Imagine relaxing in a hot pool with the snowy Rocky Mountains on the horizon, enjoying the fresh sea breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, or seeing the northern lights jump across the night sky. Want to go for a swim as snowflakes tickle your face? Then you need to visit these five Canadian outdoor heated pools in the winter.
Dip into Ontario Luxury
You can find this luxurious spa tucked away in the Ontario forest. They offer the full Scandinavian bath experience year round. Snowy banks and pine trees accent their outdoor heated pools in the wintertime. In true Scandinavian fashion you can warm up in their outdoor heated bath then cool off under the Nordic Waterfalls. Alternatively, if you’re feeling playful, you could go for a quick roll in the snow! Afterwards you can unwind by the outdoor fireplaces. The balanced mix of hot and cold stimulates blood circulation and releases endorphins. The experience will leave you feeling relaxed and energized.
Thermal Magic in The Yukon
These hot springs have been a popular destination for over a century. The thermal water is full of healthy minerals that get absorbed through your skin as you soak in the pools. In particular, the calcium sulphates, magnesium, and silica help alleviate joint and muscle pain. The humidity from the pools form a heavy crystalline frost on everything around them, from the trees to your hair! The real magic happens after the sun sets and the stars come out; the northern lights can be seen dancing across the Yukon sky.
Alberta Mountain Views
This Lodge first opened its doors in 1922 and has always been a popular spot for celebrities, Royalty, and tourists alike. The log cabins face towards Lac Beauvert’s blue-green waters that turn white with snow and ice in the winter. The outdoor heated pool and hot tub are located right beside the lake and are open year round for everyone to enjoy. They give you a panoramic view of the frosted landscape framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
Nordic Hot Pool in New Brunswick
This Nordic style spa is nestled along the coastline of Southern New Brunswick. Their Hot Pool is a short distance away from the shoreline making it easy to take a “polar bear dip” in the Atlantic Ocean. After cooling off in the sea, you can warm up in their wood-fired Finland Sauna with a glass wall facing towards the Bay of Fundy. With snowy trees draped around the Hot Pool, this spa offers an intimate winter seaside experience
Watery Beauty in British Columbia
These soothing pools offer a waterfront view of the beautiful Upper Arrow Lake with the Monsahee Mountains in the background. In the winter, these views become whimsical as the snow takes over the lake and mountains. The hot springs heating the pools travel from deep underground, carrying with it healthy minerals including high levels of lithium. At this resort, the water is so pure you can buy bottles to drink in the gift shop! With water temperatures reaching up to 42 degrees Celsius, these pools will keep you comfortable as the snow falls.
Going for a hot dip during the winter is not just relaxing; it is good for your health. Cycling between the hot and cold temperatures promotes circulation and works the body’s cardiovascular system. The thermal waters at the hot springs offer many healing properties. In the Yukon they’re known to help with body pain and inflammation while the lithium rich water in BC has antidepressant properties. After experiencing any of these hot pools, your body will feel tranquil and rejuvenated. Which one will you try first?