Header photo by The Forks

If I were Queen, every household in Manitoba would have its own personal sauna. Consider Finland, where for the 5.3 million citizens, there are also 3.3 million saunas. If there is any other place on Earth that deserves such a ratio, it's Manitoba. Learn to love (even crave) the hot-cold cycle with these six hot spots in Manitoba.

1 - Crooked Mountain Cabins

Riding Mountain National Park

Heading to Riding Mountain National Park this winter? Book the Fiddlehead Cabin at Crooked Mountain Cabins to gain access to the eclectic, shire-esque steam sauna - the ideal way to de-thaw after a day of winter adventure.

2 - Sauna Winnipeg

Winnipeg

The Forks really does have it all - amazing food, drink, shopping, skating trails and now, saunas! This cozy little nook includes a changing area (with a wood stove), outdoor bonfires, and several barrel-shaped saunas. The saunas are open until April from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week and can be rented in 90 minute durations. Gather with friends and rent the entire private, six-person sauna for $168, or rent a seat in a shared sauna for $28.

3 - Falcon Trails Resort

Whiteshell Provincial Park

What's better than a cozy cabin stay in the woods that also happens to be adjacent to a super fun ski hill? All this plus a sauna, of course! Rent with Falcon Trails Resort and get access to their little sauna on the edge of the lake.

4 - Thermëa Nordic Spa

Winnipeg

There's no doubt about it: Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature wins when it comes to the ultimate relaxation experience. This outdoor oasis will ease you into an entire day of relaxation through its hot-cold cycle and variety of saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs. While taking a dip in the Polabër cold pool might seem daunting, it's absolutely necessary for the full Thermëa experience!

5 - HOT SNOW SPA 

Winnipeg

As Winnipeg's first spa to offer Korean Jjimjilbang, HOT SNOW SPA introduces a new concept on the quest to relaxation. This large spa features a number of themed rooms for different purposes, including the  ‘Afghan Jade Stone Room’, ‘Himalayan Salt Room’, ‘Infrared Room’ and the ‘Japanese Ganban-yoku Room’ (see more on that below). The spa is also unique for its other offerings, which include exercise facilities, board games and a tea bar. You can truly spend the whole day here!

6 - Pocca Poca Spa

We promised we would elaborate on Japanese Ganban-yoku, so here it is: Pocca Poca is the only spa in Winnipeg focusing solely on Ganban-yoku, a popular form of thermal therapy in Japan that involves laying on smooth slab beds made up of rare, heated stone. If you want to take things to the next level, attend a meditation or a Ganban-yoku yoga class!