontenac to be exact, 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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Globe Guide explored Quebec City in collaboration with Quebec Tourism. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles