Recharge at These Hydrotherapy Spots Across Canada


Hot and cold therapy is said to boost your mood, circulation and energy levels. Try it for yourself at these recently opened spas and wellness studios.

A guided sauna session at Othership in Toronto


Toronto, ON

There’s no shh–ing aboard Othership, where private spa meets social bathhouse. At this popular Adelaide and newly opened Yorkville hot spot, wellness–seekers break the ice with each other during guided sauna and chill bath sessions and alcohol–free evening socials.

April 17, 2024
A group of four partaking in a sauna session at Alter in Toronto
Alter   Photo: Imtiaz Rashid/@instarashid


Toronto, ON

Elements of yoga, reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, breathwork and meditation come together in the self–led hot–and–cold cycle and classes at Alter. The circuit includes access to an essential oil–infused Finnish sauna, four–person ice baths and a tea lounge.

A woman standing in a pool at Strøm Saint-Sauveur, overlooking a bridge
Strøm Saint–Sauveur   Photo: Bianca Des Jardins/Strøm


Saint–Sauveur, QC

The latest Strøm Nordic Spa outpost is one of its most impressive, featuring a handful of outdoor hot tubs and cold pools, saunas, a eucalyptus steam room and relaxation spaces ranging from a ravine–side lounge deck to a cozy room with seating beside a crackling fire.

A man dumping a bucket of water onto a woman beside a cabin on wheels at Wildwood Saunas
Wildwood Saunas

Wildwood Saunas

Metchosin, BC

With a new location at century–old Bilston Creek Farm, surrounded by lavender fields and lush forest, Wildwood Saunas lets you pop in for private or community 90–minute sessions where you can alternate between toasty wood–burning sauna and cold plunge bath.

Circle Wellness

Circle Wellness

Vancouver, BC

After making waves on Industrial Avenue, Circle Wellness brings an expanded version of its private, self–guided thermal spa concept to Granville Island with freshwater and five–step wellness circuits. Clothing optional.

A view of the saunas on top of a barge at the Havn Floating Nordic Spa
Havn Floating Nordic Spa   Photo: Angel M. Rodriguez

Havn Floating Nordic Spa

Victoria, BC

An outdoor hydrotherapy circuit — with saunas, cold and hot pools — awaits at this floating Nordic spa, all constructed with reclaimed cedar on a vintage naval barge in Victoria’s inner harbour. Bonus: city and ocean views.