13 Restorative Wellness Retreats in Ontario

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This past year has been nothing short of stressful, so with 2020 finally in the rearview mirror; there’s no better time for a wellness check, a mental detox, and some much-needed R’n’R. 

We all know that balancing hectic schedules and busy lives with self-care and wellness is vital, and spending time on headspace and relaxation has proven to play an essential part in living a healthy lifestyle. So for your well-being, plan a visit to one of these healing sanctuaries or wilderness retreats for a healthy dose of calm to get centred.  

We’ve put together a list of some of the best wellness retreats in Ontario to ensure you reach complete serenity. Leave your problems behind!  

Holistic wellness retreats combine yoga, meditation and spiritual restoration with organic, plant-based, guilt-free nutrition and detox programs for mind, body and soul healing. 

These wellness retreats in Ontario check all of the boxes. 

Grail Springs Retreat For Wellbeing, Bancroft 

As soon as you arrive at Grail Springs and are greeted by their beautiful gardens, you’ll begin to understand why this place is a magical place of healing and reflection.  

The staff are kind, helpful, and full of the positive energy you need to make you feel right at home. The food is all vegan, delicious and imaginative.  

Grail Springs is a private sanctuary near Bancroft devoted to providing a transformative experience in a picturesque natural setting. All-inclusive packages from two to over twenty nights are available, as well as special programs like SOULSHOPS, a diverse series of guided meditation workshops. 

Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, Wyebridge 

Get back to the basics with silent, mindfulness meditation, vegetarian and vegan juice and soup cleanses, and nature walks on their 150-acre property of t forests and meadows just a short drive south of Midland at Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre. 

This pet-friendly retreat features comfortable, cozy cabins and delectable plant-based whole foods, among a warm and welcoming atmosphere that will leave you feeling calm and collected. 

You’ll likely want to check out their Retreat Eats Cookbook after you get a taste of their delicious menu!  

Scandinave Spa, The Blue Mountains 

This spectacular indoor and outdoor wellness and spa experience is dedicated to quietly refreshing the body and spirit. The newest addition to their facility is the Forest Bathing Trail, a self-guided forest walk.  

Shinrin-Yoku, or ‘forest bathing,’ originated in Japan and is the practice of reconnecting with nature and benefiting from the forest’s peace and tranquillity. 

An absolute treasure in the Blue Mountains of Ontario, the Scandinave Spa‘s tranquil landscape and architecture surrounded by nature is a serene vacation for your mind, body and soul. 

The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee, Leskard 

Designed for groups, this super unique retreat north of Bowmanville offers customized workshops and events like soundscape meditations, Shinrin-Yoku, edible wild food walks, and B&B accommodations.  

The retreat centre is located in a heritage church nestled in the middle of a forest, leaving you feeling connected with the energy of nature. The caring and attentive hosts make you feel right at home with their welcoming presence and service. 

Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa, Cobourg 

Located in the picturesque hills of Northumberland County, this charming retreat center is a small boutique hotel surrounded by forest with a grand view overlooking Lake Ontario in the distance.  

Experience personalized and complimentary yoga sessions, forest meditation and calming in-room massage on your path to rejuvenation. 

Ste. Anne’s Spa, Grafton 

Head to Canada’s largest (and voted favourite) destination spa for wellness classes, including yoga and meditation.  

In addition to its outstanding on-site services and accommodations, you’ll want to give your taste buds a wellness treatment at Ste. Anne’s Bakery, just a kilometre down the road from the inn. This bakery specializes in freshly prepared, gluten-free goodness. 

Truly one of the best wellness retreats in Ontario, Ste. Anne’s Spa’s immaculately kept grounds & walking trails are perfect places to walk around and enjoy some fresh air.  

Elmhirst’s Resort, Keene 

At Elmhirst’s Resort, you’ll find an oasis that prides itself on fresh farm cuisine, outdoor adventures, and indoor pampering in the heart of the Kawarthas.  

Seasonal yoga packages offer various wellness classes, workshops, meals and access to all the resort’s amenities and planned free activities. The perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, each charming cottage features its private dock on Rice Lake’s waterfront.  

Grand Wellness Centre, Brantford 

For something a little different, head to Grand Wellness Centre in Brantford.  

When you’re there, try an authentic European beer bath and beer spa treatments using hops, barley and yeast. These ingredients are great for exfoliation, elasticity and hydration of the skin. Relax in the salt caves and have a beer soak.  

Pair it with a cool glass of Ramblin’ Road draft beer, and cheers to zen! 

Northern Edge Algonquin, South River 

Experience the best of Algonquin Park hospitality and comfort at this restorative nature retreat. All-inclusive getaways include cozy accommodations, tailored outdoor and healing activities, and organic, creative, locally sourced meals colourfully described by their chef as it’s prepared to your liking. A pleasant and magical deep forest experience makes these Northern Edge Algonquin retreats feel like heaven on earth. 

Algonquin Log Cabin Adventure with Voyageur Quest, South River 

Lounge fireside and gaze up at the vast, untainted night sky from a rustic, authentic log cabin tucked in Surprise Lake’s forest, just outside the northwest corner of Algonquin Park.  

Wolf Den Nature Retreat, Algonquin Highlands 

Situated on the Oxtongue River close to the west gate of Algonquin Park, this beautiful forest lodge features hostel-style accommodations as well as four independent eco-cabins.  

It’s the perfect spot to soak up the good nature vibes and connect with other hikers, photographers and nature enthusiasts around their community firepit and common kitchens. Cabinscape, various locations in Southern Ontario 

Cabinscape, various locations in Southern Ontario

Ecotherapy begins the moment you arrive at one of these Insta-dreamy, off-the-grid, solar-powered tiny cabins surrounded by windows and natural light.  

Each remote cabin comes equipped with lake views, rugged landscapes, wilderness trails, and picture-perfect privacy. 

Enjoy great hiking in the spring, a wonderful swim on a warm day, or looking across the gorgeous snow-covered landscape over a bonfire; Cabinscape’s inventive & accommodating micro cabins are a sight to behold year-round.    

Onthe9, Mono 

If your ‘me time’ means ‘solo time,’ check out this adorable little cabin perched on the edge of a bit of lake, perfect for a weekend of reading, relaxing and recharging.  

It’s part of a larger B&B property, so you’ll also have access to the main house. The hosts and staff are spectacular and will turn your getaway from great to the divine. And this little slice of heaven is less than an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto. 

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

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