Manitoba Winter Explorer Guide: 10 ways to find rest and relaxation this winter
November 08, 2021
A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territory and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. It encompasses the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis. To learn more about Manitoba's Treaty areas, click here.
Nothing says winter like getting cozy in the heat of a sauna, a mug of tea or a glass of spiked eggnog nestled between your hands. It’s been a long year and you deserve a little pampering. This winter, find some much needed R and R at one of these Manitoba spas.
Known as one of the city’s premiere spas, Thermea offers an outdoor oasis to be thoroughly enjoyed in winter. The signature Thermal Experience is the ultimate way to relax, and follows a hot-cold-rest cycle. In winter, steam rises over the dreamy temperate and hot pools, while the Polabër cold pool and the Icebër waterfall beckon only the brave. Wander into the indoor spaces for your hot cycles and enjoy a variety of dry saunas (don’t miss the Aufguss ritual) and steam rooms. During the rest period, lay down on a slab of hot rock or lean back on a heated seat and be soothed into a slumber with the aid of relaxing music overhead. Firepits are located throughout the facility for s’more roasting and relaxation.
Take the elevator up to the 7th floor to this ultra-chic and modern spa, where an age-old ritual awaits. Hamam is a hot air bathing ritual that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Turkish hamam is a tradition of physical and spiritual purification, where the body and skin is cleansed and purified from toxins. There are a number of packages available with the Hamam ritual, from a simple introduction to extended experiences that include massage.
This quiet sanctuary is nestled into one of Winnipeg’s most popular and lively public spaces: The Forks. The chic and sophisticated changing rooms will be your first introduction to the space, and you’ll want to arrive early to make time for a quick steam and sauna session. The main spa area is warm and cozy with a central fire place and plenty of nooks to lay back and relax in. New treatments offered at the spa include the Riverstone Signature Foot and Leg Treatment inspired by Polynesian rituals and Aromatherapy Hot Stone Massage using volcanic basalt stones that are re-energized upon every full moon allowing them to meet your specific energetic requirements; complemented with your selection of healing crystals.
Winnipeg’s first Japanese-style spa is all about Ganban-yoku, a popular form of thermal relaxation in Japan. The therapeutic session starts by choosing your stone of choice: Maifan, tourmaline, jade stone or tenshou stone. The stones are imported and naturally emit FIR (far-infrared rays) and negative ions that gently and evenly warm the body, allowing for the nervous system to balance and for joint pain and muscle stiffness to be relieved. Once in the heating room, the session starts quite simply by laying on one’s stomach for 30 minutes, hydrating, and them resuming for another 25 minutes on the back. The process is repeated until time is up – but trust me, you won’t want to leave anytime soon.
Discover the benefits of dead sea salt at the Urban Oasis Mineral Spa, located inside the Clarion Hotel. With a total salt concentration that is 10 times higher than ocean water, a soak in these mineral waters can help you to combat stress, increase circulation, balance skin moisture and ease muscle stiffness. Before or after your treatment, duck into the aroma-infused steam room for even more mind-melting relaxation.
After enjoying Riding Mountain’s numerous ski and snowshoe trails, head to the warm water of the Equinox pool. Infused with natural crystals found 3000 feet below the Canadian Prairies, these minerals provide healing and regeneration of the skin and also help to relieve muscle and joint pain. Solstice Spa also offers a full menu of massages, facials and other treatments. The spa provides robes, slippers, towels and complimentary snacks and herbal teas. Lunch is available to be catered right to a table in the spa.
Located in the heart of the city, this might be one of the most unique spots you’ll ever find relaxation. In the heart of The Forks are a series of architecturally designed saunas where you can gather with friends and enjoy a traditional Finnish sauna experience.
Stay at the Lakeview Hecla Resort, featuring an indoor pool and waterslide, outdoor pool and an adults-only pool area. The onsite Salka Spa offers a range of relaxing treatments. After your treatment, take a refreshing dip in one of the mineral pools: The Nordic Plunge to simulate circulation, The Hydo-Kinetic Pool to improve muscle strength, The Mineral Bath to rejuvenate Skin, or The Jetted Hot-Tub to relieve stress.
Try a different sauna experience inside a private infrared studio where you can read a book, meditate, listen to music, stretch, or catch up on your latest binge-worthy series, all while experiencing an invigorating deep-tissue sweat. Infrared saunas emit radiant heat that penetrates into the body to directly raise your body temperature instead of raising the heat level in the room like a traditional sauna. Infrared saunas can reach up to 70 degrees and are fully controlled by your desired comfort level.