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Northern Edge Algonquin | Destination Ontario 

Restorative wellness and nature retreats in Ontario

A group of women stretching in a yoga class.

Northern Edge Algonquin | Destination Ontario 

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. 

Escape the routine of daily life and plug into the patterns of nature at a secluded wilderness cabin. Reset your mind and spirit with the rhythm of the sun and moon and the sounds of the wind, forest and water.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best wellness and nature retreats in Ontario. 

York, Durham and Headwaters

The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee, east of Oshawa

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. 

Location: 3392 Concession Road 8, Orono

 

Onthe9 Mono, north of Caledon

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. This peaceful spot is less than an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto.

Also check out Onthe9’s additional property in Wolfe Bay, Nipissing, which is open year-round.

Location: 207535 Highway 9, Mono

Souls Path Retreats, near Port Perry

Getaway to a rural and serene wellness resort to escape the stresses of everyday life and connect your body, mind and soul with nature through unique wellness classes, programs and retreats.

Overnight accommodations include a cottage, lodge and glamping opportunities.

Location: 2685 Shirley Road, Blackstock

Kawarthas and Northumberland

Fells Meadows in Northumberland County

Find peace and serenity on an overnight getaway in the heart of Northumberland County.

Choose from transformational and healing retreats and workshops, connect with nature and rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Location: 2429 County Road 25, Castleton

Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa, Cobourg

Another property located in the picturesque hills of Northumberland County, this retreat centre is surrounded by forest with a grand view overlooking nearby Lake Ontario.  

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

Location: 795 Northumberland Heights Road, Cobourg

Ste. Anne’s Spa, east of Cobourg

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 and walking trails are perfect places to enjoy the fresh air.  

Location: 1009 Massey Road, Grafton

Elmhirst’s Resort, south of Peterborough

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 own private dock on Rice Lake’s waterfront.

Location: 1045 Settlers Line, Keene

Ravenswood, north of Peterborough

In need of some spiritual R&R? Look no further than the glamping bunkie at Ravenswood, where guests can find customized healing experiences through traditional practices like reiki, light language and angel communication.

Breathe in the fresh air of the Kawartha Lakes while taking part in a drum workshop or artist retreat and discover something entirely new about yourself.

Location: 221 Edwina Drive, Trent Lakes

Inspire Beach Resort

Connect with other, learn something new and be inspired by nature during health and wellness retreats and yoga events offered at this luxury, lakeside resort in the heart of Kawartha Lakes.

Location: 7244 Highway 35, Coboconk

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Dimensions, Algonquin Highlands

Set out on a restorative and transformational journey at Dimensions, in a spectacular natural setting in Algonquin Highlands.

Experience therapeutic healing in step with neuroscientific research, as well as luxurious hospitality.

Location: 1218 Canopy Lane, Algonquin Highlands

Grail Springs Retreat for Wellbeing, Bancroft

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 20 nights are available, as well as special programs and packages like the Life Transformation package, crafted to reset your body and spirit.

Location: 2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft

Planetforth, southwest of Ottawa

Offering guests an all-round regimen of mind, body and spirit healing, Planetforth sets you up for a long-term wellness experience—long after your stay is over.

Balancing self-care alongside eco-sustainability, services draw from many cultural practices and include group activities, holistic healing foods and recreation.

Location: 717 Lake Park Road, Carleton Place

Cabinscape, Haliburton Highlands

Ecotherapy begins the moment you arrive at one of these tiny, off-grid, solar-powered 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.

Location: various locations in Southeastern Ontario

Southeastern Ontario

Harmony Retreats in Prince Edward County

Five cozy, nature-inspired and sustainable cabins can be booked for a group or individually at Harmony Retreats.

The property features forest trails, wetlands and lakefront views. Enjoy plant-based cuisine, meditation, yoga and carefully tailored workshops, a communal firepit and the healing magic of nature.

​Location: Waupoos, Prince Edward County

Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

Mel & Kel, near Grand Bend

Gather, connect, grow and heal on specialized group retreats, women’s therapy sessions and wellness getaways hosted at Ridgeway Retreat by Mel & Kel Co.

Ridgeway Retreat is a secluded country estate with two luxury, year-round cottages just a short distance from Lake Huron and Grand Bend. It’s the perfect setting to engage in immersive and healing experiences.

Location: Dashwood, near grand bend

Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Luna Homestead, just outside Hamilton

This small retreat centre on an eco-friendly, sustainable farm runs wellness and nature programs as well as sustainable farming and wilderness education.

Yoga, meditation, mindful movement and other integrative healing classes are offered throughout the year in the Om Dome. Yurt accommodations are available.

Location: 689 Sager Road, Troy

Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound

Northern Edge Algonquin, Almaguin Highlands

Experience the best of Algonquin Park hospitality and comfort at this restorative nature retreat designed for groups of 8 to 30.

All-inclusive getaways include cozy accommodations, tailored outdoor and healing excursions, and organic, creative, locally sourced meals. Activities include SUPing (stand-up paddleboarding), paddling, yoga classes, meditations and art.

Location: Kawawaymog Lake Algonquin Park, South River

Arcana, Muskoka

The secluded cabins at Arcana are designed to provide the ultimate connection to the outdoors and its restorative nature.

Surrounded by forest and close to water, each cabin features large custom windows and a mirrored, stainless steel exterior that seamlessly blends into the scenery. Enjoy with all the amenities you need to be comfortable without unnecessary distraction.

Location: Muskoka

Muskoka Waterfront Retreat, east of Huntsville

A rustic, natural escape meets state-of-the-art technology at Muskoka Waterfront Retreat, where a private waterfront beach and 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares) of open space makes for a soothing respite from the city.

Choose to stay in one of eight standalone cabins (complete with wood-burning fireplace) or 12 individual suites. Meet up with friends in the cozy dining hall, take a free kayak or canoe out for a paddle along the Oxtongue River, or go for a refreshing hike in one the nearby provincial parks.

Location: 1091 Dwight Beach Road, Dwight

Algonquin Log Cabin Adventure with Voyageur Quest, Almaguin Highlands

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.  

Location: Surprise Lake, South River

Wolf Den Nature Retreat, east of Huntsville

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

The community firepit and common kitchens are the perfect spots to soak up the good nature vibes and connect with other hikers, photographers and nature enthusiasts. 

Location: 4568 Highway 60, Dwight

Grey, Bruce and Simcoe

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, The Blue Mountains

This indoor and outdoor wellness and spa experience is dedicated to quietly refreshing the body and spirit. A recent 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. The Scandinave Spa’s tranquil landscape and architecture surrounded by nature is a serene vacation for your mind, body and soul. 

Location: 152 Grey County Road 21, The Blue Mountains

ReLive Retreat, southeast of Collingwood

Nestled in Grey County, just south of the southern shores of Georgian Bay, surround yourself with nature at one of the unique yurts or cabins at this eco-forward retreat.

Book the property’s dog-friendly chalet-style cabin to enjoy a private hot tub, fireplace and a wrap-around deck—the ultimate space to relax in peace.

Location: 159 Prince Street, Priceville

Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, outside Midland

Get back to the basics with silent, mindfulness meditation, vegetarian and vegan juice and soup cleanses, and nature walks on this 150-acre (60-hectare) property of the forests and meadows just a short drive south of Midland.

This pet-friendly retreat features comfortable, cozy cabins and delectable plant-based whole foods. You’ll likely want to check out their Retreat Eats Cookbook after you get a taste of their delicious menu.

Location: 5720 Forgets Road, Wyebridge

Last updated: January 2, 2024

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